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

Man City are prepared to listen to offers for striker Sergio Aguero, 28, as manager Pep Guardiola continues to reconstruct the club’s squad. Meanwhile, midfielders David Silva, 31, and Samir Nasri, 29, could be the next to head to the Chinese Super League and join ex-boss Manuel Pellegrini at Hebei Fortune.

Atletico Madrid’s President has vowed not to sell 25-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann amid interest from Man United.

A Scottish businessman has paid a Spanish third tier club GBP150,000 to let him manage them. The money will be reimbursed if he gets them promoted.

Everton’s injured winger Yannick Bolasie has lent his support to the non-league club that used to pay him in burgers.

Marseille have made a new GBP26m bid for 29-year-old West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. The Frenchman who has been forced to train with West Ham’s youth team, is willing to take a pay cut to rejoin the French side.


Everton midfielder Tom Davies, 18, says even Liverpool fans have been congratulating him in the street since his well-taken goal against Man City on Sunday.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian want to sign Leeds striker Chris Wood, 25, having failed in their bid for Chelsea’s 28-year-old forward Diego Costa.

Burnley have made a GBP13m bid for Norwich’s 25-year-old winger Robbie Brady.

Watford have told West Brom they will need to pay more than GBP17m if they want to sign 27-year-old striker Odion Ighalo.

Man United are planning to make a GBP70m bid for Monaco’s 22-year-old midfielder Bernardo Silva this summer.

Arsenal have taken up an option to extend 32-year-old midfielder Santi Cazorla’s contract for another year.

Barcelona are interested in signing 21-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, 25, is keen to return to Newcastle on loan, with Palace considering signing Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing, 32, as a replacement.

Hammers winger Michail Antonio, 26, is set to sign a five-and-a-half-year contract worth GBP70k a week.

Arsenal are yet to open contract talks with midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, and defender Kieran Gibbs 27, despite all three having just 18 months left on their current deals. Meanwhile, the Gunners have rejected Juventus’ interest in Alexis Sanchez as they continue contract renewal talks with the 28-year-old forward.

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 35, is to retire from football when his Bayern Munich contract expires at the end of the season.

Crystal Palace are preparing a GBP10m bid for Tottenham left-back Ben Davies, but Spurs want at least GBP20m for the 23-year-old.

Aston Villa have had a GBP6m bid for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, 26, rejected.

Man City’s summer signing Gabriel Jesus, 19, has finally received clearance in time for him to feature in Saturday’s match versus Tottenham.

Hull are close to signing Olympiakos’ 25-year-old right-back Omar Elabdellaoui.

Burnley have made a GBP7.5m bid for Hull’s 29-year-old midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

Swansea and Everton are interested in signing Swiss side Young Boys’ 27-year-old attacking midfielder Yoric Ravet.

Former Man United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in talks to become the next manager of Norway.

Ex-Netherlands striker Marco van Basten, now Fifa’s technical director, has suggested scrapping the offside rule because without it ‘you get more possibilities to score’.

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce tried and failed to bring in ‘about 20‘ new players but a deal for Arsenal’s 24-year-old right-back Carl Jenkinson remains alive.


Borussia Dortmund are set to rival Man United for 19-year-old Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg.

Claudio Ranieri says Leicester City are considering bringing in new signings in January, including a replacement for defender Luis Hernandez, 27, who is expected to sign for Malaga.


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