Paper Talk: Red Star striker on Chelsea’s radar; Messi’s fresh start

Date published: Friday 13th October 2017 9:19

Chelsea are keeping tabs on a Red Star Belgrade striker, while Manchester United could be ready to launch a £50m bid for a new left-back, according to Friday’s papers.

CHELSEA CHECKING ON RED STAR HITMAN

Chelsea scouts will reportedly check on Red Star Belgrade’s Ghana striker Richmond Boakye during next week’s Europa League tie against Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has scored three league goals for Red Star this season, while he also notched a stunning winner for the Serbian outfit against Cologne in the Europe League last month.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is aware of Boakye’s talents after the player had a brief spell at Juventus, but he failed to convince the Serie A giants that he was worthy of a place in their first-team squad and was moved on after several stints away on loan.

Boakye has, however, found his goalscoring touch in Belgrade and although he is not considered to be good enough to be a regular starter in the Premier League, there is enough potential for him to be effective from the bench, according to the report in the Daily Mail.

Celtic, Swansea and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the player, who could be moved on in January for the right price.

AND THE REST

Lionel Messi is seriously considering a ‘fresh start’ move to Manchester City next summer (The Sun)

Manchester United are plotting a £50m move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose after he was left off the 2018 Spurs calendar (The Sun)

West Ham are interested in signing Hartlepool’s teen starlet Connor Simpson – dubbed the new Andy Carroll (The Sun)

Liverpool and Arsenal will both move for Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar next summer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are ready to offer a cut-price £20m deal to sign Alexis Sanchez in January (Daily Mirror)

Slaven Bilic believes England and West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart is unappreciated (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are expected to launch a new offensive to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in January (Daily Telegraph)

Kenny Dalglish has commended Sir Alex Ferguson for putting rivalry aside and attending the renaming of the Liverpool Centenary Stand in his name (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea will consider sending Belgium Under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda on loan in January (Evening Standard)

Tony Pulis has joked that James McClean will not play for him again after he scored the goal that knocked Wales out of the World Cup (Daily Star)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is among the early favourites to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager (The Guardian)

Leicester City could move for former Manchester City and Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, 34 who is a free agent (Leicester Mercury)

Sunderland will consider selling Lamine Kone, Jack Rodwell and Didier Ndong, if Ellis Short has not sold the Championship club before the winter transfer window opens (Northern Echo)

Ipswich Town will confirm the £90,000 signing of Waterford striker Aaron Drinan 19, in the January transfer window (East Anglian Daily Times)

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