WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Chelsea are looking to make a move for West Ham’s Andy Carroll, and the striker has told the Irons he is injured and unable to train, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper said that Carroll, 29, is wanted by the Stamford Bridge club owing to his height with Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke also among the options being considered.
Everton could be tempted to make a move for Juan Bernat from Bayern Munich to solve the left-back problem at Goodison Park, says the Liverpool Echo. The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at Bayern and could be looking elsewhere to ensure he gets first-team football.
Hector Bellerin could be on his way out of the Emirates, writes the Daily Star. The paper says Juventus will look at making a summer bid for the Arsenal defender, and will tempt him with the opportunity to play Champions League football next season.
Jean-Michael Seri is hot property, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St Germain all looking at the 26-year-old, the Sun reports. Seri moved to Nice in 2015 for £750,000 but the Ligue 1 club can expect offers far north of that, the paper said.
Richarlison is angling for a summer move away from Watford, with his representatives holding talks with both Chelsea and Arsenal, the Watford Observer reports. The Vicarage Road side have said he will not be leaving in January which leaves the window open to a move at the end of the season, the paper said.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
The latest club to be linked to Leicester striker Islam Slimani are Turkish giants Besiktas, according to Sky Sports.
Juventus want a new number 10 – and are looking at either Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen or Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Corriere dello Sport says.
Marca reports that Real Madrid are looking to sign a new attacking trio, with Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski in the frame.
We are now over halfway through the transfer window!
Here, we take a look at the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Wednesday.
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CHELSEA LINE UP EMERSON AS ALEX SANDRO ALTERNATIVE
Talks with Juventus over a move for Alex Sandro, Chelsea’s first-choice target at the position, have been slow-moving, and the Blues could turn their attentions to Emerson instead.
It’s unlikely that Antonio Conte is out of the race for Sandro, given that the Juventus man has been a top target for Chelsea for quite a while. But at the same time, it’s been difficult to get that deal over the line, and there’s speculation that they’ll have competition from PSG if and when they revive their attempts to sign the 26-year-old – and PSG will win any bidding war.
The interest in Emerson is thus a smart play for Chelsea, especially given he’ll be much cheaper, with Roma’s valuation of their left-back reportedly an affordable £20m. Another reason Emerson might be the better buy is the effect on Chelsea’s incumbent left-back. Marcos Alonso would probably be knocked out of the starting XI by Sandro, but not Emerson – but signing the Roma man would give added impetus to Alonso as he’ll realise Emerson is gunning for his spot.
GORETZKA AGREES BAYERN DEAL
Sport Bild understands Schalke’s Leon Goretzka has agreed a deal to join Bayern Munich. The young German has been linked with some of Europe’s leading clubs, but the Bundesliga heavyweights have seemingly stolen a march on their rivals to secure Goretzka’s signature.
A young German player whose already made a name for himself at a leading Bundesliga club and is looking for a step up – where does he go? The answer is usually Bayern Munich. This deal comes as no surprise at all – as well as Germans have done outside their home country, Bayern can offer players the same big-club experience they’ll chase elsewhere, but along with home comforts and a greater guarantee of trophies and overall success.
It would be surprising if any of the other contenders for Goretzka’s signature are able to persuade him to choose them over the Bavarians.
BARCELONA LOOK TO WARD OFF UMTITI SUITORS
Barcelona are ready to open contract talks with centre-back Samuel Umtiti, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Frenchman’s current deal runs until 2021, but also has a €60m release clause, which has interested the likes of Manchester City.
Umtiti’s relatively affordable release clause has been a subject of concern at Barcelona for a while now, especially with clubs circling around the defender. There’s been no indication that Umtiti wants to leave the club, but why take the risk?
Better to tie him up in a new deal with a much more prohibitive release clause, and ensure that a player they bought with the intent of keeping him for a long spell is actually around for a long spell.
Alexis Sanchez is closing in on his move to Manchester United after agreeing terms on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
According to the Telegraph, the Arsenal attacker is all set to switch to Old Trafford but the one hold up is whether Red Devils midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be moving in the opposite direction.
Reportedly, the Sanchez transfer could be worth up to £60m in total once his value, agent costs and signing on fee are all finalised.
More to follow…