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Football Rumours on Friday 19th February 2021

last updated Friday 19th February 2021, 9:20 AM


  • Arsenal's Lucas Torreira is reportedly in advanced talks over a summer move to Fiorentina.

  • Real will hold on to midfielder Martin Odegaard, 22, who is on loan at Arsenal, in order to lure striker and fellow Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland, 20, from Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • It would take a £60m offer for Aston Villa to sell England Under-21 defender Ezri Konsa, 23, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Tottenham. Former Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor said it would take "five times" the £12m that Villa paid Brentford for Konsa in 2019 to now prise him from Villa Park.
    (Football Insider)

  • Everton's Colombia attacker James Rodriguez, 29, is considering leaving the club despite only moving to Goodison Park last summer.
    (Defensa Central)

  • Manchester City have offered Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, a £430m package to join the Premier League side in the summer. The offer is reported to be less than the £600m tabled six months earlier for the Argentine who is out of contract at the Nou Camp in July.

  • Chelsea want to sign Bayern Munich and Germany's 25-year-old defender Niklas Sule.

  • Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea are also interested in Borussia Monchengladbach and Germany midfielder Jonas Hofmann, 28.

  • Liverpool and Manchester United have contacted West Ham midfielder Declan Rice's agent, with interest in the 22-year-old England international rising as Chelsea step away from a transfer bid of their own.
    (Daily Star)

  • Juventus may try to re-sign Everton's Italy forward Moise Kean, 20, who is currently on loan at PSG. The Toffees signed Kean from Juve in 2019.
    (Le 10 Sport)

  • Everton are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez. The Spain winger, 29, is also a target for Napoli.

  • Chelsea could offer 23-year-old England centre-back Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan on a permanent deal as part of a swap deal for Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 24. Tomori is currently on loan at the San Siro.
    (Il Milanista)

  • Leeds had a £30m bid rejected by Brighton last year for English defender Ben White. The Whites were prepared to break their transfer record for the 23-year-old, who helped them win promotion to the Premier League while on loan at Elland Road.
    (Leeds Live)

  • Manchester United are hoping to beat neighbours Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.

  • Norwich City are resigned to losing 21-year-old English full-back Max Aarons to a bigger club.

  • West Brom and Middlesbrough want to sign Toulouse's English striker Rhys Healey, 26.

  • (Team Talk) The Baggies want to beat Wolves to the signature of Bristol City's English striker Louis Britton, 19.
    (Football Insider)

  • Nottingham Forest may give homegrown right-back Jordan Gabriel another chance next season amid doubts over Cyrus Christie's future.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • As many as 37,500 supporters could be allowed into Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium to watch this season's Champions League final.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Real Madrid are putting together plans that would allow them to move for Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22.

  • Mbappe is only interested in joining Real Madrid or Liverpool, should he leave PSG this summer.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Thierry Henry could be confirmed as Bournemouth's new manager next week.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Barcelona were turned down by River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo in 2020, when the Spanish club were looking for a replacement after sacking Ernesto Valverde.

  • Brighton boss Graham Potter believes his squad is "in the best place" since he was appointed manager in May 2019.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Eight cities across six European countries are under consideration to host Liverpool's Champions League last-16 second-leg match with RB Leipzig.

  • The Government looks set to reject Premier League clubs' plea for players to be exempt from hotel quarantine if they play March internationals in 'red list' countries.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Darren Drysdale will not referee his scheduled match this weekend following his altercation with Ipswich's Alan Judge on Tuesday.
    (Daily Mail)

  • UEFA is facing a battle over its Champions League expansion plans with the head of the European Leagues demanding extra automatic places are given to the champions of countries such as Scotland instead of safeguarding spots for the continent's elite clubs.

  • National League North and South clubs have voted to declare the season null and void, but the National League national division will continue.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Wolves Nuno Espirito Santo says Raul Jimenez is back in training and moving in the right direction after fracturing his skull last year.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Kyril Louis-Dreyfus takeover of Sunderland approved by EFL as French 23-year-old billionaire-heir becomes majority shareholder.
    (Sky Sports)

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