Last month, reports suggested Manchester United’s hopes of signing Tottenham’s Danny Rose had been boosted — and now the Mail says Jose Mourinho “believes he will become United’s new first-choice left-back in a £50 million deal.”
It reports that the United manager “is increasingly confident of landing Rose either next month or during the summer.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino omitted Rose from his squad for the North London derby, sparking an angry reaction from the England defender.
And now the Mail says United — who had hoped to sign him in the summer — believe they can do so soon, although “agreeing a deal with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be an arduous task.”
United are after a specialist left-back having been using Ashley Young in that position, with Luke Shaw struggling to find a way into Mourinho’s plans and tipped to leave on loan.
Meanwhile, the Independent reports that United are waiting to see what Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka opts to do in January.
Goretzka, whose deal runs out at the end of the season, has said he will decide on his future soon and has been linked with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus — but the Independent says there is “increasing speculation over a move to United.”
Sterling Stalling On Another Deal?
Reigning European champions Real Madrid have taken a keen interest in Manchester City starlet Raheem Sterling, according to the Mirror.
The England international has been in fine form this campaign, netting nine goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, and still has two years left on his current deal.
Real, however, are said to be making plans for their post-Cristiano Ronaldo era and apparently have identified Sterling as a replacement for the Blancos legend.
All talks — with both City and Madrid — will have to wait until after the Russia 2018 though, the paper says, with Sterling wanting to concentrate solely on football as England’s World Cup journey looms.
Emre Can Saga
Juventus could steal a march on their rivals in the race for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can by making a move in January rather than waiting until after the season, according to the Mirror.
Germany international Can, out of contract at the end of the campaign, has been linked with Juve, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
But although he would be able to leave on a free come summer, Juve want to avoid being caught up in a scramble for his signature.
And the Mirror, citing reports in Italy, says they “hope to persuade Liverpool to sell by paying a ‘small sum’ now rather than waiting for what could be an auction” to develop later.
However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep Can and the powers that be at Anfield are unlikely to be interested unless Juve’s offer “is in excess of £15-20m.”
Talks over a new deal for Can have stalled in recent weeks, sparking reports that he could be on the move before long.
Spurs Keen To Beat Valencia To Signing Of £30m France Midfielder
Tottenham are reportedly set to rekindle their interest in Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the January transfer window.
The French midfielder has recaptured his best form this season since joining Valencia on a season-long loan deal and has played a key role for the club as they have emerged as Barcelona’s nearest challengers for the La Liga title.
And Sky Sports believes that Spurs see the player as a perfect long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, whose contract is about enter its final 18 months. Others
Chelsea’s Belgium forward Eden Hazard is stalling on a new £300,000 deal at Stamford Bridge in the hope of attracting an offer from Real Madrid. (Times)
Real Madrid believe signing 26-year-old Hazard from Chelsea could be the key to reinvigorating the form of 32-year-old Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo. (Diario Gol via Daily Express)
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says former team-mate Neymar, who is now at Paris St-Germain, will not join Real Madrid. (Marca)
Arsenal are willing to sell Theo Walcott, 28, in January, with his former club Southampton and West Ham interested in the England winger. (Sun)
Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero believes Liverpool’s Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, would be the perfect fit in the Italian club’s side. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester United are confident they will sign Tottenham’s England defender Danny Rose, 27, for £50 million either in January or next summer. (Daily Mail)
Newcastle United target Cenk Tosun, 26, has been valued at 100 million euros (£88m) by the vice-president of his Turkish side Besiktas. Crystal Palace are also interested in the striker. (Turkishfootball.com via Newcastle Chronicle)
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wants £20m in the January transfer window to buy a striker, playmaker and left-back. (Daily Mirror)
West Ham could face competition from Real Madrid for 27-year-old Krasnodar and Russia striker Fyodor Smolov. (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace’s transfer budget will not be impacted by the club’s plans for a £100m renovation of their Selhurst Park ground. (Guardian)
Real Madrid will look to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, and Inter Milan’s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 24, in January. (Marca)
Ahmed Musa’s loan move from Leicester City to Hull City looks to be off following the sacking of Tigers boss Leonid Slutsky. Nigeria forward Musa, 25, played for Slutsky at CSKA Moscow. (Leicester Mercury)
England keeper Joe Hart, 30, is set to be dropped by West Ham manager David Moyes in favour of Spaniard Adrian, 30. (Sun)
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is a candidate to become the new manager of Australia. (Guardian)
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been given two weeks to accept a one-off payment of £250m to sell the club. (Times – subscription required)
Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis, 32, says former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 29, is “playing like an animal” as he prepares to return to first-team football next month. (Daily Star)