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Football Rumours on Thursday 9th June May 2016

last updated Thursday 09th June 2016, 10:16 AM


  • West Ham and Liverpool are poised to swoop after reports emerged that Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is looking for a return to the Premier League.
    ( Sun )


  • Manchester United may have to pay a British-record £78m to sign 23-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba - four years after the France international left Old Trafford for £800,000.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • But Manchester City have ended their interest in France international Pogba.
    ( Guardian )


  • Liverpool could table a late bid to rival Arsenal's in the chase for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 29.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 27, wants to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, according to the Spanish club's president.
    ( Metro )


  • Antonio Conte wants to make Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, 32, his first signing as Chelsea manager.
    ( Sun )


  • The Blues are considering a move for £31m-rated Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, 22.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, has spoken to Conte about moving to Chelsea and says his Belgium team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have urged him to move to Stamford Bridge.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is not allowed to sign any players from Bayern Munich, according to the German champions' midfielder Douglas Costa, 25.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • City are considering activating the £40m release clause in 22-year-old defender Aymeric Laporte's Athletic Bilbao contract.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • After signing 22-year-old Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Manchester United want to recruit another defender.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • The Red Devils also want Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, 23.
    ( Marca )


  • But United are willing to let Matteo Darmian leave, with Juventus favourites to sign the 26-year-old full-back.
    ( Gazzetta dello Sport )


  • Southampton are braced for a Tottenham bid for 24-year-old midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has just one year remaining on his St Mary's deal.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 27, has no intention of leaving despite the Gunners bidding for Leicester's 29-year-old striker Jamie Vardy.
    ( ESPN )


  • Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has made signing a striker his priority, but wants a proven goalscorer rather than a youngster with potential.
    ( Newcastle Chronicle )


  • Championship side Wolves want to sign 20-year-old Manchester United forward James Wilson on loan for next season.
    ( Express and Star )


  • Celtic plan to release Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes on a free transfer, and the 27-year-old could join Rotherham.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Juventus are set to sign Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic for £25m. The 26-year-old has been linked with Manchester United.
    ( Gazzetta World)




  • MANAGER MOVEMENTS

  • Southampton are prepared to offer former Ajax boss Frank de Boer a £3m annual salary to stave off rival interest from Italian side Lazio.
    ( Daily Express)




  • OTHER STORIES

  • Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 35, says he may take up coaching when he finishes his playing career.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Manchester United have been urged to force Jose Mourinho to make a public apology to former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Steve Bruce remains 'completely in the dark' about Hull City owner Assem Allam's plans to sell the club.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Wayne Rooney has sworn his loyalty to Manchester United by insisting he will never play for another Premier League club.
    ( Daily Express)




  • AND FINALLY

  • Liverpool's players were reluctantly transformed into rap stars, with 'LL Cool A' (Adam Lallana) and 'C Bizzle' (Christian Benteke) among those to show off their skills on the mic before their pre-season tour of the United States.
    ( Liverpool FC YouTube channel )


  • Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy bought himself Shut the Box - a traditional pub board game - while he browsed the local shops near England's Euro 2016 base in Chantilly.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' grandfather has revealed he is a nudist.
    ( Derniere Heure )


  • Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who has been linked with a move to Manchester City - has been filmed brushing up on his English slang.
    ( YouTube )






















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