WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC is to start talks with Jose Mourinho over new deal to keep the Swede at Old Trafford into next season, The Sun reports. The 36-year-old forward, who returned from nearly seven months out through injury against Watford on Tuesday, was reportedly looking for a lucrative move to the United States. However, after such a long spell out of action, he has arranged talks with the manager in the new year to see about an extension to a 12-month deal signed in August.
Manchester United‘s DAVID DE GEA and Chelsea‘s THIBAUT COURTOIS are among potential target goalkeepers for Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reports. Both have 18 months left on their contracts, although Real boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be concerned over the strength of his side’s goal-stopping ability. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalag, who will be available in January, is also reportedly a candidate.
Chelsea are poised to swoop on Juventus’ £60million left-back ALEX SANDRO in January, the Daily Express reports. The Blues reportedly attempted to bring Sandro to Stamford Bridge over the summer.
Should fellow Brazilian international DAVID LUIZ’s reported fall-out with boss Antonio Conte lead to the defender leaving for Real Madrid, it would create a vacancy for Sandro to fill.
Marco Silva is concerned Watford may struggle to keep hold of £11.5million forward RICHARLISON as the Brazilian continues to attract admiring glances from other Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, the Sun reports. After digging their heels in to fend off multiple reported attempts by Everton to lure their respected boss away, the club may not be able to stop the 20-year-old moving on – despite only joining from Fluminense on a five-year deal in July. Clubs from the Chinese Super League are also said to be keeping watch.
One of new West Brom boss Alan Pardew’s first signings could be Liverpool striker DANNY INGS, the Birmingham Mail reports. The 25-year-old is said to be due to be available for loan in January and Pardew could bring him in while Albion plots bigger swoops – and sales. Team mate MARKO GRUJIC is also set to be available in the winter window and the Serbian would like to stay in the Premier League, the Mail reports.
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SIME VRSALJKO: The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid defender is reported to be keen to leave Madrid, while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is out for a full-back.
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 Tuesday.
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Both club and player are eager to go their separate ways after the relationship between the player and management has soured since the summer when he called out Spurs’ wage structure.
It’s a well known fact that Rose is keen to move away from Spurs and land himself a hefty wage like Kyle Walker did this summer. With Ben Davies’ form this season, Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t lose sleep over the England international’s departure either.
It’s also a well known fact that Jose Mourinho doesn’t rate Luke Shaw at the moment. He believes in the defender’s ability but is not convinced with his tactical understanding yet and has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle in January. The Portuguese would enjoy having a seasoned left-back to play week in and week out instead of relying on the likes of Ashley Young.
Mohamed Salah has taken the Premier League by storm at Liverpool and has impressed so much that his agent is already looking towards La Liga big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Egyptian’s next move.
Metro report that the player’s agent Mamdouh Abbas has revealed plans to facilitate a move to Spain for his client as early as the summer, pointing out that his value could rise to €150 million if he scores over 20 goals this season.
Salah is certainly making waves and turning heads. It’s not a stretch at all to think the big two in Spain are already showing an interest, especially if he can maintain his current form over the course of the season. However, Liverpool are not going to let go of a fan favourite without a fight, especially considering the way they dealt with Barcelona’s advances for Philippe Coutinho.
With Rose angling for a way out of Spurs, the club are already eyeing Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as a replacement, Sky Sports report.
If Rose does leave Tottenham, they will certainly swoop for a replacement and Sessegnon is a good, young option. The 17-year-old poses a significant attacking threat and would suit Spurs’ wing-back play.
The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates.
Ozil has been linked with a move to Barcelona while Sanchez almost joined Manchester City on the final day of the summer transfer window, only for Arsenal to pull the plug when they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement.
Wenger says he has no concerns over the commitment of the pair, with Sanchez scoring a last-gasp penalty as the Gunners won 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday to move into the Premier League top four.
Arsenal host Huddersfield on Wednesday, with Ozil likely to be missing because of the illness that ruled him out at Turf Moor but Wenger believes the influential pair will not be sold in January – even though they could then walk away from the club for free six months later.
The boss gave us the latest this morning… https://t.co/0ttEoFMtkF
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 28, 2017
“Yes, I rule it out,” Wenger said at his pre-match press conference when asked about potential departures.
“I do not think about that every day. At the moment, as long as they are here, they have to give their best for the team and for the club.
“In my head, they stay until the end of the season and that’s a decision that was taken at the start of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens, I can’t see why that would change.”
However, Wenger could not offer Arsenal supporters assurances that either player would be tempted to sign new deals and extend their stays beyond 2018.
“They’re into the final year of their contract,” he said. “Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today because I don’t know. They have a contract until the end of the season.
“I am not the only one who can decide that. They have a part to play in that as well. If it’s my decision, yes (they would stay longer).”
Another player whose contract expires at the end of the season is England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the Premier League.
“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him. That is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make,” Wenger said. “I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal football Club together.”
The boss has been talking about @JackWilshere…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 28, 2017