Transfer Tumours: Lewandowski, Fernandes, Koulibaly, Rudiger, Kounde, Adeyemi, Phillips

Transfer Tumours: Lewandowski, Fernandes, Koulibaly, Rudiger, Kounde, Adeyemi, Phillips

  • Liverpool have emerged as one of the potential destinations for Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 33, who is expected to leave Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich next summer. (Fichajes, in Spanish) 


  • Cristiano Ronaldo and his family have switched mansions after bleating sheep kept waking them. (The sun)


  • Manchester Unitedhave been in positive talks with Portugal midfielder BrunoFernandes since July. The 27-year-old wants to stay at Old Trafford and his contract is considered a “priority” along with France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28. (Fabrizio Romano via Twitter) 


  • Everton star Richarlison has done nothing to dispel rumours linking him with a move to PSG after posting a tweet singing the praises of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. (Daily Star)


  • Fernandes is closing in on a new five-year deal at Manchester United worth more than £250,000 a week, increasing his salary by nearly £100,000 a week. (Sun)


  • Manuel Pellegrini reckons Joe Hart is the perfect man to take on the Celtic armband Thursday night. (The Scottish Sun)


  • Manchester United wanted to negotiate a deal with Napoli for Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly, 30, in the summer transfer window but were not willing to match the Serie A side’s £34m valuation for the centre-back. (Corriere dello Sport via Express) 


  • Liverpool are in pole position to make a January bid for German striker Karim Adeyemi, 19, from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)


  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects a “proper transfer offer” for Divock Origi next summer after the Belgium forward, 26, impressed on his first start since January in Wednesday’s win over AC Milan. (Express)


  • Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on the Manchester United job as he eyes a sensational return to the Premier League, according to reports. (The sun)


  • Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could be sold to fund a bid for Sevilla’s France defender Jules Kounde, 22. The 28-year-old German is wanted by both Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid but has emerged as a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s backline. (Football 365)


  • Inter Milan legend Diego Milito has lashed out at Romelu Lukaku for making false promises to the club’s fans before his exit. (The sun)


  • Rudiger is stalling over Chelsea’s offer of a new £140,000-a-week deal, which has also alerted Bayern Munich and Juventus as Rudiger is out of contract next summer. (Telegraph)


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  • Leeds United have opened talks with Kalvin Phillips over a big new contract for the England midfielder, 25, beyond 2024. (Football Insider)


  • Barcelona identified Leeds striker Rodrigo, 30, as a deadline day transfer target this summer but the Premier League side turned down Barca’s “scattergun” approach for the Spain international. (The Athletic, subscription required) 


  • Bernd Leno was visibly frustrated during Arsenal’s training session on Wednesday as the Gunners prepare for their Premier League clash with Burnley this weekend.


  • Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is reportedly close to signing a new contract with the Italian side, meaning Arsenal and Tottenham will have to spend big if they decide to reignite their interest in the 24-year-old. (Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)


  • Ilkay Gundogan has been promoted to Manchester City vice-captain following a vote by Pep Guardiola’s players and backroom staff this week, demoting Kevin de Bruyne.( The daily telegraph)


  • West Ham are keeping tabs on Rangers’ English centre-back Connor Goldson, 28, who is out of contract next summer. (Football Insider)


  • Tottenham have been handed a double injury boost ahead of Sunday’s clash against Chelsea as Heung-Min Son and Eric Dier are both hopeful of being fit. (Daily Mail)


  • Former England international Carlton Palmer made a surprise return to football on Tuesday night at the age of 55 when he was named on the Grantham subs bench. (Daily mirror)


  • Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is not seeking a pay-as-you-play deal at the Emirates after boss Mikel Arteta offered him the opportunity to keep fit at the Gunners’ training ground. The 29-year-old has 34 England caps but has been without a club since his release from Bournemouth earlier this year. (Metro)


  • Spain midfielder Isco, 29, is understood to be growing increasingly frustrated at Real Madrid under manager Carlo Ancelotti and could look to secure a move away from the Bernabeu in January. (Calciomercato, in Italian)


  • Tottenham are eyeing a move for Peterborough United’s English defender Ronnie Edwards. Spurs were said to be among a number of Premier League clubs to watch the 18-year-old feature for Peterborough Under-23s against Watford last week. (Football Insider) 


  • PSG were only willing to sell 22-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe to rivals Real Madrid if Brazil winger Vinicius Junior, 21, was included in the deal. (Here We Go podcast via Sport Bible) 



  • Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is not willing to bend to Harry Kane’s demands over a new contract. (Daily express)



  • Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius reportedly turned down an exit from the Anfield club this summer in order to keep his ‘large wages’. (Daily Star)


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