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Football Rumours on Thursday 19th May 2016

last updated Thursday 19th May 2016, 9:08 AM


  • Arsenal are considering making a club-record bid - in excess of the £42.4m they paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in September 2013 - for 23-year-old Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Manchester United's hierarchy fear manager Louis van Gaal's playing style could put off Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, from joining them.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Chelsea's incoming manager Antonio Conte has earmarked Roma's midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, and defender Kostas Manolas, 24, at the top of a long list of transfer targets.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Pep Guardiola, who will take over as Manchester City manager in the summer, wants to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, despite the 25-year-old German being ruled out of Euro 2016 with a dislocated kneecap.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, is in talks over a reunion with former manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.
    ( Sun )


  • Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has been linked with a move to Manchester United but the Italian club say their 23-year-old captain is staying with them.
    ( Daily Express)


  • Everton, Stoke and West Ham are keen on signing Michael Carrick on a free from Manchester United this summer but the 34-year-old midfielder would be willing to stay at Old Trafford if they replace Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, 22, has been offered to Manchester United.
    ( Metro )


  • Leicester are increasingly concerned that Arsenal will trigger 25-year-old midfielder N'Golo Kante's £20m release clause this summer.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • West Ham's 17-year-old defender Reece Oxford, who has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, wants £40,000 a week and a £1m signing-on fee to stay with the Hammers.
    ( Sun )


  • Chelsea are still keen on signing a centre-back, despite John Terry signing a new deal, and are keen on Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29.
    ( Times )


  • West Ham are expected to return with an improved offer for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson but the Hammers face competition from Tottenham for the 24-year-old.
    ( Guardian )


  • Liverpool will not change their summer transfer targets after failing to qualify for Europe next season. Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze, 23, remains their top target.
    ( Liverpool Echo )


  • Leicester aim to sign "three or four" new players in the summer and are believed to be in pole position to sign 26-year-old striker Gianluca Lapadula who has scored 26 goals in 39 appearances for Serie B side Pescara.
    ( Leicester Mercury )


  • Manchester United and Manchester City are both interested in buying Schalke's £30m-rated 20-year-old forward Leroy Sane.
    ( Goal )




  • MANAGER MOVEMENTS

  • Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is set to turn down any approach from Everton in the belief that he will be able to land a bigger job in a year's time.
    ( Daily Mirror )




  • OTHER STORIES

  • Chelsea defender John Terry, 35, has agreed to take a £100,000-a-week pay cut to stay at Stamford Bridge.
    ( Sun )


  • Louis van Gaal will start the FA Cup final with the same team that went up against Bournemouth in their final Premier League game of the season on Tuesday.
    ( Sun )


  • Michael Carrick would consider performing a U-turn and remain at Manchester United if Louis van Gaal gets sacked.
    ( Daily Star )


  • The number of English players starting matches in the Premier League this season has fallen by almost 15 per cent to its lower-ever figure.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hired the Norwegian FA official Kjetil Siem as his new director of strategy to oversee reform - two years after Siem hailed Sepp Blatter as "a role model".
    ( Guardian )


  • Ryan Giggs is a better option than Jose Mourinho to manage Manchester United should Louis van Gaal be replaced, claims the club's former assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.
    ( Independent )




  • AND FINALLY

  • Barcelona have reacted angrily to a ban on their fans' Catalan independence flags at Sunday's Copa del Rey final.
    ( Marca )


  • Former Liverpool defenders Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia hung out with Liverpool fans in Basel in the build-up to the Europa League final.
    ( Metro )






















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