Paper Talk: City & Chelsea battle for Brazil starlet

Date published: Sunday 4th October 2015 8:44

Marcos Rojo: Manchester United defender linked with Zenit Saint Petersburg

Marcos Rojo: Manchester United defender linked with Zenit Saint Petersburg

Manchester City and Chelsea want to sign Robinho’s godson, Marcos Rojo may join Zenit Saint Petersburg, while Juventus want Mathieu Debuchy.


Manchester City are leading the chase for Benfica midfielder Victor Andrade, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The 20-year-old, the godson of former City forward Robinho, is said to be rated as one of the most exciting midfield talents to come out of Brazil and is already valued at £25million by Benfica despite making only three first-team appearances.

Chelsea are also apparently interested in Andrade, but City will apparently seal a deal as early as January for a player that is ‘thought to be keen to experience life in the Premier League’.

Andrade, who has a Portuguese passport and so would not need a work permit, scored three times in 34 appearances for Benfica’s reserve side last season.


Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is a January target for Zenit Saint Petersburg, reports the Sunday People.

Rojo angered United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer after missing the club’s pre-season tour of the United States due to passport problems, and the Argentina international was criticised by Van Gaal again recently for failing to reveal he had a hamstring injury.

Van Gaal will therefore consider Zenit’s offer in January, it is said, for a player that United signed for £16million from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014.

There are reports on the continent, meanwhile, that out-of-favour United goalkeeper Victor Valdes could soon join Sevilla.


Arsenal are ready to offer Alexis Sanchez a five-year, £130,000-a-week new contract, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Sanchez has ‘impressed everyone at the club with his attitude and commitment’ since his £29.75million move from Barcelona, illustrated by him reporting back from international duty early in the summer to ensure he was available for the start of the Premier League season.

Arsenal now want to reward the 26-year-old, whose current contract runs out in 2018, with a pay rise in order to secure his long-term future at Emirates Stadium. Talks are set to begin before Christmas, it is said.



  • Manchester United scouts watched Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi in their 2-1 Champions League win over Chelsea (O Jogo)
  • Juventus are lining up a January move for Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy (Sky Sport Italia)
  • Everton boss Roberto Martinez made a personal check on 18-year-old Basel midfielder Breel Embolo on Thursday (Sunday People)
  • Newcastle are weighing up a January move for Wolves striker Benik Afobe (Sunday People)

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