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Football Rumours on Wednesday 23rd March 2016

last updated Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10:03 AM


  • Manchester City believe incoming manager Pep Guardiola will give them the edge in their bid to lure Lionel Messi, 28, from Barcelona.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Arsenal are confident of closing a £33.7m deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka after manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the 23-year-old's father.
    ( Sun )


  • West Ham will pursue Liverpool and Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 25, in the summer.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Liverpool want Roma attacking midfielder Leandro Paredes, 21, who is currently on loan at Empoli.
    ( Daily Express)


  • Arsenal are set to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata for £40m - but from Real Madrid, who plan to use a buy-back clause to re-sign the 23-year-old for £24m before selling him to the Gunners.
    ( AS )


  • Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, is hoping to leave in the summer transfer window with Tottenham among a number of clubs keen to sign the Belgian.
    ( Standard )


  • Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, 28, will consider a move to the Chinese Super League in the summer.
    ( Standard )


  • Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, is a transfer target for Southampton, five years after he left the Saints for the Gunners.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Manchester United are close to winning the race for 16-year-old Feyenoord striker Tahith Chong.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • Per Mertesacker will not be offered a new contract by Arsenal desite entering the final 12 months of his deal.
    ( Times )




  • MANAGER MOVEMENTS

  • Leicester have told manager Claudio Ranieri, 64, they will double his salary to £3m a year at the end of the season.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 44, has a £10m buyout clause in his contract.
    ( Sun )


  • Jose Mourinho has reportedly been approached by Arsenal by a third party said to be working on behalf of the Gunners.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Steve Evans is set to become the sixth manager sacked at Leeds United by owner Massimo Cellino.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Manchester United have dropped a huge hint there will be a managerial change in the summer by releasing a three-page document outlining their pre-season plans - but failed to mention Louis van Gaal at all.
    ( Sun )




  • OTHER GOSSIP

  • Euro 2016 officials are considering playing matches behind closed doors if the terrorism threat in France rises over the next three months.
    (Guardian)


  • Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, claims striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his England career before it had started. Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden in Shawcross's one international appearance.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Raheem Sterling, 21, made a big mistake leaving Anfield last summer to join Manchester City.
    ( Liverpool Echo )


  • Manchester City have been urged to rethink their ticket pricing structure by fans after anger over the cost of Champions League tickets for the game against Paris St-Germain.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • Jonas Gutierrez has accused Newcastle owner Mike Ashley of axing him because he had cancer.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Raheem Sterling is facing a fight to be fit for Euro 2016 after a scan on his injured groin yesterday.
    ( Sun )


  • After conceding 14 goals in his last ten Chelsea appearances, Thibaut Courtois has admitted he prefers playing in goal for Belgium.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Roy Hodgson has not discounted picking the Crystal Palace pair Wilfried Zaha and Scott Dann for Euro 2016 despite leaving both out of his squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland.
    ( Daily Telegraph )




  • AND FINALLY

  • TV stars Ant and Dec mocked their fellow Geordie Alan Shearer as they accepted a Royal Television Society award for best entertainment performance on Tuesday night. Anthony McPartlin yelled: "Shearer, this is what it's like to win" at the former England and Newcastle United footballer, who had just lost out in the sports presenter, commentator and pundit category to Formula One's David Coulthard.
    ( PA )


  • Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo put aside club differences to show Barcelona's Neymar the ropes at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in January.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Liverpool midfielder James Milner has challenged - or maybe confirmed - his boring reputation by reading out tweets from a parody Twitter account.
    ( Copa90 )


  • Former Premier League player and manager Iain Dowie has found an unlikely job outside of football - as a sales manager for a survey company.
    (Metro )






















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