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Football Rumours on Saturday 1st August 2015

last updated Saturday 01st August 2015, 12:38 PM

  • Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has no plans to offload any of the club's players as Manchester United look to sign their 28-year-old forward Pedro.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Chelsea have agreed a fee of £17.6m to sign 21-year-old Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman.
    ( Bild Sport )

  • Tottenham are stepping up their efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old defensive midfielder Sven Bender.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Spurs must pay £14m to sign Lyon and Cameroon forward Clinton N'Jie, 21.
    ( Sun )

  • Aston Villa have approached West Bromwich Albion with a £1m offer for 32-year-old defender Joleon Lescott.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Gianfranco Zola, manager at Qatar side Al-Arabi, says he would "give a thought" to signing striker Mario Balotelli, 24, from Liverpool.
    ( Sun )

  • Crystal Palace could scupper Leicester City's move for former Inter Milan midfielder Alessandro Cannataro, 20.
    ( Evening Standard )

  • Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 34, is close to joining Aston Villa on a free transfer after leaving Monaco.
    ( Daily Express )

  • Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the club are close to signing Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean, 24, to provide back-up to number one John Ruddy.
    ( Norwich Evening News )

  • Five Championship clubs have expressed interest in Sunderland's 25-year-old winger Will Buckley.
    ( Shields Gazette )

  • Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones, 30, missed a friendly against Bournemouth amid reports of a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.
    ( Wales Online )

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  • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 29, will play for Everton for the first time in 11 years on Sunday having accepted an invitation to appear in 43-year-old former Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson's testimonial against Villarreal.
    ( Guardian )

  • Manchester City are sure they will appoint Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 44, as their boss next summer on a £20m-a-year contract. The former Barcelona coach says he is "not convinced" about signing a new deal with his German club.
    ( Sun )

  • Captain John Terry is backing 29-year-old striker Radamel Falcao to become a hit at Chelsea, saying the Colombian needed just two minutes to show he could make it in a game at Stamford Bridge last season.
    ( Daily Star )

  • Spain striker Fernando Torres, 31, says he is on the hunt for trophies at Atletico Madrid.
    ( FourFourTwo )

  • Striker Kevin Doyle, 31, does not think his move to Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids will hinder his chances with the Republic of Ireland.
    ( Irish Times )

  • Centre-half Sebastian Coates, 24, says it was an "easy" decision to leave Liverpool this summer and rejoin Sunderland on a permanent basis.
    ( Sunderland Echo )

  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects forward Christian Benteke, 24, to prove "a bargain" after his £32.5m move from Aston Villa.
    ( Times )

  • Newcastle United fans have reacted with anger to the decision to switch their match at Bournemouth - 359 miles away - to a lunchtime kick-off.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 26, will return to first-team action at St Mary's for the first time since March 2014 when the Saints host Espanyol in a friendly on Sunday. Rodriguez has been out with a knee injury.
    ( Southern Daily Echo )


  • Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has decided to stay with his number 45 shirt at new club Newcastle because "four plus five is nine".
    ( Chronicle )

  • 'Missing' Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, has been 'found' - on a building site in Cheshire.
    ( Manchester Evening News )

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