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Football Rumours on Thursday 23rd February 2017

last updated Thursday 23rd February 2017, 9:36 AM

  • Laurent Koscielny has ruled out a return to France and has insisted he is happy at Arsenal.
    ( Daily Express)

  • Wayne Rooney's agent is in China to negotiate a transfer that would make the Manchester United striker the best-paid player in the world.
    ( Sun )

  • Rooney has been told he can leave before next Tuesday's Chinese Super League transfer deadline if a deal is reached.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • But the 31-year-old is more likely to leave at the end of the season, and he would prefer to stay in England and join a Premier League club.
    ( Independent )

  • Changchun Yatai's 29-year-old midfielder Jack Sealy, the only English player in the Chinese Super League, has warned Rooney to do his research on the country.
    ( Sun )

  • A Chinese bank is ready to make a £225m offer for Southampton after a proposed takeover from a rival Far East firm collapsed.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Barcelona are targeting Arsenal's 21-year-old Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, who joined the Gunners from Barca as a youth player.
    ( Mundo Deportivo )

  • La Liga champions Barca are also interested in Tottenham's 26-year-old England right-back Kyle Walker.
    ( Evening Standard )

  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Ajax's 19-year-old forward Kasper Dolberg as "a fantastic player with a great future".
    ( Ekstra Bladet )

  • Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Porto's 21-year-old striker Andre Silva in Wednesday's Champions League match with Juventus.
    ( Daily Express)

  • Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng want to sign Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31.
    ( IndependESPNent )

  • Watford have agreed a deal to sign Alaves' 26-year-old defender Kiko Femenia at the end of the season.
    ( AS )

  • Former Blackburn and QPR defender Christopher Samba is training with Aston Villa. The 32-year-old is a free agent following his release from Greek club Panathinaikos.
    ( Birmingham Mail )

  • Moussa Dembele's agent said "the future does not exist" as he dismissed speculation the 20-year-old France forward is planning to leave Celtic.
    ( Daily Record )

  • Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, 21, is set for an April return from the knee injury he suffered in November.
    ( Evening Chronicle )

  • AC Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29.
    ( Daily Star )

  • Tottenham Hotspur have taken 15-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Nick Weegink on trial. The teenager, who trains at the Keepers School Regio Twente, will spend a week at Hotspur Way.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Highly-rated Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to commit to the club by signing a new two-year deal.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Arsene Wenger is ready to snub a huge China pay-day with the Arsenal manager vowing to stay on among Europe's elite.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is targeting an international call up - from either England or Wales.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Santi Cazorla's recovery from injury is taking longer than expected and the 32-year-old midfielder will now focus on returning for next season.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Sevilla's 31-year-old defender Adil Rami arrived late to professional football after having worked as a litter-picker for his local council.
    ( Times )

  • Only one of German side RB Leipzig and Austria's RB Salzburg will be allowed to compete in next year's Champions League because of Uefa rules on club ownership and conflicting interests. Drinks giant Red Bull owns both clubs.
    ( Salzburger Nachrichten )

  • A Hellas Verona fan has been banned from Italian football grounds after attending a Serie B match in his dressing gown.
    ( Sportavellino )

  • Wadebridge Town Veterans striker Mark Rapsey, 49, scored the 2,000th and 2,001st goals of his career on Sunday, 19 years after reaching the 1,000 mark.
    (Falmouth Packet)

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