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Football Rumours on Thursday 22nd October 2020

last updated Thursday 22nd October 2020, 9:00 AM


  • Brighton are likely to demand at least £50m for centre-back Ben White if Liverpool seek to replace injured Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 29, with the 23-year-old English defender in January.

  • France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, could leave Paris St-Germain for Liverpool or Real Madrid next summer.
    (Le Parisien)

  • Chelsea are ready to let goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga leave on loan in January, with Sevilla considering a move for the 26-year-old Spaniard.
    (Estadio Deportivo)

  • Chelsea are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, 23, but face competition from Manchester United and Manchester City for the Switzerland international.
    (Daily Express)

  • Sheffield United are ready to revive their interest in Reading midfielder John Swift, 25. The Blades view the Englishman as a potential replacement for John Lundstram, who has yet to sign a new contract at Bramall Lane.
    (Sheffield Star)

  • Watford captain Troy Deeney, 32, insists he is not ready to be a back-up striker amid interest from Tottenham and other Premier League clubs this summer.

  • Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, on loan at Tottenham from Benfica, is likely to make an early return to his parent club in January after failing to impress at the Lilywhites.

  • Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24, has no intention of returning to Arsenal and wants to make his loan move to Atletico Madrid a permanent one.
    (Daily Star)

  • Marseille's France forward Florian Thauvin, 27, formerly with Newcastle and recently linked with Leicester, is yet to agree a new contract, with his present deal due to expire next summer, and would be free to talk to other clubs in January.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Borussia Dortmund failed in an approach to take Inter Milan and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 28, on loan this season.


  • Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says a permanent deal for Chelsea's on-loan England midfielder Ross Barkley, 26, has yet to be discussed.
    (Birmingham Mail)

  • Everton are likely to wait until January to decide whether to open talks with director of football Marcel Brands over a new deal.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Zinedine Zidane took over an hour to appear in his post-match press conference after his team's humbling at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk and he then made the shock admission: 'We lacked confidence.'
    (Daily Mail)


  • England will face Republic of Ireland at Wembley on November 12 after New Zealand withdrew from the original scheduled fixture.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Football Federation Australia has called off a training camp in Europe and scrapped plans for matches against England and the United States in London next month due to the worsening Covid-19 crisis on the continent.


  • Tottenham are planning talks to offer out-of-favour England left-back Danny Rose, 30, an early termination of his contract.
    (Football Insider)

  • England winger Mason Greenwood, 19, has been spoken to by Manchester United following issues with punctuality.
    (Daily Mail)

  • England forward Danny Welbeck, 29, rejected an offer of £140,000 a week from a Turkish Super Lig club - believed to be Fenerbahce - to stay in the Premier League with Brighton.

  • Fernandinho is facing four to six weeks out of action after suffering a leg injury in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Porto.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Chelsea's France forward Olivier Giroud, 34, says three days of talks with manager Frank Lampard in January convinced him to stay at the club and he remains happy at Stamford Bridge.
    (Daily Express)

  • Defender Gerard Pique, 33, is said to have infuriated the Barcelona dressing room after going behind his team-mates' backs to sign a new contract. Most of the players signed a letter refusing to negotiate with the board, who want to lower the wages of the first-team squad by 25%.

  • Barcelona have invited the club's players into negotiations regarding a blanket wage reduction for all staff members, but the players are not expected to attend as they await an entirely separate meeting.

  • The proposed new European Premier League could be illegal under EU law, leading experts on European sports law believe.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Trials of additional permanent concussion substitutes could begin in January, the game's law-makers have announced.
    (Sky Sports)

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