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Football Rumours on Friday 26th March 2021

last updated Friday 26th March 2021, 7:50 AM





TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Guido Rodriguez, 26, says he is aware of reported interest from Arsenal.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Arsenal have no chance of signing Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard, 22, on a permanent deal, with the Spanish giants still seeing the Norway attacking midfielder as a key part of their long-term plans.
    (Marca)


  • A domestic-only transfer week could return this summer as clubs debate extending the window into September.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, will need to wait until Barcelona offload Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, before he can seal a move to the Nou Camp.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Danny Simpson is reportedly edging closer to earning a contract with Bristol City.
    (Sun)


  • Liverpool are considered the favourites to land PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen, despite interest in the 22-year-old Dutchman from Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan.
    (Goal)


  • Chelsea have told Napoli they can land forgotten man Tiemoue Bakayoko permanently for £15.5m, according to reports.
    (Sun)


  • Liverpool have reignited their interest in Real Betis and France forward Nabil Fekir, who was close to joining the Reds in 2018. However, Inter Milan and Rennes are also interested in the 27-year-old.
    (Estadio Deportivo)


  • Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, 28, says it is "always a pat on the back" to be linked to other big clubs after reports Tottenham are interested in signing the Denmark international.
    (Daily Echo)


  • Inter Milan and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 27, is a target for Barca boss Ronald Koeman.
    (Calcio Mercato)


  • Barcelona are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt's 25-year-old Portuguese striker Andre Silva.
    (Marca)


  • Barcelona are reportedly on the verge of signing Lyon star Memphis Depay.
    (Daily Express)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town have appointed Simon Grayson as permanent head coach on a 'long-term' contract.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 48, is in line for new contract even if Manchester United end the season without winning a trophy.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah says he did not want to sack Chris Wilder and claims the former Blades boss asked for a £4m fee to resign.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Celtic are hoping to name Roy Keane as manager and make Nicky Butt his assistant, according to reports.
    (Daily Express)


  • Coach Zinedine Zidane's future at Real Madrid beyond this season remains unclear, amid interest from the French Football Federation. The 48-year-old Frenchman is under contract until 2022.
    (AS)


  • Juventus are reportedly considering an approach for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane with Andrea Pirlo's position as manager under serious threat.
    (Daily Mail)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Ollie Watkins scored on his England debut and Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck twice as England beat San Marino 5-0 in their opening World Cup Qualifier.
    (Sky Sports)


  • England's World Cup Qualifier in Albania on Sunday will go ahead after a policing scare in the country threatened to call off the fixture in Tirana.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Wales are in talks to face France in a glamour pre-Euro 2020 friendly.
    (Sun)


  • John McGinn's sensational overhead kick highlighted Scotland's character to twice come from behind to draw 2-2 with Austria at Hampden Park.
    (Sky Sports)


  • First-half goals from Domenico Berardi and Ciro Immobile saw Italy beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in their opening Group C World Cup Qualifier in Parma.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Egypt have declared they want Mohamed Salah to form part of their final squad for the Olympic Games this summer, which means he would miss Liverpool's pre-season.
    (Daily Mail)



OTHER STUFF

  • Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 24, is ready to sign a new contract with Leicester City this summer.
    (Sun)


  • Brentford and Exeter have reportedly pocketed a share of £1m after Ollie Watkins made his England debut.
    (Sun)


  • Referees chiefs have told Premier League clubs that they will produce an action plan to "change and improve" the VAR system for next season after numerous controversial incidents during this campaign.
    (ESPN)


  • ( A Wembley FA Cup semi-final is likely to be the first major footballing event to welcome back a crowd post lockdown - but none of those attending will be fans.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, 33, is set to sign a new contract at Barcelona following the election of new president Joan Laporta, claims ex-Barca star Rivaldo.
    (Sun)


  • Roma legend Francesco Totti, 44, can now operate as a sports agent after completing his registration in Italy.
    (Gazzetta dello Sport)




















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