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Football Rumours on Saturday 5th February 2022
2022-02-05 09:23:23





TRANSFER RUMOURS
  • Manchester City are interested in signing Uruguay centre back Ronald Araujo, 22, who has halted contract renewal talks with Barcelona.
    (Sport)


  • Manchester United are also preparing to make a summer bid for Araujo, whose Barcelona deal expires in 2023.
    (Marca)


  • United are ready to rival Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the race to sign 22-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.
    (Calciomercato)


  • The Red Devils are planning to overhaul their midfield in the summer with West Ham's Declan Rice, 23, his 26-year-old England team-mate Kalvin Phillips from Leeds and RB Leipzig's Mali international Amadou Haidara, 24, all on the club's extensive list of targets.
    (ESPN)


  • Chelsea failed in their latest attempt to tie Germany defender Antonio Rudiger down to a new deal despite offering the 28-year-old close to £200,000 a week amid interest from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Barcelona are interested in signing Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer in the summer. The 32-year-old Spaniard's contract expires at the end of the season.
    (Mundo Deportivo)


  • Adana Demirspor president Murat Sancak claims the club had agreed to sign Dele Alli on loan from Tottenham before the 25-year-old English midfielder joined Everton on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
    (Milliyet)


  • Liverpool and Manchester City could move for 20-year-old England winger Bukayo Saka if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
    (ESPN)


  • Atletico Madrid remain "seriously interested" in signing Aston Villa's Poland full-back Matty Cash, 24, before next season.
    (Fabrizio Romano)


  • Leeds are still interested in signing USA attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, despite having two bids of up to £20m rejected by Red Bull Salzburg in January.
    (Athletic)


  • Liverpool are interested in Juventus striker Paulo Dybala. The 28-year-old Argentine is out of contract in the summer. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are also considering an offer.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Real Madrid are looking at a deal to sign William Saliba, 20, from Arsenal. The French defender, on loan at Marseille, is yet to make a senior appearance under Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.
    (Daily Express)


  • Watford failed with an approach to sign Manchester United's English defender Phil Jones, 29, before the January transfer window shut.
    (Football Insider)


  • Manchester City have joined West Ham and Brentford in showing an interest in Sheffield Wednesday's 16-year-old English forward Bailey Cadamarteri.
    (Sheffield Star)


  • Everton, Brentford and Watford are keeping close tabs on 18-year-old left-back Steve Ngunga, who is impressing with non-league side Rising Ballers.
    (Football Insider)


  • Chicago Fire are close to signing Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 30, from Lyon.
    (MLS Soccer)


  • Palmeiras' 15-year-old striker Endrick, having already been linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, says all young Brazilian players want to play for Barca.
    (Sport)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Sabri Lamouchi has emerged as a candidate for the vacant Sunderland manager's position as the club's search for a replacement for Lee Johnson goes on.
    (Times)


  • Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici is under pressure to deliver after an underwhelming start at the club and Antonio Conte is frustrated with Daniel Levy, who controls the transfer budget.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Everton manager Frank Lampard fined a player for stopping to tie his laces on his first day of training.
    (Sun)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • England and the other home nations will still have to qualify for the Euro 2028 finals if their anticipated bid to host the tournament is successful.
    (Daily Mail)



OTHER STUFF

  • West Ham owner David Sullivan's insistence on giving the club a unilateral option to extend the contract of every player by 12 months is set to earn the Hammers tens of millions this summer.
    (Daily Mail)


  • The option to make five substitutions in a match is set to be made permanent by the game's lawmakers next month.
    (Sky Sports)
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