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Football Rumours on Sunday 17th February 2019

last updated Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:43 AM


  • Arsenal and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, 30, is pushing for a move to South America because he has seen his chances at Napoli - where he is on loan for the season - limited since the return of Italy Under-21 international Alex Meret.

  • The Gunners are in contention to buy Ajax and Netherlands centre-back Mattijs de Ligt - but manager Unai Emery would have to trim the wage bill at Emirates Stadium before meeting the Dutch club's £70m valuation of the 19-year-old.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Roma want to either increase or remove the release clause from the contract of Greece defender Kostas Manolas, a target for Arsenal and Manchester United, to get an extra £12.5m for the 27-year-old.
    (Corriere dello Sport)

  • Arsenal are lining up a bid for 19-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz if fellow Germany international Mesut Ozil, 30, decides to leave the Gunners.

  • Chelsea are keen on signing Inter Milan's Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, after Real Madrid cooled their interest. The 25-year-old was recently stripped of the captaincy at the Italian club.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Real will target Paris St-Germain's 27-year-old Brazil forward Neymar this summer, which could rule out a move for Chelsea and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 28.
    (Sunday Times)

  • Manchester United want Juventus' 25-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala and will offer the Serie A leaders Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, as part of the deal.
    (Sunday Mirror)

  • United are also prepared to offer goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, a long-term contract worth £90m - the largest basic pay package in English football history - and are confident the Spain international will sign.
    (Sunday Times)

  • And United are competing with PSG to sign Portugal Under-21 attacking midfielder Joao Felix, with Benfica wanting £105m for the 19-year-old.
    (Daily Star Sunday)

  • West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will move for Antonio Valencia - if Pablo Zabaleta decides this season will be his last.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Manchester City are targeting Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez, 24, as a replacement for 33-year-old Brazil international Fernandinho.
    (Sunday Mirror)

  • Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss, 28, is wanted by Atletico, with the La Liga club keen to bring the Morocco international to Spain in the summer.
    (Lions de l'Atlas)

  • Manchester United are planning a record £90m bid for Napoli's Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 27.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • Paris St-Germain's France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, believes he will join Barcelona in the summer.
    (Le Parisien)

  • Manchester United are interested in Lyon's 22-year-old Tanguy Ndombele, with the France midfielder also wanted by Juventus.

  • Barcelona's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 30, will delay contract renewal talks with the Spanish champions until the summer.


  • Marc Overmars will not leave Ajax mid-season to become Arsenal's sporting director, but he remains favourite to fill the role and could still join in the summer.
    (Mail on Sunday)


  • Cardiff City are consulting other Premier League clubs to see whether there are grounds for them to avoid paying the full £15m fee to Nantes for 28-year-old Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash last month.
    (Mail on Sunday)

  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is stepping up his £3.8 billion takeover bid of Manchester United - in the hope of becoming the new owner by next season.
    (Sun on Sunday)

  • The PFA has still not made a formal approach to Sport Resolutions to lead an independent review of its organisation almost three months after chief executive Gordon Taylor made that recommendation.
    (Sunday Telegraph)

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