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

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, has been offered GBP220k a week at Man United – the same amount as France team-mate Paul Pogba.


Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi has completed his move to Chinese Super League clubside Tianjin TEDA in a three-year deal in which he will earn a whopping GBP140,000-per-week.

United are set to offer GBP32.5m for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, 25, after a deal to sign Victor Lindelof, 22, from Benfica fell through.

Striker Odion Ighalo, 27, is set to leave Watford, with the Hornets hoping to cash in on fresh interest from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

China’s chief sports governing body has announced plans to cap the big spending of Chinese Super League clubs. The league’s current pre-season transfer window is set to break records in the wake of Oscar’s GBP60m move to Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea and Shanghai Shenhua’s GBP40m capture of Carlos Tevez. A spokesperson for China’s General Administration of Sport said clubs in the country were ‘burning money’.


Leicester City have signed defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for a reported GBP15m from Belgian side Genk.The 20-year-old Nigeria international completed his move on Thursday after a work permit was approved, signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. There will be add-ons eventually bringing the amount to between GBP18m-20m. Ndidi has already trained with the squad and could make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Everton.

Swansea City stalwart Alan Curtis was told by text message he was no longer part of the club’s coaching team.

With James Rodriguez’ Real Madrid future in the balance, Italian journalist Mina Rzouki believes Man United could be one of a number of possible destinations for the 25-year-old Colombian.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti, but is concerned by the 23-year-old’s GBP50m price tag.

Bayer Leverkusen have not received an offer from Chelsea for striker Javier Hernandez, 28, according to the German club’s sporting director.

Liverpool are set to sell 23-year-old defender Tiago Ilori to Reading for GBP3.75m.

Juventus left-back Patrice Evra, 35, has held talks with West Ham and his former club Man United over a potential January move.

West Ham have added Celtic striker Moussa Dembele to their transfer shortlist and are willing to spend GBP20m on the 20-year-old.

Chelsea are still in talks with Atalanta over the possible signing of Franck Kessie, 20, but the Premier League club may have to wait until the summer before a transfer can be concluded.

Forward Bojan, 26, is ready to leave Stoke City in order to secure regular first-team football.

New Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce could make Motherwell striker Louis Moult, 24, his first signing, with the club lining up a GBP500,000 offer.

Slaven Bilic’s job at West Ham is not as safe as people think, according to journalist Tony Evans.

Aston Villa have been told they must pay at least GBP10m to sign Jordan Rhodes, 26, from Middlesbrough.

Birmingham City have made enquiries about taking West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner, 30, on loan until the end of the season.

Morgan Schneiderlin, 27, who has been told he can leave Man United, has posted a video of himself training alone in a country park.

London-born LA Lakers small forward Luol Deng has revealed that one of the first things he would do if he became a billionaire would be to buy Crystal Palace.

Everton have completed the GBP11m signing of Charlton Athletic’s teenage forward Ademola Lookman. The 19-year-old joins on a four-and-a-half-year deal until June 2021. The England Under-20 international, who has scored seven goals in 25 games this season, becomes the most expensive signing from League One.

Southampton club captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request. The 33-year-old Portuguese defender has 18 months left to run on his current deal which he signed in October 2015.




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