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Football Rumours on Friday 8th May 2020
2020-05-08 09:19:43


  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan's agent has denied that Arsenal want to sell the Armenian. Mino Raiola said the rumours about the midfielder, 31, were "fake news".
    (Daily Express)

  • Tottenham are interested in buying Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and will wait until after the coronavirus pandemic before making a final decision on making an offer for him.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish - in a £50m move for the Aston Villa star.

  • Newcastle will spend 80m euros (£70m) on Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho if the club's proposed takeover goes through. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Newcastle's potential new owners also want to sign Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The 28-year-old is expected to leave the Italian club this summer for around £69.8m.
    (Sky Sports)

  • However, Koulibaly is also considering a move to Liverpool.

  • Borussia Dortmund expect England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, to remain at the club, despite continued interest from Manchester United.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Arsenal could be given the chance to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 27, as a direct replacement for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang, 30, is out of contract next season, while Argentine Icardi is currently on loan at Paris St-Germain.

  • The Gunners are also close to securing an agreement with free agent George Lewis. The Norwegian winger, 19, was previously at Tromso.

  • Barcelona teenager Marc Jurado, 16, has turned down an offer of a professional contract with the Spanish club. The right-back is set to join Manchester United in the summer.

  • Chelsea target Dries Mertens has yet to agree a contract extension with Napoli. The Belgian forward, 33, is out of contract in the summer.

  • Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian, 25, will be allowed to leave the club for upwards of £80m.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Kosovo and Wolfsburg winger Milot Rashica, 23, is a transfer target for Liverpool, the president of the Kosovo football federation has said.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Championship leaders Leeds United are the favourites to sign Linfield midfielder Charlie Allen. The Northern Irishman, 17, has attracted interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
    (Yorkshire Post)

  • Chelsea are interested in Monaco defender Fode Ballo Toure. The Frenchman, 23, is under contract until 2023.
    (Foot Mercato)

  • Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 32, says he is not thinking about leaving the club, despite his contract expiring in 2021.
    (Sky Germany)


  • Sean Dyche has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Burnley.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Football League clubs are preparing contracts with players' wages linked to attendances next season due to uncertainty about future income.
    (Daily Mail)

  • League One and League Two clubs who want to spend more than potential new budgetary caps could be subjected to a "super tax", with the money raised then redistributed to rival teams.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has warned the Premier League is facing a full scale revolt over the Project Restart plans.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • FA chiefs would block any attempt to declare the Premier League season null and void and abandon relegation.

  • Heung-Min Son has completed his three-week basic military training in South Korea, finishing in the top five out of 157 people in his class.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle is set to be formally announced by the end of next week, according to sources close to the country's royal family.
    (Daily Star)

  • Kylian Mbappe has been awarded the Ligue 1 Golden Boot following the cancellation of 2019-20 season due to coronavirus despite being level on goals with Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City defender Kyle Walker faces a police quiz and a £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown rules three times in 24 hours.

  • A gang have raided the homes of Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard and Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, stealing more than £1m of valuables.

  • Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title.

  • Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed the Ligue 1 club plans to launch two legal fights after the season was ended early.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Serie A sides Sampdoria and Fiorentina have reported four and six new cases of coronavirus respectively.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Macclesfield have been hit with an immediate seven-point deduction after admitting two misconduct charges.
    (Sky Sports)
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