Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Neves, Coutinho, Origi, Williams, Phillips, Digne, Gomez, Haaland

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Neves, Coutinho, Origi, Williams, Phillips, Digne, Gomez, Haaland

  • Manchester United are determined to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, this month. (The Sun)

 

  • Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has personally made a call to Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who he played alongside at Liverpool, over a potential loan move to Villa Park for the 29-year-old Brazilian. (El Partidazo de Cope, via Mirror)

 

  • Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has opened talks with Liverpool for Belgian forward Divock Origi, with the Reds willing to sell the 26-year-old to avoid risk losing him on a free transfer in June. (LazioNews24 – in Italian)

 

  • Liverpool could allow Wales defender Neco Williams, 20, and English centre-back Nathaniel Phillips, 24, to leave the club in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)

 

  • Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has delivered ‘a clear no’ to the governing body’s plans for biennial World Cups.(Daily mail)

 

  • Southampton’s new owners will resist the temptation to plot a Newcastle-style squad revamp following their takeover as they are happy with the way the club is currently run.(Daily mail)

 

  • Senegal’s preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations have been thrown into chaos after nine members of their group – including three players – tested positive for Covid-19.(Daily mail)

 

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  • Mike Phelan has been tasked with unifying the Manchester United dressing room by Ralf Rangnick. (Daily mirror)

 

  • UEFA would welcome a bid for the 2028 European Championship from the UK and Republic of Ireland after hopes of bringing the 2030 World Cup there began to fade.(The Guardian)

 

  • Scotland’s top-flight clubs were given a massive shot in the arm on Wednesday when they were advised to start planning for full capacity crowds as soon as the winter shut down is over.(Daily record)

 

  • Celtic are believed to have negotiated a deal with League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers to the tune of €150,000 (£125,000) for their talented striker Johnny Kenny. (Daily record)

 

  • Dundee United and Aberdeen are ready to go head-to-head in a fight to sign St Johnstone No  1 Zander Clark. (The scottish sun)

 

  • Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, is set to leave Juventus, where he is currently paid £325,000 a week. (Sky Sports)

 

  • Everton left-back Lucas Digne, 28, will likely move to another Premier League club, however, Newcastle is not an option for the France international. (Fabrizio Romano via Twitter)

 

  • The Toffees have joined Newcastle and Arsenal in tracking Lyon’s 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, (Evening Standard)

 

  • Chelsea are considering a move for Barcelona and United States full-back Sergino Dest, 21, as an alternative to Digne. (Daily Star)

 

  • Newcastle have been offered France centre-back Samuel Umtiti 28, by Barcelona on a potential loan deal with option to buy. (Daily Mail)

 

  • The Magpies are also monitoring 21-year-old Dutchman Sven Botman but the Lille defender’s first-choice move is reportedly to AC Milan. (Chronicle Live)

 

  • Aston Villa have ‘no chance’ of signing 24-year-old Liverpool and England centre-back Joe Gomez. (Athletic – subscription required)

 

  • Manchester City are ready to offer their record goalscorer Sergio Aguero an ambassadorial role with the club.(The sun)

 

  • Borussia Dortmund will make one last bid to persuade Erling Haaland to extend his stay with them beyond the summer.(The sun)

 

  • Britain and Ireland are close to dropping plans to bid for the 2030 World Cup and are instead aiming to host Euro 2028 after receiving advice from senior figures in international football that a bid for the FIFA tournament would be too risky.(The times)

 

  • Player welfare has been placed under the spotlight again after it was revealed that the number of injuries in the Premier League has increased by more than 10 per cent this season.(The times)

 

  • Borussia Dortmund will make a decision over 21-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland’s future in ‘the next few weeks’. (Daily Mail)

 

  • West Ham have tabled a £5m loan bid for Flamengo’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa, 25, until December 2023. (Sport – in Spanish)

 

  • Up to 11 players are keen to leave Manchester United, having grown disillusioned with life at Old Trafford and rumours of a dressing-room crisis. (Mirror)

 

  • Manchester United are trying to sign French defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, 22, who is available on a free transfer in the summer from Borussia Dortmund. (Foot Mercato – in French)

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