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Football Rumours on Thursday 28th December 2017
2017-12-28 13:34:23

  • Arsenal have had a £35m bid for defender Medhi Benatia, 30, rejected by Juventus.
    (Daily Star)

  • Tottenham will smash through their wage ceiling to give themselves the best chance of keeping record-breaking striker Harry Kane.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester United will not rival Barcelona's interest in 26-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

  • Paris St-Germain are monitoring Marouane Fellaini's situation at United and would be keen to sign the 30-year-old midfielder on a free transfer next summer.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool have smashed the world record transfer fee for a defender by sensationally completing the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk. He will officially become a Liverpool player on Monday, when the January transfer window opens.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool flew a team of doctors to assess Southampton's 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk so they could complete his £75m signing as quickly as possible - and before Manchester City could rival their interest.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Atletico Madrid are happy to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, 24, in the January transfer window.

  • Chelsea failed in a bid for the Belgium international last summer but could return with a new offer.

  • West Ham United are closing in on the signing of 23-year-old Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.

  • Everton have made Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, 26, their number one target in January and could pay £20m for the Turkey international.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Watford are in talks with midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, over a new five-year deal that could be worth £70,000 a week.

  • Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal is being considered for Swansea's vacant manager job.

  • Birmingham are interested in signing 24-year-old Nigeria midfielder Shehu Abdullahi from Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta.
    (Birmingham Mail)

  • Crystal Palace, Everton and Burnley are tracking Angers' 24-year-old Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi.
    (France Football)

  • Athletic Bilbao are "still waiting" for a reply from their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, regarding talks to renew his contract amid interest from Real Madrid.
    (El Pais)

  • Norwich are keen to sign Lyon's 21-year-old attacking midfielder Aldo Kalulu, who has been on loan at Sochaux.
    (France Football)

  • Newcastle's 23-year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic wants to leave the club.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • In reference to Jose Mourinho's comments about not being able to spend enough at Manchester United, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has "been in that position for 21 years" so will "not start to complain now".
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new long-term contract if "he can meet a point of agreement financially".
    (Sky Sports)

  • Swansea City have named Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager until the end of the season with the option of an extension. Carvalhal agreed the deal to take over at Swansea on Wednesday night and travelled to the club overnight to meet his new squad and take training on Thursday morning.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Former England boss Fabio Capello says he will leave Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning next year.

  • Steve McClaren has ended his stint at Maccabi Tel Aviv and it is understood that he wants to pursue a coaching career in England again.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Charlton Athletic chief executive Katrien Meire has announced she will be leaving her role at the end of the month.
    (Sky Sports)

  • West Ham boss David Moyes said helping forward Marko Arnautovic return to form "was just about telling him if he wasn't going to run he wasn't going to play".
    (Evening Standard)


  • The Football Association is confident England will be one of the leading contenders to host the 2030 World Cup.


  • Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has suffered yet another injury setback, the latest in a long series of problems for the defender. Kompany limped off less than 10 minutes into City's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park on Wednesday night with a calf problem.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Marouane Fellaini feels he has been unfairly treated during his time in English football and has become something of a marked man.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu, 41, set a new world record by joining the 26th club of his career.
    (Daily Mail)

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