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Friday's Transfer Gossip: Costa, Ronaldo, Bale, Trossard, Arteta, Rabiot, Moukoko, Santos

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Chelsea have reportedly made contact over a deal for Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who is also being tracked closely by Manchester United.

 

  • Ronaldo and Argentina’s Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi, 35, could work together at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid, with the current tournament in Qatar expected to be their last.

 

  • Barcelona are shifting their focus from new signings to contract negotiations with the club’s most talented young players at the turn of the year.

 

  • The sale price for Manchester United could be lower than some analysts have predicted because of the costs likely to be incurred by any purchaser on updating a crumbling Old Trafford.

 

  • Gareth Bale appears to have banned himself from the golf simulator at Wales’ hotel in Qatar in a bid to avoid any further problems with his back.

 

  • Chelsea are ready to open talks with Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, whose contract at Brighton expires next summer.

 

  • Newcastle will rival Barcelona for the signature of Vasco da Gama‘s 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos.

 

  • Paris St-Germain are considering leaving the Parc des Princes and potentially moving to the Stade de France.

 

  • Chelsea are ready to open talks with Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, whose contract at Brighton expires next summer.

 

Read Also: Portugal vs Ghana 3-2 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Switzerland vs Cameroon 1-0 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Laimer, Ronaldo, Rabiot, Pulisic, Depay, Diaby, De Ketelaere, Rice

 

  • Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to sign Portugal and former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37.
  • Bournemouth are set to confirm caretaker boss Gary O’Neil as their new permanent manager.

 

  • Inter Milan will extend the loan spell of Chelsea’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 29, by another year.

 

  • Arsenal are concerned about keeping hold of their Spanish manager Mikel Arteta, 40, as Barcelona have set their sights on making their former youth player their future coach.

 

  • France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, says the World Cup can help him earn a new contract at Juventus, where his current deal expires in the summer, or a move elsewhere.

 

  • A growing number of clubs believe Germany striker Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, is ready to leave Borussia Dortmund when his contract expires at the end of the season.

 

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

 

  • Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Sevilla’s Morocco international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, 31.

 

  • Real Madrid‘s Brazil forward Rodrygo, 21, may have to pay a termination clause of 7m euros (£6m) after splitting from his agent Nick Arcuri.

 

  • Dundee United owner Mark Ogren is looking for the club to climb off the foot of the Scottish Premiership and is committed to investing in the team after posting improved financial figures.

 

  • Real Madrid say it “would not make sense in our sports project” to bring Ronaldo back to the club for a second spell.

 

  • Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva believes Portugal team-mate Ronaldo has proved that he can still play at the top level after making World Cup history.

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: De Jong, Arteta, Bellingham, Rashford, De Gea, Maddison, Martinez, Pochettino

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

  • Barcelona will hold talks with Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong at the end of the season about the money the 25-year-old is owed and his wages moving forward.

 

  • Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning a raid on Italian giants Juventus for two of their most prized players, in a double deal worth around £103m (€115m).

 

  • England midfielder Jude Bellingham could leave Borussia Dortmund for £85m next summer as long as the entire fee is paid up front, with Manchester City convinced they will beat Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United to the 19-year-old’s signature.

 

  • RB Leipzig are reportedly plotting a move for Dinamo Zagreb’s Josip Sutalo as a replacement for Chelsea target Josko Gvardiol.

 

Read Also: Czech Republic 0-4 Portugal Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Thomas Partey Suffers Injury Blow On International Duty

 

• Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Vlahovic, Baena, Chalobah, Traore, Griezmann, Richarlison, Keita, Maddison

 

  • Arsenal sent scouts to watch Rennes midfielder Lovro Majer, who has been dubbed the next Luka Modric, while he was playing for Croatia against Denmark.

 

  • Barcelona will try to extend former Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin’s deal with them beyond the summer but the 27-year-old Spain international may want to return to Real Betis, where he was on loan last season.

 

  • Former Tottenham and Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on the possibility of managing Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard is currently in charge of the Midlands club.

 

  • Newcastle United failed to sign Leicester City playmaker James Maddison in the summer but plan to submit a new bid for the 25-year-old England international in January, when he will have 18 months left on his Foxes contract.
  • Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez, 30, has been identified by Atletico Madrid as a potential replacement for Jan Oblak should they lose the 29-year-old Slovenia keeper.

