Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Messi, Ochoa, Allister, Ronaldo, Martinelli, Gvardiol, Costa


  • Zinedine Zidane will return to club football if Didier Deschamps stays on as head coach of the French national team, according to reports.


  • Paris St-Germain want to tie 35-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi to the club in the next few days. The World Cup winner’s contract runs out next summer and he is free to talk to clubs outside of France from 1 January.
  • Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, 37, is set to join Italian Serie A side Salernitana on a free transfer after his contract at Club America expired.


  • Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with Gabriel Martinelli that will see the Brazil international become one of the club’s top earners.
  • Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to hand Antonio Conte a £1m-a-year pay rise to sign a new contract and commit his future to the club.


  • Al Nassr expect Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, to complete his move there by the end of the year. The former Manchester United player will sign a two-and-a-half year deal worth 200 euros (£174m).
  • Brighton’s Argentine World Cup-winning midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 23, is being targeted by Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. (AS – in Spanish)


  • Manchester United will have to pay Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa‘s £65m release clause if they want to sign the 23-year-old Portugal international at the end of the season.


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  • Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, 20, is likely to stay at German side RB Leipzig this summer with a €110m (£96m) release clause will become active in his contract in 2024.


  • Emiliano Martinez‘s agent has hinted that his client’s future lies away from Aston Villa, amid rumoured interest from Bayern Munich.
  • Manchester United are in talks with David de Gea over a new short-term deal after triggering extensions for four other first-team players.


  • Blackburn and Chile forward Ben Brereton Diaz, 23, is likely to stay at Ewood Park this January and keep his options open for a free transfer move in the summer.


  • Enzo Fernandez‘s preference would reportedly be a move to Liverpool as clubs line up to sign the Benfica star.
  • Adidas have run out of Lionel Messi shirts in Argentina colours following the incredible World Cup triumph over France.

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  • Arsenal have shown interest in signing Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, during the January transfer window, according to the sporting director at his current club Shakhtar Donetsk.


  • Inter Milan have opened contract talks with Italy defender Alessandro Bastoni over a new deal, with Manchester City and Tottenham interested in the 23-year-old.


  • Argentina midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, 28, was close to joining Leeds from Udinese before moving to Atletico Madrid.
  • The Football Association will launch a major clampdown on referee abuse next year amid increasingly toxic behaviour at all levels of the game.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Martinez, Costa,Allister, Mbappe, Messi, Kante, Gordon, Juranovic


  • Bayern Munich reportedly eyeing a move for Emiliano Martinez as the galkeeper starring role as Argentina won the World Cup.


  • Southampton have been fined £10,000 and given a suspended six-month ban from recruiting academy players after the Premier League found them guilty of breaking rules when signing a player from another club’s academy.


  • Manchester United might have to pay Diogo Costa’s £65mi release clause to land the Porto keeper.
  • Erik ten Hag has brought mind coaches into Manchester United to help his players cope with any psychological issues.


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• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Amrabat, Kudus, Gakpo, De Jong, Wan-Bissaka, Caicedo, Moukoko, Gvardiol, Thuram


  • Brighton are confident that they will be able to keep hold of World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister after his spectacular performances for Argentina in Qatar.


  • FIFA are facing questions after celebrity chef Nusret Gokce – better known as Salt Bae – somehow gained access to the pitch at the Lusail Stadium after the World Cup final and was seen touching the iconic trophy.


  • Kylian Mbappe is considering his future at Paris Saint-Germain and may push for a summer exit, according to Sport.
  • Barcelona are reportedly in the hunt to sign Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic after his World Cup heroics with Croatia.



  • Everton winger Anthony Gordon is close to pledging his immediate future to Goodison Park by signing a new long-term contract.


  • Paris Saint-Germain are confident that Lionel Messi will agree to sign a contract extension in the French capital, despite rumours of a summer move to the MLS.
  • Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag using drone to study squad training sessions in bid to transform club’s fortunes.


  • N’Golo Kante wants a pre-contract deal with Barcelona in January as he eyes a free transfer in summer, reports in Spain say.


  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to hold the World Cup every three years as part of a long-term plan to revolutionise international football.

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


  • 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.


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  • 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.




  • 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.

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.

Saturday's Transfer Gossip: Felix, Mudryk, Mount, Laimer, Mbappe, Costa, Guimaraes, Curtis, Costa

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

  • Atletico Madrid’s 22-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix wants to leave the club in January due to his deteriorating relationship with manager Diego Simeone.
  • Arsenal would be forced to pay more to sign Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, in January if his club Shakhtar Donestk progress in the Champions League.


  • Mason Mount will undergo a scan on a thigh issue but it is hoped he will be fit for Chelsea’s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.


  • Bayern Munich are ‘optimistic’ they will complete the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer next summer.


