Manchester United line up £100 million bid for Antoine Griezmann, Manchester City plan mega bid for Toby Alderweireld

David Cooper 11/09/2017
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Manchester United bound? Antoine Griezmann.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

Do you think any of these deals will get over the line in January?

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Manchester United are set to pay £100 million to sign Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to the Daily Star.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer, but Atletico’s transfer ban ended his hopes of a move to the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho remains positive he can lure Griezmann to join the club in 2018, where he could link up with a star-studded attack, including Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

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The elusive Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the best attackers in the world – except that he’s declared that he’s not actually available.

Earlier in the summer, when speculation was rife that the Frenchman was on his way to Manchester United, he committed to staying at Atletico in the wake of the club’s transfer ban.

There’s no reason his stance would have changed, but with Diego Costa’s expected arrival in January, United will be front runners to secure his signature if he decides to leave.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

RAHEEM STERLING

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling remains a key target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The England international was reported to have been suggested by the Gunners to be part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, who has been a City target all summer.

Arsene Wenger expects City to return with a significant bid in January and negotiations for Sterling could resume then.

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Although Pep Guardiola is adamant that Sterling has a vital role to play at the Etihad Stadium, it is understood the 22-year-old is open to a return to London and the chance to play more regularly.

With it being a World Cup year, perhaps it’s the right time for Sterling to move club in the hope of boosting his chances to start for Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

Manchester City are hoping to sign Tottenham centre back Toby Alderweireld next summer, according to The Sun.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the league, the 28-year-old is believed to be unhappy with his £50,000 per week wages at White Hart Lane.

With Vincent Kompany sidelined through injury again, Pep Guardiola believes Alderweireld can be a long term successor to his Belgian teammate.

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Alderweireld has not agreed a new deal at Spurs yet, with his adviser Stijn Francis insisting “he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer”.

Although he will cost around £60 million, it remains an ideal long term option for Guardiola as the Belgian rarely misses games through injury and is always a consistent presence.

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld

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Man United plotting to hijack Arsenal's £92 million move for Thomas Lemar in January

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Thomas Lemar.

Former England manager ROY HODGSON is the frontrunner to replace FRANK DE BOER at Crystal Palace just weeks into his first season at the club, the Daily Mirror reports.

In addition, Hodgson’s national team successor SAM ALLARDYCE, who preceded De Boer at Selhurst Park, has been courted for a return to the club just four months after his departure but remains reluctant.

Also facing an uncertain future is beleaguered West Ham boss SLAVEN BILIC, according to the Daily Express.

The Hammers want Napoli boss MAURIZIO SARRI to replace their player-turned-manager after crashing to the bottom of the table with three losses from three games to open the season.

Across London, DIEGO COSTA has moved his family to Madrid as he continues to angle for a return to Atletico, The Sun reports.

The want-away Spain striker has failed to turn up to training sessions – despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.

Diego Costa.

Diego Costa.

The Sun reports that Manchester United are plotting to hijack Arsenal’s £92million move for THOMAS LEMAR in January.

The Gunners failed to woo the Monaco winger, 21, over the summer and Jose Mourinho is poised to make an offer after missing out on Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.

Not content with signing one star Frenchman, the Daily Star reports Mourinho is eyeing up Atletico frontman ANTOINE GRIEZMANN for United’s iconic – and vacant – number seven shirt.

With £100m set aside for the deal, the United boss will be looking for another key player to don the jersey worn by George Best, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo among others.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

JOE RODON: Swansea’s rising star, 19, is in Manchester City’s crosshairs, according to The Sun. Captain of the Welsh club’s Under-23 side in Premier League 2, the defender is expected to break through sooner rather than later.

SEBASTIAN CACERES: Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona are vying for the 18-year-old Uruguayan centre-back, The Sun reports, with the English sides sending scouts to monitor the teenager.

ATAKAN AKKAYNAK: Chelsea and Barcelona are set to ignite a bidding war over the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder after a series of impressive performances in the Bundesliga, the Daily Express reports.

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Jean Michael Seri unaffected by Barcelona transfer breakdown, Andres Iniesta denies rift with Blaugrana president

David Cooper 10/09/2017
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Football focused: Seri.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Sunday.

What’s your view on Seri and Iniesta? And should Real sign Werner?

Let us know your thoughts.

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SERI FOCUSED ON CLUB FOOTBALL

Jean Michael Seri is “not destabilized” following his failed transfer to Barcelona and is focused on his football with Nice.

The 26-year-old was on the verge of moving to the Nou Camp club before last month’s transfer window deadline but the Catalan side pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute – instead, signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105million.

Speaking to L’Equipe following Nice’s 4-0 rout over Monaco on Saturday, the central midfield man said: “I turned the page after August 31.”

While Barcelona and many other of Europe’s top clubs could still re-enter the race to sign the Ivorian star in January, for now, Ligue 1 competition is the only priority for Seri.

BARCA WILL ALWAYS BE HOME

Andres Iniesta has revealed he wasn’t trying to undermine club president Josep Maria Bartomeu by confirming he had not penned a new contract extension at the Nou Camp.

Club legend Iniesta, who is out of contract at the end of the season, had apparently – according to Bartomeu – agreed terms to extend his 15-year Blaugrana stay.

But the midfielder claimed that was not the case last week.

However, speaking after Barca’s thumping home victory over Espanyol on Saturday night, the World Cup winner said his home will always be with his club in Catalonia.

He told Marca: “I spoke with the club, those who know me know that I would never put my personal circumstances into a club situation, I didn’t say what I did to contradict the president, it was the truth about the situation.

“It has been a long time since we started talking with the club, they are going to do as they please and my only desire is to have a good season and achieve things with this club, whether I stay or not this is my home.”

A resolution to Iniesta’s contract situation, and indeed Lionel Messi’s, is high on Bartomeu’s agenda to fix before both players will be allowed to negotiate free transfers in 2018.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 09: Andres Iniesta (L) of Barcelona is tackled by Papakouli Diop of Espanyol during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Espanyol at Camp Nou on September 9, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Cool and calm: Iniesta is giving little away about his contractual status.

REAL KEEPING TABS ON RP LEIPZIG MAN

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly continuing to monitor the progress of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, according to AS.

Los Blancos have been short of goals in La Liga this term in the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo while Karim Benzema sustained a hamstring injury against Levante and Alvaro Morata left the club in the summer.

It has led to speculation the Whites will step up interest in the Germany international in January.

Despite being only 21, the former Stuttgart youth prodigy has more than an eye for goal and has already bagged four to his name this season.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 08: Timo Werner of Leipzig in action during the Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and RB Leipzig at Volksparkstadion on September 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Hot property: Timo Werner.

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