Sunday’s Transfer Gossip: Mourinho, Lingard, Haaland, Benitez, Dembele, Torres

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Mourinho, Lingard, Haaland, Benitez, Dembele, Torres

  • Everton could make a move for former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, currently in charge at Roma, if they decide to sack manager Rafael Benitez. (Daily Star on Sunday)


  • Newcastle United have prioritised the signing of England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard in January and are prepared to make the 28-year-old, whose contract with Manchester United runs out in the summer, the club’s highest earner. (Times – subscription required)


  • Former Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo has rejected the chance to become director of football at Newcastle. (Sunday Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted 21-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who is rumoured to have a £75m buyout clause in his contract, can leave the club “under certain conditions”. (Sunday Mirror)


  • Barcelona are willing to offer 24-year-old France winger Ousmane Dembele, 28-year-old France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 29, or French defender Clement Lenglet, 26, as part of a deal to sign Spain forward Ferran Torres, 21, from Manchester City – but the English side are not keen on any of them. (Marca – in Spanish)


  • Tottenham have joined Manchester United and Newcastle United in wanting to bring in Dembele, whose contract with Barcelona runs out in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)


  • Premier League clubs are considering clauses in new contracts to ensure players are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.(The sunday telegraph)


  • Yorkshire are facing claims within the club that the decision to sack the entire coaching staff over the Azeem Rafiq case was based on “money rather than morals”.(The sunday telegraph)


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  • Ralf Rangnick has targeted turning Manchester United into “pressing monsters” but has warned he will need time like his coaching apprentice, Jurgen Klopp, had at Liverpool. (The sunday telegraph)


  • Italian club Juventus are also trying to sign Dembele and Barcelona are not ruling out Paris St-Germain entering the fray for the forward. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • John McGuinn is still on Manchester United’s radar as they prepare for a new future under Ralf Rangnick. (The sun on Sunday)


  • Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32million release clause now.(The sun on sunday)


  • Rafa Benitez is open to selling keeper Jordan Pickford to raise funds at Everton – but the asking price makes that hard.(The sun on sunday)


  • Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is a shock £30million target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain. (The sun on sunday)


  • Umtiti is one of the options being considered by AC Milan as they look to reinforce their defence following an injury to Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer, 32. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • Arsenal and Totttenham are interested in Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, 21, and want the Sweden international on loan with an option to buy rather than a permanent deal. (Calciomercato, via Football Italia)


  • Leeds United have agreed a deal with Espanyol to sign striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez from the Spanish club. The 18-year-old was born in Spain, but qualifies for England through his parents. (Mail on Sunday)


  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is open to former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure gaining coaching experience with the Gunners. Toure, 38, is currently working with Tottenham. (Sunday Mirror)


  • Newcastle United have been told their fans’ banners in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign must not be used to ‘try to quell the debate’ about their ownership by Saudi Arabia.(The mail)


  • Mikel Arteta has insisted there is no rift between him and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (The mail)


  • Yaya Toure is a phone call away from gaining a coaching role with Arsenal. (The mail)

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