Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s top earner on £350,000 per week but he could be leaving the club in January, the Daily Mirror reports.
The former Germany international is seemingly not favoured by Gunners manager Unai Emery, so the club are keen to loan him out even if they have to cover part of his wages.
The 30-year-old World Cup-winning midfielder has only started one Premier League game this season.
The Sun says Wigan Athletic teenager Joe Gelhardt is being closely watched by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The 17-year-old forward is viewed as a possible replacement for Willian if the Brazilian leaves Stamford Bridge.
But Lampard will have to compete with the interest of Liverpool and Everton.
Manchester United’s next priority is to recruit a striker and “creative force”, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The paper says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that from January, Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, Leicester City’s James Maddison, 22, and Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, 23, might be able to help the Red Devils address their inability to score goals.
Arsenal boss Emery has been warned against constantly changing his starting line-up, The Sun reports.
Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit has written a column in which he praises Emery for wanting a “collective unit”, but says the current system of rotation makes it “difficult for players to operate” and the “demands from the players are huge”.
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Donny van de Beek looked Bernabeu-bound at one point last summer – now Ajax have decided to reward him for his loyalty.
According to Voetbal International, the Amsterdam club’s hierarchy will boost the 22-year-old’s wages without touching the duration of his existing contract, which runs until 2022.
Van de Beek was a revelation in the Champions League last season in an Ajax side that shocked Europe. Stationed as a No10 alongside the likes of Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and David Neres, he was one of their standout performers as they bested Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout stages.
The attacking midfielder scored a total of 17 goals in 57 games in 2018/19 as he helped Ajax, who eventually lost in the UCL semi-finals to Tottenham, to a domestic league and cup double.
Real had reportedly sounded out Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen and Van de Beek as midfield targets over the summer, and the Ajax man’s new deal does not necessarily mean Los Blancos will cool off their interest.
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Manchester United have a striker high on their January transfer wish list and have eyed up former Celtic forward Moussa Dembele, the Daily Mail says. Dembele, 23, is currently on the books at Lyon and formerly played at Fulham, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to fill the gap left by the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.
Sticking with the north west, the saga of Paul Pogba looks set to return this winter, with The Sun reporting the 26-year-old will make a fresh push to leave the club in January.
The same paper reports that a Premier League managerial change could be in the offing, with United ready to pay the £32million release clause needed to bring Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that Massimiliano Allegri could replace Pochettino in the Tottenham hot seat.
Fulham will be looking for £7million in compensation after Liverpool signed 16-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott, The Times says.
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Luke Matheson: Newcastle are said to be scouting the 16-year-old Rochdale defender who scored against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, The Chronicle says.
Taras Stepanenko: Crystal Palace will make a renewed attempt to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder in January having been thwarted over the summer, reports The Sun.
Danny Simpson: Huddersfield will look to bolster their defence with the signing of the former Leicester player, according to the Yorkshire Post.
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