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Football Rumours on Wednesday 19th December 2018
2018-12-19 08:57:54



TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Fulham and England Under-21 goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, 26, is being tracked by fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal and Chelsea are targeting £54m Roma star Cengiz Under in the January transfer window.
    (Daily Express)


  • Chelsea will attempt to beat Arsenal and Manchester City to the signing of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco by making a £70m bid for the Spain international, 26, on Wednesday.
    (Sun)


  • The Blues are also targeting Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, but will have to pay up to £35m for the 26-year-old England international.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Chelsea's Spain striker Alvaro Morato, 26, would "return to Italy in a heartbeat", with a move to AC Milan reportedly on the cards.
    (Sun)


  • Paris St-Germain will not let Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot leave on a free transfer at the end of the season after he refused to extend his deal - so will look to sell the 23-year-old France midfielder in January.
    (L'Equipe)


  • Crystal Palace are keen to sign Liverpool and England striker Dominic Solanke, 21, on loan in January.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Atletico Madrid are unlikely to renew the contract of Filipe Luis, 33, the Brazil and former Chelsea left-back.
    (Marca)


  • Brazil defender Rafinha, 25, could head for China when his contract at Barcelona expires in the summer.
    (Kicker)


  • Everton are looking to sell striker Oumar Niasse, 28, in the January transfer window, with Cardiff City interested in the Senegal forward.
    (Liverpool Echo)


  • Former Real Madrid defender Pepe could make a surprise move from Besiktas to Wolves in January.
    (Daily Mirror)


  • Championship leaders Leeds United could move for Newcastle United's 28-year-old English goalkeeper Karl Darlow in January.
    (Yorkshire Evening Post)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been accidentally unveiled as Manchester United's interim manager on the club's website.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to be considered as a replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, even though the Old Trafford club would have to pay Spurs £34m in compensation.
    (Times)


  • Pochettino does not have a release clause in the new five-year contract he signed in May, meaning United might have to pay as much as £40m for the Argentine.
    (Daily Mail)


  • United have also targeted Paul Mitchell - who worked with Pochettino at Southampton and Spurs before going to RB Leipzig - to become director of football in their new management structure.
    (Daily Star)


  • If the move for Pochettino fails, United will go for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
    (Times)


  • Sir Alex Ferguson's long-time assistant Mike Phelan will return to Old Trafford alongside caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will be a leading contender to take over at Tottenham if Mauricio Pochettino leaves for Manchester United.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari says he is not concerned by speculation linking Mourinho with his job.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Mourinho's 895-day stay at The Lowry hotel in Salford cost £537,000.
    (Guardian)




OTHER STUFF

  • Burton progressed to the Carabao Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium.
    (Sky Sports)


  • France midfielder Paul Pogba will be fined by Manchester United after a post - which was construed by many as welcoming Mourinho's dismissal - appeared on his social media accounts shortly after the news broke.
    (Daily Mail)


  • As many as 90% of Manchester United players were against Mourinho - and even those who liked him felt it was time for change.
    (Independent)


  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new contract with LA Galaxy that will see the striker return to LA for the 2019 MLS season as a 'designated player'.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Tottenham have activated a year-long extension option on Jan Vertonghen's contract to keep him at the club until 2020.
    (Sky Sports)
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