Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Mbappe, Bale, Werner, Lacazette, Lingard, Traore, Ziyech

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Mbappe, Bale, Werner, Lacazette, Lingard, Traore, Ziyech

  • Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, is tipped to leave when his contract expires in the summer, with Newcastle United among the clubs who could make a move for the World Cup winner. (Express)

 

  • Chelsea’s Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany forward Timo Werner, 25, have emerged as alternatives to Manchester City’s England winger Raheem Sterling, 26, for Barcelona in January. (ESPN)

 

  • Manchester United have had an initial approach for Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino rejected by the French club. (Manchester Evening News)

 

  • Former Tottenham boss Pochettino, 49, will have to wait six months at least before he can become United manager. (Star)

 

  • Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and ex-Lyon boss Rudi Garcia have been interviewed by United about becoming their interim manager. (Telegraph)

 

  • Ralf Rangnick, the former RB Leipzig manager, and former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca are also on the shortlist. (Mail)

 

  • A mural at Old Trafford of sacked United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been taken down. (Sun)

 

  • Liverpool and Barcelona are interested in Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic, 23, but the Blues will not sell to a Premier League rival and the Spanish club cannot afford the 50m euro fee required to sign the United States winger. (El Nacional, in Catalan)

 

  • Chelsea have held talks with Fenerbahce and Hungary defender Attila Szalai, 23. (Football Insider

 

  • Wolves will listen to offers for Spain winger Adama Traore, 25, in January. (Football Insider)

 

  • Real Madrid fans have been “disgusting” to Wales forward Gareth Bale, according to the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett. Bale, 32, has a contract with Real until next summer. (Marca)

 

  • Arsenal’s France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 30, is being tracked by Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Newcastle and AC Milan. His contract expires in the summer. (Calciomercato)

 

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  • The Gunners are keen to sign Lille’s Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 24, in the January transfer window. (Football London)

 

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at loggerheads with his own coaches, including Michael Carrick, over the formation he insisted on using at Manchester United, according to reports.(Daily mirror)

 

  • Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has criticised the way Real Madrid fans have treated his client after more than eight years of service in the Spanish capital.(Daily mirror)

 

  • Manchester United’s England forward Jesse Lingard, 28, still wants to leave Old Trafford despite Solskjaer’s exit. (Star)

 

  • Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell is set to miss the rest of this year as he waits to find out whether or not he has suffered season-ending anterior cruciate ligament damage.(The daily telegraph)

 

  • Manchester United will appoint an interim manager as soon as possible from a five-man shortlist featuring Ralf Rangnick, Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia as they bid to save their season.(The daily telegraph)

 

  • Paris Saint-Germain are adamant that Mauricio Pochettino will not be allowed to leave the club before the end of this season.(The daily telegraph)

 

  • Steven Gerrard is utilising the power of social media to build team spirit at Aston Villa by setting up an Instagram account for his players.(The daily telegraph)

 

  • Newcastle are set to rival Manchester United for the signature of Atletico Madrid’s England defender Kieran Trippier, 31. (Sun)

 

  • Aston Villa’s former England Under-20 forward Keinan Davis, 23, is wanted by Norwich City, who are managed by ex-Villa boss Dean Smith. (Football Insider)

 

  • Chelsea are set to make a ‘monster’ £84m bid to sign Juventus forward Federico Chiesa according to reports.(Daily mail)

 

  • Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich – one of five unvaccinated players at the club whose wages have been docked – has tested positive for Covid-19.(Daily mail)

 

  • Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes Kylian Mbappe ‘could easily’ sign for Newcastle following their Saudi-led takeover last month.(Daily mail)

 

  • Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, 43, could take charge of his new club’s game at Arsenal on Saturday despite testing positive for Covid-19 last week. (Mail)

 

  • Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see Steve Bruce as the interim manager of the club.(The sun)

 

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a whopping £26m during his trophyless reign as Manchester United manager.(The sun)

 

  • Jack Grealish kindly offered free tickets to Manchester City fans ahead of the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain. (The sun)

 

  • England legend John Barnes has been banned from driving after being caught speeding in his BMW with an expired licence.(The sun)

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