Watford are gearing up for contract talks with head coach Javi Gracia following a perfect start to the season, the Daily Mail reports.
The paper says the Hornets are keen to reward the Spaniard, whose contract runs out at the end of this season, and want to resolve any uncertainty surrounding his future. The club fear interest in the 48-year-old may intensify after the side’s impressive start to the campaign, the paper adds.
John Terry is reportedly set for a shock return to Aston Villa. The Sun reports that under-fire boss Steve Bruce is ready to launch a bid to bring back the 37-year-old to help them get back on track this season. The veteran defender could be offered the chance to end his playing career by leading the side back to the Premier League, the paper adds.
Manchester City are willing to wait until the end of the season to discuss a new deal with Vincent Kompany, according to The Sun. The Belgium defender is out of contract next summer, but City are not worried about him wanting to play for another English club and will wait before thrashing out new terms, the paper says.
Manchester United‘s Ander Herrera could be willing to consider offers to leave Old Trafford in January, the Metro says. The Spaniard, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is said to be keen to stay at United, but is disappointed at their delay in offering him a new deal and is ready to listen to offers from elsewhere.
Players to watch
Danny Drinkwater: The 28-year-old is reportedly being tracked by his former club Leicester, with the Foxes said to be interested in bringing him back in a January loan. The Daily Express reports that Southampton are also interested in the midfielder, who has struggled to get in the Chelsea side since his move last summer.
Luca Stephenson: The 15-year-old is said to be on the brink of signing for Liverpool. The Sun says the Reds have agreed a £500,000 deal to bring in the Sunderland teenager, although The Chronicle in Newcastle suggests the Reds are optimistic of striking a deal for around a third of that price. The youngster has drawn comparisons with Jordan Henderson, who arrived at Anfield for £16million in 2011.
PSG attempted to sign the German centre-back ahead of last Friday’s transfer deadline, but the French club’s advances angered their counterparts.
“I would advise PSG to replace their sporting director. The man is not a great figurehead for the club,” Hoeness told Kicker.
“PSG cannot afford to have such a sporting director if they want to be one the best clubs in the world.”
“We asked for this fee [€50 million] because we do not want to hand over Jerome and assumed that Paris would not pay that amount. We also wanted to do our coach a favour because he wanted to keep the player.”
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic echoed his boss’ comments.
“I do not want to insult anybody. But I will tell you: You can’t do things like that to Bayern Munich, especially when it is about that kind of player,” Salihamidzic said following Bayern’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.
“If a transfer shall happen, many things must fit. We must want it, the player must want it and the other club should show interest in that player. And we never felt that in any moment.
“Even Jerome confirmed to me, that the tactics of the other side were strange.”
Olympiakos have signed former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on a free transfer.
The 35-year-old has been a free agent since leaving the Premier League champions in the summer and has been linked with a return to the Greek side in recent weeks.
He was greeted by a large crowd of Olympiakos fans on Sunday evening as he arrived at the Karaskaikis Stadium, where the club were taking on PAS Giannina in the Super League.
Olympiakos tweeted pictures of his reception and later posted two messages reading “Welcome home Yaya Toure” and “#YayaIsBack”, accompanied by pictures of the player in their red and white striped kit.
Toure spent the 2005-06 season with the club, helping them win the league and cup double, before moving on to Monaco and then for successful spells at Barcelona and City.
He won two Spanish and three English league titles, as well as the 2008-09 Champions League title and a Copa del Rey with Barca and an FA Cup and two League Cups with City.
Toure has won over 100 international caps for the Ivory Coast and captained them to African Nations Cup success in 2015.
Olympiakos will compete in this season’s Europa League after beating Burnley 4-2 on aggregate in the play-off round.
Toure revealed he had rejected offers from across the world to return to Greece.
“It is an honour to be back at Olympiakos,” he said on his official website. “When I left in 2006 I said I would come back and I am delighted to keep my word. I had offers from lots of clubs across Europe, Asia and the USA. Ultimately, I made my decision based on the special relationship I have with this incredible club.
“I am as hungry for success now as I was when I first arrived here many years ago and I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve.
“It is now time to let my football do the talking once again. Let’s do this!”