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Football Rumours on Tuesday 21st April 2020
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TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Manchester United will not be able to buy a player as expensive as Spurs striker Harry Kane, 26, as they rethink their transfer strategy because of financial uncertainty caused by coronavirus.
    (Guardian)


  • But United are now favourites with the bookmakers to sign Kane and Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Paris St-Germain's 21-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with a £250m move to Real Madrid, could be worth as little as 40m euros (£35m) because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a former member of the European Parliament.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey is a target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, but the Spanish club believes they can tie the 26-year-old down to a new contract.
    (Daily Express)


  • Manchester City have been tipped to join the race for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid also interested in the 30-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer of 2021.
    (Daily Express)


  • Arsenal are facing the prospect of missing out on top target Thomas Partey after Atletico Madrid's latest contract offer promises to double his wages.
    (Daily Star)


  • Manchester United have ended their interest in 28-year-old Real Madrid and Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, but Arsenal and Everton are both interested.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Arsenal and Leicester are locked in a transfer battle for Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer.
    (Daily Star)


  • Arsenal are keen on 16-year-old Rennes midfielder Noah Francoise, but face competition for his signature from PSG and Sevilla.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester City midfielder David Silva, 34, is in talks with former club Valencia as his contract is set to expire on 30 June, but the deal has been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (ESPN)


  • Chelsea have reignited their interest in Napoli forward Dries Mertens.
    (Daily Star)


  • Manchester United have reportedly "held talks" with Jorge Mendes over a possible £110m deal for Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix.
    (Daily Star)


  • Chelsea are set to ramp up their interest in Leicester star Ben Chilwell after their primary target Alex Telles of Porto nears a move to PSG.
    (Daily Star)


  • Gareth Bale and six others could leave Real Madrid this summer as they look to raise £105m for a mass overhaul of the squad.
    (Daily Star)


  • Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, who has also been linked with Paris St-Germain, says he is more interested in a move to England, but staying in Italy is also an option for the Napoli centre-back.
    (Sports Illustrated)


  • Chelsea are set to miss out on left-back Alex Telles, with Paris St-Germain set to buy the Porto player for £21.8m. The Blues will turn their attention to Leicester's Ben Chilwell as a result.
    (Sun)




MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Steve Bruce will be "given until the end of the season to prove to the prospective new Newcastle owners he can deliver Europe" with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino being linked to the club.
    (Sun)


  • Arsenal players, head coach Mikel Arteta and other core coaching staff have agreed to take a pay cut.
    (Sky Sports)




OTHER STUFF

  • The EFL has launched an investigation into potential misconduct with regards to the takeover of Charlton Athletic by East Street Investments.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son has commenced his three-week mandatory national service in South Korea.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Mesut Ozil is one of the Arsenal players to reject the club's plea to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut from his £350,000 weekly salary.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky pundit Graeme Souness has warned Manchester United they risk having their "trousers taken down" if they have agreed a deal with Sancho behind Dortmund's back.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester City midfielder David Silva has named four Manchester United players in the side of the best opponents he has faced in his time in England - Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester United fans who are eager to see next season's kit may have been done a favour by Barcelona, who appear to have accidentally leaked it via an online game of Pro Evolution Soccer.
    (Sun)


  • Darren Fletcher is returning to Manchester United to become one of the club's ambassadors.
    (Sun)


  • Leaked documents have shown Barcelona's doomsday scenario of £882m losses and the Nou Camp being closed for 10 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Sun)


  • Newcastle's Saudi Arabian buyers told Mike Ashley not to announce the sale of the club until it is fully completed.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Gary Lineker has been forced to give up playing golf such is the severity of the arthritis he suffers.
    (Scottish Sun)
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