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Football Rumours on Saturday 20th June 2020

last updated Saturday 20th June 2020, 9:46 AM


  • Arsenal are said to be ready to swoop for French starlet Pape Gueye amid his legal dispute with Watford.

  • Former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil wants to see out the final year of his Arsenal contract but the Gunners want to offload the 31-year-old, who is on £350,000 a week, this summer for financial reasons.

  • Aaron Lennon will leave Burnley when his contract expires on June 30 after rejecting an offer to stay until the end of the season.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manchester City are willing to let Germany winger Leroy Sane, 24, leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract unless Bayern Munich increase their £30m valuation.

  • French midfielder Papa Gueye, 21, has agreed to join Watford after his Le Havre contract runs out this summer - but his agent says the player does not want to move to Vicarage Road and Arsenal have made him an offer, while Marseille are among other clubs who are interested.
    (Le Phoceen)

  • Atletico Madrid rejected a 150m euro (£136m) offer for Portugal striker Joao Felix, 20, from an English club before the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Everton have joined Manchester United and Southampton in monitoring Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, with the 21-year-old Ghanaian having a year left on his contract and a £10m buy-out clause.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Championship leaders Leeds United plan to make £50m worth of signings if they are promoted to the Premier League.
    (Football Insider)

  • Non-league side Billericay Town from the sixth tier National League South are looking to sign reality TV star Mark Wright, 33.
    (Daily Star)


  • Michael O'Neill returned to duty at Stoke's training ground on Friday after the all-clear from coronavirus, just as the Championship prepares to emerge from its own lockdown.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who has a year remaining on his contract says he "will have time to talk" about a new deal now the season has resumed.
    (Express and Star)

  • Steve Bruce says he is tired of listening to claims his job as is under threat as Newcastle manager if the club's takeover is completed. Mauricio Pochettino and Rafael Benitez have been linked with the Magpies.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace would be "very foolish" to relax and think no-one will bid for Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha this summer because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Mikel Arteta has made it clear he wants Arsenal to sign Pablo Mari on a permanent basis even though the defender picked up a serious ankle injury in mid-week.
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has held talks with Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey over a potential summer move, as he begins his search for a replacement for Leroy Sane.
    (Daily Express)

  • Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has denied that the Blues will fund moves for Bayer Leverkusen's Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, and Leicester's England left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, by selling France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 29, this summer.

  • Lampard has challenged England striker Tammy Abraham, 22, to "improve" following the signing of Germany forward Timo Werner, 24, from RB Leipzig.

  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists English midfielder Dwight McNeil, who has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester and Juventus, will not be sold cheaply. The Clarets are thought to be demanding around £50m for the 20-year-old.

  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says new contract offers have been made to members of his squad, with the club understood to have held talks with English defender Chris Basham, 31, and midfielder John Lundstram, 26, as well as Republic of Ireland defender John Egan, 27.
    (Sheffield Star)


  • The Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals will take place over five days in July, with the final to take place at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 4 August.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Macclesfield Town will avoid relegation from League Two despite being handed a further two-point deduction for breaching regulations over non-payment of wages.
    (Sky Sports)

  • West Ham have won their battle to blow bubbles if they score at home to Wolves on Saturday.

  • West Ham director Tripp Smith is putting together a US consortium with a view to buying a controlling interest in the club from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
    (Daily Mail)

  • France forward Olivier Giroud, 33, says he wants to win more trophies with Chelsea and that Werner's arrival is "more motivation for strikers" at the club.

  • England striker Andy Carroll, 31, and Spanish defender Javier Manquillo, 26, are close to signing new deals with Newcastle United.
    (Shields Gazzette)

  • Premier League clubs are ready to demand the abolition of the League Cup as the price for providing a rescue package to the lower divisions.
    (Daily Mail)

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