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Football Rumours on Friday 19th April 2019

last updated Friday 19th April 2019, 9:26 AM


  • Arsenal are interested in signing 25-year-old Hoffenheim and Germany forward Kerem Demirbay for £22m as a replacement for departing Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

  • Arsenal and Everton are keen on Fortuna Dusseldorf striker Benito Raman, who could be available for around £13m.

  • Real Madrid are close to signing Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, for close to 100m euros (£86m).

  • However, it has been reported the Blues have lowered their asking price for Hazard, as they eye Lille's Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe, 23, to replace him.

  • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will have 500m euros (£430m) to spend in the summer with Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, and Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mane, 27, both transfer targets.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Newcastle will offer manager Rafael Benitez a £50m summer transfer budget in a bid to persuade the Spaniard to stay at St James' Park.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Alternatively, Benitez has been offered a £100m transfer budget, plus cash from player sales, to rebuild the Magpies.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Napoli's 27-year-old Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has denied he is set to leave the Serie A side for Manchester United.
    (Daily Express)

  • Mauricio Pochettino will spend up to £150m revamping his Tottenham squad this summer and could look to sell 28-year-old England defenders Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Southampton are considering a summer move for Rangers' Canada midfielder Scott Arfield, 30.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Roma's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, 33, is ready to join Inter Milan and is not interested in returning to England.


  • Fulham have placed Celtic interim boss Neil Lennon on their list of candidates to take over as manager at Craven Cottage.
    (Scottish Sun)

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tore into Manchester United's players after their heavy defeat in Barcelona and accused them of not giving 100 per cent.

  • Pep Guardiola held clear the air talks with the Manchester City squad on Thursday to make sure their minds are focused on at least winning the treble.

  • Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has warned that the club will continue to live within its means after reporting an £18.6m profit after tax.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Assistant boss Mike Phelan is advising manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Manchester United's summer transfer plans.
    (Manchester Evening News)


  • Aberdeen's Derek McInnes has emerged as the favourite to become manager of Scotland following the sacking of Alex McLeish on Thursday.
    (Daily Mail)


  • UEFA has defended the role of the video assistant referee in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium, saying all angles of Fernando Llorente's goal were made available to referee Cuneyt Cakir.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Liverpool's players stand to gain £2m more in bonuses than their counterparts at Tottenham if they win the Champions League.

  • Manchester's City players missed out on bonuses worth up to £1m each because of their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Tottenham on Wednesday night.

  • Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 27, is set to win the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, while Manchester City's England forward Raheem Sterling, 24, will win the Football Writers' Association equivalent.

  • MLS have announced plans to expand to 30 teams with St. Louis and Sacramento to make formal bids.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Diego Costa is refusing to train with Atletico Madrid after being told he would be disciplined further by the club over his eight-game ban for abusing a referee.

  • Liverpool are in talks to play their pre-season friendly against Napoli at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 28 because a series of concerts being held at Anfield will delay the re-laying of their pitch.

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