Paper Talk: Man City eye Ivanovic; Mignolet set to sign

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 12:05

Branislav Ivanovic: Chelsea defender linked with Manchester City

Manchester City are reported to have enquired about Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, while Simon Mignolet looks set to sign a new Liverpool contract.


Manchester City have ‘asked to be kept informed of developments’ in the situation of Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Mail, with Chelsea yet to offer the defender a new contract.

Ivanovic’s current deal expires in the summer, leaving him free to talk to overseas clubs this month, with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Zenit Saint Petersburg said to be interested.

However, with Martin Demichelis out of contract in the summer and Vincent Kompany’s fitness a concern, City could offer Ivanovic, 31, the chance to remain in the Premier League.

The Serbia captain would prefer to stay at Chelsea, it is said, but the west Londoners have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over the age of 30, which could potentially tempt Ivanovic into a move even if he is offered the chance to remain at Stamford Bridge.


West Brom’s Saido Berahino is high on Chelsea’s list of striker targets, with AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca another option (Daily Express)

Simon Mignolet has agreed in principle a new contract that will tie the 27-year-old to the club until 2021 (Daily Mail/Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are reluctant to sell David Ospina this summer despite the goalkeeper’s growing frustration. The 27-year-old would happily leave this month, with Besiktas and Everton interested (Daily Mail)

Manchester City could land Schalke forward Leroy Sane for £27.6million in the summer due to a clause in his contract (The Sun)

Manchester City face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign Leroy Sane (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have asked about Fulham forward Moussa Dembele, who is out of contract in the summer and also interesting Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Roma and Juventus (Daily Mail)

Andros Townsend hopes that Tottenham will change their minds and let him out on loan. He does not want to join West Brom or Watford permanently as he feels there will be more options in the summer (The Times)

West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic is wanted by Guangzhou Evergrande, while the Hammers want Leeds United right-back Sam Byram (Daily Mail)

Shanghai Shenhua want Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher and are in talks over an £8million deal for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (Daily Mail)

Sunderland have revived their interest in Lorient defender Lamine Kone days after a deal collapsed in acrimonious circumstances (Daily Telegraph/The Sun)

Roma are pursuing Sunderland midfielder Jeremain Lens (The Times)

Bournemouth are ready to hijack West Brom’s £8million move for QPR winger Matt Phillips (The Sun)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is a target for Greek side AEK Athens, managed by Gus Poyet (The Sun)

West Brom or Norwich City could grab James Tawkowski – after Burnley tried to land the Brentford centre-half cheaply (The Sun)

Norwich City and QPR want £8million-rated Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace (Daily Mail)

Everton midfielder Steven Naismith is set to snub a move to Norwich City (Daily Mirror)

Watford have expressed an interest in QPR striker Charlie Austin (The Times)

Watford misfit Alessandro Diamanti is set to join Atalanta on loan (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Wolves defender Kortney Hause in the summer (The Times)

Sampdoria are chasing Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane (Daily Mirror)

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