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

Pep Guardiola has admitted making mistakes since arriving at Man City and being forced to adapt his style to suit English football.


Chelsea gaffer Antonio Conte says he intends to retire from management after 10 years.

Barcelona are ready to battle Real Madrid for Tottenham’s 20-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is in line to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not make any signings in January and instead try and resolve new contracts for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez, 28, Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, France striker Olivier Giroud, 30, French midfielder Francis Coquelin, 25, and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla, 32. But Sanchez is being urged to continue his contract stand-off with Arsenal until the summer by PSG with the Ligue 1 side hoping to sign the winger for GBP60m.

FIFA want to introduce penalty shoot-outs at the end of drawn group games in the 2026 World Cup. The tournament could also expand to include 48 teams.

Mike Dean is a Premier League referee. He also shares his name with a music producer who has worked with Jay Z and Kayne West. The latter has been inundated with tweets from football fans, who have confused him with his namesake.

Man City’s 28-year-old Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony – on loan at Stoke City – has been offered GBP210,000 a week tax free to move to China.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has two games to save his job following the 5-0 home defeat by Man City in the FA Cup third round on Friday.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is under pressure unless he can turn the Hornets’ fortunes around, while some of his players have started to question the Italian’s training methods.

Man United are clear to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, 22, after his former club in Sweden renegotiated their sell-on clause.

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has joined the race to sign Sunderland’s England striker Jermain Defoe, 34.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has tweeted to say the Insider column will be removed from the Hammers official website after it hinted the club had a GBP20m bid for Moussa Dembele rejected by Celtic.

Adam Lallana has revealed he is only allowed one Liverpool player in his Fantasy Football team, which is Roberto Firmino and says he regrets putting himself in the team.

Juventus’ Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 23, favours a move to Real Madrid over Barcelona.

PSG’s Spanish striker Jese Rodriguez, 23, is willing to take a pay cut to move on loan to La Liga side Las Palmas. But PSG are expected to receive bids from Roma and Liverpool for the former Real Madrid player.

Chelsea and Man City want to sign former Stoke midfielder Steven N’zonzi. The 28-year-old, who now plays for Sevilla, reportedly has a GBP25m buyout clause in his contract, although Juventus are also interested in the player.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, 32, and midfielder Santi Cazorla, 32, have been offered new 12-month contracts. The pair’s current deals both expire at the end of the season.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants to re-sign England midfield Fabian Delph, 27, from Man City. Bruce is also keen on Everton’s England midfielder Tom Cleverley, 27, Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, 26, and Leicester midfielder Matty James, 25.

Mark Hughes has confirmed Stoke are in talks with Peter Crouch, 35, to extend the former England striker’s contract.

Man United and AC Milan target Keita Balde Diao, the 21-year-old Senegal striker, will not be leaving Lazio in January.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who has not played for the club since September, has uploaded a video to Instagram with the message: “They say i aint fit #ok‘, and two angry face emojis.

Aston Villa are close to signing 26-year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury for GBP3m, but the club have denied reports linking them with a loan move for former Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 27, who is out of favour at Man City.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 31, will remain at Crystal Palace this season even though Marseille are keen to re-sign him.

Championship side Newcastle are keen to sign a Premier League midfielder on loan with Everton’s Tom Cleverley, 27, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 20, and Man City’s Fabian Delph, 27, potential targets.

Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes, 26, could leave Middlesbrough following the arrival of Rudy Gestede.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka wants to sign Stoke’s Spain striker Bojan Krkic, 26, and Everton’s Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, 22.

Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 19, has been told it is unlikely he will be allowed to leave Man United on loan in January.

Sacked Swansea boss Bob Bradley has been offered the Norway job.

Chelsea are preparing a move to sign Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, 31, in the January transfer window. However, they are yet to contact Swansea over the Spain forward.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola will try and sign Germany defender Holger Badstuber, 27, on a six-month loan deal from his former club Bayern Munich.

The Chinese Super League are prepared to pay a top England footballer GBP800,000 a week, with Tottenham’s Dele Alli, 20, and Harry Kane, 23, Ross Barkley, 23, of Everton and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, 27, the leading targets.

Everton are ready to make an improved GBP22m bid for Man United’s France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 27.

Southampton will try and sign Liverpool’s France defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, after their captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request.

Moussa Dembele does not want to leave Celtic in January, despite West Ham’s reported GBP20m bid for the 20-year-old French striker.

Crystal Palace are ready to rival West Ham for Hull winger Robert Snodgrass, with the Scotland international expected to cost up to GBP9m.

Juventus’ France full-back Patrice Evra could re-join Man United, but only as a coach in Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen on bringing Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere to Goodison Park in the summer but faces competition from Man City for the 25-year-old.

West Ham have had a second bid for 24-year-old striker Scott Hogan rejected by Brentford.

Man City will make a new bid for Athletic Bilbao’s French centre-back Aymeric Laporte in the summer, despite being turned down by the 22-year-old last year.

Liverpool will press ahead with the signing of Spartak Moscow’s Netherlands forward Quincy Promes, 25, this month.


Patrice Evra, 35, has been left out of Juventus’ squad for Sunday’s meeting with Bologna after speculation linking the France full-back with a return to Man United or a move to Valencia. Meanwhile, Man United’s Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 27, is one of a number of replacements Juventus are looking at if Evra leaves.

Juventus are interested in Chelsea’s Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic, 32, and Man City’s 31-year-old France full-back Gael Clichy. Both players are free agents at the end of the season.

Man City and Chelsea target Steven N’Zonzi, 28, has rejected a new deal with Sevilla. The France midfielder has a buy-out clause worth GBP25m.

The agent of Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has dismissed reports claiming that Bayer Leverkusen are ready to sell the 28-year-old former Man United player for GBP21m.

Newcastle are targeting 22-year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn.

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have made enquiries about Everton’s Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, 26.

West Bromwich Albion have made a move for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini but face competition for the 25-year-old Italy international from Premier League rivals Southampton, Everton and Stoke, and German side Wolfsburg.

Watford have enquired about Everton’s England midfielder Tom Cleverley. But Newcastle United, Burnley and Aston Villa also want the 27-year-old.

Liverpool have offered England midfielder Adam Lallana, 28, a new deal to fend off interest from Tottenham.




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