 

  • Manchester United will trigger a 12-month option to extend to England forward Marcus Rashford’s deal, which runs out next summer, if they cannot agree a new contract with the 24-year-old.

 

  • Manchester United are considering whether to take up an option to extend Spain keeper David de Gea’s contract until 2024, with the 31-year-old’s current deal running out next summer.

 

  • Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, whose contract at Barcelona runs out at the end of the season, has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States but the 34-year-old says he has yet to make decision on his future.

 

  • Chelsea are prepared to pay £30m for Fulham’s 17-year-old forward Luke Harris, who was called up by Wales for games with Belgium and Poland during the international break.

 

  • Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans in January and hope his relationship with former Belgium coach Graeme Jones will tilt the balance in their favour.

 

  • Everton and Brazil midfielder Allan, 31, has agreed to join United Arab Emirates club Al-Wahda.
  • Former Tottenham and England defender Danny Rose, 32, is in talks to join Wigan.

 

  • Arsenal had reportedly agreed, and shaken hands, on a £2.6m deal with Penarol to sign Federico Valverde in 2014 before Real Madrid snatched him from under their noses – he is now said to be worth more than £80m.

 

  • Chelsea are plotting a swoop for Fulham teenager Luke Harris in January and are prepared to offer a blockbuster deal worth up to £30m.
  • Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid should they lose Jan Oblak.

“I Am Very Happy With him”: Arteta Rules Out Marquinho Loan

Arsenal are not planning to loan out winger Marquinhos before the summer transfer window shuts.

The 19-year-old joined the club in the summer from Sao Paulo for £3million and he was viewed as a player for the future.

The Brazilian, however, has impressed since joining and now Mikel Arteta has revealed he won’t be leaving on loan until at least January.

 

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Mikel Arteta:

“We are going to keep him here for another few months and make sure he establishes himself at the club and in the team, and after that we will see what is the best movement in terms of his development.”

“I am very happy with him. He’s adapted really well.

He’s a really likeable figure in the dressing room and around Colney, even if his language is not great yet.

“I think his physicality has been pretty exceptional for someone who has come in from Brazil, a different way to train and the way he’s done it.

“I think he’s got very good qualities for the way we want to play.

“For every player there is the option to play. If he trains and convinces that he has the level to do that, of course he’s going to have opportunities.”

Oleksandr Zinchenko Agrees Contract With Arsenal

Oleksandr Zinchenko has agreed a four-year contract with Arsenal ahead of his prospective move to north London.

Arsenal are looking to improve their midfield options and Zinchenko wants to play in his more natural position, having largely featured as a left back at the Etihad.

Terms over his contract at the Emirates are agreed in principle as the two sides continue to move towards the conclusion of the deal.

 

Read Also: How Arsenal Could Line Up With Oleksandr Zinchenko As He Nears Mikel Arteta Reunion

 

The transfer is set to be worth in excess of £30m with further add-ons.

Arsenal have batted off a number of other sides to move into pole position for Zinchenko, with the likes of Juventus, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

Further movement on the deal came after Manchester United signed Lisandro Martinez, who was a target for Mikel Arteta.

Zinchenko joins Gabriel Jesus in swapping Manchester City for Arsenal this summer, with the Brazilian taking to life with the Gunners in fine style.

With the Ukrainian departing, Guardiola and City will move to find a replacement, with Brighton star Marc Cucurella at the top of their list.

Gabriel Jesus Reveals Mikel Arteta Impacts In Signing For Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has admitted he is looking forward to working with Mikel Arteta again after signing for Arsenal, while he joins a long list of Gunners recruits in admitting that he adored club legend Thierry Henry as a youngster.

Speaking to Arsenal’s club channels, Jesus revealed that former Manchester City assistant coach Arteta played a key role in selling the project and convincing him to make the move to north London.

 

Read Also: Official: Arsenal Confirm Signing Of Gabriel Jesus In £45m Deal

 

Jesus said:

“We spoke a couple of times about the club, the players, the project and the future.

I believe 100 per cent in Mikel. I had a very good time with him before, he’s a very good guy and a very good coach as well.”

“He helped me a lot [at Manchester City]. We would always stick together after the training sessions and do some finishing or something.

