Former Everton defender Johnny Heitinga and wife Charlotte-Sophie say they have found it ‘difficult’ adjusting their spending now the former Dutch international has retired and they can no longer afford a private jet. Man
United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, says he is ‘very happy’ at the club but is unsure about his long-term future amid speculation of interest from Real Madrid.
Arsenal have drawn up a shortlist of managers to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer because they fear he will walk away from the club. Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel tops the list. Juventus manager Max Allegri and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim are also contenders to take over the Gunners.
Jose Mourinho’s side will not see the same ‘churn‘ of players in the summer compared with previous transfer windows, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. But Mourinho will again attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Willian, 28, in the summer. Brazil international Willian confirmed Mourinho tried to take him to Old Trafford at the start of the season.
Juventus have made Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez’s representatives aware of their interest in signing the 28-year-old.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Chile international Sanchez is the only Arsenal player who would get into Tottenham’s best XI.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says the club’s fans should follow the example of supporters of Spurs and other top Premier League clubs in staying behind their team.
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, will sign a new contract at Goodison Park with negotiations ongoing over a new deal, according to the Belgian’s agent Mino Raiola.
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk could be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and may have played his last game for the club with Barcelona, Chelsea and Man City all considering summer moves.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to sign two wingers in the summer and has made Leicester’s Demarai Gray, 20, one of his top targets.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, says he is ‘unsure’ of his Arsenal future and is still concentrating on his loan spell at Bournemouth.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s 23-year-old former Chelsea midfielder, Thorgan Hazard – brother of the Blues’ Eden Hazard – insists he is happy in Germany but could be interested in a return to England in the future. Meanwhile, the Germans are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 21, and Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem, 20.
League One strugglers Coventry City are interested in former Premier League veterans Carlton Cole, 33, and Yakubu, 34.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have mover up nine places in the current FIFA rankings moving from 50th in the world to 41st, meanwhile , they are Africa’s seventh best team. Argentina, Brazil and Germany top – in the world – in that order.
Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has dropped a big hint about the international future of former Nigeria U-17 and 20 captain Musa Muhammed. Rohr has in the past warned the full back about his chances in the team if he doesn’t start playing games for his club side Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey. Musa’s search for regular playing time made him join Bosnian side FK Zeljeznicar Saravejo on loan from the Turkish side few days ago, a move which could also help his national team career.
However, Rohr was not so sure of his chances in the team, as he reportedly told a source in Sagamu that he has secured the services of two new full backs for the team.
“Musa have to fight for his spot in the team, hopefully we expect two defenders who play same role as him to be in the team for our next friendly games. He is however still part of our plans”, Rohr said.
The top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Stephen Odey of MFM FC has been proposed to La-Liga giants Valencia.
Odey, 18, has taken the league by storm this season with five goals in five games after six rounds of games in the league. A form which has lead to talks of an exit from his current team MFM FC when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
“He (Odey) has been proposed to Valencia, and they will monitor his progress before deciding on a move for him in the summer”, a source said.
“His move is similar to that of Ezekiel Bassey to Barcelona, a straight forward deal between the clubs which will be facilitated by the LMC-La Liga partnership.
“Odey has to work very hard and not get carried away by his early season form. The world is watching him,” the source concluded.
European football’s governing body (UEFA) will ask for its teams to be given 16 places at the expanded 48-team 2026 World Cup.
UEFA will also request that the European teams who do qualify are kept apart in the first stage.
The new-look tournament will begin with an initial round of 16 three-team groups, with 32 qualifiers going through to the knockout stage.
Thirteen European teams qualified for the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, which was won by Germany.
FIFA is expected to confirm the quotas for each continental governing body in May.
Former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Samson Siasia has reportedly indicated his interest in the vacant managerial job of the Rwanda national team according to reports in Rwanda.
The Beijing 2008 silver medal-winning coach, who also led Nigeria to a bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is not the only Nigerian who has indicated interest in the job with former Enyimba coach Samson Unuanel also in for the same job.
The Nigerian duo alongside former Algeria coach George Leekens will have to fend off competitions from 49 others who have also applied to replace John McKinstry who was axed last August.