  • Leicester City’s Belgium defender Wout Faes, 24, says he turned down an offer to join Chelsea in the summer before deciding to move to the King Power Stadium.


  • Chelsea have appointed a new head of recruitment, taking Joe Shields from fellow Premier League club Southampton.
  • Manchester City are among the clubs competing to sign 16-year-old Ireland centre-back Sam Curtis, who plays for St Patrick’s Athletic.


  • Erik ten Hag has told Marcus Rashford he needs to be more clinical but has backed the striker to rediscover his goalscoring touch after failing to find the net in his previous two matches.


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


  • Real Madrid are not yet considering another move for Paris St-Germain’s 23-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe, however the Spanish giants are monitoring former midfielder Xabi Alonso’s performance as Bayer Leverkusen manager with interest.


  • Ashley Young says Steven Gerrard reminds him of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jürgen Klopp and thinks Villa should keep faith with him.


  • Inter want to sign Romelu Lukaku permanently in the summer. The 29-year-old Belgium striker is on loan from Chelsea.


  • Manchester United are favourites to sign Porto’s 23-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa.


  • Tottenham want to secure Antonio Conte’s future and intend to open contract talks with their head coach next month.


  • Steven Gerrard is running out of time to save his Aston Villa job and Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are expected to be at Villa Park on Sunday for the visit of Chelsea.
  • Virgil van Dijk can shut up the doubters by pocketing the rampant Erling Haaland, says Graeme Souness.


  • Real Madrid are interested in a move for Bayern Munich and Canada full-back Alphonso Davies, 21.


  • Manchester United could be among the clubs ready to offer Felix a move away from Atletico Madrid.


  • The agent of Bologna’s Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has claimed the 33-year-old turned down Manchester United, rather than the Premier League club pulling out of a deal.


  • Inter are interested in Everton and Colombia’s 28-year-old centre-back Yerry Mina.



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


  • Ashley Williams has been charged by his local Football Association with improper conduct and violent, threatening behaviour after being accused of attacking a coach at an under-12s match.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Alvarez, Costa, Gavi, Ronaldo, Mount, Rudiger, Caicedo

  • Chelsea will look to bring in a new central midfielder in the January transfer window, with Mexico international Edson Alvarez, 24, their main target.
  • Former Spain striker Diego Costa, 33, flew into the UK on Tuesday night to complete his surprise move to Wolves.


  • AC Milan head coach Stefan Pioli has revealed the club are set to offer 23-year-old Portugal forward Rafael Leao a new contract amid links with a host of clubs including Liverpool.


  • German champions Bayern Munich want to sign Barcelona’s Gavi, with Manchester United and Liverpool already believed to be after the 18-year-old Spanish midfielder.


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• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Gallagher, Zakaria, Kane, Firmino, Gavi, Tielemans, Gakpo, Tavares, Soyuncu


  • Napoli have denied they held any real negotiations for Manchester United’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, this summer.


  • Wolves fear Costa’s move to Molineux could collapse if his work permit is rejected on the grounds of his age and lack of recent international appearances.
  • RB Leipzig’s Austrian midfielder Konrad Laimer, 25, says a late move to Liver pool was never on the cards despite intense speculation during the closing hours of the summer transfer window.


  • The Blues are also keen to agree a new deal with 23-year-old England midfielder Mason Mount after compatriot Reece James, 22, committed his future to the club with an improved contract.


  • The agent of Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger says the Germany international, 29, was keen to stay at Stamford Bridge but Chelsea made “next to no effort to keep the player”.


  • Mateo Kovacic says he recommended RB Leipzig’s 20-year-old Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol to Chelsea during the recent free-spending transfer window.


  • Brighton are prepared to negotiate with Liverpool in January over the transfer of 20-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, 49, is due an eight-figure compensation package if he is sacked following the club’s worst start to a season since 1983.

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Calvert-Lewin, Zaniolo, Costa, Osimhen, Neves,  Botman

  • Arsenal are planning to spend up to £180m this summer to sign Wolves’ Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves and Everton’s England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, both 24, plus Real Sociedad’s Sweden frontman Alexander Isak, 22. (Sun)


  • Roma are willing to listen to offers of 40m euros (£33.6m) for Italy attacker Nicolo Zaniolo, with Juventus and Tottenham among the clubs interested in the 22-year-old. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 31, has turned down an approach from Flamengo and agreed to join MLS side LA Galaxy on a six-month loan from Juventus, followed by a permanent two-year deal. (Fabrizio Romano)


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  • France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has said his Tottenham career is “not over” after the 25-year-old returned to Lyon on loan on deadline day. (RMC Sport via Mirror)


  • Newcastle will revive their interest in Lille’s Sven Botman, 22, if the club avoid relegation from the Premier League after failing to land the Dutch defender in January. (Athletic – subscription required)


  • Tottenham will make a move to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in the summer after having an approach for the 23-year-old Nigerian knocked back by the Italian club during the January window. (Football Insider)


