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Football Rumours on Wednesday 25th August 2021
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TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal have held discussions with Atletico Madrid over signing England right-back Kieran Trippier, although the 30-year-old would prefer a move to Manchester United if he leaves the Spanish capital. The Gunners are not willing to meet Atleti's £34m price-tag for the former Tottenham defender.
    (Eurosport)


  • Tottenham have held informal talks with Lyon over midfielder Houssem Aouar, 23.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign exciting Metz midfielder Pape Matar Sarr for a fee in the region of £14.6m plus add-ons.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, will push for a move to Premier League champions Manchester City during the final week of the transfer window, with the former Manchester United favourite not keen on seeing out the final year of his contract with the Italians.
    (L'Equipe)


  • Ronaldo has discussed the move with City's Portuguese contingent of Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, 24, and full-back Joao Cancelo, 27. Attacking midfielder Silva or City's Spain defender Aymeric Laporte, both 27, may be included as part of a swap deal. City are willing to meet Ronaldo's salary demands, but not prepared to pay a sizeable transfer fee.
    (L'Equipe)


  • Manchester United are in "pole position" to sign Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland next summer. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the transfer market's hottest properties after scoring 62 goals in 63 games for the Bundesliga side.
    (Bild)


  • Chelsea could face competition from Manchester United if they step up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26, on loan.
    (Guardian)


  • Chelsea and Tottenham are battling for the signature of Porto's £30m-rated Colombia international striker Luis Diaz, who was joint top-scorer at Copa America this summer.
    (Sun)


  • Brazil winger Willian, 33, England right-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, English striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, Spain defender Hector Bellerin, 26, Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, English winger Reiss Nelson, 21, and 28-year-old Bosnian left-back Sead Kolasinac could all leave Arsenal in the next week.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • West Ham are planning a bid for Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde, 27, but the Ligue 1 side may demand at least £12.5m for the Frenchman.
    (Le 10 Sport)


  • The Hammers are more hopeful of signing France centre-back Kurt Zouma from Chelsea after making progress in their attempts to bring in the 26-year-old.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • West Ham are weighing up a move for CSKA Moscow and Croatia winger Nikola Vlasic, 23, as an alternative to Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, with the England attacker, 28, likely to stay at Old Trafford.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Watford are in talks with Hitchin Town's teenage defender Samuel Okoye, who impressed while on trial from the Southern League club during pre-season.
    (Daily Express)


  • The agents of Netherlands international Donny van de Beek have snubbed interest in the 24-year-old Manchester United midfielder, who is determined to earn a regular starting place.
    (Times)


  • Liverpool and Wales right-back Neco Williams may end up staying at Anfield with interest in the 20-year-old having faded in recent weeks.
    (Liverpool Echo)


  • Burnley have had a £15m offer for Ivory Coast left-back Maxwel Cornet accepted by French club Lyon and it is now up to the 24-year-old if he wants to join the Turf Moor side.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta has returned to Atalanta, while the Blues are close to reaching an agreement with AC Milan for Tiemoue Bakayoko to join the Italian side.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde, 23, has agreed new deal with Real Madrid which runs until 2027 and includes a 1bn euro (£856m) release clause.
    (Goal)


  • Real Madrid have made an opening offer of £137m for Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, but the French club are likely to reject the bid for the 22-year-old, who has one year left on his contract.
    (Daily Mail)


  • PSG may target Everton and Brazil forward Richarlison, 24, as the player to replace Mbappe.
    (Eurosport)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Mikel Arteta demanded Arsenal's senior stars step up to end the club's crisis and shield suffering young Gunners like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka from mounting pressure.
    (Sun)


  • West Ham boss David Moyes is confident his persistence in trying to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma will finally bear fruit before the weekend.
    (Sun)


  • Arsenal technical director Edu is under growing pressure at the club, with Mark Overmars being considered as a replacement.
    (Daily Express)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mason Greenwood are expected to be included in the England squad for the first World Cup qualifiers next month after missing out on Euro 2020.
    (Times)


  • Premier League clubs will risk having their stars banned from playing for them by FIFA after they decided not to release players for international matches in red-list countries next month.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Aaron Ramsey's involvement in Wales' upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers is in doubt after Juventus confirmed the midfielder has suffered a thigh injury.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has agreed a contract extension which runs until the end of Euro 2024.
    (Sky Sports)



OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea are in talks with defender Antonio Rudiger's representatives over a new contract.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Scotland defender Andrew Robertson has signed a new contract with Liverpool which runs until the summer of 2026.
    (Sky Sports)


  • FIFA will receive $201m (£146.4m) in forfeited funds seized during a global football corruption probe, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday.
    (Sky Sports)


  • The medical team that saved Christian Eriksen's life will be the recipients of the 2021 UEFA President's Award along with Denmark captain Simon Kjaer.
    (Sky Sports)
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