Soccer’s rumour mill: Saturday’s hot gossip
The pick of today’s hot speculation, hints, rumours...and the odd fact.
Marcos Rojo has backed Manchester United team-mate Angel di Maria to justify his British record £59.7m transfer fee next season and says at his best he is as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool are lining up a £500,000 bid for Brazilian starlet Allan Rodrigues de Souza who plays for Brazilian side SC Internacional.
West Brom are set to be taken over before the first game of the season by a Chinese investment group who have agreed to pay in excess of £150m, but manager Tony Pulis’ job is safe.
Manager Steve Bruce is livid over Hull’s decision to sell Tom Ince to Championship rivals Derby for £5m.
Manchester City have been given the green light by UEFA for a £150m spree and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph could become their first new face.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has tabled a £9m bid for Nice left-back Jordan Amavi.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will sign a new three-year contract on Monday.
Manchester United have told crocked Javier Hernandez to find a new club as Liverpool eye the Mexican striker.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been warned he will become a hate figure if he joins Real Madrid.
Manchester City have lined up a £150m transfer spree on Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne.
Atletico Madrid are continuing with their two-year pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla but only a huge transfer fee will persuade Arsene Wenger to part with the playmaker.
Manchester United will refuse to sell goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid unless they get defender Sergio Ramos in return as part of the deal.
Manchester City are expected to spend in excess of £100m on new signings this summer after having their transfer restrictions lifted by UEFA.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has been offered a huge contract by Manchester United but the player is understood to be holding out for a move to Chelsea.
Tottenham look set to beat Chelsea and Roma to the signing of £8m Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Greece international Jose Holebas has denied signing for Watford from Roma, despite the club’s official website announcing the move.