Friday's Transfer Gossip: Mount, Haaland, Ronaldo, Bellingham, Messi, Pochettino, Cedric, Palhinha, Suarez


  • Chelsea view Mount as a future club captain but his current deal makes the Blues Academy graduate one of the lowest-paid players in the squad.
  • Liverpool and Juventus are keeping track of the growing uncertainty around Mason Mount’s future after Chelsea’s talks with the England midfielder over a new deal were put on hold until after the World Cup.


  • Erling Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimenta has declared there are no concrete plans for the Norwegian striker’s future as of yet amid rumours linking him with a move away from Manchester City before the end of his current deal.


  • Poland’s national team were escorted by fighter jets on their way to Qatar for the World Cup.


  • Argentina and Uruguay have each taken 900kg of meat to Qatar so players and staff can have a taste of home during the World Cup.


  • A January deal could be on the cards for Liverpool to sign 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
  • Manchester City were surprised to hear Cristiano Ronaldo claim he came “close” to moving to the Etihad in the summer of 2021.


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  • David Beckham is facing further criticism for his role as an ambassador for Qatar after claiming the World Cup would be a platform for progress, inclusivity and tolerance.
  • Fulham, Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal are interested in signing Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 31, from Arsenal in January.


  • Aston Villa rejected the opportunity to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha before the 27-year-old joined Fulham.


  • Former Barcelona and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 35, has turned down the offer to join Brazilian side Gremio once his contract with Nacional in his native Uruguay expires.


  • Arsenal will reportedly host Juventus in their final warm-up match before the resumption of the Premier League season on Boxing Day, while the Serie A side have also scheduled another clash with Barcelona during the World Cup break.


  • Christopher Nkunku has defended his France team-mate Eduardo Camavinga after he was subjected to vile racist abuse this week.


  • Former Tottenham, Southampton and Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino says he would be “open to everything” when asked if he would be interested in becoming England manager.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed his long-term rival Lionel Messi as an “amazing player” – and insisted there is a deep level of respect between the two superstars.


  • Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was left bemused by a congratulatory message from the Spanish FA on his retirement from international duty – despite being yet to hang up his gloves.


  • Only three days before kick-off, the Qatari hosts were putting pressure on FIFA to perform a complete U-turn on the beer policy at the World Cup and stop selling Budweiser at the eight World Cup stadiums altogether.

Friday's Transfer  Gossip: Depay, Davies, Mane, Calvert-Lewin, Bellingham, Felix, Jones, Bellerin, Depay, Mane


  • Barcelona could allow the Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 28, to leave in the January transfer window.
  • Canada defender Alphonso Davies believes he will be fit for the World Cup after the 22-year-old suffered a hamstring strain playing for Bayern Munich against Hertha Belin last Saturday.


  • Sadio Mane’s World Cup dream appears to be alive with the Bayern Munich star set to be named in the Senegal squad, according to reports.


  • Billy Gilmour has opened up on the “frustrating” start to his Brighton career which has seen the Scotland star play just 13 minutes of first-team football since his summer move from Chelsea.
  • Borussia Dortmund are confident they can keep 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham beyond the end of the current season, despite interest from several major clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.


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  • Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 25, will see a specialist to find out the extent of his dislocated shoulder issue.


  • Former defender Gerard Pique says he will run for the Barcelona presidency after focusing on his other business ventures following his retirement from football this week.


  • Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix and the French champions could try to sign the 23-year-old Portugal international on loan during January.


  • Former Tottenham full-back Pascal Chimbonda has urged his old side to make a play for James Maddison in the transfer window because the creative midfielder has the qualities required to turn their season around.


  • Aston Villa will target an ‘A-list’ forward in the January transfer window, while Villarreal’s Spain defender Pau Torres, 25, is also of interest to recently-appointed manager Unai Emery.


  • Roma will turn their attention to Barcelona’s Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, 27, with Portugal’s Diogo Dalot, 23, now a key part of Manchester United’s plans.
  • Southampton will pay Championship side Luton Town more than £4m in compensation for manager Nathan Jones, who was announced as Saints’ replacement for the sacked Ralph Hasenhuttl on Thursday.


