Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 20, 2016


Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, has told manager Ronald Koeman that he will turn down Chelsea to stay at Goodison Park for at least another season. (Daily Mirror)

But Koeman has admitted that he is preparing a Plan B, in case the Belgium forward leaves the club. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says “it is worth trying” to use Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, as a striker, and compared him to Uruguay and Barcelona star Luis Suarez. (Sky Sports)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he wants to keep hold of Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 28, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.(ESPN)

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has described the transfer market as “crazy”, saying clubs are now asking for “£55m” for “medium talent”.(Daily Telegraph)

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, could trigger an exodus from Manchester City as midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, defender Eliaquim Mangala and striker Wilfried Bony may all leave the Etihad in the transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

City will attempt to sign £10m-rated Croatia midfielder Ante Coric, 19, from Dinamo Zagreb. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are relying on long-term target Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, to force Leicester’s hand with talks at a standstill between the two clubs over a £12m move for the wide man. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants the club to offer midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 28, a two-year contract extension. (Sun)

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, 24, will join Sporting Lisbon on loan until the end of the season. (O Jogo, via Daily Express)

Sunderland boss David Moyes has offered defender Lamine Kone, 27, a new £50,000-a-week contract in a bid to stop him moving to Everton.(Sun)

But the Ivory Coast defender has rejected the contract, with Moyes questioning the back injury that has ruled Kone out of Sunday’s match with Middlesbrough.(Daily Mail)

Club Brugge defender Bjorn Engels, 21, says he is too young to consider a move to Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund. (Het Laatste Nieuws, via Evening Standard)

Striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, a target for Manchester United, could be set to leave Santos as the Brazilian side are experiencing financial difficulties.(HITC)

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo insists defender Joleon Lescott’s move to Rangers collapsed because the 34-year-old failed to agree personal terms, rather than failing a medical. (Daily Express)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes striker Callum Wilson, 24, will attract renewed interest if he finds form for the Cherries this season.(Bournemouth Echo)

Former England defender Ashley Cole, 35, who is currently playing for LA Galaxy, says he wants to work for Chelsea after his playing career is over rather than Arsenal. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan, 20, has seen his proposed loan move to Wigan Athletic fall through. (Liverpool Echo)

Jay Rodriguez’s dad shut down a fan on Twitter after suggestions that the Saints striker may retire because of injury. Enrique Rodriguez first told Twitter: “Don’t believe everything you hear I can tell you he is 100% fit,” and when asked what the source of his information was, he replied: “I’m his dad.”

Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger may have been exiled from the first team by Jose Mourinho, but the German midfielder was at Old Trafford on Friday to watch his team play Southampton. (Twitter)

Mourinho’s daughter Matilde was pleased with her father’s first win as United boss at Old Trafford…

Matilde Mourinho

A few hours before Usain Bolt won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay final, the world’s fastest man and United fan tweeted: “Great start off to the evening @ManUtd #winnings”

Sir Bobby Charlton has seen his fair share of season-openers at Old Trafford…

Sir Bobby Charlton Twitter

Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend will make his return to White Hart Lane with new club Crystal Palace, via Newcastle United, on Saturday.

Andros Townsend

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch was impressed by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United against Southampton.

Peter Crouch

Paul Pogba’s international team-mate Antoine Griezmann was clearly excited by the United player’s second debut at Old Trafford.

Antoine Griezmann

Petr Cech has admitted he crashed his car after the 4-3 defeat by Liverpool last weekend. The goalkeeper said he “hit a pillar” and it was “one of those days”. (Arsenal, via Daily Telegraph)

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan compiles lengthy dossiers on all his side’s opponents, with midfielder David Meyler joking Hull players even know “how many times they go to the toilet”. (Daily Star)