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Football Rumours on Thursday 21st February 2019

last updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:16 AM


  • Goalkeeper Sergio Rico has stated he would like a return to Fulham after his season-long loan from Sevilla ends in the summer.

  • Arsenal's hopes of signing Colombia forward James Rodriguez have been dealt a blow with the 27-year-old, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, suggesting he will return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of the season.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Barcelona have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, 20.

  • Reading and Nigeria forward Sone Aluko, 30, is finalising a move to Chinese side Beijing Renhe.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Real Madrid could let Wales forward Gareth Bale leave in the summer - and may use the 29-year-old as part of a deal for Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, or Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27.

  • Paris Saint-Germain have joined the list of clubs interested in Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is furious with the way he has been treated at Chelsea since he put in a transfer request.

  • PSG are set to open contract talks with Dani Alves, who is scheduled to become a free agent this summer and understood to be of interest to Manchester City.

  • Barcelona are in talks over selling Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Italian club Inter Milan, with the Spanish club wanting about £39m for the 30-year-old.

  • Paraguay attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron was being tracked by Manchester United before joining Newcastle, according to the 25-year-old's agent.
    (Newcastle Chronicle)

  • Chelsea and Liverpool are monitoring 17-year-old Khephren Thuram - the son of former France international Lilian Thuram. The France Under-18 international is yet to sign professional terms at Monaco.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Leicester City's Croat defender Filip Benkovic, 21, has reaffirmed his intention to return to the Foxes next season after a loan spell at Celtic.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • AC Milan want Celtic target Timothy Castagne after being impressed with the 23-year-old Belgium full-back's performances for Atalanta in Serie A.
    (Inside Futbol)


  • Former France and Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc will be among the contenders to replace Maurizio Sarri if Chelsea decide to sack the Italian next week.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, 42, is being monitored by Lyon after impressing as Nice manager.


  • West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 26, could make his return from a serious knee injury by making his first appearance of the season for the Hammers against Fulham on Friday.

  • Tottenham are hoping to take a significant step towards opening their new 62,062 stadium this season, with test events proposed for 16 and 23 March.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • La Liga president Javier Tebas has emerged as a contender to succeed Richard Scudamore as Premier League chief executive.

  • Willie McKay insists the deal that took Emiliano Sala to Cardiff days before the striker died in a plane crash was "clean".

  • Manchester United are set to hand England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, a new six-year contract after making a breakthrough with negotiations.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Sheffield United's English striker Billy Sharp, 33, is poised to sign a new two-and-a-half-year contract.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Liverpool are set to tour North America rather than Asia this summer.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Leeds United's season is being captured by a film company based in the city and could land the club a documentary deal.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Ronaldinho has linked up with Teqball, a craze popular with Chelsea and Man Utd players, in a bid to get it included in the Olympic Games.

  • Nantes have been fined by the French Football League after fans set off flares as part of a tribute to Emiliano Sala on two separate occasions.

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