Manchester City join race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is a wanted commodity in the Premier League.

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Each day we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…


Arsenal are lining up an £80m bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, while Barcelona are targeting Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is doubtful for Saturday’s clash with Sunderland because of the foot injury that saw him leave Swansea on crutches last weekend.

Nigeria will try to persuade Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe to commit his international future to them rather than England.


Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling says he is on the verge of signing a contract extension at Anfield.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to upset Chelsea and Manchester United by jumping in and signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

Burnley are weighing up a move for 22-year-old Norway international midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad, who is a free agent.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans is Peterborough United’s number one choice to replace Darren Ferguson.

Former Wigan and Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has spoken to Barnsley about becoming their new manager.


The Premier League’s match delegate Steve Greaves reported after the Chelsea and Burnley match that under-fire referee Martin Atkinson got all his decisions correct. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was left fuming after Nemanja Matic was sent off for reacting to a tackle by Ashley Barnes and the Blues had two penalty appeals turned down.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen claims Brendan Rodgers’s side may actually have improved since the departure of striker Luis Suarez.


Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has laid into Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal by claiming his Dutch compatriot instils fear into the United team.

Newcastle manager John Carver blocked the sale of striker Papiss Cisse to Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago.

Chelsea are tracking Valencia’s Spanish under-16 ace Carlos Badal.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen insists Brendan Rodgers’ team have been boosted this season on the back of striker Luis Suarez moving to Barcelona.

Charlton have signed West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra, 33, for the rest of the season after an injury-hit two seasons at Upton Park.

Sheffield United want to sign Blackpool striker Steven Davies – who played under Blades boss Nigel Clough at Derby – on loan with view to a permanent deal in the summer.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo, on loan at York City for the rest of the season, is wanted by Sunderland after rejecting a new deal with the League One club.


Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has played down a visit by Lionel Messi and team-mate Gerard Pique to a casino prior to their Champions League trip to Manchester City.

David Beckham’s 15-year-old son Brooklyn has been left disappointed after failing to secure an Arsenal scholarship although the youth coaches still feel he can make the professional grade at another club.


Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has refused to defend Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique who are reported to have visited a late-night casino before their flight to Manchester in Monday.


Manchester City’s Samir Nasri says they have nothing to fear as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.

FIFA’s 2022 taskforce, in charge of recommending dates for the World Cup in Qatar, is set to recommend the tournament be held in November and December.


Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has accused Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal of ruling by fear.