Transfers: Arsenal's Giroud wanted by Bayern, Man United to make £72m Soler swoop

David Cooper 15/11/2017
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Olivier Giroud

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.

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OLIVIER GIROUD

Bayern Munich are preparing to raid Arsenal for Olivier Giroud, Sport Bild report. The Frenchman is seen as a top candidate to offer back-up for main striker Robert Lewandowski.

RATING: 7/10

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This story is still in its infancy but certainly makes a lot of sense. Bayern don’t need to sign an elite striker and none in that bracket would want to play second fiddle to Lewandowski either. Giroud on the other hand is among the best of those strikers who are excellent but perhaps not world class, though he’s capable of some truly outrageous goals.

The Frenchman is resigned to a bench role at Arsenal anyway but at least at Bayern he would end up with plenty of silverware at the end of the season and when he does take to the pitch, would have more than enough service to perform and remain in the fray for the national team.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

CARLOS SOLER

The Independent claim Manchester United have decided to move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler. The 20-year-old has a £72m release clause.

RATING: 5/10

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United have struggled in Paul Pogba’s absence with their central midfield looking flat and lacking innovation. Soler is a special talent and has the creativity and energy to make a difference even at a club as big as United. It’s a little too early though to invest that amount of money in the youngster, who at his age, needs regular football and wouldn’t be guaranteed that at Old Trafford.

Valencia's midfielder Carlos Soler (L)

Valencia’s midfielder Carlos Soler (L)

MAROUANE FELLAINI

Manchester United want Marouane Fellaini to extend his deal beyond the end of the season – and will not let the midfielder leave this January even if negotiations continue to drag, Press Association Sport understands.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Several United fans have wanted to see the back of Fellaini almost since his arrival. However, over the last few years, many have come to appreciate him for what he offers in terms of effectiveness and the dedication he shows to the team’s cause. That’s also what has endeared him to managers in the Old Trafford dugout.

That’s why it seems unlikely that Jose Mourinho would let the Belgian leave this January even though his contract runs out in the summer, especially given the faith he’s put in him in the past.

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini

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Cristiano Ronaldo

CRISTIANO RONALDO has reportedly rejected a new contract at Real Madrid and will ask for a transfer at the end of the season.

The Daily Mail reports on claims by Spanish TV station El Chiringuito that the Portuguese star wants to leave after June 30.

Newcastle scouts have been keeping a close eye on Besiktas striker CENK TOSUN, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper says scouts were watching the Turkey international at the game against Albania on Monday. The 26-year-old has reportedly also been watched by Everton, West Ham and Tottenham.

Arsenal are said to be ready to walk away from a bid to sign Monaco’s THOMAS LEMAR. The Mirror reports that the Gunners fear growing interest from Champions League clubs, as well as demands by the French champions, will make the deal impossible. The paper says Arsenal are already looking at alternative targets.

The Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger is looking to revisit a potential swap deal involving RAHEEM STERLING as Manchester City continue to pursue Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners failed to land Sterling in the summer when Pep Guardiola refused to sanction his exit, but the paper claims the side may make a second attempt to bring him back to London.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona are reportedly keen to meet with representatives from Liverpool to secure a deal for PHILIPPE COUTINHO.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian is said to favour a move to the Spanish side and has asked Liverpool not to consider offers from Paris St Germain, who could try to rival the LaLiga giants.

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LEWIS DUNK: West Ham boss David Moyes wants to make the Brighton centre-back his first buy, according to the Mirror. The paper says Moyes believes he could improve the Hammers’ backline.

UMARO EMBALO: RB Leipzig are reportedly plotting to rival Manchester United for the 16-year-old Benfica winger.

The Sun carries reports from Portuguese publication A Bola that the Bundesliga side are ready to blow United’s offer out of the water with a £11.6m bid.

United were thought to have been on the brink of signing Embalo, the Sun says.

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Atletico Madrid contacted Mesut Ozil and offered the Arsenal star a return to Spain next summer, the Sun reports.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is looking to offer the Germany international – a former Real Madrid player – a deal of around £200,000 a week, with a huge signing-on fee as free agent at the end of the season, the paper says.

West Brom have revived their interest in Fenerbahce midfielder Josef de Souza, the Daily Mail says. Albion had offered £10.6million for the 28-year-old Brazilian in the summer, but the deal stalled. The paper claims De Souza could still be a target for Tony Pulis, who is under pressure following a disappointing start to the season.

Real Madrid have lost patience with injury-prone Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spain. Newspaper AS reports the European champions are looking to replace him next season, with Kylian Mbappe top of their wish list.

Injury-prone: Bale has not featured since September.

Injury-prone: Bale has not featured since September.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is reportedly being eyed up for the vacant Scotland manager’s job, as well as the top job at Rangers. Following the disappointment of Northern Ireland missing out on next summer’s World Cup, the Telegraph claims that O’Neill has apparently sparked interest among both sides.

Watford have told Everton they will not entertain any approach for manager Marco Silva, according to the Mirror. The paper says the Toffees made contact with Watford on Monday, but were told owner Gino Pozzo had no interest in considering any offer.

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Marco Asensio: Manchester United could break their own transfer record by signing the Real Madrid star in a £177 million deal, the Daily Mail reports. The 21-year-old is said to have caught the eye of Jose Mourinho, with suggestions he could be paid £461,000 a week to make the move. The current transfer fee record for United was set by the signing of Paul Pogba for £89m in 2016.

Richarlison: Tottenham are keeping a close eye on the Watford starlet, according to the Mirror. The 20-year-old Brazilian has been one of the standout stars since moving to Vicarage Road in the summer. The paper says Spurs scouts have been regulars at Watford games this season.

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