Liverpool and Arsenal are both being linked with a move for unwanted Manchester United defender Phil Jones, while Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to lure Isco to Old Trafford, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL CHASING JONES
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to be sold in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool ready to bid.
The Sun claims United are desperate to get the England defender off their books due to a series of ongoing injury problems; a knee ligament problem being the latest.
The paper claims Jones earns £110,000-a-week at Old Trafford and would cost around £10m to any interested club. Mourinho wants to reinvest the money into his defence.
And the 24-year-old’s situation is being monitored by both Arsenal and Liverpool who are ready to swoop.
A United insider told the paper: “Jose is looking to offload Jones. They have reached the end of the line with him.
“Arsenal have asked about him in the past along with Chris Smalling, and they are keeping an eye on his situation.
“He cannot stay fit and that is why United tried to sign Jose Fonte from Southampton in the summer.”
Jones faces another three weeks on the sidelines before he is even ready to return to training.
He has not played for the first team since January and suffered a blood clot in his calf last summer.
Centre-back Jones joined United from Blackburn for £16.5m in the summer of 2011.
He has made 104 appearances for the Red Devils and scored two goals in five seasons.
UNITED LINKED WITH ISCO SWOOP
Manchester United are weighing up a January swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, reports the Daily Mirror.
The Old Trafford giants are keeping tabs on the Spain midfielder as boss Jose Mourinho plots the next stage of his squad revamp after his near-£150million summer spree.
The £25m-rated Spain international playmaker has fallen down the pecking order at Madrid under boss Zinedine Zidane and he is on United’s radar as they search for a player who could help solve their lack of creativity. He was linked with Arsenal on Monday, while Tottenham also were linked with a move over the summer.
Isco, who is contracted to Madrid until 2018, also appeals because he is viewed as an attainable mid-season target.
The 24-year-old is out of favour at the Bernabeu and set to be allowed to leave when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year.
His only start of this campaign so far was in the UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla at the end of pre-season, when Zidane was short of options. In La Liga, he’s played just twice – both as a sub.
United’s interest, and hunt for a player capable of linking their midfield and attack, could place a further question mark over the future of skipper Wayne Rooney.
AND THE REST
Tottenham fear Harry Kane could be out for up to two months with ankle ligament damage suffered in the victory over Sunderland (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to drop captain Wayne Rooney after the England forward’s performance against Watford at the weekend (The Sun)
Francesco Guidolin is under mounting pressure at Swansea following their poor start to the new Premier League season (Daily Mirror)
West Ham have postponed contract talks with manager Slaven Bilic, 48, until he is able to turn around the club’s poor form (Daily Telegraph)
Vincent Kompany is set to make his latest long-awaited return from injury for Manchester City in their EFL Cup tie at Swansea (Daily Mirror)
Antonio Conte is giving serious consideration to bringing summer signing Marcos Alonso into his Chelsea team and dropping Branislav Ivanovic (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho faces a battle to win over Manchester United’s dressing room after the latest public attack on his players (The Sun)
Yaya Toure is set to be handed his first competitive start under Pep Guardiola in Manchester City’s EFL Cup clash at Swansea (The Sun)
Manchester City and Barcelona are refusing to take no for an answer in their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin (Daily Mail)
Napoli have confirmed that Chelsea summer transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, has signed a new long-term contract with the Italian club until 2021 (London Evening Standard)
Mamadou Sakho’s exile from the Liverpool team will continue after Jurgen Klopp revealed the defender is not in the physical condition to play a competitive game (Daily Mail)
Joey Barton says he’d make a far better England boss than Sam Allardyce or Roy Hodgson (Daily Mail)
Antonio Conte is already coming under pressure at Chelsea, with owner Roman Abramovich holding a meeting with club officials following last Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool (Daily Star)
Jurgen Klopp has told Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet there is no first choice goalkeeper at Liverpool (Daily Star)
John Terry is expected to return to the Chelsea side for Saturday’s crucial Premier League trip to Arsenal (The Independent)
Manchester United believe that Jose Mourinho is equipped with a competitive squad and are unlikely to strengthen further in January, despite three defeats in a week which have put the new manager under early pressure (The Independent)
Luke Shaw is unhappy at being made a scapegoat for the 3-1 defeat at Watford by Jose Mourinho (The Times)
Patrick van Aanholt’s disappearance from the Sunderland team just minutes before kick-off at Tottenham was due to concerns that the defender may be suffering from a serious medical condition (The Times)
Joey Barton admits he would not have moved to Rangers with the benefit of hindsight after being hit with a three-week suspension (The Guardian)
Nottingham Forest forward Nicklas Bendtner insists he will celebrate if he scores against former club Arsenal in their EFL Cup match (Daily Telegraph)
Hamilton are running the rule over former Arsenal, Sunderland and Middlesbrough right-back Justin Hoyte (Daily Record)