  • Southampton will pay Luton in excess of £4m in compensation for Nathan Jones, who was named manager on Thursday morning after several years of closely monitoring his rise.


  • Celtic are set to seek SFA clarification over Jota’s controversial offside goal against Motherwell.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Hazard, Leao, Rabiot, Bellingham, Jones, Gakpo, Choupo-Moting


  • Eden Hazard’s time at Real Madrid looks to be coming to an end after both parties agreed that the conclusion to a sorry three years was nigh, according to reports in Spain.
  • Chelsea’s hopes of signing AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23, have been boosted because of ongoing complications in the player’s contract extension negotiations.


  • Juventus want to extend the deal of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot but fear the 27-year-old may get better offers from Premier League clubs.


  • FSG will make a significant profit on their investment, but Liverpool’s valuation is less than the price Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea for earlier this year.


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  • More than half the Premier League had representatives watching Ajax against PSV Eindhoven on Sunday, with PSV’s Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23, among those in action.
  • Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group will sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund for £87m as a parting gift before their sale of the club.


  • AC Milan have prepared a contract extension for France striker Olivier Giroud, 36, and it is likely to be signed after the 2022 World Cup.



  • Arsenal and Tottenham are considering a move for Lille’s 22-year-old Canada striker Jonathan David.


  • Premier League leaders Arsenal are prepared to spend in the January transfer window to maintain their title challenge.
  • Manchester United are among the clubs interested in signing Bellingham, while Chelsea are not one of the sides he wants to join.


  • Luton Town boss Nathan Jones is set to become the new manager at Southampton after the Premier League club sacked Ralph Hasenhuttl on Monday.


  • Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says the club are planning to meet with the agent of Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar to discuss a contract extension, with the 27-year-old’s current deal running out next summer.


  • Southampton are admirers of Brentford boss Thomas Frank and also discussed River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo.


  • Manchester United want to sign Bayern Munich and Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in January but the 33-year-old wants to stay at the Bundesliga club.
  • Brentford first-team analyst and set-piece specialist Jack Wilson is leaving the Bees to join Premier League champions Manchester City.

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Kroos, Tielemans, Bellingham, Martinez, Costa, Skriniar, Zaha, Almiron


  • Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted the team are less defensively secure following the exit of Casemiro to Manchester United.


  • Leicester City and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, is unlikely to be allowed to leave the Foxes in January despite the 25-year-old being able to depart on a free when his contract expires at the end of the season.


  • Chelsea right-back Reece James, 22, is confident he will be fit enough to be picked in England’s World Cup squad following a knee injury.


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  • Barcelona plan to sign a new centre-back in January to replace the retiring Gerard Pique, with Spain and Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez, 31, at the top of their list.


  • Kurt Zouma has spoken out on his cat-kicking shame, admitting: “I have great remorse”.


  • James Milner says turning his back on football’s drinking culture has fuelled 20 years at the top of the game


  • Manchester City have opened talks with Chelsea’s academy striker Jude Soonsup-Bell, 18, with a view to signing the English teenager when his contract expires at the end of the season.


  • Liverpool are favourites to beat Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid to the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund after forging a close relationship with the 19-year-old England midfielder.
  • Manchester United have scouted Porto’s Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, 23, at least half a dozen times this season as manager Erik ten Hag considers his long-term options in goal.
  • Ten Hag will not write off Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, saying he knows the 25-year-old can do better.


  • Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says transfer speculation will not distract Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha. The 29-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer.
  • Wolves are set to appoint former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui, 56, as their new head coach within the next 24-48 hours.


  • Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton all showed interest in signing in-form Miguel Almiron before the 28-year-old Paraguayan midfielder opted to join Newcastle United in 2019.
  • Napoli’s 21-year-old Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, is likely to cost around 100m euros (£87m) and will not be available in January.