He’s a very intelligent guy and was an amazing player, so if he knows something he can teach me or the young players.”

Jesus added that he appreciated Henry as a child and he is relishing the chance to play for another ‘big club’.

“I followed Arsenal when I was young because of Henry.

Obviously I didn’t follow too many European teams but when I saw some of the players that played here, I was like ‘wow, this club is big’.

When I played against Arsenal I was looking at the Emirates and it was a very good stadium, so I’m very excited to play here.”

“I’m so happy to sign for this big club. Since day one when I knew I could come to play for Arsenal, I was happy.

I know the staff, I know some players, the Brazilian ones.

I know there are a lot of top players. They are young and I’m still young as well, so I am so happy to be here to help.

I come to help, to learn as well and to try to do my best.”

During his unveiling on social media, Jesus added:

“Football, to me, is art. I want to play somewhere where I can express myself with a team that want to play the beautiful game, embracing the spirit of Brazilian football.

“I want to make people happy, and that’s why I’m here. Let’s make some memories.”

Aaron Ramsdale Reveals He Would Take On Arsenal Captaincy

Aaron Ramsdale has revealed he would take on the Arsenal captaincy if asked but admitted any such decision is down to manager Mikel Arteta.

The former Bournemouth and Sheffield United goalkeeper has impressed since his summer move to the Emirates,

helping the Gunners into a position of strength in the Champions League qualification race with a string of top performances.

The long-term captaincy at Arsenal is up in the air.

Previous skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January and Alexandre Lacazette has since taken on the role.

However, the French striker’s contract expires in the summer and there is no guarantee he will stay in north London next season.

Ramsdale is part of a young core impressing at Arsenal and says he would not turn down the opportunity to captain the Gunners if Arteta asked him.

 

Read Also: Watford Vs Arsenal 2-3 Highlights (Watch&Download)

 

Ramsdale:

“Listen, I’d take the responsibility but that’s down to the manager.”

“We’ve got a lot of strong characters, though, and a lot of people who I think would be good captains.

“Just to be told ‘you’re in a leadership role’ – I’d relish whatever.

You never turn down a captaincy and I think I’d excel if I was given the armband, but that’s down to the boss.”

Ramsdale has recorded 12 Premier League clean sheets so far this season,

with only Brazilian stoppers Alisson and Ederson – both on 16 – bettering that tally.

Arsenal are currently fourth in England’s top flight, three points ahead of Tottenham with a game in hand on their north London rivals.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Messi, Conte, Arteta, Haaland, Tuchel, Lewandowski,  Haller

  • Argentine forward Lionel Messi has no plans to leave PSG and, even though the 34-year-old has been linked with former club Barcelona, there has been no contact with the Spanish side. (Mail)

 

  • Paris St-Germain have made contact with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who apparently has a clause in his contract which will allow him to leave Spurs at the end of the season. (Calciomercato, via Football Italia)

 

  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is one of a number of names on PSG’s list of possible replacements for manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the Spaniard says he is “extremely happy” at the Gunners. (Mirror)

 

  • Borussia Dortmund adviser Matthias Sammer has hinted 21-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland will be leaving the German club to join Manchester City. (Amazon Prime, via Goal)

 

  • Haaland has also been linked with Real Madrid but will have to reduce his salary demands if he is to move to the Spanish club. (Marca)

 

Read Also: Arsenal Vs Liverpool 0-2 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• UCL: Lille Vs Chelsea 1-2 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Mallorca VS Real Madrid 0-3 Highlights (Watch& Download)

 

  • Clubs interested in signing Haaland will have to meet the release clause in his contract – which is believed to be £63m – by the end of April. (Bild, via 90 Min)

 

  • AC Milan have begun talks to sign 26-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi on a free transfer in the summer when his contract with Liverpool runs out. (Calciomercato)

 

  • West Ham are interested in signing 30-year-old France striker Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer. (Teamtalk)

 

  • Inter Milan directors have met the agents of 27-year-old Ajax striker Sebastien Haller, with the Dutch club’s asking price for the Ivory Coast international believed to be about 35m euros (£29.4m). (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

 

  • Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says the Foxes have opened contract talks with 23-year-old midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. (Leicester Mercury)

 

  • Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui are part of Manchester United’s shortlist as the club look for a new manager. (Guardian)

 

  • Tuchel has overtaken PSG boss Pochettino as Manchester United’s number one choice to become their new manager and the Old Trafford side would like to appoint the German before the end of the season. (Star)

 

  • Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum’s preference will be a move back to the Premier League if the 31-year-old does not feel he is part of PSG’s long-term plans. (Teamtalk)

 

  • Poland striker Robert Lewandowski’s agent says there have been no discussions with Bayern Munich about extending the 33-year-old’s deal with the German club. (Kicker, via 90 Min)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Opens Up On Mikel Arteta Relationship

The Garbon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his rocky relationship with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during his presentation as a Barcelona player.

Former Arsenal striker joined Barça on a free transfer on Wednesday.

Bringing a lengthy saga to an end. A few weeks prior to his exit,

Arteta stripped him the Arsenal captaincy for multiple disciplinary breaches and was dropped from the first-team squad, an incident which characterised the pair’s rocky history.

When quizzed about the tail end of his Gunners career on Thursday,

 

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Aubameyang said:

“[It was] a difficult few months. I’ve never wanted to do anything wrong, it’s in the past.”

Asked if the problem was just with Arteta:

“Yeah, I think it was just with him. I can’t say much, he wasn’t happy, I stayed calm and that’s it.”

 

Although his time at the Emirates Stadium ended on a sour note.

Aubameyang did enjoy plenty of success during the early portion of his Arsenal career.

Netting 22 Premier League goals in his first two full seasons at the club, as well as bagging the winner in the 2020 FA Cup final.

Barcelona will be hoping he can replicate that form for the rest of the campaign,

though Aubameyang did point out that he may need some time to get back up to speed.

Auba:

“I haven’t played a game in a long time but it’s very clear in my head that I’ll be ready soon to play and to help.

I know we’re going to get back to the top little by little.”

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Vlahovic, Arteta, Sterling, Haaland, Alvarez, David, Zakaria, Traore

  • Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic “dreams” of playing in the Premier League, but the 21-year-old Serbia international would prefer a move to Manchester City over Arsenal. (La Repubblica – in Italian)

 

  • Arsenal are set to offer manager Mikel Arteta, 39, a new two-year deal before the end of the season to fend off potential interest from Manchester City. (Mail)

 

  • England forward Raheem Sterling, 27, was open to the idea of joining Barcelona on loan from Manchester City before the La Liga side decided to pursue 21-year-old Spain winger Ferran Torres, who moved to the Nou Camp in a £46.3m deal earlier this month. (Athletic – subscription required)

 

  • Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona have enquired about the availability of Lille’s 22-year-old Canada striker Jonathan David, who has scored 12 goals in 21 Ligue 1 games this season. (TSN)

 

  • Liverpool are ready to battle Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, 25, who has six months left on his Borussia Monchengladbach contract. (ESPN)

 

  • Tottenham are edging closer to agreeing a deal with Wolves to sign Adama Traore having seen a £15m bid for the 25-year-old Spain winger turned down earlier this week. (Athletic)

 

  • Argentina forward Julian Alvarez is close to joining Manchester City from River Plate on a five-year deal, but the 21-year-old will stay at the Argentine club until June. (Guardian)

 

  • Manchester United have expressed interest in Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, with Roma also monitoring the 22-year-old Frenchman’s situation. (Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness)

 

Read Also: Premier League: MatchDay 23 Predictions

 

• Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Martial, Mbappe, Ndombele, Lingard, Bakker, Pogba, Dembele

 

• Spanish Cup: Elche Vs Real Madrid 1-2 (AET) Highlights (Watch&Download)

 

  • Burnley have made a bid to sign Iran striker Sardar Azmoun, 27, from Zenit St Petersburg. Azmoun, who has six months left on his Zenit deal, has also been linked with Lyon and Juventus. (Athletic)

 

  • Brazil playmaker Oscar, 30, has confirmed he has held talks with Barcelona about signing for the Catalan giants from Shanghai Port, who he joined from Chelsea in 2017. (TNT Sports – in Portuguese)

 

  • Manchester United have ended their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland after being told that the 21-year-old Norway international would prefer a move to Real Madrid. (ESPN)

 

