Football transfer rumours: Neymar dreaming of Messi reunion at Barça?

Today’s fluff needs something to rely on Neymar is sad and bored and lonely in Paris and is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo. “Paris is a great city,” it notes, “but its climate is not that of Barcelona, nor is the Parc des Princes the Camp Nou or the Seine the Mediterranean.” The Brazilian continues to shower his former teammates, who he left so willingly in 2017, with messages concerning a move back to Spain. “Neymar longs for his old club and his old teammates, especially Lionel Messi, as well as his old life in Barcelona and the greatness of his old club,” it writes. These feelings have never been reciprocated, with many at Barcelona still scarred by the betrayal they saw in the Brazilian’s departure. “However lately this perception has changed,” Mundo Deportivo continues, “and the return of the Brazilian is already being Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Neymar dreaming of Messi reunion at Barça?"

Football transfer rumours: Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid?

Today’s rumours have got the oven gloves out Manchester City will have been delighted to see their man Raheem Sterling silence his England doubters by breaking his international goalscoring drought the other night. The only problem is, having done so in Spain, his superb performance was staged right under the noses of increasingly fidgety Real Madrid officials. And now they’re preparing a £100m bid. How’s that for timing? Related: Next Generation 2018: 60 of the best young talents in world football Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to Manchester City for £62m?

Today’s piffle is blinding you with its brilliance Pep Guardiola has seen the future of football – and it’s orange! Actually, it’s usually red and white but it has worn orange three times, for the resurgent Netherlands, and goes by the name of Frenkie de Jong. The jinky playmaker has got Manchester City hot and bothered with his Pep-approved pop-pop-pop passing style in Ajax’s midfield this season and the club are said to be readying a £62m bid for the 21-year-old. They will have stiff competition from Barcelona and Spurs tho… Oh, hang on, let’s do that again. They’ll have stiff competition from Barcelona though who, according to Mundo Deportivo, have had a bid of around £45m rejected. In other disheartening news for Phil Foden’s future playing opportunities at City, the club has a buyback clause for Jadon Sancho, Foden’s one-time contemporary who is ripping it up at Dortmund. Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to Manchester City for £62m?"

Football transfer rumours: Phil Foden to Dortmund, Leipzig or PSG?

Today’s fluff is fondly remembering some classic commentary The FA might have saved an awful lot of money on designing and building its English football-DNA lab in Burton had it known that Borussia Dortmund were so keen to play the role of finishing school for them. Having already polished the rough edges off Jadon Sancho and loaded him with enough mojo to make him a full international, Gareth Southgate’s new-found friends in Westphalia are hopeful of doing the same with Phil Foden. With Pep Guardiola having roughly 107 other options in the Manchester City playmaker role, Foden has yet to sign a new contract and, after watching Sancho leave City to become a regular at the Bundesliga giants where he gets to play in an atmospheric bouncy castle every other week, the prospect must be very tempting. Dortmund will have competition for the little creator’s signature as it says here Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Phil Foden to Dortmund, Leipzig or PSG?"

Football transfer rumours: Everton to snaffle free agent Samir Nasri?

Today’s fluff is a flame in the wind Everton are set to offer Samir Nasri a route back into the game once his drugs ban ends next month. According to the Mail Marco Silva is interested in bringing the former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder, now 31 and without a club, to Goodison Park, 10 months after he left Antalyaspor to complete his 18-month suspension. Heading to Turkey meanwhile is Shinji Okazaki, who at the age of 32 and with his contract at Leicester due to expire in the summer could be available in January for as little as £1.75m, or at least that is what Galatasaray are hoping. Related: Next Generation 2018: 60 of the best young talents in world football Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Arsène Wenger to take PSG role?

Today’s fluff would quite like to go back to bed People who know Arsène Wenger say that since stepping down as Arsenal overlord, there is a fresh spring in his stride. Although it was not a decision he relished taking, the 68-year-old looks liberated, spry, many years younger. It’s amazing what not being called a plonker on a weekly basis can do for a man. One day the Mill hopes to experience that. Related: Lille are racing up Ligue 1 thanks to their quick and tricky strikers Continue reading...

