Soccer Tori (Gists, rumours, speculations and transfer updates)

Bayern Munich gaffer Pep Guardiola, 44, will become Man City’s new boss in the summer.

 

 

The creator of Football Manager has apologized to Tottenham striker Harry Kane for his low statistics in the computer game, and says Premier League players contact him to try to boost their ratings.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, 30 is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer with Man Utd and PSG keen to sign him.

 

 

Tottenham are set to reward midfielder Dele Alli, 19, for his impressive form this season with a new contract that is likely to at least double his GBP10k-a-week wages.

 

 

Striker Loic Remy, 29, has been blocked from leaving Chelsea despite being a target for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

 

 

Montreal Impact’s former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, will retire from playing to join Blues manager Guus Hiddink’s backroom staff.

 

 

Former Aston Villa goalie Shay Given, 39, says the Premier League’s bottom club should make signings in preparation for being in the Championship next season.

 

 

Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp is trying to sign Neven Subotic 27, from Borussia Dortmund while Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia, 27, is also a target as the Reds try to bring in a central defender.

 

 

Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney and Stoke City goalie Jack Butland have used Twitter to thank fans for voting them as England’s Player of the Year and under-21 Player of the Year respectively.

 

 

FC Basel says midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 23, could complete his move to Arsenal in the coming days.

 

 

Real Madrid are willing to pay GBP100m to sign Chelsea’s Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 24. However, that could prompt the London club to pursue the signing of Real’s forward Gareth Bale, 26, meanwhile, Man Utd are hoping to sign the Welshman for GBP75m this month.

 

 

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are interested in signing QPR’s centre-back Steven Caulker, 24, who is on a season-long loan at Southampton.

 

 

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 26, could join Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Man Utd or PSG if he decides to leave Real Madrid.

 

 

Guardiola could yet move to Man Utd –if they act quickly. The Spaniard has spoken to both Manchester clubs, turned down an offer from Chelsea and would also consider Arsenal. However, Man Utd believe he will be Man City’s next manager.

 

 

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who recently called his Liverpool counterpart a ‘soft German’ says the Reds boss has only himself to blame for the club’s injury problems. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland with the 25-year-old already in the north east for a medical.

 

 

Aston Villa gaffer Remi Garde could return to former club Lyon to sign striker Claudio Beauvue, 27, who is on the transfer list.

 

 

Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas, 28, will not be leaving Everton according to manager Roberto Martinez.

 

 

Joe Cole, 34, is set to complete a permanent move to Coventry City with Aston Villa allowing the former England midfielder to be released from his contract six months early.

 

 

Crystal Palace have joined Man Utd in expressing an interest in Fulham’s 19-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele.

 

 

Pep Guardiola wants City to try sign Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 28, defender Gerard Pique, 28, versatile Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, 23, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

 

 

Leicester and Liverpool both want Standard Liege goalie Guilame Hubert, 21.

 

 

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is considering offers from Watford and Crystal Palace.

 

 

Watford are close to signing Fiorentina’s Spain midfielder Mario Suarez, 28.

 

 

Former NBA star Steve Nash and Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, have bought a controlling share of La Liga side Real Mallorca.

 

 

AC Milan defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong, 31, is not a target for Leicester City despite reports to the contrary.

 

 

Swansea will not recall winger Nathan Dyer, 28, from his loan spell at Leicester City in the January transfer window.

 

 

Man Utd have failed in a fresh move for Southampton forward Sadio Mane, 23.

 

 

Arsenal’s former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has given his backing to new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tweeting: “His appointment was a good decision”.

 

 

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed training on Tuesday. The 26-year-old forward has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool.

 

 

Chelsea have told Pep Guardiola that they will offer him a better contract than City and a big budget to sign players.

 

 

Liverpool will sign 16-year-old goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who had trials at Man City and Man Utd, from Polish club Ruch Chorzow for an initial GBP250k.

 

 

Man Utd have recalled forward Adnan Januzaj, 20, from his season-long loan at Borussia Dortmund due to lack of game time there.

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