Barcelona keep an eye on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, Crystal Palace step up Cenk Tosun interest

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Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have been key to Tottenham's rising status in Europe.

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

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Besiktas striker CENK TOSUN, according to the Mirror.

The 26-year-old has been linked to Newcastle and Tottenham, but the paper says Roy Hodgson wants to take the transfer chase to the next level after another impressive display this week.

Tottenham’s HARRY KANE and CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN were being watched by Barcelona during Spurs’ match against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, say reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo claims Barca’s sporting director Robert Fernandez is keeping a close eye on the duo.

Everton are said to be eyeing up Wolves star RUBEN VINAGRE. The Daily Mail reports that the club wants to find competition for Leighton Baines and have shown an interest in the 18-year-old, who is currently on loan from Monaco. Arsenal and Manchester City have also had their eye on Vinagre.

The Sun reports that both Stoke and Newcastle have sent scouts to France to watch 19-year-old striker NORDINE IBOUROI. Several European clubs are said to be keen to snap up the teenager from fourth-tier side FC Martigues.

HATEM BEN ARFA could be considering a return to the Premier League in January, according to The Daily Mail. The paper says the Paris St Germain winger is contemplating a return to England to get his playing career back on track, and that PSG are understood to be willing to let him leave on a free transfer.

Cenk Tosun

Cenk Tosun scored two goals against Monaco on Tuesday.

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BRAHIM DIAZ: The 18-year-old Manchester City starlet is being tracked by Inter Milan, according to Italian site Tuttosport. The teenager has been tipped for a big future and has already attracted the attention of Real Madrid, but Inter are said to be plotting a move for him in the January transfer window.

JULIAN WEIGL: Juventus have reportedly joined Barcelona and Manchester City in the race to sign the 22-year-old midfielder. According to Italian news site CalcioNews24, the Italian champions are ready to offer big to lure him away from Borussia Dortmund.

PHIL JONES: Manchester United have opened talks over a new deal with defender, reports ESPN FC. United are reportedly looking to reward the 25-year-old, whose current contract runs until 2019, with a new long-term contract.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones’ current deal with Man United expires in 2019.

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Barcelona and Chelsea target Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

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Kalidou Koulibaly.

The papers are dominated by speculation surrounding who could replace sacked Leicester manager CRAIG SHAKESPEARE.

The Mirror reports that the club do not have anyone immediately lined up, and says former boss Nigel Pearson, who has taken over at Leuven, Leicester’s sister club in Belgium, will not be considered.

The paper says names reportedly in the frame include former Foxes boss Martin O’Neill and former England manager Sam Allardyce.

According to the Daily Star and the Daily Express, SEAN DYCHE is top of the shopping list for Leicester, with the club looking to offer a £2million per year deal, while the Telegraph reports that the club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, wants to sign a “big name” from outside the current staff.

The Sun reports that Wales manager CHRIS COLEMAN is the early favourite for the job, with the second favourite being current Leicester assistant boss Michael Appleton.

Elsewhere, Chelsea could face competition from Barcelona for Napoli defender KALIDOU KOULIBALY, it is reported.

Kalidou Koulibaly.

Kalidou Koulibaly.

According to the Sun, the Blues are expected to revive their interest in the Senegal international next summer, after failing in a bid to land him last summer.

But Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo claims the 26-year-old has caught the eye of Barcelona, and is the kind of defender they are looking to bring in.

Real Madrid could make a shock bid for Manchester United’s MARCUS RASHFORD if they fail to sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane, according to reports in Spain.

News outlet Don Balon claims teenage striker Rashford has been identified as Real Madrid’s ‘plan B’ should attempts to land Kane fall through.

Marcus Rashford.

Marcus Rashford.

Former England manager SAM ALLARDYCE is said to be interested in returning to international management as United States coach, according to website ESPN FC.

But according to reports in France, he could have some competition from former Manchester United defender LAURENT BLANC.

Magazine France Football says the former France manager is a contender for the job.

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PACO ALCACER: Southampton could face competition from French side Lille as both clubs look to sign the Barcelona striker, the Mirror reports.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has already held talks with the Spanish side about signing the 24-year-old, the paper says, but Alcacer is apparently not yet sold on the move, prompting interest from Lille.

AARON MARTIN: Manchester United are apparently keeping tabs on the Spanish left-back, according to football website ESPN FC.

United scouts reportedly watched the 21-year-old Spain international, who plays for Espanyol, during the side’s game against Levante on Friday.

The website says United have asked to be kept updated on any developments regarding the youngster’s future.

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Barcelona eye Meyer, Brandt if Coutinho bid fails, Mata turns down massive payday in China to stay at Man United

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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 Wednesday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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JULIAN BRANDT AND MAX MEYER

Barcelona are lining up Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt and Schalke’s Max Meyer as secondary options to Philippe Coutinho next summer.

According to Sport, Barcelona are keen to strengthen their attacking options, but believe they are wasting their time pursuing a deal for the Brazilian.

The Reds rejected three mammoth bids from Barcelona for Coutinho during the summer transfer window and Sport believe the Catalan giants will target one of Brandt or Meyer as alternatives in January.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Although Meyer and Brandt are back up options if Barcelona fail to land Coutinho, either German target would be much easier to sign compared to the Brazilian.

Meyer is a more like-for-like alternative to Coutinho, as he’s an attacking midfielder who plays behind the front line, although he can also perform well out wide.

Brandt is also believed to be seeking a move away from the BayArena as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.

JUAN MATA

Juan Mata has rejected a mammoth offer from China that would have seen him bank nearly 400,000 per week after tax in a bid to stay at Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The 29-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford runs out at the end of the season and has no interest in following a big money move away from the Premier League.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Mata has started six of the first seven Premier League games this season and his family are also happy with life in Manchester so it looks unlikely he would want to leave.

With Jose Mourinho expected to take up the option of a further year on his contract, it gives the Spaniard more time to enjoy his football in England’s north-west and showcase his remarkable talents.

Juan Mata.

Juan Mata.

AARON MARTIN

Manchester United are monitoring Espanyol defender Aaron Martin, reports ESPN.

United scouts watched the Spain under-21 star against Levante on Friday and are keen to keep tabs on his developments for the rest of the season.

Real Madrid had previously expressed an interest in Martin, but their signing of Theo Hernandez has reduced their need to draft in another left-back.

Barcelona and Manchester City have also been linked with the 20-year-old in the past and it is likely Espanyol will demand his full €40 million buyout clause before letting him leave the RCDE Stadium.

RATING: 4/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Mourinho has struggled to settle on a regular left back since arriving at the club in 2016 and is keen to bolster his options in this position with Luke Shaw still curtailed with injuries.

The young Spaniard is a good option for the Reds Devils after a series of impressive displays for the Catalan side.

Aaron Martin.

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