Paul Pogba’s agent to hold Manchester United talks in November over future

• Mino Raiola wants to see club’s view on sale and on Mourinho
• Relationship between Pogba and Mourinho at an all-time lowPaul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is set to meet Manchester United officials in November to discuss the midfielder’s future. The player’s relationship with José Mourinho reached an all-time low this week when he was stripped of the vice-captaincy and the pair were involved in a frosty exchange at the training ground on Wednesday. Pogba has been at United since rejoining from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89m in 2016 and Raiola wants to meet the club to establish whether they would be willing to let his client go in January or next summer. The agent also wants to wait until November to see whether Mourinho is still the manager. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is gathering steam On the same day Ed Woodward, suited and booted up in the plush posh seats at Old Trafford, proclaimed Manchester United as the world’s biggest sports team, he then watched his side lose to Derby County and their dumped vice-captain, Paul Pogba, supposedly upset manager José Mourinho by informing him he wishes to join Barcelona. However, the Catalan side will have to cough up in excess of £200m to land the French midfielder, according to the Mirror. Related: Unbeaten records, crises and shinners – Football Weekly Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Götze to Liverpool?

Today’s tish and fipsy is snotty The Rumour Mill has a confession. We know little of the Eredivisie these days. Between the Premier League, the Football League, the Champions League, the Europa League, bits of Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga, plus of course keeping bang up to date with the latest red hot developments in the transfer market, and then the relentless and exhausting grind of simply getting through the day, little time remains to get caught up on Dutch football. Related: West Ham need to secure Declan Rice’s signature, says Pablo Zabaleta Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Steven Caulker to Arsenal Kyiv?

Today’s fluff is taking up a fraction of my mind It says something about the quality of today’s transfer tittle-tattle that the most interesting rumour concerns the Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, who is leaving the Emirates after a decade to take up a similar role at Milan. According to the Mail, the boardroom bigwig is “99.9% certain to leave”, after a source informed them that “it looks like a done deal”. It is nearly six years since Steven Caulker, then a highly-rated 20-year-old centre-back blossoming at Tottenham, made his first and so far only England appearance in a friendly against Sweden. He is currently out of contract after leaving Dundee last month, but apparently not for long: he is wanted by Arsenal Kyiv, who having lost six of their first eight league matches to sit bottom of the Ukrainian Premier League with a goal difference Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Steven Caulker to Arsenal Kyiv?"

Football transfer rumours: Neymar, Mbappé or Hazard to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is delighted Real Madrid want the world to know that they have £330m to spend and will use it to bag a new Galactico or two, but the world is unimpressed. After all, that amount wouldn’t even pay for half a Luka Modrić, according to Real’s own valuations. Still, thanks to some obliging Spanish newspapers Real can still get their names linked with Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Eden Hazard again for free, so there’s another win for the lavishly decorated club. Meanwhile in another world, West Brom are still weighing up whether to offer employment to the out-of-work former Norwich City Galacticos Wes “Wessi” Hoolahan and, um, Russell “Russaldo” Martin. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Chelsea and Liverpool to battle for Insigne?

Today’s rumours have a selective memory In shock news, José Mourinho wants to get rid of Anthony Martial. Apparently Manchester United’s manager has run out of patience with the French winger and is willing to pack him off to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur as soon as the transfer window opens. It doesn’t matter where Martial goes, as long as someone takes him. Perhaps he could ask Kevin De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah for some advice on what to do next. Or Romelu Lukaku. Related: John Terry turns down Spartak Moscow transfer citing family reasons Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Barcelona keen on Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal?

Today’s whispers are taking a shortcut Not that the Mill ekes out its existence entirely through the careless whispers of others, but the last week has been spent praying fervently to the god of the mixed zone. That’s the oasis in the bowels of every international football stadium where loose-lipped stars, unencumbered by the grim-faced presence of a press offer from their club, spew out their deepest desires under the rather quaint impression that, because they’re miles from home, nobody back there will hear. Related: Sunderland ponder suing stayaway duo Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to make January move to Barcelona?

