Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 25, 2016


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Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, has revealed his frustration at manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to ignore him for a central striking role.(Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly block Phil Jones’ move to Arsenal because he doesn’t want to do business with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Mourinho has told forward Anthony Martial, 20, to keep his standards high following a recent dip in form. (The Sun)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted he is interested in signing Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony, 27, and Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza, 25. (The Sun)

Estranged Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli is in negotiations with Swiss club FC Sion over a possible move. (Ticinonews – in Italian)

Southampton are set to smash their transfer record by signing Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, 22, from Lille for £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Wales striker and free agent Hal Robson-Kanu, 27, will wait until transfer deadline day before deciding on his next club. (South Wales Evening Post)

Stoke City are keen to take Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, on loan.(Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Wales manager Chris Coleman has accused Arsene Wenger of treating midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 25, differently to the rest of Arsenal’s Euro 2016 stars.(Daily Star)

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The Daily Star report that Wales manager Chris Coleman has accused Arsene Wenger of treating Aaron Ramsey differently to the rest of Arsenal’s Euro 2016 stars

Sunderland are in talks to sign defender Javier Manquillo, 22, from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, the Black Cats have agreed a £7 million deal for Sevilla defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra, 28. (Talksport)

Juventus have stepped up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi with the intention of him replacing Paul Pogba, who departed for Manchester United earlier this month.(Le Parisien – in French)

Manchester United’s treatment of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, has saddened his international team-mate Manuel Neuer. (Metro)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could face competition from Leicester City for versatile Monaco defender Marcel Tisserand, 23.(Daily Mirror)

The Gunners have also been linked with Newcastle United centre-back Chancel Mbemba, 22.(Bleacher Report)

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Hart’s last hurrah at Man City?

Stoke City have been linked with a move for teenage Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, 17, but could face competition from Red Bull Leipzig and CSKA Moscow.(Bild – in German)

West Ham United have opened talks with Chelsea over a loan move for forward Loic Remy, 29.(Sky Sports)

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24, has reportedly turned down an offer from Juventus and is planning on staying at the Bernabeu.(AS – in Spanish)

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, 21, is closing in on a move to Schalke after accepting an offer from the German club.(Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Spurs are reported to be interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 22.(Daily Mail)

PSG and Sevilla FC have agreed to the loan Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, 29.(L’Equipe)

During an “ask Pique” session on Twitter, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique had this response to Arsenal fan Piers Morgan’s question:

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Robbie Keane’s Republic of Ireland team-mates react to the news he will retire from international football:

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Southampton’s Shane Long – who has 67 caps for Ireland – was one of those to pay tribute to Keane
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Ireland’s Shay Given retired from international duty with Ireland earlier this summer

Former England captain David Beckham – who played with Robbie Keane at LA Galaxy – also paid tribute:

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Beckham said he was sad to see Keane end his international career

In fact, there was a lot of love on Twitter from players for their team-mates:

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Southampton’s Charlie Austin wishes team-mate Maya Yoshida a happy birthday
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Saido Berahino congratulates West Brom team-mate Sam Field on his international progression

See what happened when Bayern Munich pair Arturo Vidal and Xabi Alonso took on 40 eight-year-old kids during Bayern’s summer tour of the United States. (Bleacher Report)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, has set up an Instagram account for his two dogs. (Daily Mail)

Nothing to see here, just Alexis Sanchez’ dog on a laptop