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Football Rumours on Friday 8th March 2019
2019-03-08 08:42:59


  • Real Madrid will offer Spurs £145m in a double deal for Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino.

  • Real Madrid's Spanish attacking midfielder Isco, 26, is "enraged" with his manager Santiago Solari and has informed his entourage to make contact with Manchester City.

  • Manchester United have opened talks with Sporting about signing 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool.
    (A Bola)

  • Manchester United are considering sending 19-year-old Dutch winger Tahith Chong out on loan for the whole of next season.

  • Liverpool and Everton have been linked with Real Sociedad's Spanish defender Diego Llorente, 25.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Liverpool will look to secure a Premier League loan for Harry Wilson next season - but Brendan Rodgers' arrival at Leicester City may end the Foxes' hopes of signing the 21-year-old Wales winger, who is at Derby County this term.

  • Sevilla's Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 26, rejected a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window.
    (Mundo Deportivo)

  • Lille owner Gerard Lopez has revealed that it will take a bid of at least £43m to prise away Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, while he also denied that sporting director Luis Campos is in talks with Chelsea.
    (RMC Sport)

  • Wolves' Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini, 24, on loan at Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season, wants to stay at the City Ground next term - whether Forest win promotion or not.
    (Express and Star)


  • Former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is favourite to take over at one of his former clubs, Roma, after the Serie A side sacked manager Eusebio di Francesco.
    (Sky Sports))

  • Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to turn down a job working behind the scenes at Paris St-Germain to accept a role as Fifa's head of technical development.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is shocked to have been handed a two-match touchline ban, describing it as "completely unfair".
    (Sky Sports)

  • Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed on a permanent basis by the club on half of the £15m salary of predecessor Jose Mourinho.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to return to Real Madrid until the end of the season.

  • Ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, linked with Chelsea, is wanted back by the Spanish club and also by Juventus.

  • Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed talks over his future have been put on hold until the end of the season.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has played down rumours that Celtic's head of recruitment Lee Congerton will be joining him at the King Power Stadium.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Former Brighton defender Inigo Calderon, 37, has returned to his hometown club Alaves, in Spain, as assistant head coach of their B team until the end of the season.

  • Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been slapped with a €20k fine for his bizarre crotch-grabbing celebration against Juventus.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • England manager Gareth Southgate insists there are no negative aspects to players moving abroad like 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho has done in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.

  • Raheem Sterling possesses an “incredible” ability to rise to challenges and prove doubters wrong, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.
    (Sky Sports)

  • DR Congo are trying to beat England in recruiting Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, to play for them at international level.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Mick McCarthy has included Newport striker Padraig Amond in the first squad of his second spell as Republic of Ireland manager.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Leicester's English striker Jamie Vardy, 32, will be fit to face Fulham on Saturday after having stitches in his tongue following a heavy collision with Ben Foster in the 2-1 defeat at Watford last weekend.
    (Leicester Mercury)

  • Arsenal youth product Emmanuel Frimpong has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 27.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham's England midfielder Dele Alli, 22, hopes to return from injury at Southampton this weekend, having been sidelined by a hamstring injury since 20 January.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Tottenham are moving towards their return to White Hart Lane with Haringey Council giving official notice of traffic restrictions in place for test events from the end of next week.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Charlton have received a fresh offer worth £30m from a former banker who has experience of top-level football.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • At least 12 top-flight clubs plan to write to the Premier League to ask what action it will be taking over alleged breaches of financial fair play by Manchester City.

  • Middlesbrough midfielder John Mikel Obi, 31, says he "would not say to anyone under the age of 30" to move to the Chinese league, with the Nigerian having spent two years at Tianjin Teda FC before his move to the Riverside club.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos had a heated exchange with club president Florentino Perez following the side's Champions League defeat by Ajax, with Perez threatening to sell the 32-year-old centre-back.

  • Agents in England are set for a confrontation with Fifa over suggestions for a new regulation that would cap their fees and make them payable only by the player they represent.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Premier League officials have been left stunned by one of the managers appointed to run their Video Assistant Referees because Adam Carter has never been a top referee.

  • Premier League video assistant referees will be instructed to make the final decisions on contentious moments themselves next season and convey them to the on-field referee, rather than the latter having to consult a pitchside screen.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Thibaut Courtois has escaped charges after the Real Madrid goalkeeper 'threw an object' at a photographer's car.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City have announced they will host a testimonial match for captain Vincent Kompany in September.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has announced his retirement from international football.
    (Sky Sports)

  • A Manchester United fan is having emergency surgery in Paris after being stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver following Wednesday night's Champions League match.
    (Sky Sports)
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