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Football Rumours on Friday 25th June 2021
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  • Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brighton over a deal for England defender Ben White, 23, that could be worth in excess of £50m.
    (Sky Sports)

  • French defender William Saliba, 20, is again poised to leave Arsenal on loan and has attracted a number of suitors across Europe, including Nice where he had a spell last season. Newcastle United, Southampton, French clubs Rennes, Marseille, Lille, German side Bayer Leverkusen as well as two unnamed clubs in Italy are also said to be interested.

  • Liverpool could bid for French superstar Kylian Mbappe as the 22-year-old forward has told Paris St-Germain he wants to leave the club this summer.
    (Daily Star)

  • Aston Villa are confident they can fend off interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United to keep a hold of England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25.

  • Grealish's representatives, however, believe they have got the go-ahead for him to leave Villa, which could see him make a £100m move to Manchester City.

  • Dean Smith's side also have no interest in selling Scotland midfielder John McGinn this summer, with Liverpool believed to be considering a bid for the 26-year-old.
    (Express and Star)

  • Liverpool are monitoring Portugal and Lille midfielder Renato Sanches as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum. The 23-year-old helped the French side win the Ligue 1 title last season.

  • Liverpool have begun talks with PSV Eindhoven about a deal for 22-year-old Dutch forward Donyell Malen, who is expected to cost about £34m.
    (Daily Express)

  • Chelsea are the most likely side to land Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, 22. The Frenchman has been attracting interest from Manchester United, but now it seems the west Londoners are at the front of the queue.
    (ABC Sevilla)

  • Brighton, Burnley, West Ham and newly promoted Norwich City have all been linked with Barcelona's 30-year-old Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite.

  • Arsenal are set to offload Lucas Torreira this summer but for a significant loss on the money they spent on him from Sampdoria in 2018.
    (Daily Express)

  • West Ham have tabled a £17m offer for Fiorentina's 23-year-old defender Nikola Milenkovic, but the bid is a long way short of what the Serie A club want for the Serbia international.

  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga his primary target this summer. The 18-year-old only has one year left on his current deal, and Arteta is willing to let four players go in order to pay for the Frenchman.
    (Daily Express)

  • Burnley are set to make a bid for Werder Bremen's Czech Republic international goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, 29.

  • Leeds United could make a move for Blackburn Rovers' 22-year-old forward Ben Brereton following his impressive performances for Chile at the Copa America.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Neco Williams can leave Liverpool for £10m this summer and is expected to request a transfer when he returns from Euro 2020 with Wales, with Aston Villa, Leeds and Southampton linked with a move for the full-back.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina this summer, having scouted the 27-year-old Gabon international during his loan spell at Fulham last season.

  • Liverpool will ask bidding teams to stump up £15m for defender Nat Phillips this summer, should he ask to leave, with Brighton and Burnley retaining an interest.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Roma remain in talks with Arsenal over a deal for Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 28, with the main sticking point being the amount of performance- and appearance-related bonuses that are included in the deal.

  • Anthony Elanga is set to hold talks with Manchester United chiefs over his plans for next season - with the potential arrival of Jadon Sancho likely to reduce his chances of first-team football.
    (Daily Star)

  • Arsenal have reportedly launched an offer to sign in-demand Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer, while Martin Odegaard has confirmed he will not be returning to the Emirates next season.
    (Daily Star)

  • Manchester United are in ongoing talks with Paul Pogba's representatives over a new contract.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Newcastle United's 21-year-old English midfielder Matty Longstaff is wanted by Norwich City, Middlesbrough and West Brom, as well as Belgian side Anderlecht.

  • West Ham remain interested in Jesse Lingard but may have to wait until Manchester United's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 21, is resolved before making a move for the 28-year-old England forward.
    (London Evening Standard)

  • Barcelona are open to swapping 32-year-old left-back Jordi Alba for Inter Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Bastoni, 22, but the Spain international will not contemplate making a move in the summer.


  • Graham Potter has emerged as the latest front-runner to be the new Tottenham manager.

  • Ryan Mason has been put on standby by managerless Tottenham to take charge of pre-season training.
    (Daily Express)

  • West Bromwich Albion have appointed Valerien Ismael as their new head coach after agreeing a compensation package with Barnsley.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Rafael Benitez remains the frontrunner for the Everton job, with the former Liverpool boss holding further talks with the Toffees over succeeding Carlo Ancelotti.
    (Liverpool Echo)

  • Crystal Palace turned to former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre in their pursuit of a new manager after baulking at Steve Cooper's £3m release clause at Swansea.

  • However, Favre is having second thoughts about taking the job at Selhurst Park because of concerns over the club's transfer budget.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Wayne Rooney will consider quitting as Derby manager if the club are relegated to League One.


  • Gareth Southgate will consider whether or not to revert to a back three and match up against Germany in England's European Championship last-16 tie next week, which would leave Jack Grealish sweating on his starting place.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • England are facing a fight to prevent another highly-rated coach from leaving with Arsenal targeting Under 18s boss Kevin Betsy.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Derby still fear they may be forced to start next season in League One, with the EFL considering an appeal against the fine issued for financial irregularities.
    (Sky Sports)

  • The EFL has extended its partnership with Carabao, which will see the Thai drinks firm continue to support the league cup until 2024 in a deal now worth £42m.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Derby say they are "disappointed" in the EFL for developing an "interchangeable" fixture list as the threat of relegation still looms over the East Midlands club.
    (Sky Sports)

  • Marcus Rashford will wait until the end of Euro 2020 to decide whether to undergo an operation on his shoulder.
    (Sky Sports)

  • The away goals rule will be scrapped from all UEFA club competitions from the start of the 2021-22 season, UEFA has confirmed.
    (Sky Sports)