Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Rudiger, Rice, Mbappe, Asensio, Saka, Coutinho, James, De Ligt

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Rudiger, Rice, Mbappe, Asensio, Saka, Coutinho, James, De Ligt

  • Antonio Rudiger is set to become one of football’s highest-paid defenders in history by quitting Chelsea on a free transfer, potentially for Bayern Munich or Juventus on a £400,000 weekly wage.(Daily mirror)


  • Manchester United are looking at alternatives to 22-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice given West Ham’s £80-90m valuation. (ESPN)


  • Mark Clattenburg claims he was accused of match-fixing back in 2015 by a fellow official after buying a new car.(Daily mail)


  • Tottenham and Arsenal are both open to signing Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho in January with the Catalans potentially contributing 50 per cent of his wage.(Daily mail)


  • Borussia Dortmund are considering Manchester United’s French forward Anthony Martial, 25, as a potential replacement for Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21. (90min)


  • Manchester City will look to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Paris St-Germain’s 22-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe next summer. (Transfer Window, via Mail)


  • Arsenal had a £34m bid for Real Madrid‘s 25-year-old Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio turned down this summer. (Cadena Ser, via Mirror)


  • Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Arsenal’s 20-year-old England forward Bukayo Saka(La Razon, via Star)


  • Chelsea could ask for as many as four Real Madrid players in any potential deal for the Blues’ 21-year-old English right-back Reece James. (Express)


  • Real Madrid are lining up a shock move for Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold in next summer’s transfer window.(The sun)


  • Manchester United could spend more than £160m to bring Erling Haaland and Declan Rice to Old Trafford next summer.(The sun)


  • Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona career hit a new low when he was overlooked by Ronald Koeman against Cadiz and two untried teenagers were selected instead.(The sun)


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  • Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma because “he’s got everything”.(The sun)


  • Chelsea will move on from their pursuit of Sevilla’s French defender Jules Kounde, 22, and PSG’s Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos, 27, to focus on signing Juventus and Netherlands 22-year-old Matthijs de Ligt(Star)


  • Manchester City could have signed Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati over the summer but it appears the Catalan club were only interested in a cash deal, not a swap potentially involving Bernardo Silva or even Raheem Sterling. (Daily star)


  • Juventus remain in negotiations with Argentina forward Paolo Dybala, 27, over a new contract and have made an improved offer. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
  • Ronald Koeman’s departure from Barcelona is only a matter of time because of a combination of the team’s poor results and a rapidly disintegrating relationship with Joan Laporta.(The guardian)
  • Liverpool will not apply to pilot safe standing at Anfield this season despite manager Jurgen Klopp’s support for the idea.(The times)
  • AS Roma are leading the race to sign Rangers strike Ianis Hagi, according to reports in his native Romania, with a price tag of £17m having been set.(Scottish sun)


  • Barcelona will look to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 29, in the January transfer window. (Marca – in Spanish)


  • Former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez could replace under-pressure manager Ronald Koeman at the club. (Marca – in Spanish)


  • Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has given Pep Guardiola a mandate to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in January “at any cost”.(Daily mail)


  • Real Madrid rejected a £34m offer from Arsenal for Marco Asensio over the summer despite doubts whether he will sign a new contract at the Bernabeu.(Daily express)


  • Alexandre Lacazette could be used as a bargaining chip by Arsenal in their pursuit of Sevilla striker YoussefEl-Nesyri. (Daily express)


  • Real Madrid are interested in Chelsea defender Reece James according to reports in Spain, with the Premier League club looking at potential defensive swaps including Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy(Daily express)


  • Manchester United transfer chiefs are becoming more sceptical about making West Ham’s Declan Rice their No 1 midfield target because of his inflated price tag.(Daily mirror)


  • Reims boss Oscar Garcia is putting himself forward as a possible candidate to take over as Barcelona manager, where he previously had a spell as a youth team coach.(Daily Record)

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