Man Utd step up interest in Danny Rose again, Man City target free transfer signing of Alexis Sanchez

David Cooper 13/10/2017
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Rose is currently on the sidelines through injury.

Here, we take a look at the transfer gossip dominating the headlines on Friday.

Jose Mourinho appears to be on the lookout for a left-back with Luke Shaw still recovering from injury – and DANNY ROSE could be the player to fill that spot, The Sun reports.

Manchester United are said to poised to make a £50million offer to bring the Spurs player to Old Trafford in January.

But with a possible Champions League triumph on the horizon for Tottenham, it could be hard to complete the deal in the new year.

A number of clubs seem to be interested in signing Arsenal’s ALEXIS SANCHEZ, and none more so than Manchester City.

But it looks like a January deal will not reach the heights of the club’s previous summer offer of £60million, The Daily Mirror reports.

With six months left on the 29-year-old’s Emirates contract, new year offers are more likely to be in the region of £20million, the paper says.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sanchez’s deal is up at the end of the season.

Following reports of interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United now appear ready to battle the Spanish giants for the signature of HARRY KANE, according to The Sun.

Jose Mourinho has long been impressed by the England striker and is willing to offer a record £170million for the Spurs player, the paper reports.

But Tottenham seem reluctant to lose their star man and are likely to offer him a new contract of their own come the summer.

Free agent BACARY SAGNA is on the radar of Leicester City, the Leicester Mercury reports.

The Foxes have been linked with the 34-year-old before but no discussions have taken place recently.

However, Craig Shakespeare has told the paper he may be ready to review the situation with the player remaining unsigned since the summer.

STEVEN BERGWIJN could well be targeted by three Premier League clubs in the near future, the Daily Mirror reports.

Tottenham, West Ham and Bournemouth have all shown an interest in the 19-year-old PSV Eindhoven player, who has shown impressive form since joining the club’s first team, the paper says.

France's defender Bacary Sagna arrives at the French national football team training base in Clairefontaine near Paris, on March 20, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Sagna is currently without a club.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Red Star Belgrade striker RICHMOND BOAKYE, 24, will have Chelsea scouts watching his performance against Arsenal next week, according to The Daily Mail. The Europa League tie looks likely to be the 24-year-old’s chance to impress Antonio Conte, who briefly managed the star while at Juventus.

THOMAS LEMAR, 21, is is high demand by the Premier League with both Liverpool and Arsenal are looking to bring the Monaco midfielder to England next summer, The Daily Mirror reports. The Gunners just lost out on securing a deal for the 21-year-old during last summer’s transfer window and the Reds were also said to be interested. But a January transfer would possibly not be the right time for the French star to move with the World Cup approaching, the paper suggests.

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar reacts during the French L1 football match Monaco vs Montpellier on september 29, 2017 at the "Louis II" Stadium in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Arsene Wenger concedes Arsenal could lose Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded on Thursday he may have no option but to sell star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window.

The pair are both out of contract at the end of the season and are yet to agree new deals.

As things stand, they will be able to leave the Emirates Stadium for free, meaning January will be Arsenal’s last opportunity to cash in on their two most high-profile players.

“It is possible,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Watford on Saturday. “Once you’re in our kind of situation, we have envisaged every solution, yes.”

Asked if Arsenal had set a deadline for contract negotiations with the pair to conclude, Wenger replied: “No. Not at the moment.”

Chile forward Sanchez, 28, joined Arsenal from Barcelona in July 2014, a year after 28-year-old Germany playmaker Ozil’s arrival from Real Madrid.

The signings electrified Arsenal’s fan base, but for all their quality, the duo have thus far been unable to end the club’s 14-year wait for the Premier League title.

Sanchez has been linked with a number of major clubs, among them Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Ozil, meanwhile, is reported to have attracted interest from Manchester United, who are managed by his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Earlier this week, Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, indicated talks with Arsenal were progressing positively.

“That’s my understanding, yes,” said Wenger.

“I always said the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave. Both players look happy here and overall I hope the situation can be turned around.”

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Gareth Bale linked with Man United move, Arsenal weigh-up Anthony Martial bid

David Cooper 12/10/2017
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Bale has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu.

Here, we take a look at three big transfer stories dominating the headlines across Europe on Thursday.

Could Bale leave Madrid? His long-term Whites future is certainly up for debate.

Let us know your thoughts.

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REAL READY TO CASH IN ON BALE

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale could be on the move to Manchester United in the summer, according to El Confidencial.

The Welsh wizard, who has endured an injury-plagued 18 months at the Bernabeu, has been linked with a return to the Premier League.

Bale, who was signed by Los Blancos from Tottenham for £86m back in 2013, has won three Champions League titles with the Whites – but has had to face-up to the Madridista boo boys recently after inconsistent showings and recurring injuries.

Indeed, Florentino Perez is reportedly willing to part with the player if he can recoup the majority of cash they splashed out on him four years ago.

The form of both Marco Asensio and Isco has also given Real increased attacking presence, diminishing Bale’s contributions.

RATING: 7/10

VERDICT: The 28-year-old is contracted to the Spanish capital club until 2022 but it looks unlikely he will see out those terms. Expect Spurs and other clubs to up their interest in January, with a view to signing Bale at the end of the season.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 09: Wales player Gareth Bale looks on from the stand during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bale missed Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifying clash with the Republic of Ireland.

GUNNERS WEIGH-UP SURPRISE MARTIAL BID

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United striker Anthony Martial in the January transfer window, according to The Daily Express.

The French forward is a player Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admires – and is an obvious target – given Alexis Sanchez’s contract expires at the end of the season.

However, Martial has starred for Jose Mourinho’s team this term, netting five goals in all competitions – making it unlikely the Red Devils will want to disregard a player they have entrusted plenty of faith in since his arrival in 2015.

Nevertheless, Arsenal are set to test United’s resolve in the winter window and may even ask their close rivals to take him on loan.

Tottenham are also interested in the 21-year-old.

RATING: 4/10

VERDICT: Martial is part of Mourinho’s Old Trafford plans and he won’t want to sell to a Premier League rival.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Anthony Martial of Manchester United attempts to get past Joel Ward of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 30, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Could Martial move to the Emirates?

OZIL ON VERGE OF NEW CONTRACT

Again…Arsenal news.

Playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to end his contract stand-off with Arsenal and pen a new deal with the club.

According to his agent, Erkut Sogut, the Gunner is ready to commit his future to the club until 2022 – with his current deal expiring at the end of next season.

The news is a significant boost for Arsenal and allays fears that he could leave the club on a free, with growing interest from clubs in La Liga and the Bundesliga.

Sogut told Fanatik: “He (Mesut) wants to play in the Premier League for at least two to three more years.

“Our contact with Arsenal continues and we are moving in a positive direction.”

RATING: 8/10

VERDICT: A new deal looks very likely now and that is important news for Arsenal as they look to bring out the very best in Ozil again this term.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on September 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ozil is set to stay in north London.

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