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Football Rumours on Thursday 22nd March 2018

last updated Thursday 22nd March 2018, 9:32 AM

  • Arsenal will be expected to pay at least £35m if they want to sign defender Ruben Dias, 20, from Portuguese side Benfica.
    (Football London)

  • Real Madrid have accepted an offer of £113m for winger Gareth Bale, 28, from a Chinese Super League side, but the Welshman only wants to leave the Spanish club for another major European side.
    (Diario Gol)

  • Manchester United are considering a summer move for Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane, 24, who they value at £50m.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Chelsea have joined the race to sign Tottenham's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, who has a £25m release clause in his contract.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 24, says he wants to play for "a very big club" next season. The German international's contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • As a replacement for Can, Liverpool are confident of signing £50m-rated Italian midfielder Jorginho, 26, from Napoli.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Southampton manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 26, from former club Stoke for £20m.
    (Daily Star)

  • Everton are monitoring England full-back Luke Shaw's situation at Manchester United and sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old in the FA Cup against Brighton.

  • Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, 25, is set to sign for Everton on a free transfer in the summer, should the Merseysiders fail to bring in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26.

  • Burnley will head the chase to sign West Brom defender Craig Dawson, 27, for £10m once the Baggies' relegation to the Championship is confirmed. Aston Villa and Middlesbrough are also interested in the Englishman.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • On-loan West Ham midfielder Joao Mario says he is unlikely to return to Italian parent club Inter Milan at the end of the season. The Hammers have the option to sign the 25-year-old Portugal international on a permanent deal in the summer.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Barcelona will send scouts to watch Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, 18, when the Netherlands international plays in friendly matches against England and Portugal.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Atletico Madrid would have to pay £105m - double their current club record for a transfer - to sign Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, 24, from Juventus.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Meanwhile, Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann says if he is to leave the Spanish club this summer he wants his future resolved before the World Cup in Russia. The 27-year-old France international has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United.


  • Reading have sacked manager Jaap Stam with just eight games of the Championship season remaining. The club are three points clear of the drop zone with only eight fixtures remaining..
    (Daily Mail)

  • Reading have approached former Swansea manager Paul Clement to succeed Jaap Stam, who was sacked on Wednesday.

  • Jose Mourinho was unhappy with midfielder Paul Pogba's "disrespectful" actions when he interrupted the Manchester United manager's TV interview with Match of the Day following the 2-1 win over Liverpool this month.

  • Karl Robinson’s departure from Charlton Athletic is expected to be confirmed on Thursday morning.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Jordan Pickford is set to start in goal for England against the Netherlands on Friday.

  • Yaya Toure has pulled out of his planned comeback with the Ivory Coast after failing to turn up for family reasons.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Dele Alli believes losing to Iceland at Euro 2016 has made England stronger ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • England's bid to acclimatise to video technology ahead of the World Cup has suffered a double setback after it was confirmed it would not feature in their warm-up matches against Holland or Costa Rica - half their remaining fixtures.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Football's bible — known in its heyday as the Rothmans — is set to cease publication after 48 years following the loss of its key backer.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Stoke defender Erik Pieters has been fined £70,000 by the relegation-threatened club after being pictured in a nightclub on Friday, just hours before the Premier League game against Everton.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Former Real Madrid striker Raul is set to become a youth coach at the Spanish club.

  • Ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho is to run for parliament in his home country of Brazil.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool are set to expand Anfield again as the club target 60,000 seats and a big sponsor to name the new stand.
    (Daily Mail)

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