Football Transfer Rumours: Paper Talk

14th Dec 2018

What the papers say

Manchester City are looking to launch a bid for £50million-rated Leicester defender Ben Chilwell with Benjamin Mendy still out injured, the Daily Mirror says. The Premier League champions have put the 21-year-old on their January wish-list, despite him having signed a new deal two months ago that runs until 2024, the paper reports.

David De Gea is on the verge of signing a long-term deal with Manchester United, according to The Sun. The 28-year-old goalkeeper, whose current deal runs out at the end of next season, has been locked in talks over the contract, but is said to be close to signing new £400,000-a-week terms. The paper says Paris St Germain have been leading the chase for the stopper, but the new deal will tie him to United well into his 30s.

Tottenham want to steal Andre Gomes from Everton and prevent the Merseyside club from turning his loan into a permanent move, The Sun reports. The midfielder is currently on loan from Barcelona and has impressed for Everton, but Spurs are set to swoop in to land him, the paper claims.

Cardiff striker Ibrahim Meite is attracting interest from clubs in Russia, France and Germany as he prepares to leave on a free transfer in January, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old has already had a trial with Russian Premier League club FC Ural Yekaterinburg, the paper says, while Watford, West Brom, French side St Etienne and Bundesliga club Hannover are also said to have him on their radar.

Manchester United are reportedly considering breaking the transfer record for a defender in a bid for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. London’s Evening Standard reports that the side are weighing up a third approach – having already had two bids rejected – with Napoli thought to be wanting £100million for the 27-year-old.

Players to watch

Christian Pulisic: Borussia Dortmund have opened the door for a January sale for the 20-year-old, if the price is right, the Mirror claims. The US international is said to have caught the eye of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Ritsu Doan: Newcastle are reportedly looking to make a move for the Japan striker. The Chronicle paper in Newcastle says the club have being tracking the 20-year-old in recent months ahead of the January transfer window.

DAILY MIRROR

Manchester City are plotting a stunning move for £50m-rated Leicester defender Ben Chilwell.

Raul Jimenez will keep Wolves waiting until the summer before the committing to a £30m switch from parent club Benfica.

Ousmane Dembele apologised to his Barcelona team-mates in the dressing room before they faced Tottenham after being late for training on more than one occasion.

Samuel Saiz could quit Leeds United next month to return to his native Spain because he is unsettled at Elland Road.

THE SUN

David De Gea is ready to make a stunning U-turn and sign a long-term Manchester United deal.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to miss this weekend's crunch clash against Manchester United.

Tottenham are hoping to secure a permanent deal for Everton's on-loan midfielder Andre Gomes who is delaying on a transfer to Merseyside.

Newcastle want to solve their goalscoring problems with a move for Japan striker Ritsu Doan.

Peter Kenyon's takeover attempt of Newcastle has hit a hurdle as he is more than £100m short of Mike Ashley's asking price.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted he will quit if he fails to save Southampton from relegation.

Chelsea and Arsenal target Isco is closer to leaving Real Madrid after being booed by home fans in their 3-0 defeat on Wednesday.

DAILY EXPRESS

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is growing increasingly confident that a £300m deal to sell Newcastle will be finalised next year.

DAILY MAIL

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia is open to leaving the club in January after accepting he has lost the trust of manager Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham star Harry Kane has as appointed his brother, Charlie, as his manager of football and commercial affairs.

DAILY RECORD

Celtic captain Scott Brown is moving closer to joining Australian A-League side Western Melbourne.

DAILY STAR

Maurizio Sarri has told Gary Cahill he is free to sign for Arsenal in January if he wants.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is angered by the lack of progress being made on transfers behind the scenes at Old Trafford as the January window nears.

Shaun Edwards has emerged as a leading contender to take charge of Rugby Union side Dragons on an interim basis until the end of the season.

SCOTTISH SUN

Hibernian goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw will hold showdown talks with Neil Lennon over his Easter Road future.

THE INDEPENDENT

La Liga is leading a Europe-wide backlash against Uefa's new plans for a third continental club competition.

Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo is set to reject a contract extension amid transfer interest from Frankfurt and Benfica.

THE TIMES

The arbitrators due to examine the way that the PFA is run have not started work amid concerns within the union that Gordon Taylor, the chief executive, has close links to the service.

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