Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Haaland, Mbappe, De Vrij, Brozovic, Strakosha, Pogba, Olmo

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Haaland, Mbappe, De Vrij, Brozovic, Strakosha, Pogba, Olmo

  • Manchester United and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, whose release clause enables him to leave for £64m next summer, with Real Madrid accepting the 21-year-old Norway forward will move to the Premier League. (Sun)

 

  • Or, Real plan to compete with Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain by adding Haaland and PSG’s France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, to an attack that already features Brazil’s Vinicius Junior, 21. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • Newcastle United are planning to sign Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij, 29, and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 28, from Inter Milan in January, plus Lazio’s Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, 26. (Times)

 

  • Paul Pogba’s agent has hinted the France midfielder, 28, will leave Manchester United in January, before his contract expires in the summer. (Rai, via Goal)

 

  • Manchester United are set to challenge Barcelona for the signing of RB Leipzig’s Spain winger Dani Olmo, 23. (El Nacional – in Catalan)

 

  • Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, has been angered by Chelsea’s latest contract offer, which is short of his wage demands by £60,000 a week. (Bild, via Sun)

 

  • Arsenal are only willing to offer France striker Alexandre Lacazette a short-term deal as the 30-year-old approaches the end of his contract next summer. (Athletic, via Sun)

 

  • Villarreal are planning to resist all offers for Netherlands winger Arnaut Danjuma in January, with Liverpool keeping tabs on the ex-Bournemouth forward, 24. (Football Insider)

 

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  • Manchester United have started their succession planning to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers their preferred candidate. (Manchester Evening News)

 

  • Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has responded to an approach from Manchester United by saying he will be available at the end of the season. (Bild, via Express)

 

  • Manchester City have signed a curious partnership deal with a mysterious start-up cryptocurrency company whose executives’ names do not appear to have any online presence.(The times)

 

  • Celtic chairman Ian Bankier survived a dramatic vote on his re-election after a stormy AGM in which he launched a remarkable blast at the Scottish government.(Daily record)

 

  • New Barcelona coach Xavi wants to keep France forward Ousmane Dembele but has told the 24-year-old it is “now or never” to establish himself at the club as his contract expires next summer. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could be out for several weeks after picking up a calf injury while away on international duty with Wales.(Daily mail)

 

  • South American football chiefs have suspended two referees, including a VAR official, for failing to punish Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi after he elbowed Brazil winger Raphinha in the face and caused his mouth to bleed.(Daily mail)

 

  • Arsenal will be boosted ahead of their Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back training with the first team.(Daily mail)

 

  • Roma director Tiago Pinto has refused to rule out a January transfer window swoop for out-of-favour Manchester United starlet Diogo Dalot. (Daily mail)

 

  • Chelsea fans were left in shock after hearing that their season tickets are set to triple to almost £4,000 after the club upgraded their facilities at Stamford Bridge.(The sun)

 

  • Exeter’s place in the second round of the FA Cup is under threat after an investigation was launched into why they used six substitutes in their replay win over Bradford.  (The sun)

 

  • Barca president Joan Laporta will “not rule out” the possibility of Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi, 34, and Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta, 37, following their former team-mate Dani Alves in returning to the club. (Marca – in Spanish)

 

  • Frank Lampard was interviewed for the Aston Villa manager’s job but former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who was named Dean Smith’s successor last week, was always the overwhelming choice. (Sun)

 

  • England Under-18 captain Sammy Braybrooke will sign a professional deal with Leicester City despite interest from Germany in the 17-year-old midfielder. (Athletic, via Leicester Mercury)

 

  • Tottenham are on a transfer collision course with Premier League rivals Aston Villa over Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie – with Aaron Ramsey also being lined up for a Juve exit by Newcastle. (Daily mirror)

 

  • Manchester United’s wage bill has risen by nearly 25 per cent following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.(Daily mirror)

 

  • Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Jordan Henderson will be given the all clear for Saturday’s visit of Arsenal after the Liverpool captain joined in with parts of team training on Wednesday.

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