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Football Rumours on Friday 2nd April 2021

last updated Friday 02nd April 2021, 9:33 AM





TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid, says he wants to return to South America following the death of his mother and is determined to join Argentine side Boca Juniors to fulfil a promise he made to his father.
    (Goal)


  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette will be addressed in the summer, by which time the 29-year-old - who has been linked with Roma, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla - will be into the final 12 months of his current deal.
    (Guardian)


  • Olympiakos are considering a loan move for Arsenal's 21-year-old English winger Reiss Nelson.
    (Football London)


  • Arsenal's versatile 23-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles expects to leave the club this summer after finishing his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • England striker Harry Kane, 27, will be staying at Tottenham this summer because the club will not let him join a Premier League rival and do not expect a European side to offer their £175m asking price.
    (Sun)


  • Chelsea are favourites to sign Argentine striker Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City in the summer as the 32-year-old is determined to remain in the Premier League.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Portuguese club Benfica are the latest club linked with a move for Aguero since it was announced on Monday that he will leave Man City at the end of the season.
    (Record)


  • Arsenal and Independiente, the Argentine club where Aguero started his career, are also said to be among the host of clubs - including Barcelona, Juventus and Paris St-Germain - keen to sign him as a free agent in the summer.
    (Sun)


  • Chelsea have joined Barcelona, PSG and Juventus in the race to sign Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum, according to reports in Spain.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Liverpool could "muscle in on" Barcelona's pursuit of 27-year-old Lyon and the Netherlands striker Memphis Depay, who will be a free agent in the summer.
    (Marca)


  • Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland's father, Alf-Inge, and his agent Mino Raiola are set for meetings in London with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool on Friday about a move for the Norwegian 20-year-old. The pair have already met with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
    (Mundo Deportivo)


  • Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard after it became apparent that Real Madrid would listen to offers to part fund their rebuild this summer.
    (Times)


  • Liverpool, however, are not expected to further pursue any move for the sought-after Haaland and Chelsea remain the most likely English club to land his signature.
    (Football Insider)


  • Dortmund want at least 150m euros (£128m) for Haaland, which would make him the third most expensive player of all time after PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
    (Guardian)


  • West Brom boss Sam Allardyce wants on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to remain at the Hawthorns if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League.
    (Metro)


  • Jorginho's agent Joao Santos says the 29-year-old Italy midfielder, who has been repeatedly linked with a return to Napoli, will "100%" remain at Chelsea beyond the summer.
    (Tutto Mercato)


  • Brighton defender Ben White is open to joining Manchester United this summer and is eager for a step up in the coming years even if it's not at Old Trafford.
    (Daily Express)


  • Marcel Sabitzer looks set to leave RB Leipzig this summer with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United interested.
    (Daily Express)


  • Arsenal are set to renew their interest in RB Leipzig's 23-year-old French midfielder Christopher Nkunku this summer.
    (Sky Germany)


  • Aston Villa's Belgian defender Bjorn Engels could return to his native country in the summer, with Royal Antwerp interested in the 26-year-old having failed to sign him in January.
    (Birmingham Mail)


  • Everton full-back Thierry Small, 16, is willing to turn down a three-year professional deal in order to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton and Brentford among those keen on his services.
    (Daily Express)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Sheffield United have put Alexander Blessin, boss of Belgian side Oostende, on their list of possible replacements for Chris Wilder.
    (Sun)


  • Crystal Palace are planning a £50m squad overhaul this summer that could see them replace Roy Hodgson with a new manager to lead the rebuild.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal will hold contract talks with striker Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season.
    (Sun)


  • Sam Allardyce has revealed a clause in his contract means he will definitely stay at The Hawthorns next season if West Brom avoid relegation.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Eddie Howe has moved closer to being named Celtic's new boss after meeting kingmaker Dermot Desmond.
    (Daily Express)


  • Roma could be about to hand former Chelsea and Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri a return to management following reports of talks between the two parties.
    (Sun)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Gareth Southgate has started the agonising process of informing players they are unlikely to make England's squad for the European Championship.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Jesse Lingard is emerging as a wildcard selection for Gareth Southgate's 23-man Euros squad.
    (Sun)


  • England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd's contract will not be automatically renewed - but he can reapply for the position despite his side's embarrassing exit from the European Championship.
    (Daily Mail)



OTHER STUFF

  • Yeovil Town have announced the sad news that their captain Lee Collins had died suddenly aged 32.
    (Sun)


  • Serbian firefighters have posed with Cristiano Ronaldo's discarded captain's armband, which is being auctioned off for charity.
    (Sun)


  • Serbian referee Srdjan Obradovic sentenced to 15 months in jail and given 10-year football ban after awarding scandalous penalty.
    (Sun)




















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