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Football Rumours on Thursday 21st May 2015

last updated Thursday 21st May 2015, 12:40 PM


  • Manchester United have approached Liverpool over 20-year-old England forward Raheem Sterling, but the Anfield club immediately rejected the inquiry.
    ( Daily Telegraph )

  • United asked Liverpool for an asking price for Sterling, but were told further communication would not be welcomed.

  • Real Madrid's Wales forward Gareth Bale, 25, is to stay at the La Liga club, bringing an end to Manchester United's hope of a swap deal involving Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 24.
    ( Daily Mirror)

  • Bale was told he remains part of the Real's long-term plans in a meeting with the club's directors.
    ( Sun )

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering a bid for Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 24, who is valued at £30m.
    ( Daily Mirror)

  • Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old Germany defender Mats Hummels - a long-term target for Manchester United - has decided against a move to England.
    ( Bild )

  • Manchester City and Chelsea may move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song this summer. The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has been on loan at West Ham this season.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • City are also preparing an approach for West Brom's 21-year-old England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino.
    ( Daily Star)

  • Meanwhile, Yaya Toure, 32, looks to be heading out of the Etihad Stadium, with Italian side Inter Milan closing in on a deal for the Ivory Coast midfielder.

  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep 23-year-old record signing Erik Lamela but will let several others go, including striker Roberto Soldado, 29.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Italian Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Liverpool will announce winger Jordon Ibe, 19, has signed a new five-year contract at the club worth £35,000 a week.
    ( Sun )

  • England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate made a last-minute U-turn and left Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, 19, out of his squad for this summer's European Championship.
    ( Guardian )

  • And England boss Roy Hodgson has held talks with United boss Louis van Gaal about Shaw's difficult first season at Old Trafford.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola will assess his chances of taking over at Manchester United before making a decision about Manchester City. The Spaniard is the number one choice to take charge at the Etihad if Manuel Pellegrini leaves.
    ( Manchester Evening News )

  • Newcastle manager John Carver says he is only sleeping four hours a night due to the pressure of keeping the club in the Premier League.
    ( Guardian )

  • Steve McClaren's position as Derby manager is in doubt, with the former England boss to meet with the club's chief executive Sam Rush on Thursday.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, has launched another attack on his family in a series of posts on Facebook, including a claim that his brother held a knife to his throat in an attempt to gain money.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Do you know where Steve Finnan is? Organisers of an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League win in Istanbul have issued a plea after failing to track the former Reds right-back down.
    ( Liverpool Echo )

  • German police are investigating a tackle made on Borussia Dortmund's 25-year-old forward Marco Reus after deciding it constituted 'grievous bodily harm'.
    ( Metro )

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