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Football Rumours on Friday 28th February 2020

last updated Friday 28th February 2020, 9:02 AM


  • Arsenal have indicated to Brazilian side Flamengo that they intend to exercise the option to turn 26-year-old Spanish defender Pablo Mari's loan deal into a permanent one in the summer.

  • Everton rejected a bid from Tottenham to sign England defender Michael Keane, 27, at the end of 2019.
    (Football Insider)

  • Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is prepared to get rid of eight players, including Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28, and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 26.

  • Lampard is plotting an overhaul of his side's defence this summer - with RB Leipzig's French centre-half Dayot Upamecano, 21, his top target.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Roma are accelerating talks with Manchester United in an attempt to turn 30-year-old England defender Chris Smalling's loan deal into a permanent move.

  • Manchester United missed the chance to sign Bayern Munich and Canada left-back Alphonso Davies, 19, for £2m in 2017.

  • Manchester City are weighing up making a £30m bid for Everton's English defender Mason Holgate, 23.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 30, turned down a move to Aston Villa in the January transfer window as he wants to help current side Trabzonspor qualify for the Champions League.
    (Sport Witness)

  • German goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, wants Liverpool to let him leave on a free transfer so he can turn his loan spell at Turkish club Besiktas into a permanent transfer.

  • Liverpool's young English winger Harvey Elliott, 16, is close to signing a new three-year contract.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Sheffield United have had a bid of 13m euros (£11m) for Trabzonspor and Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, 23, rejected.

  • Napoli and Senegal central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, a long-time reported transfer target for Manchester United, has bought a new £3.4m apartment in Paris, leading to rumours of a summer switch to Paris St-Germain.
    (Daily Star)

  • Aston Villa will target Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson, 25, if they stay in the Premier League this season.
    (Birmingham Mail)

  • Alan Pardew and his ADO Den Haag players were confronted by a group of supporters protesting against the club's poor form at training on Wednesday.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Lyon have threatened to sue their own fans if they keep depicting manager Rudi Garcia as a clown on social media.

  • Euro 2020 will kick off in Rome as planned, UEFA has insisted, despite the growing number of coronavirus cases in Italy.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Arsenal insisted on all training ground visitors filling out medical forms yesterday in the first sign of concern amongst Premier League clubs over coronavirus.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 26, aims to be back playing in April as his recovery from a tendon injury is going better than expected.

  • Dele Alli will tell disciplinary chiefs the controversial coronavirus video that landed him a Football Association charge was not racist but a misjudged joke.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Sheffield United players are not due to receive any bonuses if they qualify for Europe this season, underlining the scale of their achievements in the Premier League since promotion last summer.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City could face a points deduction as the Premier League launches its own investigation into the club's finances over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
    (Daily Mail)

  • UEFA is believed to have told staff to avoid wearing branded clothing while travelling to Manchester City matches amid fans' anger at the club's Champions League ban.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Liverpool are planning to offer Virgil van Dijk, 28, a new contract that would make the Netherlands international the highest-paid defender in the world.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Boxer Tyson Fury has been invited to give a speech to Manchester United's squad about his journey from the brink of suicide to being crowned WBC world heavyweight champion with victory over Deontay Wilder.

  • The Football Association are waiting on government advice before deciding whether to review the viability of next month's England friendly against Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Manchester United are still hopeful that England Under-20s midfielder Angel Gomes, 19, will stay at Old Trafford despite his current contract expiring in June.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • The FA is backing a proposal to give attackers some leeway in marginal VAR offside decisions, arguing the current system is killing the excitement of the game.

  • Championship clubs have failed to agree on a proposed salary cap of £20m.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Oldham face another financial crisis with the tax man chasing £70,000 debts.

  • Restrictions on the number of loan deals clubs can agree are set to come into force next season and could be eight international loans in and out. This would then drop to six loans in and out from the 2022-23 season.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Championship clubs have agreed in principle to amend the deadline of the summer transfer window to the traditional closing date at the end of August.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Liverpool have announced a pre-tax profit of £42m and increased turnover for last season which saw them win their sixth European Cup.
    (Sky Sports)

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