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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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.

  • 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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