Man United open Ivan Rakitic talks and other transfer stories from the papers in Europe

Press Association Sport 14:02 14/10/2019
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The Barcelona midfielder is reportedly on United's radar.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Barcelona as they bid to bring midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford in the January transfer window. Spanish website Sport says United are in the hunt for the Croatian. They might face a battle, however, with Inter Milan also expressing an interest in the 31-year-old.

United are also rumoured to be preparing a bid for a new striker in January, with AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek around the top of their list. Italian website Calciomercato says the 24-year-old is likely to be the target of a £35million transfer bid from the Red Devils.

United, who have made a poor start to the season, are also rumoured to be eyeing up more strike power in the form of Mario Mandzukic, Erling Braut Haaland and Moussa Dembele. The Daily Express reports United have reached a verbal agreement with Mandzukic.

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Tottenham are ready to renew their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese website A Bola reports. Negotiations between the two clubs over the 25-year-old broke down last summer, but Spurs’ interest is “still alive”, A Bola says. This may be because Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen could be going to Real Madrid in January.

Barcelona may be preparing to make moves for Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe as they seek to bolster their strikeforce. Looking to replace Luis Suarez next summer, the Catalan giants are after a striker, with Tottenham’s Kane and Paris St Germain’s Mbappe topping their wish list, according to Spain’s Mundo Deportivo.

England midfielder Declan Rice insists he’s happy to stay at West Ham, despite drawing attention from bigger clubs with his superb start to the season. The Daily Mirror says the 20-year-old has dismissed reports linking him to Manchester United as “all talk until something happens”.

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Eddie Nketiah: Bristol City are trying again to sign the Arsenal striker on loan, after he declined interest from the Robins and opted for a temporary move to Leeds last summer instead, according to The Sun.

Joey Dawson: The 16-year-old Scunthorpe midfielder, a nephew of ex-Tottenham captain Michael Dawson, is interesting Arsenal, The Sun reports.

Victor Wanyama: The midfielder is still hopeful of a return to Tottenham’s starting line-up despite being linked with a return to Celtic after a mooted summer move to Belgium’s Club Brugge fell through, according to football.london.

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What the papers say

Manchester United are prepared to pay £130million for Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell and midfielder James Maddison, The Sun reports.

Tottenham hope to sell Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid in January to prevent him leaving for free next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Daily Star reports that Everton boss Marco Silva has been given three games to turn his side’s season around or he will be sacked.

Manchester City are considering a January move for 22-year-old Benfica and Portugal defender Ruben Dias, the Daily Mirror says.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Italy left-back Emerson from former club Chelsea, according to the the Daily Express.

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Paul Pogba: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to sign Manchester United’s France midfielder Pogba, according to ESPN.

Manchester United are weighing up a move for Rostov and Norway midfielder Mathias Normann, Goal reports.

Chelsea want to sign Linfield’s 15-year-old Northern Irish attacking midfielder Charlie Allen, who has already had a trial at Spurs, according to Football Insider.

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What the papers say

Mesut Ozil fears he has played his last game for Arsenal as he does not appear to be in Unai Emery’s plans, the Daily Mirror reports.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been earmarked as Marcelo Bielsa’s eventual successor at Elland Road having impressed in Scotland so far, according to the Daily Express.

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