Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Pepe, Haaland, Dembele, Phillips, Lingard, Cavani, Mitrovic

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Pepe, Haaland, Dembele, Phillips, Lingard, Cavani, Mitrovic

  • Mikel Arteta has emphatically denied Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for 26-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe in January. (Metro)


  • Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland’s preferred destination if he leaves Borussia Dortmund next year is Real Madrid, although the 21-year-old has yet to make a decision on his future. (Goal)


  • Newcastle United are leading the chase to sign France winger Ousmane Dembele, with Manchester United also interested in the 24-year-old whose contract with Barcelona runs out next summer. (Mundo Deportivo)


  • Barcelona are desperate for attacking reinforcements in January and are considering moves for Manchester United’s 28-year-old England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard and 34-year-old Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. (Mundo Deportivo, via the Sun)


  • Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 25, will reject a move to rivals Manchester United next summer to remain at Elland Road. (Star)


  • Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season and the German will be involved in the process of choosing his permanent successor at Old Trafford. (Star)


  • Manchester City forward Ferran Torres is a target for Barcelona and the Nou Camp club have agreed a deal with the 21-year-old Spain international but have yet to come to an arrangement with the Premier League club. (Marca)


  • Erik ten Hag is the alternative target for Manchester United if their No 1 choice, Mauricio Pochettino, does not become the club’s new manager next summer.(Daily mail)


  • Ed Woodward is set to leave his position as Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman as planned in April with managing director Richard Arnold lined up to succeed him.(Daily mail)


  • The Premier League have risked further tension with Newcastle by extending their ban on related-party sponsorship deals until the middle of next month.(Daily mail)


  • Derby’s administrators Quantuma are resisting the temptation to save money by cutting Wayne Rooney’s salary as they regard the manager as the club’s biggest asset in their attempts to find a buyer.(Daily mail)


  • EFL clubs have been irritated by Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow’s erroneous claim this week that the Premier League have lent the lower divisions £250million to help them through the pandemic.(Daily mail)


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  • Aston Villa will prioritise signing a centre-back and defensive midfielder in January as manager Steven Gerrard looks to strengthen his side. (Football Insider)


  • Tottenham boss Antonio Conte, whose side suffered an embarrassing loss to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, says he is making “evaluations” about his players before speaking with the club. (Mirror)


  • Fulham’s Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 27, has been lined up for a dream move to Juventus. (Tuttosport, via the Sun)


  • Ralf Rangnick’s training ground revolution could see a custom-made clock installed at Manchester United’s Carrington complex to drive the significant changes that are anticipated from the new interim manager.(The daily telegraph)


  • Antonio Conte has warned his Tottenham Hotspur players that he is watching their every move and preparing to speak to the club about which members of his squad will be good enough to fulfil his demands.(The daily telegraph)


  • Covid is a more likely cause of surge in footballers collapsing with heart problems than vaccines, scientists believe(The daily telegraph)


  • English midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka, 18, will not sign a new contract at Aston Villa, putting the Premier League’s biggest clubs on alert, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. (Guardian)


  • Ralf Rangnick has not ruled out becoming Manchester United’s permanent boss in the summer.(The sun)


  • Arsenal could sell club-record buy Nicolas Pepe after England youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka stole his spot.(The sun)


  • Tattooed footballers net 42 per cent more goals than players without inkings, a study found.(The sun)


  • Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky has signed a deal that could open the door to a full takeover of West Ham. (The sun)


  • Tottenham have been sent a bottle of ketchup by a cheeky sauce company after Antonio Conte’s banning of the condiment.(The sun)

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