Real Madrid will abandon the chase for a Manchester United target in favour of signing a Chelsea star, while the Blues’ failed efforts to sign Fernando Llorente has been leaked, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
COURTOIS FEARS GROW FOR CHELSEA
Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of signing Thibaut Courtois, according to reports in Spain.
Marca claim the Belgian is refusing to enter negotiations with Chelsea over a new contract at Stamford Bridge after being made aware of Real’s interest in him.
Courtois spent three seasons on loan with their city rivals Atletico Madrid, but has many admirers at Real Madrid. Marca now claim they will make Courtois their top target ahead of David De Gea, with the latter now expected to sign a new deal at Manchester United.
And with Courtois’ current Chelsea deal expiring in 2019, it’s claimed Real are growing in confidence that they could convince Chelsea to sell the 6ft 6ins stopper next summer.
Chelsea won’t let Courtois go without a fight, but with just a year left on his deal by the summer, are realistic to know his value will not hold if they don’t cash in.
There’s also reports suggesting Real could offer the Blues Keylor Navas as part of any swoop for Courtois, much as the club tried when coming close to De Gea in the 2015 summer window.
AND THE REST
Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at the end of this season but Manchester United are confident of agreeing a new two-year deal with the 29-year-old Belgium midfielder (Daily Mirror)
Jack Wilshere is in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup if he can prove his form and fitness at Arsenal (The Times)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was left frustrated in the summer after the Stamford Bridge club failed with a bid of £5m for striker Fernando Llorente, who eventually moved to Tottenham from Swansea for £11.5m (The Times)
Jonjo Shelvey has fractured his hand after trying to break up a fight between Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Mo Diame (The Sun)
Gareth Southgate could make sweeping changes to his England side in Lithuania after coming under pressure from clubs to rest star players (Daily Star)
England are being lined up to host the 2022 World Cup after a leaked report said it may be impossible for Qatar to do so (Daily Star)
Gareth Southgate says some fans still don’t like him because of his penalty miss against Germany at Euro ’96 (Daily Star)
Rickie Lambert says he chose to retire after re-injuring his back playing golf with the Wigan chairman and manager, who were interested in signing him (Daily Mail)
Gareth Southgate wants to prepare for the World Cup with a series of home friendlies in different stadiums across the country (Daily Mail)
Harry Kane says he is in his best form since his childhood days, when he used to score six or seven goals a game (Daily Mirror)
Gareth Southgate has urged his players to repay the fans’ support with a convincing performance in Lithuania on Sunday (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson will play for Scotland in Slovenia on Sunday despite fears that he has broken his wrist (Daily Express)
Gareth Southgate has urged patience from the England fans after their uninspiring performance against Slovenia (The Guardian)
Jack Butland and Jesse Lingard could be in the England team for the game in Lithuania on Sunday (The Guardian)
A police chief has warned that England fans may face ‘extreme violence’ if they travel to Russia for the World Cup (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham are confident that Dele Alli will sign a new contract with a big pay rise, despite him being in the process of changing agents (Daily Telegraph)
Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is the red-hot favourite for the Kilmarnock job (Daily Record)