  • Leeds are confident of tying Brazil winger Raphinha down to a new contract that would make the 25-year-old the highest-paid player at Elland Road. (Football Insider)


  • Liverpool could pursue their interest in Fabio Carvalho again in the summer after almost signing the Fulham forward last month. But foreign clubs would have to pay much less compensation for the England youth international, 19, which has alerted Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, ​​Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan. (AS – in Spanish)


  • Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, will wait until Manchester United announce the identity of their new manager before deciding if he will stay at Old Trafford. (ESPN)


  • Ex-Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, 49, is yet to agree to become Mauricio Pochettino’s successor as Paris St-Germain boss as he is waiting to see if Didier Deschamps will leave his role as France coach. (RMC Sport – in French)


  • West Ham will target Arsenal’s France Under-21 centre-back William Saliba, 20, who is on loan with Marseille, in the summer. Saliba has also been linked with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Real Madrid. (Jeunes Footeux via Sport Witness)

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Lingard, Rangnick, De Jong, Haaland, Phillips, Rangnick, Costa, Carlos

  • West Ham face stiff competition from Newcastle for Manchester United and England attacker Jesse Lingard, who will be out of contract in the summer. Lingard impressed on loan at the Hammers last season, but the Magpies are willing to pay £3m to sign the 29-year-old this month. (Star)


  • Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has grown frustrated with the club’s reluctance to back him in the transfer window, and the 63-year-old German is concerned over how much influence he will hold when he takes up his two-year consultancy role in the summer. (Mirror)


  • Chelsea must increase their £33m offer if they are to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona. The La Liga club are demanding 60 million euros (£50m) for the 24-year-old Netherlands midfielder, who is also wanted by Bayern Munich. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Real Madrid or Barcelona must spend 350 million euros (£292m) in order to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, a figure that includes the 21-year-old’s transfer fee, wages across a six-year deal and commissions paid to his agent Mino Raiola and his father. (Marca)


  • Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is wanted by Liverpool, but the Yorkshire club are more open to letting the 26-year-old go abroad, with Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid among his possible suitors. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Arsenal have held informal talks with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 33, with the Spaniard expected to leave Atletico Mineiro this month. (Goal – in Portuguese)


  • Newcastle are expected to resume talks with Sevilla next week over the signing of Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos, 28. (90 Min)


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  • But Newcastle have had a bid of more than 40 million euros (£33.4m) for 20-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile turned down by Monaco. (Foot Mercato via Get French Football News)


  • Manchester United may have to move quickly to land Mauricio Pochettino this summer, with the Paris Saint-Germain manager sounded out by a Champions League rival about his availability at the end of the season(Sunday telegraph)


  • Rafael Benitez is on the brink of being sacked as Everton manager after his side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Norwich City. (Sunday telegraph)


  • Burnley are putting Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Divock Origi top of their emergency hit list.(The sun)


  • Arsenal’s on-off pursuit of Fiorentina goal machine Dusan Vlahovic took another twist on Sunday night as talk in Italy claimed Arsenal still remain optimistic of putting a deal together for the 21-year-old.(The sun)


  • Newcastle are also pushing ahead with attempts to sign 27-year-old Germany and Napoli winger Robin Gosens, who has been out injured since September. (Sky Sport Italia – in Italian)


  • Barcelona are interested in signing Roberto Firmino from Liverpool, who want 20 million euros (£16.7m) for the 30-year-old Brazil striker. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Inter Milan and Croatia player Ivan Perisic, 32, is attracting interest from Chelsea, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel keen to add cover at left wing-back following 25-year-old England defender Ben Chilwell’s injury. (Mirror)


  • Aston Villa are considering a move for Coventry City’s English goalkeeper Simon Moore, 31, with Steven Gerrard keen to add cover for 29-year-old Argentina stopper Emiliano Martinez. (Football Insider)


  • Manchester United value 29-year-old centre-back Phil Jones at £15m, with Burnley and Newcastle interested in the Englishman. (Star)


  • English defender Kortney Hause, 26, is keen to re-join boyhood club West Ham if he leaves Aston Villa this month. (Football Insider)


  • West Ham are tracking Strasbourg’s 27-year-old French striker Ludovic Ajorque, who has scored 10 Ligue 1 goals this season. (Foot Mercato – in French)


  • Napoli are in talks to sign Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 29, from Ajax. (Sky Sport Italia – in Italian)


  • Wolves are closing in on the £3m capture of 21-year-old Portuguese winger Chiquinho from Estoril on a long-term deal. (Athletic)


  • Anthony Martial faces the risk of disciplinary action after Ralf Rangnick said the Frenchman had not wanted to be part of Manchester United’s squad for their 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. (Mail)


  • Arsenal want to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona before snapping up Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic as his replacement.(Daily star)