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Football Rumours on Saturday 15th August 2020
2020-08-15 09:36:36






TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Newcastle are interested in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 30, who spent last season on loan at Roma and is also a target for his old club Fulham.
    (Newcastle Chronicle)


  • Arsenal are set to step up their efforts to sign midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, from Atletico Madrid.
    (Daily Star)


  • However, the Gunners could face competition from Juventus for the Ghana international's signature.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester City are preparing a £40m bid for England and Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 24.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester United are willing to offer £70m-rated Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 25, a long-term deal worth £150,000 a week to sign from Atletico Madrid this summer.
    (Daily Star)


  • Meanwhile, Manchester United are considering a swap deal in which France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, would return to Juventus with Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 26, moving the other way.
    (Tuttosport)


  • Arsenal have completed the signing of Willian on a three-year deal.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Chelsea's hopes of signing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 27, have been boosted with the La Liga club reportedly keen to replace the Slovenia international.
    (Football London)


  • The Blues may offer fellow keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico in part-exchange as they are reluctant to meet the Spanish club's £110m asking price for Oblak.
    (Daily Star)


  • On-loan Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, 31, has not interest in joining Paris St-Germain despite reports the French side are interested in the Nigerian, who is on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until January.
    (Manchester Evening News)


  • Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juventus to sign Mexico international Raul Jimenez, 29, from Wolves to be his new strike partner next season.
    (Gazzetta dello Sport)


  • Lille turned down a 20m euro (£18.1m) offer from Everton for defender Gabriel, 22, because they have an agreement to sell him to Napoli, despite Arsenal and Manchester United also showing interest in the Brazilian.
    (Gianluca di Marzio)


  • Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez says 10 clubs in Europe are interested in signing him after the 27-year-old Argentine's impressive end to the season.
    (Marca)


  • Jan Vertonghen has joined Benfica on a three-year deal after leaving Tottenham.
    (Sky Sports)


  • West Brom and West Ham are interested in signing Brazilian full-back Junior Caicara, 31, for £3m from Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir.
    (Sun)


  • West Ham are also in a three-way battle with Napoli and favourites Inter Milan for Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine defender Vitaliy Mykolenko, 21.
    (Sky Sport Italia)


  • Inter Milan are capable of signing Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, from Barcelona, according to the Serie A club's former president Massimo Moratti.
    (Quotidiano)


  • Jeremy Ngakia has joined Watford on a free transfer after leaving West Ham on July 1.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Inter are also keen on Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 29.
    (Gazetta dello Sport)


  • Covid-19 travel restrictions could scupper a potential transfer for Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek to either Manchester United or Real Madrid, who are both interested in the 23-year-old.
    (Fox Sports)


  • Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City after a breakthrough in talks.
    (Times)


  • Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie's move to Hertha Berlin has fallen through, with Wolves, Southampton and Leicester also interested in the 21-year-old USA international.
    (Bild)


  • Preston are hoping to sign Charlton and Zimbabwe striker Macauley Bonne, 24, for £500,000.
    (Sun)


  • Everton are close to a deal to send 21-year-old midfielder Beni Baningime on loan to League One club Blackpool for next season.
    (Liverpool Echo)




MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka has suggested he will ask Jose Mourinho if Tottenham can loan him players.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Barcelona coach Quique Setien is set to be sacked after their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Friday - and Mauricio Pochettino, Xavi and Ronald Koeman are the leading contenders to succeed Setien at the Nou Camp.
    (Mundo Deportivo)


  • Indeed, reports in Spain claim former Tottenham and Southampton boss Pochettino had already held talks with Barcelona days before Friday's drubbing.
    (Daily Express)




OTHER STUFF

  • Lee Cattermole has announced his retirement from professional football and the 32-year-old will now focus on his securing his coaching badges.
    (Sky Sports)


  • In an incredible Champions League encounter, Bayern Munich decimated an insipid Barcelona to reach the semi-finals, winning 8-2 in Lisbon.
    (Sky Sports)
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