Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Gordon, Pique, Messi, Rodgers, Havertz, Pochettino, Zinchenko, Schmeichel

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Gordon, Pique, Messi, Rodgers, Havertz, Pochettino, Zinchenko, Schmeichel

Football Transfer News: Summer transfer closed but, Clubs are still negotiating a possible move ahead of winter window


  • Contract talks between Everton and Anthony Gordon are “progressing well” as the 21-year-old forward, who was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, looks forward to a “substantial” pay increase.
  • Gerard Pique had a special clause in his Barcelona contract to ensure that he earned more money than Sergio Ramos.


  • Paris St-Germain’s signing of Argentina legend Lionel Messi, 35, from Barcelona on a free transfer in August 2021 has so far generated the Ligue 1 club 700m euros (£612m) in income due to commercial deals.


  • Manchester United’s football director John Murtough insists the level of spending seen this summer will not be repeated by the club after the wage bill hit record levels.


  • Argentina’s Mauricio Pochettino, 50, will wait for a top job in England, Spain or Italy and is not interested in taking the head coach role at French club Nice.



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  • Former Bournemouth boss and England midfielder Scott Parker, 41, has emerged as a potential candidate to take over at Nice.
  • UEFA are set to abandon plans to expand the European Championship to 32 teams in time for the 2028 competition, which is on course to be held in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


  • Arsenal duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard should be fit for the North London Derby next weekend.


  • Leicester City intend to give under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers more time to turn things around at the Premier League’s bottom-placed club. However, the reception he receives from fans at the home game against Nottingham Forest could be key to the Northern Irishman’s future at the club.


  • Elliot Anderson could soon swap international allegiance from Scotland to England after his rapid rise at Newcastle United.


  • AC Milan owner Gerry Cardinale will return to Italy in October when the contract renewals of manager Stefano Pioli and Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23, will be among his priorities.


  • England midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21, is catching the eye as a number 10 after starting four consecutive games while on loan from Chelsea at Bayer Leverkusen.


  • David Beckham has landed yet another multi-million pound pay day for fronting a new Qatar World Cup advertising campaign.


  • Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 35, has made a poor first impression at Nice since his summer transfer from Leicester City, after arriving overweight and upsetting management and team-mates by flouting club rules.
  • Louis van Gaal has axed veteran goalkeeper Tim Krul from Holland’s World Cup squad for ‘refusing to take part in penalty tests’.


  • Roma boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he still has “a few more years” left in him before he calls time on his career after 22 years in management.


  • South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, who has been linked with Manchester United, has a release clause in his Napoli contract of about 50m euros. But, as it cannot be activated in the January transfer window, any club wanting to sign the 25-year-old will have to wait until next summer.


  • Barcelona will have the option of terminating Spain centre-back Gerard Pique’s contract in June 2023 – one year early – if the 35-year-old defender features in less than 35% of games this term.


  • Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 28, says “the last few years at Juventus weren’t easy” and the change of moving to Roma in the summer “did me good”.

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