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Football Rumours on Friday 8th February 2019
2019-02-08 08:44:27



TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal are leading the race to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo, 23. Manchester City, Napoli and Inter Milan have all been linked with the Spanish left-back.
    (ESPN)


  • (Mundo Deportivo) Tottenham and Arsenal are monitoring Borussia Monchengladbach and Germany centre-back Matthias Ginter, 25.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Spurs are also interested in Leicester City's English midfielder James Maddison, 22, as a potential replacement for 26-year-old Denmark international Christian Eriksen, who is a target for Real Madrid.
    (Daily Express)


  • Paris St-Germain could make a summer move for Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27.
    (Sun)


  • National League side Dulwich Hamlet have signed goalkeeper Simon Jorgensen, who stands at nearly 6ft 11in, four inches taller than Peter Crouch.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Juventus' 24-year-old Italy defender Daniele Rugani - who is a target for Chelsea - is set to receive an improved contract until 2023 at the Serie A club.
    (ESPN)


  • (Calciomercato) Liverpool and Chelsea are both keen to bring in Brescia's 18-year-old Italy Under-19 midfielder Sandro Tonali, with the Serie B club, who are top of the league, demanding a 50m euro (£43.8m) fee if they are promoted to Serie A this season.
    (Football.London)


  • Manchester United remain interested in three centre-backs - 27-year-old Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Senegal, Inter Milan's Slovakia international Milan Skriniar, 23, and 22-year-old Denmark Under-21 international Joachim Andersen of Sampdoria.
    (ESPN)


  • (Manchester Evening News) Chelsea sent scouts to watch Portuguese trio Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes in the Lisbon derby. Midfielder Felix, 19, and defender Dias, 21, play for Benfica, with midfielder Fernandes, 24, in the Sporting Lisbon side.
    (ESPN)


  • (O Jogo) Manchester United may move for Felix as contract talks with 30-year-old Spanish midfielder Juan Mata have stalled.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Ireland Under-19 striker Ali Reghba is unlikely to sign a permanent deal at Leicester City, despite impressing during a trial spell at the Premier League club.
    (Leicester Mercury)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Daniel Levy has three weeks to get Tottenham's new stadium ready - or face staying at Wembley for the rest of the season.
    (Sun)


  • Paul Heckingbottom and Michael Appleton are the only two remaining candidates to replace Neil Lennon as manager of Hibernian.
    (Daily Record)


  • Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is to hold talks with Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta over taking charge at the Italian club for a second time.
    (DailyMirror)




INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Former Portugal and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz has been named the new head coach of Colombia.
    (Sky Sports)




OTHER STUFF

  • The body recovered from the plane wreckage on the sea bed of the English Channel has been identified as Emiliano Sala.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Linesman Simon Beck will not officiate a Premier League game this weekend after his offside blunder allowed Liverpool to score their goal in the 1-1 draw with West Ham.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester City are hopeful of further strengthening their ties with China by agreeing a pre-season tour in Asia.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Ander Herrera is keen to stay at Manchester United as discussions over a new contract for the 29-year-old Spain midfielder continue.
    (Independent)


  • Former Northern Ireland international Chris Baird has announced his retirement after 18 years as a professional footballer.
    (Sky Sports)


  • More than 100 officials and staff members from Molde have been invited to Manchester United's Champions League date with Paris Saint-Germain to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently "on loan" at Old Trafford.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has drafted in Steve Parish and Ed Woodward to help him find a new Premier League chief executive after becoming frustrated by the recruitment process.
    (Daily Mail)


  • A joint British and Irish bid for the 2030 World Cup will move closer on Friday when executives meet to discuss plans for possible venues in Rome.
    (Times)


  • Manchester United's England forward Marcus Rashford, 21, is in advanced talks over an improved, long-term contract that will more than double his wages to £200,000 a week.
    (Daily Star)
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