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News and links for Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

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After my recent absences, I’m actually pretty swamped at work and need to get right to it, so I’m going to again pass off Cannon Fodder to the fine people at Backheel Breakfast. All of this is from them with a couple of minor edits on my end. Enjoy!


A couple of new chapters have been written in the Paul Pogba transfer saga. According to all of Italy's major sports newspapers today, the Frenchman has decided to leave Juventus and submitted a transfer request. One example comes courtesy of the Gazzetta dello Sport -- widely regarded as the most reliable of Italy's dailies -- which leads with the headline: "Pogba has decided: 'Dear Juve let me go'":

However, these stories are breaking with a concomitant story that the Italian giants have rejected a massive offer from Manchester United for their star midfielder. According to Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson in the Guardian, the Bianconeri turned down a deal "worth a total of £100m with £13m of that in performance-related add-ons." However, it seems unlikely negotiations will stop there, especially with the player having reportedly agreed personal terms with United.

In the news

The Premier League have introduced new rules against "intolerable behaviour." (BBC)

Schalke's general manager has confirmed Leroy Sané wants to leave the club. (ESPNFC)

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions. (LCFC)

... meanwhile, the Foxes' manager Claudio Ranieri has claimed Riyad Mahrez wants to stay at the club. (Sky Sports)

Ex-Palermo attacker Franco Vázquez has signed a five-year deal at Sevilla. (Sevilla FC)

Euro 2016 winning coach Fernando Santos has signed a new four-year contract with Portugal. (Eurosport)

You should be reading

Rob Smyth telling the remarkable tale of Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps, who face Celtic later on Wednesday. (Guardian)

Rob Wolfs tracing the shifting landscape of Swiss football. (These Football Times)

Tony Evans' rather bleak forecast for Leicester City. (ESPNFC)

From the rumor mill

Please don't take anything in this section too seriously, for your own peace of mind.

Strong rumors linking André Gomes to Real Madrid still dominate the headlines in Spain. (Football España)

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes wants to bring Robin van Persie back to the Premier League. (The Sun)

... though the Potters have a backup plan in West Brom's Saido Berahino. (The Sun)

Real Sociedad's Gerónimo Rulli could be the long-term answer to Manchester City's goalkeeper question. (Manchester Evening News)

... Pep Guardiola's side have also joined the race for West Ham's defensive wonderkid Reece Oxford. (Sky Sports)

Atlético Madrid could swoop for Liverpool striker Divock Origi. (Mirror)