Paper Talk: Stones wants buy-out, Embolo talk

Date published: Thursday 10th September 2015 8:21

Chelsea transfer target John Stones will insist on a buyout clause in his new Everton deal, Swiss striker Breel Embolo is linked with Arsenal and Tottenham and Ronald Koeman is wanted as Holland boss.


John Stones will ask for a £38m release clause, when he starts talks over a new deal at Everton, according to the Mail.

The paper reports that England defender Stones will “consider” signing a new deal as long as he has a clause which allows him to leave if Chelsea match the £38million bid they made for the 21-year-old last month. Everton are keen to secure the former Barnsley man on a new long-term deal to ensure the maximum transfer fee for Stones and the stipulated buyout might well be an attempt to get Chelsea to pay the £38million up front next summer.


Switzerland striker Breel Embolo certainly caught the eye at Wembley on Tuesday night. He was a handful for England central defenders Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill and it’s no great suprise to see him linked with a move to the Premier League.

The 18-year-old was a second-half substitute at Wembley and looked lively, but whether Arsenal and Tottenham will “tussle” for the FC Basle man in January, like TalkSPORT claim, is very unlikely. They suggest his Swiss club want £10million for him, having scored three times this season, and 17 last term, and also claim his “rapid progress has alerted the north London giants”.

It’s true Embolo looked a talent in his 27-minute cameo role, but is he good enough to play for one of Arsenal or Spurs? No, not yet  anyway and is he even on the London pair’s radar – probably not.


Southampton fear the Netherlands will send an SOS for manager Ronald Koeman following a dismal start to Danny Blind’s reign.

Former Holland player Willy van der Kerkhof is quoted in The Sun saying: “We must appoint Ronald Koeman.”

The 2014 World Cup semi-finalist are in real danger of missing out on next summer’s European Championships – for the first time since 1984 – and there are fears on the south coast that the KNVB will coming knocking on the door for Koeman. Koeman, who has 78 caps for Holland, still has two years to run on his deal at St Mary’s but may well fancy a shot at the top job. Panic time at Southampton…


Arsenal’s cash crisis during the last decade nearly left them penniless and cost them the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, who later conquered Europe with Manchester United (Mirror).

Gareth Bale missed out on millions by choosing to play for Wales over England, his agent says (Mirror).

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to sanction James Wilson’s loan move to the Championship (Mirror).

David de Gea has been given 48 hours to win back his Manchester United place in time for Saturday’s huge game against Liverpool (Star).

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he believes his assistant Ryan Giggs, 41, will be the club’s next boss (Times).

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 20, is set to choose England as his international side over the Republic of Ireland, whom he represented up to Under-21 level (Independent).

Manchester United’s senior players are unhappy with the tough regime at the club under manager Van Gaal (Times

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has ruled out signing any out-of-contract players during the autumn and has no plans to strengthen the squad until the transfer window reopens in January (Liverpool Echo).

West Brom have accused Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of trying to sign their £25m-rated striker Saido Berahino, 22, for “loose change” (Sun).

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