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Football Rumours on Friday 21st December 2018

last updated Friday 21st December 2018, 8:45 AM


  • Arsenal want to sell their highest-earning player Mesut Ozil, who is under contract until 2021, but may find it difficult to offload the 30-year-old former Germany midfielder.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool will rival Bayern Munich for the signing of 22-year-old RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner.

  • Chelsea have revived their interest in AC Milan's 31-year-old Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City face a battle with Barcelona and Paris St-Germain for £60m-rated Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Roma are preparing to make a £25m January move for Crystal Palace's 28-year-old Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt.

  • Crystal Palace are hopeful of re-signing Nigerian former utility player Victor Moses, 28, from Chelsea in next month's transfer window.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27, will not be sold to Manchester United next month but the Italian may have to accept a future offer.
    (Corriere del Mezzogiorno)

  • West Ham will make a decision next week over whether to offer French midfielder Samir Nasri, 31, a short-term deal, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Stephen Ireland has left Bolton without playing a game for them after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season - and wants to be the first to get back on the merry-go-round.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Leicester boss Claude Puel has hinted that he may allow English midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 21, to go out on loan to continue his development.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has told English winger Joe Lolley, 26, to focus on maintaining his improvement - and not to concern himself with transfer speculation or potential contract talks.
    (Nottingham Post)

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suffered his first setback as Manchester United's caretaker manager, with star striker Romelu Lukaku set to miss his first two games in charge.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Real Madrid are not looking to bring back former Manchester United boss Mourinho, 55, in the short or long term.

  • Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward feared a number of players would try to force their way out of the club if manager Jose Mourinho had not been sacked.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Mike Ashley has gone on his Christmas holiday after it became clear to him any Newcastle takeover is not close to being completed.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • England defender Danny Rose, 28, says Tottenham were motivated for their Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal after the Gunners "celebrated like they won the league" following their 4-2 Premier League victory this month.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Arsenal and Tottenham have been fined £45,000 and £50,000 respectively for failing to control their players following Eric Dier's goal celebrations earlier this month.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manchester United academy coach Neil Ryan is confident the club can "fight the hype" surrounding prolific 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, who scored a hat-trick in the Youth Cup against Chelsea.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, sent his Manchester United team-mates a WhatsApp suggesting he had won a £20,000 bet on Mourinho losing his job.

  • Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, says he got messages from his friends saying he was to blame for Mourinho's sacking, after scoring twice as Liverpool beat United in the Portuguese's final game.

  • Welsh former West Ham defender James Collins, 35, tore up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself in training an hour after signing it.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Brazil midfielder Fred, 25, is determined to fight for his Manchester United future, having been frozen out by former manager Jose Mourinho.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Greek Super League referees are going on an indefinite strike in protest at the "cowardly attack" of one of their colleagues on Wednesday in Larissa.
    (Sky Sports)

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