Siasia and Unuanel will be hoping to become the first non Rwandan African to handle the Amavubi for the first time since 2011, when Ghanaian coach Sellas Tetteh was at the helm of affairs.
Massimiliano Allegri has agreed to quit Juventus at the end of the season, an exclusive report has revealed.
The Italian manager has been widely tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the summer, but Juventus chiefs had rejected claims he would leave Turin.
New reports, however, suggest that the decision to leave Juventus was made in January and was agreed on both sides, though the Italian champions have stressed it will not have a negative impact on the club’s title hopes.
Liverpool and Man City are ready to go head-to-head for Sporting CP’s midfielder William Carvalho after learning the Portuguese side are ready to sell.
Sporting are enduring a difficult season, currently sitting 10 points behind title rivals Benfica, and are looking to raise funds in order to strengthen their squad, with selling their star player their first port of call.
Liverpool are lining up a surprise move for Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez. Jurgen Klopp is keen to add more attacking depth in the summer and the Reds have already made informal contact with the Uruguayan’s representatives.
Bayern Munich will step up their pursuit of Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo ahead of Philipp Lahm’s retirement. The Germany legend has announced he will finish his playing career at the end of the season, leaving Carlo Ancelotti searching for reinforcements on the right side of defence.
Man City lead the race to sign Real Mallorca teenage sensation Alpha Dionkou. The 15-year-old is also in the sights of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona but looks set to become the latest youngster to join City’s academy setup.
Real Madrid have opened talks over a summer move for in-demand Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Torino President Urbano Cairo has travelled to the Spanish capital to discuss the potential transfer, with Madrid willing to pay the Arsenal target’s €100 million release clause.
Arsenal are the latest club to show an interest in signing Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer. The Gunners are looking to replace Petr Cech as their No.1, and while Liverpool are also keen on the England international, Arsenal are hopeful of completing a deal.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is set to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Anfield. The England international is set to earn £150,000 a week following a series of impressive performances for the Reds this season.
Man United will discuss a 12-month contract extension with Jose Mourinho at the end of the season. The Portuguese coach signed a three-year deal in the summer but has impressed Red Devils bosses sufficiently to convince them to commit to an extra year.
Nottingham Forest have told Liverpool not to bother with a fresh approach for 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton. Jurgen Klopp is supposedly a fan of the Forest prospect and saw a £2.5 million offer for the teenager rejected by the Championship club late in the January transfer window, with a return for his services in the summer likely.
In the wake of rumours linking Milan with an audacious move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero and Roberto Mancini have now been added to their wish list. It is understood that the Rossoneri will have €100 million to spend should their Sino-Europe Sports takeover be completed, and big names are being targeted to aid them in returning to the top of the Serie A table.
Chelsea have made Valencia defender Joao Cancelo one of their top summer transfer targets. The Blues failed in a January bid for the full-back, but the Liga outfit are set to be more receptive to a sale in the close season, though their asking price is likely to be in the region of €30 million.
Liverpool are set to battle Man City for the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jurgen Klopp has worked with the Gabon international before, and is hopeful he can pull off a £40 million move to bring him to Anfield. City, meanwhile, have made Aubameyang their primary target should Sergio Aguero leave the club in the summer.
Tottenham are leading the way to sign Man United defender Luke Shaw should he leave Old Trafford this summer. The England international has struggled to establish himself under Jose Mourinho this season, with his last Premier League appearance coming on October 29. And Mauricio Pochettino is keen to reunite with the full-back, having coached him at Southampton, while Spurs would be open to allowing Danny Rose to be involved in a potential swap deal.
Arsenal and Chelsea are the latest clubs to show an interest in Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Rojiblancos, with Bayern Munich and PSG also keen on a summer move.
Barcelona are set to join Man United in a battle to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof. United failed to sign the Sweden international during the January transfer window, though they remain keen on bringing him to Old Trafford at the end of the season.But Barca are now also monitoring the centre-back, and watched him from the stands during Benfica’s clash with Nacional on Saturday.
Juventus midfielder Hernanes has completed his move to Chinese Super League club, Hebei China Fortune, in a €10 million deal. Hernanes, 31, had been on the brink of leaving Juventus in the summer, but a proposed move to Besiktas broke down when he opted to stay in Italy and fight for his place.