Arsene Wenger has personally scouted a player, who could be the replacement for Mesut Ozil, and the agent for a Barcelona star is trying to engineer his client a January move to Manchester United or Manchester City, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UNITED TRAIL BENFICA STAR
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has his scouts keeping a close eye on Benfica star Alex Grimaldo.
Grimaldo, a left-back, was linked with a switch to Old Trafford last summer, but with Luke Shaw’s United days now numbered, reports in Portugal say Mourinho is ready to make his move for the 22-year-old.
The Red Devils will face competition from Napoli to land the defender, who have already had an £18million offer rejected.
WENGER WATCHES TURKISH STAR
Arsene Wenger has personally watched Trabzonspor star Yusuf Yazici, according to one of the player’s representatives.
Turkish-Football have reported that Arsenal have scouted the 20-year-old midfielder in the past, and now it has come to light that Gunners boss Wenger has made a personal check on the £17.5million-rated No. 10.
Yazici is represented by Dr Erkut Sogut, but Adem Cebeci is also a representative of Yazici.
Cebeci said: “Yusuf wants to move to Europe, Dr Erkut Sogut has been in talks with clubs and there is interest from the Premier League, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has watched Yusuf in person.”
“Yusuf’s style of football makes him suitable for the top European league, Dr Sogut is in advanced talks with a few clubs but we think it would be in his interests to keep playing first team football at Trabzonspor and developing.
“But things are developing very fast and with the transfer fees being thrown around we can’t rule out a January move.”
Could Wenger see the young Turkish star as a replacement for Mesut Ozil, who looks set to leave next summer when his contract runs out?
UNITED BACK IN FOR BARCELONA MAN AS AGENT FLIES IN FOR TALKS
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to hold talks with Sergi Roberto’s agent over a potential January move, according to reports in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo claims agent Josep Maria Orobitg is in the city until Friday and will speak to representatives from both clubs over a possible move.
Roberto has held talks with Barcelona over a new deal, but the paper believes the two parties are miles apart over an agreement and a move could now be possible.
While Roberto’s preference is to stay at Barcelona, the club’s unwillingness to pay him what he feels he deserves could lead him to move on and it’s claimed both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will trigger his €40million buyout clause if talks are successful.
Roberto has featured in 13 of Barcelona’s games this season, but is not a guaranteed starter under Ernesto Valverde.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid have made a firm proposal to Chelsea to take David Luiz on loan in January (Le 10 Sport)
Arsenal and Everton have been told to forget any hope of signing AC Milan striker Andre Silva in January (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan are planning to offer striker Mauro Icardi a new deal this season in order to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (Gazetta dello Sport)
West Ham will battle it out with Leicester to sign PSG star Hatem Ben Arfa in January (Le Parisian)
Barcelona outcast Andre Gomes – a reported target for Tottenham and Juventus – is digging in his heels and refusing to leave Barcelona in January (Diario Gol)
Real Madrid are on the verge of finalising a €20million January deal to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (Marca)
Inter Milan would seek at least €50million if either Manchester City or Barcelona come calling for Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar (SMK.SE)
Everton forward Sandro Ramirez has become a target for Spanish side Valencia who are looking to add to their attacking roster due to injuries to Simone Zaza and Goncalo Guedes (Marca)
Former Spurs and QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt could make January move to Sevilla after impressing for Genoa (Calciomercato)
Former Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas has left his job as head coach of Shanghai SIPG in order to compete in the 2018 Dakar Rally
Augsburg president Klaus Hofmann believes RB Leipzig do not have the correct license to be a Bundesliga club (Kicker)
Former AC Milan forward Simone Verdi is on the radar of Inter Milan (Tuttosport)