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Football Rumours on Wednesday 20th February 2019

last updated Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9:23 AM


  • Arsenal are monitoring developments with Burnley's 26-year-old England goalkeeper Nick Pope as they assess replacements for 36-year-old Czech Petr Cech, who will retire at the end of the season.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham have joined the growing list of clubs monitoring Birmingham City's 22-year-old English striker Che Adams.
    (Birmingham Mail)

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is monitoring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 20, Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, and Leicester's 22-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell as he looks to buy young British talent in the summer.

  • German side Bayern Munich have joined the growing list of clubs monitoring Palace's England Under-21 international Wan-Bissaka.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has described reports linking the Italian club with a move for Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26, as "fantasy football".
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester United have made Borussia Dortmund winger Jaden Sancho, 18, their top summer transfer target but feel they would need Champions League football next season to bring the England international back to the Premier League.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has set a price of about £131m for clubs interested in 29-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.

  • Barcelona sent scouts to watch Lille's 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe and Portugal Under-21 forward Rafael Leao, 19.
    (France Football)

  • Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal with Espanyol for their 16-year-old Spanish left-sided player Oscar Tarensi which could cost an initial £260,000 in compensation.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Real Madrid are in the advanced stages of finalising a deal to sign 21-year-old Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese side Porto.


  • Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger met Paris St-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi at a WTA tennis tournament in Doha last week, amid rumours the French champions are unhappy with sporting director Antero Henrique.

  • Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be sacked if they lose Sunday's Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • The Blues would be able to sack Sarri for £5m - the cheapest pay-off for a manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

  • Chelsea have identified former midfielder and Derby manager Frank Lampard and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as potential replacements for Sarri.


  • Manchester City are set to offer French defender Aymeric Laporte, 24, a new contract as a result of his fine form this season.

  • Manchester United's 29-year-old Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, who is out of contract in the summer, is expected to sign a new three-year deal with the club worth £100,000 a week.

  • United are still hopeful of agreeing a new contract with Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, but there are concerns that agents' fees are driving up the price.

  • Ashley Young is among three players unable to play in the last eight of the FA Cup next month after a change in the rules this season - players who are booked twice in the cup automatically miss the next game, although there is an amnesty for the semi-finals.

  • Nantes are set to take their dispute with Cardiff City over the death of Emiliano Sala to Fifa this week if the Premier League club fail to comply with the French club's request for payment of the first instalment of his £15m transfer fee by Wednesday.

  • Manchester City owners, City Football Group, have announced the joint purchase of Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu FC.

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