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Football Rumours on Saturday 16th March 2019
2019-03-16 08:31:06



TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Fulham are quoting an asking price of £40m for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
    (Times)


  • Arsenal are believed to be one of a number of clubs interested in 33-year-old Ecuador right-back Antonio Valencia, after his father said he would definitely not stay in Manchester.
    (Metro)


  • Arsenal are also thought to be leading the race to sign AC Milan's Spain forward Suso, 25, because of Roma sporting director Monchi's imminent arrival.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Arsenal held talks with Rennes over the French side's 21-year-old winger Ismaila Sarr immediately after their Europa League contest.
    (Sun)


  • Real Madrid are targeting Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 24, as part of their rebuilding plans.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • France defender Samuel Umtiti, 25, would like to join Manchester City or Manchester United if he leaves Barcelona this summer.
    (Calciomercato)


  • Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud, 32, says there is no chance he will stay at the club should he continue in his current limited role.
    (Sun)


  • Barcelona director Eric Abidal visited the San Siro on Thursday to scout Eintracht Frankfurt's 21-year-old Serbia midfielder Luka Jovic.
    (ESPN)


  • (Marca) Newcastle's Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, 30, could quit the club amid interest from Juventus and a title-challenging Premier League club.
    (Chronicle)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Arsenal are in danger of missing out on former Roma sporting director Monchi, after La Liga side Sevilla held productive talks with the 50-year-old Spaniard.
    (Metro)


  • Newcastle Boss Rafaeal Benitez says he is hopeful of persuading midfielder Isaac Hayden to stay at Newcastle, despite the 23-year-old requesting a move in the past two transfer windows. Benitez believes the ex-Arsenal man has the potential to play for England.
    (Chronicle)


  • Steven Gerrard has vowed to take Rangers from toxic to trophy winners or pay the ultimate price by the end of next season.
    (Daily Record)


  • Returning Real manager Zinedine Zidane has warned the club's Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 26, over his poor recent form.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has already decided which players will leave Old Trafford in the summer, with 33-year-old Ecuador right-back Antonio Valencia certain to go.
    (Manchester Evening News)


  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a spending spree in the summer, adding that the focus will be on developing a team '100% at its best'.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he tried to bring 22-year-old defender Ben Chilwell to Liverpool when he was managing the Reds.
    (Daily Mirror)




INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • England manager Gareth Southgate is set to call up James Ward-Prowse following Jordan Henderson's injury blow.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Republic of Ireland have called up Kevin Long and Josh Cullen for the Euro 2020 Qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Pep Guardiola has urged England to allow John Stones not to report for duty, saying the Manchester City defender is unfit for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.
    (Guardian)




OTHER STUFF

  • Fulham players were left baffled by Claudio Ranieri's bizarre training regime of playing handball the day before games.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester City are expected to be hit with the same FIFA transfer ban as Chelsea for allegedly breaching rules on youth players.
    (Times)


  • Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, could be facing a ban by Uefa after appearing to swear at Atletico Madrid fans during their Champions League last-16 tie.
    (La Gazzetta dello Sport)


  • Manchester City want to hire Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi as an academy coach when he retires as a player.
    (Sun)


  • Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot were both fined £150,000 for turning up late to a Paris Saint-Germain team meeting.
    (Sun)
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