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Football Rumours on Friday 31st December 2021
2021-12-31 09:24:54





TRANSFER RUMOURS
  • Liverpool are interested in Arsenal and England winger Bukayo Saka, 20, whose contract at Emirates Stadium expires in 2024.
    (Daily Express)


  • Liverpool have also made a contract offer to AC Milan's 25-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, whose deal at the San Siro expires at the end of this season.
    (Ansa)


  • Barcelona want to sign 27-year-old Manchester City and Spain defender Aymeric Laporte next summer.
    (Sun)


  • Newcastle are closing in on Lille's £30m-rated Dutch defender Sven Botman, 21, as a key piece of their January transfer business.
    (Daily Mail)


  • The Magpies are also monitoring Juventus' Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, with West Ham and Everton also interested in the 31-year-old.
    (Sun)


  • The agent of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed rumours the 36-year-old wants to leave Manchester United.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Arsenal have identified Real Sociedad and Sweden's Alexander Isak, 22, and Lille and Canada's Jonathan David, 21 as possible options to bolster their forward line.
    (The Athletic)


  • Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is expected to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season in an early January transfer window deal.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Juventus' Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 28, Inter Milan's 29-year-old Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij and Inter's 32-year-old Croatia forward Ivan Perisic could be tempted to join Tottenham in January.
    (Football.London)


  • Chelsea are edging towards a deal for Monaco's 21-year-old French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who may be a cheaper option than West Ham and England's Declan Rice, 22.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Newcastle have put together a "monster" contract offer for Barcelona's unsettled French winger Ousmane Dembele, 24.
    (Rudy Galetti on Twitter)


  • Newcastle are also preparing an offer for Roma's 28-year-old French midfielder Jordan Veretout.
    (Foot Mercato)


  • Watford have enquired about a deal to sign Aston Villa's 26-year-old English defender Kortney Hause in January.
    (Football Insider)


  • Lyon have rejected Chelsea's attempt to recall 27-year-old Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, who is on loan at the Ligue 1 side.
    (L'Equipe,)


  • Brighton youngster Zak Sturge has turned down a contract extension from the club amid transfer interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.
    (Sun)


  • Leeds are interesting in signing 26-year-old Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, currently on loan at Verona from Cagliari, in the summer.
    (Sport Witness)


  • Barcelona have made 29-year-old former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, currently on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, their top target for January.
    (AS)


  • However, Juventus have rejected the offer of a swap deal from Barcelona for Morata involving Dutch forward Memphis Depay, 27.
    (Football Italia)


  • Lyon are planning to offload Xherdan Shaqiri, who is on a reported £3.5m-a-year at the Ligue 1 club, just six months after signing the Swiss winger from Liverpool in the summer.
    (Daily Star)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says the club are not looking to sell 22-year-old Chile international striker Ben Brereton.
    (Lancashire Telegraph)


  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be reprimanded by the Football Association for questioning the impartiality of referee Mike Dean following the draw versus Brighton but he has escaped a formal investigation.
    (Daily Mail)



INTERNATIONAL STUFF

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss at least Arsenal's next five matches after being called up to the Gabon side ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
    (Daily Mail)



OTHER STUFF

  • Arsenal could be left with a skeleton coaching staff for their match against Manchester City on New Year's Day, with Mikel Arteta not alone in testing positive for Covid-19.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Jamie Vardy has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring problem as Leicester's injury issues continue to worsen.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell says he is feeling "positive" after undergoing successful surgery on his knee ligament injury.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Premier League clubs stand to lose millions because of a huge drop in attendances.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Joao Cancelo says he was assaulted by four attackers who stole jewellery from him and tried to hurt his family.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Chelsea have announced post-tax losses of £145.6m for the year up to June 30, 2021.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Mafia bosses are targeting top UEFA referees with cyber-crime attacks to try to fix football matches.
    (Sun)


  • Chinese authorities have banned footballers from getting tattoos and instructed national team players who have been inked to remove or cover them up.
    (Sky Sports)
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