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Football Rumours on Thursday 21st December 2023

last updated Thursday 21st December 2023, 9:03 AM


  • Arsenal are leading Chelsea in the race to sign 27-year-old England striker Ivan Toney from Brentford.

  • Tottenham have opened talks to sign 23-year-old Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo in January, with Manchester United also linked with the France international.

  • (Talksport) Everton have slapped a huge £100m price tag on star man Jarrad Branthwaite, according to reports.

  • Real Madrid could be interested in re-signing Manchester United's former France defender Raphael Varane, 30, after Austria defender David Alaba, 31, suffered a serious injury.
    (Cadena Cope)

  • Casemiro is weighing up an offer to join the Saudi exodus, with Manchester United prepared to take a big loss on the midfielder they signed for £70m in the summer of 2022.

  • Chelsea are close to securing a deal to sign teenage Senegal midfielder Pape Daouda Diong from June, when he will turn 18. Diong was in attendance when Chelsea edged past Newcastle in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

  • Manchester United are interested in Real Sociedad's Japan winger Takefusa Kubo, 22, as a potential replacement for Brazil winger Antony, 23. Kubo has scored six and provided a further three assists in La Liga this season.

  • Chelsea must beat off strong competition from former manager Jose Mourinho to land Bosnian wonderkid Amar Dedic, with Newcastle also in the transfer tussle for the 21-year-old Red Bull Salzburg star.

  • German sides Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Stuttgart are exploring a deal to sign Manchester United and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23.
    (90 Min)

  • Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has already made his decision on Sofyan Amrabat and will not be looking to keep the struggling summer loan signing beyond the end of the season.

  • Juventus could hold a slight advantage over Newcastle United in their attempts to sign Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips as the 28-year-old wants to know about the playing time he would get before deciding which club to join, with potentially more opportunity in Italy.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Brentford, Brighton and Nottingham Forest are interested in Hoffenheim's 21-year-old Germany Under-21 forward Maximilian Beier. Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen are also watching developments.
    (Christian Falk)

  • Chelsea are not interested in signing Arsenal's England keeper Aaron Ramsdale, 25, in January. Ramsdale has been linked with a move away after making just five Premier League starts this season.
    (Fabrizio Romano)

  • Ramsdale will not be allowed to leave Arsenal in January, despite his lack of playing time.
    (Football Insider)

  • Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing 26-year-old Inter Milan and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella.


  • Nuno Espirito Santo is hoping to build on Steve Cooper's "huge" legacy after succeeding him as Nottingham Forest head coach.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Troy Deeney has been announced as the permanent head coach at Forest Green Rovers, who have parted company with boss David Horseman by mutual consent.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Steve Cooper, who was sacked by Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, is a contender to succeed Roy Hodgson when the 76-year-old leaves Crystal Palace.
    (London Evening Standard)

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