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Coral’s rumour reel: United net Neymar? Bojan, Batshuayi blocked

| 04.01.2016

Holly Thackeray | January 4, 2016

Bojan blocked from Britannia exit

Batten down the hatches, as clubs across the continent prepare to dig into their trenches to prevent top players leaving this transfer window.

Amid talk of a £10m release clause for Stoke City’s ex-Barcelona boy Bojan Krkic, Potters chairman Peter Coates came out to state of the Spanish schemer: “We’ll be keeping him, he won’t be going anywhere.”

That won’t stop the rumours, however, with Chelsea just one of the sides tipped to get into a scramble for his services, following recent inspiring performances for Mark Hughes’ men.

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As for other spoiling sagas, Ligue 1 club Marseille look set to resist Premier League interest in Belgian marksman Michy Batshuayi, with manager Michel telling press: “You want to kill me! I don’t think about Michy leaving.

“If we’re going to sign anyone it will be an addition not a replacement.”

Meanwhile, Southampton coach Ronald Koeman has reportedly told sought-after stars Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama to concentrate of finishing the season at St Mary’s, with no plans to sell until summer.

Red Devils to release Neymar?

One slice of transfer gossip that will tickle your fancy this morning, is that Manchester United are expected meet Barca and Brazil superstar Neymar’s mooted £140m release clause, as contract talks with the Catalans seem to have stalled. Though, readers would be forgiven for thinking this means the Samba Boy is likely to sign on the dotted line of a flashy new deal at Camp Nou in a couple of days…

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Serie A clubs stalking veteran defenders

Italian sides considering moves for ageing Premier League players? This rumour rings a bell or two, with Liverpool back-up centre half/cheerleader Kolo Toure and Chelsea stalwart Branislav Ivanovic the latest to be tipped to follow in Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic’s shoes.

The defensive-minded duo may extend their top-flight careers in Serie A, with Lazio lurking for Toure and both Milan clubs set to scuffle for Ivanovic.

The rest of the round-up

According to tabloids, struggling Sunderland are honing in on Bayern Munich man Jan Kirchhoff, with a deal believed to be close to completion.

While, in our favourite rumour fo the day, everyone’s favourite former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksen wants to take Cardiff City and former Southampton target man Kenwyne Jones to the Chinese Super League, with Shanghai SIPG.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Cardiff City Stadium

Finally, Chelsea are set to go back in with another offer for Everton’s John Stones, despite being given short shrift in the summer, and Jurgen Klopp still hopes to muscle in on Arsenal’s interest in former Borussia Dortmund charge Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.