Football Gossip & Transfer News For July 15, 2016


Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, has confirmed his interest in re-joining Manchester United, calling them his “first family”. (ESPN)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, could head to the Chinese Super League – if a deal is completed before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Friday.(Corriere della Sera, via Daily Express)

The Football Association is set to interview Jurgen Klinsmann for the England job, but Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is still the front runner. (Independent)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is set to sign a new four-year contract.(Leicester Mercury)

The Foxes have submitted a third and final £15m offer for Burnley defender Michael Keane, 23. (Metro)

Manchester City want Schalke and Germany winger Leroy Sane, 20, but think he is worth £35m and not the £42m being demanded. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, 29, says that he is “100% staying” at the club after impressing at Euro 2016 with France. (Sun)

Burnley have made an improved £6m bid for Jeff Hendrick, 24, but Derby want more for the Republic of Ireland midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United will have to pay midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger £14m to leave, with Paris St-Germain interested in the Germany international, 31. (Sun)

Middlesbrough have agreed a €10m (£8.3m) deal to buy 28-year-old defender Neven Subotic from Borussia Dortmund, but need to secure a work permit for the Serb. (Teesside Gazette)

Emanuele Giaccherini will move from Sunderland to Napoli for £1.2m, according to the 31-year-old Italy midfielder’s agent. (Radio CRC, via ESPN)

Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in signing Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela, 23. (Kicker, in German)

Juventus will compete with Arsenal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28, and could meet his release clause of almost £80m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Borussia Dortmund want to sign Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 24, as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who has moved to Manchester City. (Stoke Sentinel)

Dortmund are also interested in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer to Manchester United.(L’Equipe, in French)

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has warned Italian sides Fiorentina and Sampdoria away from striker Abel Hernandez, 25. (Hull Daily Mail)

Nottingham Forest are one of 10 clubs hoping to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 23. (Nottingham Post)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly told forward Joel Campbell, 24, to look for a new club, with some interest from Spanish side Valencia. (Estadio Deportivo, via Daily Star)

Burnley are interested in Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong, 28.(Guardian)

Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, 21, who Pep Guardiola sees as Pablo Zabaleta’s replacement at right-back.(Daily Mail)

Stoke City have made enquiries about Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 25. (Daily Mail)

Bournemouth are continuing their pre-season warm-up in Chicago. They opted to go paddle boarding on Friday, with mixed results.

Barcelona presented their new signing Lucas Digne, complete with face mask from a nasal operation he had a few days previously.

Manchester United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic and prospective new signing Paul Pogba reportedly had dinner together in Los Angeles, complete with selfies (not of them together).

Zlatan and Pogba
Chef Bobby Chinn snapped a photo with Zlatan and Pogba at a restaurant in LA

France and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has got involved in the new Pokemon Go craze.

Antoine Griezmann

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also channelled his inner Rihanna in his first news conference as manager at Stamford Bridge. Or at least that’s how the Telegraph saw it.

And Leicester City began their pre-season training, with Riyad Mahrez looking very happy to be back.



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