Arsenal are tipped to test the water with an offer for a €100m-rated Atletico Madrid star, while Luke Shaw has vowed to fight for his Manchester United future amid claims he’s wanted on loan by a Premier League rival, according to Wednesday’s papers.
ARSENAL WANT OBLAK BUT WON’T PAY £85M ASKING PRICE
Arsenal are casting envious eyes towards Atletico Madrid, with goalkeeper Jan Oblak being monitored with a view to a possible future move.
According to The Sun, the Gunners have made regular checks on the Slovenian stopper, who has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the world while at Atleti.
It’s claimed that Arsenal see Oblak as the long-term successor to Petr Cech, but appear unwilling to meet the Spanish side’s valuation of €100m (£85m).
However, they could test the water with an official bid for Oblak – most likely next summer – though that will be for far less than the current asking price.
The 23-year-old is the only Atleti player to start all 13 league games this season for Simeone, the latest of which was a 3-0 win at Osasuna in which Oblak saved an early penalty.
Oblak is not the only Atleti star linked with a move to the Premier League, with Jose Gimenez and Antoine Griezmann regularly linked with transfers.
France forward Griezmann recently dropped a huge hint on his future after admitting he would be open to a move to these clubs.
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SHAW TO FIGHT FOR UNITED PLACE AMID PALACE RUMOURS
Luke Shaw is ready to fight for his future at Manchester United amid reports Crystal Palace are ready to make an approach to sign the left-back on loan.
The England star has endured a miserable season at United so far having twice been criticised by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho blamed Shaw for Watford’s second goal when United lost 3-1 at Vicarage Road in September, and singled him out again when the 21-year-old withdrew from the squad at Swansea earlier this month because ‘he was not in the condition to play’.
Matteo Darmian has been preferred to Shaw in recent weeks, but the player could be handed a chance to impress on Wednesday night when United face West Ham in the League Cup quarter-finals.
And the Daily Mail says the player is determined to win back Mourinho’s trust and has ‘no intention’ of leaving the club, either on loan or in a permanent deal, when the transfer window reopens.
He may re-assess the situation in the summer if it does not improve but remains committed to the club.
Anthony Martial is another young United player who has struggled to hit top form under Mourinho this season.
The Frenchman has been left out of the squad for the last two games against Feyenoord and West Ham even though he was fit, following a warning from the United boss that his chances are running out.
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Mathieu Debuchy could be about to end his Arsenal nightmare as Rudi Garcia is interested in bringing him to Marseille in January (The Sun)
Bacary Sagna has admitted this season could be his last at Manchester City (Daily Mirror)
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka hopes to succeed with a third bid of £6m for Hull defender Harry Maguire in January (Daily Mirror)
Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been named manager of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua (Daily Mirror)
Surprise Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig are eyeing a January move for Everton striker David Henen (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea will reportedly wait until the summer to make a move for Sampdoria’s £24m-rated striker Luis Muriel (Daily Star)
Chelsea are preparing a January bid for Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule (Daily Express)
West Ham will make midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, their highest-paid player as they try to ward off interest from Manchester United (The Sun)
Former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou is eager to remain at current club Hertha Berlin and has ruled out a return to the Premier League (Daily Express)
Leicester will rekindle their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, after having a bid rejected for the 27-year-old in the summer (Daily Mirror)
Juventus are reportedly considering a move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic after dropping their interest in Victor Lindelof (Daily Express)
Barnet have launched a club record offer for Omar Bogle, the Grimsby striking sensation who has scored more goals than Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa (Daily Mail)
Manchester United have signed two highly-regarded academy scouts from Manchester City as part of a concerted drive to wrestle back ground from their bitter local rivals in the increasingly competitive race for the best young talent (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are hopeful of signing Ben Knight, a much coveted Ipswich Town and England Under-15 forward (Daily Telegraph)