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Football Rumours on Wednesday 12th September 2018

last updated Wednesday 12th September 2018, 10:58 AM


  • Arsenal and Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, 34, has rubbished reports of retirement and claims he has the body of a 28-year-old. Lichtsteiner has made one substitute appearance since joining the Gunners from Juventus in June.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Barcelona are lining up moves for Spanish full-backs Nacho Monreal, 32, and Alberto Moreno, 26, who play for Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Manchester City's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, is ready to reject interest from Barcelona in January and open talks over a new deal with the Premier League champions.

  • Manchester City and French champions Paris St-Germain could be forced to rein in their spending under proposed Europe-wide rules limiting them to a net outlay of £89m a season.

  • Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne, 28, has an informal release clause of £178m according to the club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
    (Corriere dello Sport)

  • John Terry's move to Spartak Moscow is in doubt. The 37-year-old former Chelsea and England defender agreed terms over a one-year deal that would see him earn £1.8m - with the option of a second year. But now Russian media report it's on hold because he and his family have concerns over moving to Moscow.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Russian media are also suggesting the former England captain is asking for an additional £1.2m a year to complete the deal.
    (Sport Express)

  • Juventus will attempt to re-sign Manchester United's 25-year-old France World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba next summer. The champions of Italy also want to sign Real Madrid's 30-year-old Brazil defender Marcelo.

  • AC Milan and Inter Milan are set for a tug of war over the signature of Cesc Fabregas, whose Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season.
    (Daily Express)

  • Former England and Tottenham striker Darren Bent, 34, "100%" would be interested in playing for Rangers. Bent is currently without a club after being released by Derby at the end of last season.

  • Chelsea's Brazil forward Willian, 30, says he never wanted to leave and hopes to remain at Stamford Bridge for the next five years. Willian was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Queens Park Rangers are interested in signing former Tottenham winger Nathan Oduwa, who has first-team experience at Glasgow Rangers, after the 22-year-old impressed on trial.
    (West London Sport)

  • Former Aston Villa midfielder Khalid Adbo is training with AIK in his native Sweden after being released by the Championship side in the summer.
    (Birmingham Mail)


  • Turkish side Fenerbahce are interested in appointing former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal to replace Dutchman Phillipe Cocu, 47, who has only been in charge for nine games. Portuguese Carvalhal, 52, has not managed since leaving Swansea City following relegation from the Premier League in May.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Atletico Madrid's sporting director Andrea Berta has emerged as a leading contender in Manchester United's search for a director of football.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • England broke a run of three straight defeats with a 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Midfielder Harry Arter is open to returning to the Republic of Ireland squad for the next round of international games following his heated argument with assistant manager Roy Keane. The 28-year-old is on loan at Cardiff City from Bournemouth.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Liberia president and ex-World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to international action in Liberia’s 2-1 loss to Nigeria on Tuesday.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Hundreds of Crossrail workers have walked out after being offered £400 a day to help finish Spurs' delayed new stadium.

  • Marcelo has become the latest star footballer in Spain to be punished for unpaid taxes, with the left-back accepting a four-month suspended prison sentence and a £1.1m fine.

  • Sunderland are considering suing club record £13.6m signing Didier Ndong, 24, for failing to turn up this season. The Black Cats admit they have no idea where the Gabon midfielder is. Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji, 29, only returned to the club last week.

  • Liverpool's Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 24, has been demoted to train with the club's under-23 side. Markovic has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Reds since signing for £20m from Benfica in 2014.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Everton and England forward Theo Walcott, 29, is set to miss Sunday's Premier League home game with West Ham with a rib injury. However, Walcott could return to face his former club Arsenal on 23 September.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Italy's former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 28, was 100kg (15.75 stones) when he turned up for pre-season training at Nice - 12kg above his listed weight of 88kg.

  • Championship club Preston North End have been forced to cancel and forfeit a county cup tie because they were unable to field enough players due to injuries, suspensions and international call-ups.
    (Lancashire Post)

  • Staff at League One Charlton Athletic are losing hope that a proposed takeover of the club by an Australian consortium will ever happen.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • The Scottish FA has opted to remain at Hampden Park, and has agreed to buy the stadium from Queen's Park in 2020.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is still the world's number one despite a number of mistakes, including at the World Cup, says his national manager Luis Enrique.
    (Football Espana)

  • German side 1860 Munich have released a special kit, complete with leather-look lederhosen-style shorts, to celebrate the city's annual Oktoberfest beer festival.
    (Daily Mail)

  • The Premier League is set to bankroll the Professional Footballers Association for another three years despite the concern over the way chief executive Gordon Taylor remains in total control of the organisation.
    (Sky Sports)

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