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Football Rumours on Thursday 18th November 2021
2021-11-18 09:06:30





TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal are only willing to offer France striker Alexandre Lacazette a short-term deal as the 30-year-old approaches the end of his contract next summer.
    (Sun)


  • Tottenham are on a transfer collision course with Premier League rivals Aston Villa over Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Newcastle United are targeting Inter Milan duo Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic as well as Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha as they look to strengthen their squad in January as a first significant sign of their increase in wealth after the club's takeover last month.
    (Times)


  • Manchester United are set to challenge Barcelona for the signing of RB Leipzig's Spain winger Dani Olmo, 23.
    (El Nacional)


  • Chelsea are interested in Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana and are a little ahead of Manchester United in attempting to sign the 20-year-old French centre-back.
    (Foot Mercato)


  • Barcelona are lining up a move for Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech but face competition from Borussia Dortmund for the 28-year-old Morocco international.
    (Sport)


  • Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, has been angered by Chelsea's latest contract offer, which is short of his wage demands by £60,000 a week.
    (Sun)


  • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 32, faces being sidelined for three weeks with a calf injury after joining up with Wales during the international break.
    (Marca)


  • Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, whose release clause enables him to leave for £64m next summer, with Real Madrid accepting the 21-year-old Norway forward will move to the Premier League.
    (Sun)


  • Villarreal are planning to resist all offers for Netherlands winger Arnaut Danjuma in January, with Liverpool keeping tabs on the ex-Bournemouth forward, 24.
    (Football Insider)


  • New Barcelona coach Xavi wants to keep France forward Ousmane Dembele but has told the 24-year-old it is "now or never" to establish himself at the club as his contract expires next summer.
    (AS)


  • Real plan to compete with Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain by adding Haaland and PSG's France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, to an attack that already features Brazil's Vinicius Junior, 21.
    (AS)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Barnsley have announced the appointment of Poya Asbaghi as the club's new head coach.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Manchester United have started their succession planning to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers their preferred candidate.
    (Manchester Evening News)


  • Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has responded to an approach from Manchester United by saying he will be available at the end of the season.
    (Daily Express)


  • Frank Lampard was interviewed for the Aston Villa manager's job but former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who was named Dean Smith's successor last week, was always the overwhelming choice.
    (Sun)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • England are likely to start their 2022 World Cup cold, as Gareth Southgate warned that the demands of the calendar mean there will not be time for any friendly matches or even a proper warm-up camp.
    (Independent)



OTHER STUFF

  • England Under-18 captain Sammy Braybrooke will sign a professional deal with Leicester City despite interest from Germany in the 17-year-old midfielder.
    (Leicester Mercury)


  • Reading have been deducted six points after admitting to breaches of the English Football League's profitability and sustainability rules.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Manchester City have signed a curious partnership deal with a mysterious start-up cryptocurrency company whose executives' names do not appear to have any online presence.
    (Times)


  • An ex-Championship footballer who was forced to retire due to injury has bagged himself a life-changing £1m on the National Lottery.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Chelsea fans were left in shock after hearing that their season tickets are set to triple to almost £4,000 after the club upgraded their facilities at Stamford Bridge.
    (Sun)


  • The International Football Association Board are not considering introducing temporary concussion substitutions, with the game's lawmakers instead set to extend their trial of extra permanent substitutions.
    (Daily Mail)


  • The chairman of the Premier League, Gary Hoffman, will step down from the role at the end of January 2022.
    (Sky Sports)
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