Today’s fluff is gone with the fallen leaves Paul Pogba’s latest declaration of loyalty to Manchester United was so half-hearted that talk of a January move to Barcelona is back on the back pages. Asked by Sky Sport Deutschland whether he was happy at Old Trafford, the Frenchman declared: “My future is currently in Manchester. I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months?” “The comments,” declares the Sun, “will send shockwaves through Old Trafford”. The Mirror notes that he “refused to rule out quitting United” and “can give no guarantees he will remain beyond the end of this season”, while the Times see it as a “hint that he may seek to leave Manchester”. “United are likely to face a mounting battle to keep their World Cup winner,” writes the Telegraph, “with the Frenchman Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to make January move to Barcelona?"

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign PSG’s Adrien Rabiot on a free?

Today’s fluff is so fresh, so clean The Manchester Evening News has saved the Rumour Mill a job by taking a basin of ice-cold water and pouring it all over rumours linking John Terry with a surprise move to Manchester United. José Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he thinks his current crop of central defenders are clowns, and speculation abounded that he was set to further boost their collective confidence by signing a 37-year-old free agent who last played in the Premier League the season before last. As far as the Mill can tell, the speculation is based on little more than the idle musings of Talksport presenter Adrian Durham, who said Terry “is a free agent, it could happen”. While it seems extremely unlikely, we are prepared to concede we’ve published more outlandish tosh. A return to Aston Villa seems more likely for the former Chelsea skipper, who has hinted on social media that he might Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign PSG’s Adrien Rabiot on a free?"

Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to join Tottenham for £40m?

Today’s whispers are feeling blonde Ajax are a selling club. Academy prospects are either polished into diamonds or players are craftily bought on the cheap and sold for enormous profit – the club has made an estimated €400m in transfer fees in the last decade. Some of these big-money departures – such as Ryan Babel, Vurnon Anita and Davy Klaassen – have failed to live up to their potential, not that that particularly bothers Ajax. Others – like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suárez and Wesley Sneijder – have gone on to be some of the best players in the world. Tottenham have a funny knack of sniffing out the good ones. Christian Eriksen, Dávinson Sánchez and Jan Vertonghen have all trodden the well-worn path from Amsterdam to north London, and if you count Toby Alderweireld’s diversion via Atlético Madrid, some might identify the link between the two clubs as a bit Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to join Tottenham for £40m?"

Ten of the best value-for-money signings in the European transfer window

From William Carvalho’s switch to Real Betis to Danny Ings’ Southampton loan, there were some shrewd-looking deals done across the continent
The crisis at Sporting has led to a summer exodus, with several players leaving Lisbon for cut-price fees. Goalkeeper Rui Patrício joined Wolves for free and Lille snapped up promising forward Rafael Leão. After years of Premier League interest, William Carvalho has also moved on – but Real Betis were the surprise name at the head of the queue. The Seville side have spent well this summer, signing Japan winger Takashi Inui for free and loaning Giovani Lo Celso from PSG. Carvalho, an accomplished box-to-box midfielder signed for less than £15m, may be the pick of the bunch. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Rúben Neves to Manchester United or City?

Today’s fluff is sparse The international transfer window shuts today, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it closed when Premier League clubs stopped doing business earlier this month. After all, the Mill’s lead story is Blackburn Rovers rejecting West Brom’s £5m offer for Bradley Dack. Gah! How on earth is Jim White going to work in these conditions? Sky probably aren’t even going to need the dreaded yellow ticker of doom if the following transfer piffle is any guide! For instance, after plenty of talk that Ademola Lookman was going to join RB Leipzig for £25m, it now seems that Everton plan to stop the young forward from moving to Germany. Having spotted that Lookman is pretty good at football, Marco Silva has decided it would be a good idea to keep him at Goodison Park. Continue reading...