Football transfer rumours: Chelsea’s David Luiz to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff won’t let hard times stand in our way Having been one of the mainstays of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign last season, this season David Luiz played all but three minutes of the first eight league games for which he was available (there was also a two-match suspension), then got dropped once and suddenly he’s ready to flounce out of the club altogether. He is, report the Star in their back-page exclusive, “said to be extremely unhappy following his bust-up with Antonio Conte” and also “frustrated that the club’s hierarchy have not backed him” and therefore “could be set for a reunion with José Mourinho”. That’s right, the grumpy Portuguese tactician “is ready to step in” and whisk the centre-back to Manchester, caring not a hoot that Chelsea are “sure to want at least the £34m they paid” for the frizz-faced ace. And Luiz is happy to work once Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Chelsea’s David Luiz to Manchester United?"

Manchester United have no concerns José Mourinho might leave in summer

• Board believe he is determined to win league for club
• Manager praised Paris Saint-Germain in OctoberManchester United have no concerns that José Mourinho could leave next summer to take up another managerial position, and those who work closely with him believe he retains fire in his belly to win the Premier League for the club. Mourinho is a long-term target of Paris Saint-Germain, whom he publicly praised last month, and would also attract interest from other leading sides. However, United’s board would welcome Mourinho staying for a decade or more, as this would mean a long period of success had been established. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal?

Today’s fluff is in discord and rhyme Real Betis “believe they are close to pulling off a massive coup”, according to the Mirror. In these days of military takeovers of African quasi-dictatorships you might think that football gossipmongers might have temporarily scaled back on their use of the word “coup”, but no. Here it is in black and white, and being used to describe the future planning of a certain Jack Wilshere. The player, whose contract at Arsenal ends next summer, is apparently “open to moving to La Liga”, the only question being whether Betis “push for a cut-price deal in January”, “convince him to sign a pre-contract in January” or, in fact, fail to sign him altogether. But who would replace Wilshere in Arsenal’s midfield/bench/stands should he leave? One improbable answer could be Marouane Fellaini, who “has rejected a new contract offer and is set to quit Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Marouane Fellaini to Arsenal?"

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal and Real Madrid eye Kepa Arrizabalaga?

Today’s whispers are sold out Who remembers the Sami Khedira transfer storm of 2015? Well, that’s because there wasn’t one. Khedira, criminally under-appreciated at Real Madrid, joined Juventus on a free transfer and that was that. It was a good move for Khedira, it was a cheap move for Juve, who now want to repeat the trick of nabbing a handsome German international central midfielder with extremely good hair on a free transfer … with Liverpool’s Emre Can. Related: Arsène Wenger says he is tempted by chance to manage at a World Cup Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to move for Nabil Fekir?

Today’s fluff is punctual While the agents of Steven Pienaar, Joseph Yobo and James McFadden have been waiting anxiously for a call ever since David Moyes was unveiled as West Ham manager, their phones seem unlikely to ring any time soon. Having had a couple of days to familiarise himself with his new surroundings, the Scot is already being linked with three new signings in the January transfer window and – amazingly – none of them are Everton old boys. Bournemouth’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter is top of a Moyes’s shopping list that also features the names of Sporting midfielder William Carvalho and sulking Sunderland central defender Lamine Koné. Despite arriving at the London Stadium just last summer, £24m flop Marko Arnautović will be sold to help contribute towards the cost of the new additions. Yet to register a goal or an assist since his arrival, it is Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to move for Nabil Fekir?"

Football transfer rumours: next stop for Neymar … Real Madrid?

Today’s tittle-tattle is hurting deep inside Not content with turning football on its head with his sensational move from PSG to Barcelona, rumour has it that Neymar is already pondering over an even more earth-shattering transfer. After less than six months in Ligue 1, 11 goals, a sending off and an extraordinary on-pitch contretemps with a team-mate, the flighty forward and his financially savvy father are already eyeing another escape route paved with gold. A return to Spain seems to be the dream, and where else but Real Madrid, who despite their willingness to ride roughshod over the generally accepted rules of engagement when it comes to transfers, just didn’t rate highly enough on the Deeney Index of cojones to snaffle the Brazilian directly from Barcelona in the summer. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Everton to lure Diego Simeone from Atlético Madrid?

Today’s fluff is dampEverton have stepped up their search for a new manager. Sean Dyche may offer promise, Sam Allardyce guarantees. But only Diego Simeone brings international glamour. Title-winning coaches from La Liga have done reasonably well on Merseyside in the past, so this could work, you know. And the prospect of a Merseyside derby with Simeone and Jürgen Klopp on a rolling boil in the dugouts? Yes please! Related: Kevin Mirallas apologises for behaviour after Everton training session walkout Continue reading...