Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Azpilicueta, Werner, Haaland, Mukiele, Jorginho, Lingard, Nketiah

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Azpilicueta, Werner, Haaland, Mukiele, Jorginho, Lingard, Nketiah

  • Barcelona are interested in signing Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta on a free transfer. The Chelsea captain, 32, is out of contract in the summer. (Marca)

 

  • Everton could sack manager Rafael Benitez or director of football Marcel Brands by the end of the week. (Football Insider)

 

  • Incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick is keen for Manchester United to make a summer move for Chelsea’s Germany forward Timo Werner, 25. (Bild, via 90min)

 

  • Rangnick will receive a 10m euros (£8.5m) bonus if he convinces Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, to sign for Manchester United. (Bild – in German)

 

  • Rangnick will be given a transfer budget of up to £100m to strengthen the Manchester United squad in January. (Mirror)

 

  • RB Leipzig and France right-back Nordi Mukiele, 24, is a target for Manchester United. (90min)

 

  • Chelsea are open to selling Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany forward Timo Werner, 25, to Barcelona. (Sport – in Spanish)

 

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  • Ralf Rangnick started his reign as Manchester United interim manager on Wednesday by assessing the facilities of Old Trafford but has not yet spoken to his stand-in Michael Carrick (Daily telegraph)

 

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up on his furious on-field bust-up with Romelu Lukaku in a San Siro derby back in January and admitted taunting over his mother’s alleged ‘voodoo rituals’.(Daily mail)

 

  • Tottenham are eyeing five young talents from across Europe to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad including Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella and Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. (The sun)

 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s bodyguards are under investigation for working illegally in Portugal, it was reported.(The sun)

 

  • Jorginho’s agent says the 29-year-old Italy midfielder has not held negotiations with Chelsea over a contract extension. (Tuttomercatoweb – in Italian)

 

  • Leicester City are planning a January move for Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan, 25. The South Korea international is on loan at Molineux from RB Leipzig. (Football Insider)

 

  • Real Madrid are the preferred destination for Robert Lewandowski if the Poland striker, 33, leaves Bayern Munich next summer. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • Borussia Dortmund have entered the race to sign Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez, 22, from Benfica. (Record – in Portuguese)

 

  • Rangers have emerged as a surprise contender for Paris St-Germain’s Xavi Simons and are considering making an offer to sign the Dutch midfielder, 18, in January. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • West Ham are expected to move in January for Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, 28, and Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, 29. (Mirror)

 

  • Aston Villa are not interested in signing Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez, 24. (Mail)

 

  • Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 32, is considering a move to Tottenham. (Sport 1)

 

  • England Under-21s striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, has turned down a new contract offer from Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

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