United Eye Shock Martial-Rakitic Swap
Anthony Martial’s name has graced the pages of Transfer Talk a number of times over the past few weeks.
The Red Devils have been unable to offer Martial a permanent role due to the emergence of Marcus Rashford and investment in Romelu Lukaku. The France international has turned in a few eye-catching displays off the bench, but they have not been enough to convince Jose Mourinho to start the 21-year-old.
It should come as no surprise, then, that United are looking into making a proposal to Barcelona concerning a swap deal with Martial for Ivan Rakitic, according to the Star.
The United boss appears open to receiving another player in return for the France international with the Croatian midfielder seemingly an attractive target.
Barcelona Ready £120m Coutinho Offer
Barcelona are ready to come back in for Philippe Coutinho after seeing a number of bids knocked back by Liverpool this summer.
The Blaugrana have revealed their intent to make a fresh bid for the Brazilian, who shone during international duty with the Selecao.
CEO Oscar Grau said: “We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request. But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits.”
The Mail suggests the Reds will receive a £120m bid for their prized jewel. But with the 25-year-old unlikely to push for a move due to cementing a starring role under manager Tite for Russia 2018, Barcelona could be forced to wait until next summer.
Chelsea To Return For Alex Sandro
Chelsea maintain a strong interest in Alex Sandro, reports the Star, despite Juventus pushing a two-year extension to secure the Brazilian until 2022.
Antonio Conte is keen to bring the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge as a more attack-minded left wing-back, despite Marcos Alonso performing excellently so far this season.
The champions also rate Danny Rose highly, but the England international is thought to favour a move to Manchester United if he leaves Spurs.
Real Madrid Boss Draws Up Transfer Shortlist
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has handed president Florentino Perez a list of his preferred targets ahead of a summer spending spree.
The Spanish champions are expected to spend bid next summer, with the club already making plans to bring in Harry Kane. It’s claimed three of their players will be offered to Spurs as part of any deal.
However, Zidane has also told Perez to add Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala to his list of targets, according to Spanish publication Diario Gol.
The publication adds that any incomings and outgoings at the Bernabeu are likely to be limited in the winter window and major incomings will only be sanctioned if the club – who have endured a frustrating start to the new season – continue to suffer a dip in results.
Manchester United Make New Plan To Lure Fabinho
Manchester United are reportedly closing on a swoop for Monaco star Fabinho when the transfer window opens, according to reports in France.
The Brazilian star was very much on Jose Mourinho’s radar over the summer, but the United boss instead opted to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a £40m deal instead.
However, Mourinho is said to have remained keen on the versatile Brazilian and is ready to make his signing his top focus in the January window. The United boss has seen his central midfield beset by injuries this season, with Marouane Fellaini joining Paul Pogba on the sidelines.
It’s claimed the signing of Fabinho has been made No 1 focus and has finally been given the green light by Monaco, with the player providing valuable cover to United in both midfield and at right-back.
And with Monaco struggling in the Champions League, Le10 Sport claims the reigning Ligue 1 champions will allow Fabinho to leave if they receive their €55m asking price.
Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau says his club are prepared to make another attempt to sign Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, when the transfer window opens in January. (Guardian)
Liverpool will continue to refuse to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Coutinho. (Independent)
Alternatively, Liverpool have agreed to allow Coutinho to leave for the Nou Camp in January in a deal worth £98.6m. (Mundo Deportivo via Daily Mail)
Manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sign a new £65m five-year Manchester United contract. (Sun)
Manchester United’s Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, 29, has turned down the chance to move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)
England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is understood to be considering leaving Arsenal in January in a bid to boost his chances of earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. (Mirror)
Paris St-Germain right-back Dani Alves has said that it would be “great” if his club could sign striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, whose contract at Arsenal expires at end of the season. (Cooperativa – in Spanish)
Talks over extending Mesut Ozil’s contract at Arsenal are “going in a positive way”, according to the agent of the 28-year-old German midfielder. (Independent)
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is targeting experienced Premier League players in January as he bids to steer the club clear of relegation. (Daily Mail)
Palace will resist any renewed approach from Leicester for 26-year-old winger Andros Townsend. (Independent)
Palace may be prepared to sell England international Townsend to Leicester to help fund their capture of a much-needed striker. (Sun)
Chelsea fear France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 26, could miss all six October games with a hamstring injury. (Telegraph)
Man United have seen enough in a season and a half to be convinced that Jose Mourinho can oversee their long-term future, reports the Sun. A five-year contract worth around £65m is reportedly being readied in order to provide the Portuguese with additional security in his job at Old Trafford.
Rafa Benitez has begun talks with Newcastle over transfer targets and wants to acquire Liverpool striker Danny Ings, reports the Northern Echo. The Magpies failed to back the Spaniard as strongly as he would have liked in the summer but could make moves in January. They also want to sign Sampdoria’s Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet.
The Toon are also counting themselves amongst a growing number of suitors for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, with the Sun saying scouts were present to see the Besiktas striker in action against Iceland.
Crystal Palace saw a £12m bid knocked back in the summer, with Valencia, Tottenham and Inter Milan also monitoring the 26-year-old.