Wednesday's gossip: Haaland, Saka, Cooper, Benitez, Dyche, Tuchel, Ronaldo, Van de Beek, Odegaard, Kante

Wed, Oct 5, 2022
By editor


MANCHESTER City are already trying to renegotiate Erling Haaland’s contract, which includes a clause allowing the Norway striker, 22, to leave after two years if Real Madrid make an offer. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for England winger Bukayo Saka, 21. (Football Insider)

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering sacking manager Steve Cooper and some of the club’s recruitment staff after five successive Premier League defeats. (Mail)

Forest are considering former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as Cooper’s potential replacement, while ex-Burnley manager Sean Dyche is also an option. (Guardian)

Manchester United are reluctant to let Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the January transfer window, so the 37-year-old may have to wait until his contract runs out next summer before departing Old Trafford. (Mirror)

United are interested in signing Benfica’s Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos, 21, and PSV Eindhoven’s Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23. (Express)

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has turned down the chance to manage struggling Bayer Leverkusen in his native Germany. (Sport1)

Wednesday’s quiz

Can you name these seven Premier League players?

Leverkusen are looking at appointing former Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso as a replacement for manager Gerardo Seoane. (ESPN)

Chelsea are leading the race for AC Milan’s 23-year-old Portugal forward Rafael Leao. (Star)

AC Milan could use their game against Chelsea in the Champions League to talk to the Blues about signing 23-year-old English defender Trevoh Chalobah and United States forward Christian Pulisic, 24. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Inter Milan could look to tsign Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 25, from Manchester United in January. (Fichajes – in Spanish)

Liverpool’s owners are willing to fund a big-money transfer in January if manager Jurgen Klopp and the club’s recruitment team find the right player. (Football Insider)

Liverpool boss Klopp says he wanted to sign Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard, 23, for previous club Borussia Dortmund but the Norway playmaker chose to join Real Madrid. (Goal)

Arsenal are thinking of offering Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 22, in a swap deal for 24-year-old Juventus and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Calcio Mercato Web)

Leandro Trossard, 27, has refused to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from Brighton, with Arsenal and Chelsea interested in the Belgium winger. (Mail)

Everton plan to exercise an option to turn 29-year-old England defender Conor Coady’s loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers into a permanent switch for a fee believed to be less than £10m. (Times – subscription required)

Chelsea boss Graham Potter says his focus is on getting France midfielder N’Golo Kante fit again, and that the contract situation of the 31-year-old, whose deal runs out next summer, is “between the club and him”. (Guardian)

Sevilla have agreed a deal with former manager Jorge Sampaoli to return to the club to replace Julen Lopetegui as boss. (ESPN)

-BBC sport