  • Paris St-Germain’s move for Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has hit a snag with the French club struggling to convince one of their players to be included in a swap deal for the 25-year-old. The France international is also attracting interest from Roma and Napoli as well as clubs in Spain and Germany. (TF1 via Get French Football News)

 

  • Germany defender Antonio Rudiger is demanding a contract worth £46m in total before agreeing to extend his Chelsea deal. The 28-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire in the summer and while his camp held talks with Real Madrid in December, the Spanish side have since cooled their interest. (Marca)

 

  • Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly is open to leaving Manchester United this month but while AC Milan have expressed interest in the 27-year-old, the Italians cannot afford to meet the Premier League club’s conditions. (ESPN)

 

  • Renato Sanches has put talks over a new contract with Lille on hold because of increased transfer interest from Arsenal. (Mirror)

 

  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes to solve his problem left wing-back slot by signing Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa. (Express)

 

  • Newcastle United have joined a long list of teams interested in concluding a January move for Olympiakos and Senegal defender Pape Abou Cisse, who has impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations.(Sun)

 

  • Brentford are set to offer head coach Thomas Frank a contract extension with the 48-year-old Dane’s current deal running until 2023. (90Min)

 

  • Leeds have opened contract talks with 25-year-old Brazil winger Raphinha in a bid to ward off interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. (Star)

 

  • Crystal Palace have pulled out of the race to sign Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey from Juventus, despite the 31-year-old’s interest in working under Eagles boss Patrick Vieira. (Mail)

 

  • Ajax and Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, 24, is the subject of interest from Chelsea, Leicester and Crystal Palace. (Football Insider)

 

  • Premier League clubs Wolves, Brighton, Burnley and Newcastle, and Championship leaders Fulham, want to sign Wales attacker Tom Lawrence, 28, from Derby. (Team Talk)

 

  • Nice are hoping to land 20-year-old Spain winger Bryan Gil on a loan deal from Tottenham. (L’Equipe via Get French Football News)

 

  • Leicester City defender Luke Thomas is being lined up for a first senior England call up when Gareth Southgate names his squad to face the Ivory Coast and Switzerland.(mail)

 

  • Newcastle United and Watford are considering making a loan move for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury. (Mail)

 

  • Newcastle United, Everton and Wolves are interested in Manchester United’s wantaway midfielder Donny van de Beek. (Mirror)

 

  • Manchester United players are unhappy at being set “homework” by head coach Ralf Rangnick which is affecting their personal and family lives.(mirror)

AFCON 2021: Concerning  Health Issues  Aubameyang Will Be Sent Back To Arsenal

Gabon manager Patrice Neveu has confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be sent back to Arsenal for further checks on the heart issue which has prevented him from featuring at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aubameyang is in Cameroon with the rest of the Gabon squad but has not played after a check-up in the wake of his recovery from Covid-19 revealed he was suffering from ‘heart problems’.

The Athletic revealed on Monday that Gabon were considering sending Aubameyang back to Arsenal for more in-depth health tests.

Meanwhile, Neveu has now confirmed to Goal that both the striker and midfielder Mario Lemina will be sent home.

 

Read Also: AFCON 2021: Nigeria Vs Sudan 3-1 Highlights (Watch& Download)

 

Neveu:

“Since yesterday, the decision was taken to send them home to their club.”

“We can’t judge it here [in Cameroon], we can’t assess the pathology of Covid here.”

“It’s important that Mario returns to Nice and Pierre returns to Arsenal.”

“And It’s a decision that we’ve taken among ourselves.”

 

Aubameyang tested positive for the virus after landing in Cameroon but, after missing Gabon’s opening game, recorded a negative test and returned to team training on Thursday.

He was scheduled to play in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Ghana, only for a fresh health check-up to rule him out.

Further tests were carried out on Sunday in the hope of this being a one-off occurrence,

but the same heart problem was detected once again and the decision has been made to send Aubameyang back to London.

Getting to the bottom of this issue is clearly the most important thing right now,

but Aubameyang also faces an uncertain future at club level after he was frozen out of Arsenal’s squad in the build-up to AFCON.

Repeated disciplinary breaches saw Aubameyang stripped of the captaincy by manager Mikel Arteta,

who left him out of team training and was expected to make a decision about his future at the Emirates upon his return.