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Football Rumours on Friday 22nd February 2019

last updated Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:40 AM


  • Fulham's Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico, 25, says he would like to stay at the conclusion of his loan from Sevilla.

  • Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Lille winger Pepe, potentially scuppering any hopes Arsenal had of tempting him to the Premier League.

  • Barcelona are interested in Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, 21.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 29, has no interest in returning to the Premier League and the Wales international wants to see out his contract at the Bernabeu, which expires in 2022.

  • The agent of Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly has dismissed talk of the 27-year-old Napoli and Senegal defender joining Juventus.

  • Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, 24, has been linked with United but says he is close to signing a new contract with Italian club Inter Milan.

  • Chelsea and Real Madrid have reached out to Inter Milan about Mauro Icardi after he was stripped of the club captaincy.

  • Atletcio Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 26, is set to sign a new contract with the La Liga club that will increase the Slovenia international's release clause from 100m euros (£87m).

  • Barcelona are tracking Lille and Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, who has been a target for Arsenal.

  • Hull City are monitoring Motherwell's Scottish midfielder Jake Hastie, 19.
    (Hull Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal boss Unai Emery has dismissed reports Paris St-Germain are considering a £60m move for the Gunners' France Under-21 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 19.

  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes to take his team away on a warm-weather training camp next month during a period in which they may have three weeks without a fixture.

  • Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola had to be readmitted to hospital after suffering complications from gallstone surgery.

  • Leicester City will consider replacing manager Claude Puel with Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, who has postponed contract talks at St James' Park to focus on the side's relegation battle.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Derby County manager Frank Lampard says he is not surprised he has been linked with replacing Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri at his former club, but added that he is focusing on his job with the Rams.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manager Claude Puel has held talks with Leicester vice-captain Kasper Schmeichel after the keeper's father - Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel - suggested his son wants to play for a bigger team and that Puel is unable to inspire his players.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been warned he faces much more severe punishment, including a lengthy touchline or stadium ban, if there is any repeat of comments about refereeing that cost him a £45,000 fine.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Stoke are exploring the possibility of sacking Burundi forward Saido Berahino amid the fallout from the 25-year-old's drink-driving case.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Diogo Dalot donated his first Manchester United pay packet to the Fintas Football School in Braga where he spent his formative football years.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool Under-18 captain Paul Glatzel, 18, has signed his first professional contract after scoring 23 times for the youth team this season.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Mallorca's Spanish defender Antonio Raillo, 27, says he turned down "a really good opportunity" to sign for Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window.
    (Nottingham Post)

  • Manchester United have warned Liverpool fans about "persistent standing" in the build-up to Sunday's Premier League game at Old Trafford.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Meanwhile, United's FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves has complicated plans to hold the Old Trafford derby against Manchester City in the first week of April.

  • A new wording on the handball rule is set to be brought in by football's lawmakers and it "will significantly reduce the grey areas" around the offence.

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