  • Barcelona and Juventus have joined the race to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Jorginho, Dia, Bellingham, Gundogan, Kvaratskhelia, Dalot, Choupo-Moting, Martinelli


  • Chelsea’s Italy midfielder Jorginho, 30, wants to stay at the club despite reported interest from Barcelona. The former Napoli player is out of contract next summer.


  • West Ham, Nottingham Forest and Leeds are interested in signing 25-year-old Senegal forward Boulaye Dia, who is on loan in Serie A at Salernitana from Spanish side Villarreal.


  • Manchester United have made England midfielder Jude Bellingham their top transfer target as Erik ten Hag eyes a £100m deal for the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund player.


  • Tottenham are being tipped to sign Chelsea’s Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 29, who has made just one Premier League start this season.


  • Real Madrid have reportedly identified Brighton’s highly-rated Moises Caicedo as a replacement for club legend Luka Modric.
  • Arsenal were offered the chance to sign Benfica’s Spanish left-back Alejandro Grimaldo, 27, in the summer but had another priority.


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  • Napoli and Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who is attracting interest from Liverpool and Chelsea, could cost as much as £86m. The 21-year-old has helped his club qualify for the Champions League last 16.
  • Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool owners have reportedly agreed to go all in for Jude Bellingham but Borussia Dortmund will demand £130m for any transfer.


  • Manchester United are planning to trigger a clause in Diogo Dalot’s contract to stop the 23-year-old Portugal defender from leaving as a free agent next summer. Barcelona and AC Milan are monitoring Dalot.


  • Arsenal and Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli, 21, says he is close to signing a new contract with the Premier League leaders after scoring five times in 12 top-flight games this season.
  • Lionel Messi does not want to leave Paris St-Germain without winning a major trophy and the Argentina forward, 35, is discussing extending his contract beyond the end of the season.


  • Man United are “seriously considering” a move for Bayern Munich’s Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 33.


  • Sergio Ramos has issued a last-gasp plea to Spain boss Luis Enrique to include him in the national squad for the first time in 18 months for the World Cup in Qatar.


  • Pep Guardiola has rejected an invitation to go to the World Cup in Qatar.


  • Mikel Arteta will be given the chance to target a January signing to boost title hopes and further his Arsenal overhaul where almost all of Unai Emery’s first-team signings have been replaced.

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Rabiot, Kroos, Bellingham, De-Gea, Rabiot, Broja, Trossard, Zaha


  • Chelsea are favourites to sign Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, in the January transfer window.


  • Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 32, has still not decided whether he will retire or extend his Real Madrid contract next summer.


  • Chelsea have launched a £30m bid to sign Brighton and Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27.
  • Borussia Dortmund could demand a Premier League record fee of £130m for England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, who has attracted interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.


  • Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 32, has still not decided whether he will retire or extend his Real Madrid contract next summer.


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  • Torino’s Dutch defender Perr Schuurs, 22, is on Liverpool’s shortlist as a long-term successor for the Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 31.


  • Newcastle United’s English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 30, is set to earn a one-year contract extension worth more than £3m.
  • Leeds United are willing to listen to offers for English midfielder Adam Forshaw, 31, in January.


  • Everton and Newcastle United are monitoring 21-year-old Chelsea and Albania striker Armando Broja.


  • Unai Emery has signed a deal at least four-and-a-half years long, the longest managerial contract in Aston Villa’s history, as he prepares to officially start work this week.


  • Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 31, is willing to take a pay cut on his £375,000 a week wages at Manchester United in order to extend his stay at Old Trafford.


  • Barcelona are looking at Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, 40, as a potential replacement for their Spanish manager Xavi Hernandez, 42.


  • Arsenal and Chelsea’s hopes of signing Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha have been boosted, as the 29-year-old is yet to agree a contract extension at Crystal Palace despite being verbally offered a new deal.

Monday's Transfer Gossip: Felix, Mmaee, Jesus, Bellingham, De Jong, Conte, Lo Celso, Asensio, Kounde


  • Atletico Madrid rejected a 100m euro offer from Bayern Munich for 22-year-old Portugal striker Joao Felix in the summer.


  • Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved has played down any move for Conte by saying the Serie A club “have full faith” in manager Max Allegri.
  • Celtic target Ryan Mmaee has broken his silence on the Hoops’ interest in him and hinted he could be ready for a move in the next transfer window.


  • Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus next summer, according to reports.
  • Real Madrid are preparing to offer Spain midfielder Marco Asensio a new contract, with the 26-year-old’s current deal running out in the summer.


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  • Valencia striker Edinson Cavani, 35, went off injured with an ankle problem in the game against Barcelona on Saturday and Uruguay face a wait to find out the extent of the issue with the World Cup starting on 20 November.


  • Tottenham are keen to offload Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, who is on loan at Villarreal, and Spurs could accept an offer of £18m for the 26-year-old.


  • Manchester United are interested in Bayer Leverkusen defender Jeremie Frimpong but could face competition from Chelsea for the 21-year-old Dutchman.


  • Jules Kounde has said he did not think his injury was ‘anything serious’ after his early withdrawal from play on Saturday – a much needed boost for Barcelona and France.


  • Real Madrid are in pole position to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund next summer.
  • Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, is intent on staying at the Nou Camp club and the 25-year-old Dutch international will not listen to any offers in January.
  • Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, West Ham and Marseille are ready to rekindle their interest in Atalanta and Ukraine midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, 29.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip:  Busquets, Bellingham, Skriniar, Danilo, Lawrence, Ronaldo, Guimaraes, Dumfries, Hojbjerg



  • Barcelona hope to sign a replacement for 34-year-old Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets in January.
  • Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool want to sign Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham.


  • Inter Milan president Steven Zhang says Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar – believed to be a target for Paris St-Germain – is not for sale and is “confident” the 27-year-old will stay.
  • Arsenal are planning a January transfer spree and are hoping to bring in Brazilian midfielder Danilo, 21, from Palmeiras for £26m, along with 21-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, and 21-year-old Villarreal and Spain winger Yeremy Pino.


  • Manchester City have signed highly rated 17-year-old midfielder Emilio Lawrence from Everton.


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  • Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Leeds’ 23-year-old United States midfielder Tyler Adams.


  • Napoli have been linked with Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, but the director Cristiano Giuntoli has ruled out signing the Portugal international.


  • Liverpool are the latest side to be linked with Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes but face competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid, unless Newcastle United can convince the 24-year-old to sign a new contract.


  • Jude Bellingham has insisted that he can strike up a perfect partnership with Declan Rice at the World Cup
  • Arsenal have held preliminary talks over a new contract with technical director Edu, who has been linked with similar roles in Europe.


  • Everton are interested in 27-year-old Portugal forward Daniel Podence, whose deal with Wolves runs until 2024.


  • Nottingham Forest are planning to spend between £50m and £100m in the January transfer window.


  • Chelsea are looking at Inter Milan and Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries, 26, as they try to add more depth to their right-back position, which has been weakened by an injury to 22-year-old England international Reece James.


  • Tottenham are preparing to offer Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 27, an improved contract.


  • Tottenham could let Spain winger Bryan Gil, 21, and English defender Japhet Tanganga, 23, leave in January, while also loaning out 22-year-old English right-back Djed Spence.
  • Juventus are aiming to secure 19-year-old English winger Samuel Iling-Junior on a new deal.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip:  Bellingham, Gakpo, Zakaria, Osimhen, Endrick, Neves, Gomez, Zaha

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

  • England wonderkid Jude Bellingham has emerged as a top target for Chelsea as they look to steal a march on Liverpool in the chase for the midfielder, according to reports.


  • PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo, 23, says a move to Manchester United fell through in the summer, with Leeds United and Southampton also interested in the Netherlands winger before he decided to stay.


  • Chelsea manager Graham Potter is yet to make a decision on the future of 25-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, who is on loan from Juventus.



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  • Everton are showing interest in Lille’s Canada forward Jonathan David, 22, as manager Frank Lampard looks to improve his forward options.


