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Football Rumours on Friday 5th March 2021
2021-03-05 09:10:19





TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal are among a number of clubs considering a summer move for RB Leipzig's 21-year-old French defender Ibrahima Konate.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Konate is one of six deals the Gunners are working on, with the club also willing to sell France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 29, for the right price.
    (Football.London)


  • Arsenal reportedly face a transfer battle with Juventus for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a long-term admirer of Aston Villa and England's 25-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish, but the Premier League leaders are set to focus on signing a deeper-lying midfielder - as well as a striker and left-back - in the summer.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Leicester City are close to clinching a £15m deal for Celtic's 23-year-old French forward Odsonne Edouard, who Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers sees as a long-term replacement for 34-year-old former England striker Jamie Vardy.
    (Daily Mail)


  • West Ham are reportedly eyeing up a £13m move for Besiktas striker Cyle Larin in the summer to replace Sebastien Haller.
    (Sun)


  • Egypt defender Ahmed Elmohamady, 33, will leave Aston Villa on a free transfer in the summer as the club have no plans to offer him a new deal.
    (Football Insider)


  • Napoli have reduced their asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly to around 45m euros (£38.7m), with Bayern Munich believed to be ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for the 29-year-old Senegal defender.
    (Il Mattino)


  • Manchester United are looking for an alternative club for midfielder Andreas Pereira, 25, this summer because Lazio are not expected to take up the option to turn the Brazilian's loan into a permanent deal.
    (Corriere Dello Sport)


  • Watford have signed ex-Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez on a deal until the end of the season.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Leicester City have renewed their interest in long-time target Ismail Jakobs, 21, but the Foxes face competition from Brighton who are also monitoring Cologne's Germany Under-21 international.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Chelsea are reportedly preparing a 'monstrous' contract offer for Gianluigi Donnarumma.
    (Sun)


  • Financial pressures could force Valencia to sell 24-year-old Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes, who is a West Ham target, in the summer.
    (Sun)


  • Juventus have identified Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, 29, as a 'Plan B' option if they fail to sign fellow Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, 23, from Sassuolo.
    (Calciomercato)


  • Meanwhile, Juve's in-demand 19-year-old Romanian defender Radu Dragusin, who was previously linked with a move to Crystal Palace, is set to sign a new deal with the Turin club.
    (Goal)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Mick McCarthy has signed a new two-year contract to remain as Cardiff manager until 2023.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Steve Bruce would be entitled to a compensation package of more than £4m if Newcastle United decide to sack their under-pressure head coach.
    (Times)


  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder's position is under serious threat. The Englishman and Blades owner Prince Abdullah are disagreeing over the club's transfer policy and the hierarchy's plan for a director of football.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Eintracht Frankfurt have said they will not stand in the way of sporting director Fredi Bobic, 49, if he chooses to leave, with Manchester United, West Ham and Hertha Berlin linked with the German.
    (Team Talk)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Gareth Southgate is considering Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett for an England call-up this month.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Championship stars Ivan Toney and Max Aarons will reject any approaches to represent Jamaica because they believe they can achieve England call-ups.
    (Daily Mail)


  • South America football chiefs have been asked to consider moving this month's World Cup qualifiers to Europe or other countries not on the "red list" with leading clubs insisting they will not release stars for international duty if they have to quarantine, according to sources.
    (Times)



OTHER STUFF

  • Manchester United's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 26, is set to sign a new contract that will double his wages to around £200,000 a week.
    (Sun)


  • Newcastle United's players are alarmed at the number of days off Steve Bruce continues to schedule amid their fight for Premier League survival.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Marcus Rashford may have to consider undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury after the European Championship finals with England this summer.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Mesut Ozil's horrendous start to life at Fenerbahce took another turn for the worse after missing a simple chance before going off injured in the 1-1 draw against Antalyaspor.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Manchester United have confirmed they accessed a £60m draw-down of their available £200m credit line in order to cover a soaring net debt of £455.5m as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Guardian)


  • Football agent Aidy Ward is under investigation after allegedly breaking FA rules by paying the parent of an England youth player £10,000 to join his agency.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Scottish League One and Two clubs have unanimously decided to reduce their seasons from 27 to 22 games.
    (Sky Sports)
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