Paper Talk: Man Utd to decide on £38m ace; Wilshere crossroads

Date published: Monday 23rd January 2017 1:45

Man United could bring forward their plan to sign Victor Lindelof while Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will have a big decision to make – according to Monday’s papers.


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WILSHERE’S ARSENAL FUTURE IN DOUBT

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will decide his long-term future in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 25-year-old has been on Arsenal’s books since 2001, but was shipped out on loan to Bournemouth at the start of the season as Arsene Wenger was unable to promise him regular first-team football.

Wilshere has 18 months to run on his current Gunners deal and it is believed that no talks have taken place over a possible extension at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Bournemouth team-mate and good friend Benik Afobe believes Wilshere is only thinking about matters on the pitch.

“To be honest I don’t think even he knows what he is going to be doing,” Afobe said.

“We have convos all the time and he just wants to play week in week out and take it month by month and see what happens at the end of the season.

“The main thing for him is about getting his confidence back and staying injury free.”

There is certainly no shortage of interest in Wilshere, with Bournemouth keen to keep him on a long-term deal. Manchester City and AC Milan are also said to be monitoring the situation.

UNITED TO PLAY WAITING GAME?

Manchester United will make a final decision this week whether to sign Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof now or assess the situation again in the summer.

According to the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho is pondering whether to bring the £38million move forward despite already saying that they will be no major arrivals at Old Trafford this month.

The Red Devils have recently recouped over £45million following the sales of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, putting United in a strong position to strengthen their squad sooner than they initially expected.

Manchester United have also been alerted by potential interest from Inter Milan in Sweden’s top defender and that may also force their hand this month.

Lindelof is represented by Fali Ramadani, but it is also claimed that super agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents Mourinho, is now involved in the deal, too.

AND THE REST

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will not prevent forward Wayne Rooney making a big-money move to the Chinese Super League, with champions Guangzhou Evergrande and rivals Beijing Guoan prepared to pay the 31-year-old England captain £700,000 a week (Mirror)

Everton are targeting Chelsea’s Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic, 32, to replace their 34-year-old England centre-back Phil Jagielka, who is set to leave Goodison Park and has been linked with Sunderland (Express)

Meanwhile, United target Goncalo Guedes, the 20-year-old Benfica winger valued at about £26m, is preparing to say his goodbyes to the Portuguese club (Record, via Express)

Everton’s 22-year-old Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu will have a medical on Monday before joining Italian side AC Milan on loan (Tuttosport, via Sun)

Liverpool’s Serbia Larko Markovic could join Hull City on loan in January, with his season-long stay at Sporting Lisbon set to be cancelled following a miserable spell in Portugal (Liverpool Echo)

Jurgen Klopp is planning to sign two left-backs in a bid to solve his problem position at Liverpool (Daily Star)

AIK Solna’s 17-year-old forward Alexander Isak – Sweden’s youngest ever goalscorer and a target for Everton – is expected to join German side Borussia Dortmund (Guardian)

Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, 25, has admitted that his head has been turned by interest from Championship rivals Aston Villa (Birmingham Mail)


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