  • Tottenham could receive £26m for France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 25, if Napoli decide to make his loan move permanent.


  • New plans to relaunch the European Super League within three years have been revealed.


  • Michael Carrick has edged closer to becoming the next head coach of Middlesbrough and is expected to be in the dugout for the club’s home game with Huddersfield on Saturday.
  • Chelsea are looking at signing a striker next summer and Napoli’s 23-year-old Nigeria international Victor Osimhen is becoming the favourite as they consider multiple options.


  • Barcelona are monitoring of 23-year-old Manchester United’s Portugal defender Diogo Dalot, whose contract runs out next summer but has an option to be extended for a year.


  • The release clause Wolves will have to pay to appoint QPR manager Michael Beale as manager is believed to be about £1m.
  • Wolves’ Portugal 25-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves has been offered to Barcelona.


  • Mikel Arteta has stressed the importance of Arsenal topping their Europa League group and getting a bye to the last 16 of the competition.


  • Arsenal could rival Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race to sign 16-year-old Palmeiras striker Endrick, who has been called “the next Pele”.


  • Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is delaying contract decisions over the futures of 31-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, and 24-year-old England striker Marcus Rashford.


  • Arsenal face a tough test soon after the World Cup with a potential January from hell. That’s because Amazon Prime are rescheduling their clash against title rivals Manchester City “early in the New Year”.


  • Wolves winger Adama Traore, 26, says he hopes to one day return to play in his native Spain.


  • England manager Gareth Southgate will monitor the form of Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, 25, before he names his World Cup squad in November.

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Bellingham, Mbappe, Felix, Tuchel, Gvardiol, Jorginho, Maguire

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

  • Chelsea have prepared to pay Borussia Dortmund 100m euros (£86.3m) for 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham, but the Bundesliga side want at least 120m euros


  • Premier League players and agents are not happy after being ordered by HMRC to provide evidence of involvement in transfers as far back as 2018.


  • Paris St-Germain have strongly denied claims that they used a third party to launch a social media smear campaign against France striker Kylian Mbappe, 23.


  • Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Portugal forward Joao Felix in January despite the 22-year-old’s frustration at playing a bit-part role in recent weeks.


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  • Lazio president Claudio Lotito says Manchester United will not sign the Italian club’s Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 27, for less than £105m, adding: “every month the price goes up”.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo is set to attend the Ballon d’Or ceremony for the first time in five years.


  • Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, wants to leave Barcelona.


  • AC Milan have offered 23-year-old Portugal forward Rafael Leao a new contract in an effort to ward off interest from Chelsea.


  • Joao Santos, the agent of Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho, has said they both prioritise the 30-year-old staying at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of his contract.


  • Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would be interested in taking over as England manager if Gareth Southgate leaves after the World Cup in Qatar. Tuchel, 49, has rejected offers from two unnamed Premier League clubs since being sacked by Chelsea in September.


  • Tottenham are interested in signing RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol. The 20-year-old Croatian, who was linked with Chelsea in the summer, last month extended his contract with Leipzig until 2027.


  • Chelsea expect to complete the signing of RB Leipzig and France forward Christopher Nkunku, 24, before the start of the World Cup.


  • England manager Gareth Southgate will offer his full support to Manchester United and Three Lions centre-back Harry Maguire before the World Cup in Qatar, despite the 29-year-old’s struggles at club level.


  • Former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo is targeting a return to management in Europe but would be attracted to take up a position at Molineux again.


  • Newcastle are weighing up a potential move for Vasco de Gama’s Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, 18.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has been spotted meeting Barcelona chiefs at a restaurant in the city.


  • Chelsea want to sign Konrad Laimer in a triple raid of RB Leipzig next summer, according to reports.


  • Liverpool hold renewed hope of signing Kylian Mbappe after Paris Saint-Germain’s wantaway forward previously held a meeting with Reds owner John W Henry on his private jet.


  • Chelsea are poised to name ex-Manchester City super scout Joe Shields as their new director of recruitment.