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Football Rumours on Friday 4th September 2020

last updated Friday 04th September 2020, 9:21 AM


  • Arsenal are close to completing the loan signing of 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second successive season.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Arsenal are also considering an approach for West Ham's 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson.
    (Football Insider)

  • Manchester United's England defender Chris Smalling, 30, looks set to join Roma on a permanent basis.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says they want to sign Arsenal's 32-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which could pave the way for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, to join Manchester City.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • De Laurentiis admits he regrets not selling 29-year-old Koulibaly sooner.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Lionel Messi's father has spent a second day negotiating with Barcelona over his son's potential exit.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Lionel Messi is now contemplating staying for one more year at Barcelona after talks between the club and his father, Jorge, who is also his agent.

  • . Barcelona's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, 33, has been in touch with prospective Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini to "clear the air" after his World Cup bite.
    (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

  • Burnley are moving out 'striking' centre-half Ben Gibson to Norwich City in a shock deal.

  • Monaco have rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United for 19-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile, who is set to stay at the club.

  • . Manchester United are attempting to finalise Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho's salary and agent fees before making a bid for the 20-year-old England international.
    (Daily Star)

  • Bournemouth striker Josh King says it would be "amazing" if Manchester United renewed their interest in him after the 28-year-old Norwegian's January move to Old Trafford fell through.
    (Daily Star)

  • Sevilla remain hopeful of being able to keep Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon on loan for another season despite the 23-year-old Spaniard being linked with a permanent move to Manchester United.

  • Abdoulaye Doucoure has completed his Everton medical ahead of a proposed £22million transfer from Watford.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Bournemouth contract rebel Ryan Fraser is moving closer to joining Newcastle on a free transfer.
    (Daily Express)

  • Liverpool will not let 23-year-old Welsh midfielder Harry Wilson leave on loan again despite interest from Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Chelsea have been told they must pay at least £30m to sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, from Rennes.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Inter Milan will need to raise money by offloading Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic if they are to bid for 29-year-old Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante.
    (Gazzetta dello Sport)

  • Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, Norwich and Watford are interested in 26-year-old French defender Jean-Claude Billong, who plays for Serie B side Salernitana.

  • Hull City are looking to sign Southampton centre-back Alfie Jones, 22, on a permanent deal.
    (Yorkshire Post)

  • Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, is determined to seal a move back to Athletic Bilbao this summer.

  • Roma are considering a move for 25-year-old Hertha Berlin and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek in order to replace Edin Dzeko.
    (Gazzetta dello Sport)


  • Jude Bellingham could become England U21s' youngest-ever player this week, but head coach Aidy Boothroyd has no problem with throwing the 17-year-old in at the deep end.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Stephen Kenny's tenure as Republic of Ireland boss started with a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria as Shane Duffy struck an injury-time equaliser.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Kieffer Moore kept up his fine introduction to the international scene with a late winner as Wales beat Finland 1-0 in their Nations League opener.
    (Sky Sports)


  • The Premier League is set to bow to pressure and agree to televise all top-flight fixtures while matches are played behind closed doors.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • The Premier League was engulfed by the biggest cash crisis in its history on Thursday night after terminating its television deal in China in a move that left it with a potential £800 million-plus coronavirus bill.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Southampton have taken legal action against their former shirt sponsors LD Sports after failing to receive assurances from the Chinese media company that they would be able to fulfil their three-year, £7.5million contract.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Premier League clubs have voted against using five substitutes in the 2020/21 season at a shareholders meeting.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium will stage two test events trialling the return of supporters in line with the government's pilot scheme.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manchester City's owner City Football Group (CFG) have extended their football network to ten clubs after acquiring Ligue 2 side Troyes.
    (Sky Sports)

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