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Football Rumours on Tuesday 18th December 2018

last updated Tuesday 18th December 2018, 11:51 AM


  • Arsenal want to sign £45m-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, but face competition from Tottenham and Chelsea. The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has scored 12 goals for the Ligue 1 club this season.

  • Arsenal want Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon but understand he will cost in the region of £40m.

  • Barcelona are considering selling Brazilian flop Malcom after receiving a huge £58m offer from a Chinese club.

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Isco, 26, in the summer. Initial contact has been made between the English champions and the player.

  • Italian champions Juventus are planning a £125m bid to re-sign Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25.
    (Daily Star)

  • Juventus met agent Mino Raiola to discuss 18-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean's contract renewal - as well as Pogba and Ajax's 19-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt.
    (Sky Italia)

  • Chelsea's Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 25, says he has not spoken to the club about the possibility of extending his contract.

  • Manchester United are among the clubs showing an interest in Galatasaray's 18-year-old Turkish defender Ozan Kabak.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly with a view to a big January transfer bid.

  • Everton defender Mason Holgate, 22, can leave the club on loan during the January transfer window.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled fresh speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea after being spotted chartering a plane to London on Monday.
    (Daily Express)

  • Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot, the 23-year-old France midfielder, will not sign a new contract with Paris St-Germain.


  • Jose Mourinho is no longer Manchester United manager after he was sensationally sacked this morning at 09.46.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Premier League chiefs want to hold talks with black players to find out how they can best deal with racism - and head off a potential media boycott by leading stars.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is resisting attempts by the club to appoint a director of football.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester United face a bill in the region of £24m if they decide to replace Mourinho before the end of the January transfer window.
    (Daily Record)

  • Michael Carrick is a popular choice to step in as caretaker manager if Jose Mourinho were to be sacked by Manchester United.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri held crisis talks with the squad at the club's training ground. The Owls have slipped to to 18th in the Championship after winning just one of their past 10 matches.
    (Sheffield Star)

  • Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he is "having a look" at the January transfer market - but makes no guarantees that he will add to his squad.
    (Bournemouth Echo)

  • Zinedine Zidane is interested in taking over at Manchester United and replacing Jose Mourinho, despite his agent stating earlier this season that he has no interest in managing a Premier League club.
    (Daily Express)

  • A group of American investors are set to be confirmed as the new owners of Dundee United in the next 48 hours.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Steven Sessegnon has signed a new three-and-a-half-year Fulham contract, with an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
    (Sky Sports)

  • West Ham's England international midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, could be out for the rest of the season with more ankle problems.

  • Tottenham are experiencing further problems in the completion of their new stadium with the roof of the huge South Stand springing a leak.

  • Chelsea are prepared to ban supporters from matches at Stamford Bridge for offensive behaviour that takes place outside the ground.

  • The latest injury to Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen, 33, has increased Barcelona's need for a new centre-back.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

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