WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Everton have shown an interest in Arsenal forward THEO WALCOTT, the Daily Mail reports. Previous reports suggested the Gunners would be happy to let the 28-year-old leave the club for a suitable offer in the January transfer window, and the Toffees reportedly look poised to strike as new boss Sam Allardyce seeks to strengthen his team and lead the club up the Premier League table.
ALEX SANDRO appears ready to leave Juventus, with Chelsea most likely first in line to target the 26-year-old, according to the Daily Telegraph. Antonio Conte had wanted to bring the left-back to Stamford Bridge in the summer but was reportedly put off by Juventus’ £80 million price tag. Now with Sandro said to be unhappy at the Italian club, the Blues could be happy to make a new bid during the impeding transfer window.
Manchester City look set to make another offer for ALEXIS SANCHEZ, the Independent reports. City failed to cement a deal during the summer but with the 28-year-old’s contract soon to come to an end with Arsenal, Pep Guardiola seems likely to want to see a deal through in January. However, he may have to prepared to make a big offer to avoid any last-minute disappointment again, the Independent says.
JACK HENDRY appears to be in high demand with Southampton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace all said to be considering a move for the Dundee defender in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old, who has drawn praise from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, has 18 months left on his contract and any possible sale could bring in much-needed funds at Dundee, the paper says.
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With West Ham resolving their spat with Sporting Lisbon, the pursuit of WILLIAM CARVALHO looks set to be back on. The Daily Mail reports the Hammers are likely to resume their interest in the £30million midfielder come the new year.
Swansea City could target Slavia Prague’s JAN BORIL in January as part of plans to bolder the squad’s defence, Wales Online reports. Talking to Czech media, football agent Dalibor Lacina, who used to represent Wilfried Bony, said the Swans were “looking for a right-sided defender”, while comparing the 26-year-old to Gary Neville.
The transfer window is closed until January but that doesn’t keep the rumour mill churning as clubs look to get a leg up on potential transfers.
Here are three big stories dominating the headlines on Tuesday.
Will any of the following deals happen?
BARCELONA TRACKING YOUNG FRENCH STARLET
The Camp Nou club have apparently already contacted the French side to declare their interest in the 19-year-old – stating that they are are watching his development closely.
The midfielder’s rise to stardom this year has been rapid, with Aouar going from strength to strength since his Europa League debut against AZ in the Europa League in February.
Barca will be wary that upheaving a young talent so early on in his career could affect the player’s progress, but Blaugrana have simply set down a marker by kicking off initial talks.
Aouar is without doubt one of the rising stars in French football, and if he continues his scintillating form this term which has yielded eight goals in Ligue 1, then Barca are right to track the attacker.
The Lyon-born star developed through the club’s academy and a move away from his boyhood team would not be easy, but expect the Catalan giants to rev up their attempts to sign him in the summer.
MANCHESTER UNITED SCOUTING LAZIO STAR
The Premier League club reportedly had scouts watching the 22-year-old star in Lazio’s comeback victory over Sampdoria on Saturday, scoring one goal and creating the other.
Lazio are likely to want an €80million transfer fee for their Serbian midfielder.
Milinkovic-Savic fits the bill of a Jose Mourinho midfielder. Powerful and technically gifted, he could forge an excellent partnership with Paul Pogba, and the presence of veteran compatriot Nemanja Matic would help the youngster settle into the club.
United are likely going to be in the market for a midfielder, even though they’re well-stocked in that department at the moment. Marouane Fellaini hasn’t signed a new contract yet, Ander Herrera hasn’t hit the heights of last season – although he’s begun to show that form recently – and Scott McTominay still needs time to develop. The club’s lack of midfield depth was exposed recently with injuries to both Pogba and Fellaini leading to a poor run of form as Mourinho couldn’t rotate Matic and Herrera, so the need for someone of Milinkovic Savic’s calibre is obvious.
MAN CITY OFFERED MESSI MAMMOTH DEAL
Guardiola has subsequently denied that the club tried to sign Messi, but Barcelona were reportedly stunned enough by City’s offer that they matched it in order to ensure their talisman stayed.
Guardiola can deny as much as he wants, but before Messi signed his new Barcelona contract, there was plenty of speculation regarding the possibility of joining City. Whether or not he was ever close to leaving Barca, it’s definitely unlikely that City wouldn’t even have tried, especially given the relationship between Guardiola and Messi.
The fact that Barcelona felt compelled to match City’s offer shows they thought the threat from the English club was genuine enough to need warding off. While it will probably never happen now, it seems Messi to City was closer than anyone ever realised.
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Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will delay contract talks until after the World Cup, the Daily Mirror says. The stall over a new deal at City could alert Real Madrid, who showed an interest in the winger two years ago, the paper reports. The England star has two and a half years remaining on his current £180,000-a-week deal.
Chelsea face a battle to keep hold of star forward Eden Hazard, The Times reports. The Belgian is said to be holding off from signing a new £300,000-a-week deal, a club record, in the hope of piquing the interest of Real Madrid. The 26-year-old does not want to harm his chances of a move to Madrid by agreeing a contract of more than two years at Stamford Bridge, it is reported. Contract talks are expected to resume at the end of the season.
Theo Walcott‘s 10-year spell at Arsenal could be coming to an end, according to The Sun. The Gunners are apparently happy to let the 28-year-old leave the club if a suitable offer is made for the winger in the January transfer window. West Ham and Southampton are thought to be interested in the player, the paper says.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose could be swapping London for the North West, the Daily Mail reports. Manchester United appear to be targeting the 27-year-old for a move in January or next summer, the paper says, with boss Jose Mourinho said to be confident a deal – worth £50million – can take place.
West Ham may have to fight off Real Madrid in order to bring Russian striker Fyodor Smolov to the Premier League, the Daily Mail reports. The Spanish giants are said to be looking to bolster their attacking positions and Smolov has impressed. West Ham, meanwhile, also want to strengthen their squad come the January transfer window and reportedly hope to persuade the 27-year-old to move to London Stadium.
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Newcastle might have to be prepared to pay a hefty sum if they want to bring Cenk Tosun to England, the Chroncile and Turkish media report. The 26-year-old’s impressive run of form means Besiktas bosses appear to have upped their demands. Newcastle have reportedly considered the forward as part of a swap deal with Aleksandar Mitrovic, but are thought to have been unwilling to pay a previously touted £20million.
Dani Ceballos could be prepared to leave Real Madrid in search of more game time, the Daily Mirror says. The Spain Under-21 international moved to the Bernabeu only last summer but has struggled to frequently make the starting XI, reports suggest. Arsenal and Tottenham are tipped to be interested in the player, along with AC Milan and Roma.