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Football Rumours on Saturday 19th December 2020
2020-12-19 08:59:35


  • Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Slavia Prague's Abdallah Sima, dubbed the new Thierry Henry - but face a £50m bill for his signature.

  • Mesut Ozil is set to stay at Arsenal until his contract expires at the end of the season but the 32-year-old German midfielder has interest from several clubs, including Fenerbahce.

  • Out-of-favour Tottenham and Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, will leave Spurs in January, with Benfica making the decision to cut short his loan spell, which was supposed to run until the end of the season.
    (Sport Witness)

  • Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 27, and Italy midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, 26, are among the players being offered to Manchester United as Juventus look for ways to put together a deal to re-sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27.

  • Brighton and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 24, is being closely followed by Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window as a potential replacement for Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, who is out of contract in the summer.

  • Inter Milan are in competition for the signature of Wijnaldum with Barcelona.

  • Sheffield United are interested in signing Manchester United and England forward Jesse Lingard, 28, on loan in the January transfer window.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • Liverpool target Ozan Kabak, 20, is close to making a decision about his future but Schalke's Turkish centre-back is said to favour a move to AC Milan.
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City are prepared to listen to offers for out-of-favour Ukraine left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, 24, in January.
    (90 Min)

  • Crystal Palace are open to selling English defender James Tomkins, 31, next month, with new West Brom manager Sam Allardyce linked with a move for his former player.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Liverpool have no plans to recall English winger Harvey Elliot, 17, from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Norwich are targeting the signing of a new left-back in January amid concerns over injured on-loan Spanish defender Xavi Quintilla, 24. The Canaries are also braced for interest in Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia, 23, who has been linked with Arsenal and Aston Villa.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Brighton will recall Poland midfielder Jakub Moder, 21, from his loan stint at Lech Poznan on 1 January.

  • Rangers will accept a six-figure fee for Greg Stewart in January, the 30-year-old Scottish forward is out of contract at the end of the season.
    (Football Insider)

  • The signing of Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, has helped Everton land a first ever commercial deal in Colombia, with a new official betting partner in the South American country.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Premier League clubs could raid the French market in January, in anticipation of making some bargain signings due to the collapse of the Ligue 1 TV deal.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is weighing up a January move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco but faces competition from Juventus, AC Milan and Everton.

  • Jose Mourinho has phoned Luka Modric about a sensational return to Tottenham, according to reports in Spain.
    (Daily Express)

  • Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has raised the prospect of a reunion with Sami Khedira as he refused to rule out a move for the Juventus and Germany midfielder, 33.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Brighton boss Graham Potter has suggested Mathew Ryan can leave next month, saying it was important to allow the 28-year-old Australia goalkeeper "freedom" to play more games if that was not happening at the Amex.

  • Steve Bruce believes next month's transfer window could be the "quietest" one yet but the Newcastle boss is monitoring those players who will be out of contract next summer.
    (Newcastle Chronicle)

  • Pep Guardiola has insisted he will not be forced into the transfer market next month to solve Manchester City's goal drought - but warned his players that they can forget about winning the title unless they put a run together soon.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains committed to forcing his way into Gareth Southgate's England squad despite repeated overtures to switch his allegiance to DR Congo.


  • Former West Brom midfielder James Morrison has been promoted to join Sam Allardyce's first-team coaching staff, with the club also bringing in ex-Middlesbrough and Tranmere defender Robbie Stockdale as first-team coach.
    (Express & Star)

  • Michail Antonio has signed a new contract at West Ham to keep him at the club until 2023.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Investors ALK Capital aim to complete their £200m takeover of Burnley before the end of the year.
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