Paper Talk: Chelsea target Neymar, Gunners eye Izzo

Date published: Friday 20th November 2015 7:58

Neymar: New deal signed

Neymar: New deal signed

Chelsea set their sights on Neymar, Dele Alli is set to double his wages and Arsenal watch Genoa defender Armando Izzo, all in today’s papers.


Chelsea are the latest English club to be interested in Barcelona superstar Neymar, according to Spanish website Donbalon.

Manchester United were keen on the Brazilian in the summer and were given encouragement that a deal may well be possible, but nothing materialised.

Manchester City are also believed to be tracking the situation with the 23-year-old Neymar, who is believed to be ready to quit Spain due to tax issues.

PSG are the other club understood to be keen and willing to pay the big bucks to land the forward.


The Times reports Tottenham are preparing to offer 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli a new double-your-money contract after only 16 appearances for the club.

Ali, who arrived from MK Dons in the summer has burst on to the Premier League scene and this week announced himself on the international stage with  a dynamic display against France, capped off with a brilliant long-range goal.

Tottenham are understandably desperate to secure Alli’s future at White Hart Lane and despite making only 16 appearances for the club he is set to double his £12,000-a-week wages.

The England midfield player, who signed a five-and-a-half-year Spurs deal in January, was immediately loaned back to MK Dons before moving to north London in the summer and is currently the lowest paid player in the first-team squad.


Arsenal are keen on Genoa defender Armando Izzo, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old Italian against Napoli at the start of the month, according to Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX.

Meanwhile, talkSPORT claim Arsenal and Tottenham could miss out on Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi, 24, with Barcelona tracking the 24-year-old Italy international as the long-term successor to Dani Alves.


Chelsea’s hierarchy are confident manager Jose Mourinho can turn around their poor season, according to Michael Emenalo, one of Roman Abramovich’s closest aides and Blues technical director. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, is set to join Spanish side Espanyol on a free transfer in January. The ex-Barcelona player has made one Premier League appearance since joining United on a free transfer in January. (Daily Star)

Manchester United’s Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 27, has been urged to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window by his national team coach Marc Wilmots. (Various)

Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing Schalke’s 19-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his players they have five weeks to secure their Anfield futures. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have been told by Shakhtar Donetsk that it will take a bid in excess of £30m to sign Alex Teixeira, 25. (Evening Standard)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Chelsea they are wasting their time even asking about the availability of England defender John Stones, 21, in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

But Martinez says that Everton will be unable to prevent winger Gerard Deulofeu, 21, from leaving if Barcelona activate a £6.3m buy-back clause in his contract. (Guardian)

Manager Claudio Ranieri has told striker Jamie Vardy, 28, that staying at Leicester will give him his best chance of making England’s Euro 2016 squad. (Daily Express)

Swansea boss Garry Monk says that speculation about him losing his job is being driven by an agenda from outside the club. (Guardian)

Borussia Dortmund want £42m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he feared losing Republic of Ireland forward Jon Walters, 32, over a contract dispute during the summer. (Daily Star)

Striker Charlie Austin, 26, is a target for several Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth, Newcastle and Aston Villa, but he is reluctant to leave QPR this January for a team battling against relegation from the top flight. (Evening Standard)

West Brom could make a move for York midfielder Ben Godfrey, 17, who has rejected a professional contract with the League Two club. (Birmingham Mail)

Leicester City are giving a trial to 18-year-old Barwell midfielder Brady Hickey, who has been labelled the “non-league Frank Lampard”. (Daily Mail)

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