Paper Talk: Stones chase; Djilobodji exit; Sanchez deal

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2015 8:07

John Stones: Apparently wanted by Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona

John Stones: Apparently wanted by Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona

Barcelona and Manchester United could rival Chelsea for John Stones, while Alexis Sanchez is set to sign a new long-term Arsenal contract.


Barcelona scouts were detailed to watch England’s friendly against Spain last week – but it was John Stones, not Jamie Vardy, they wanted to take a closer look at, according to the Daily Telegraph.

As it turns out, neither Stones nor Vardy played in the game, but the Everton defender’s display against France on Tuesday will ensure that Barcelona continue to monitor his progress, it is claimed.

Everton will demand in excess of £40million when they eventually agree to sell, however, the sort of figure Barca have not traditionally spent on central defenders. The Catalans would also face competition from Chelsea, who had several offers for the 21-year-old rejected over the summer.

Stones has also moved ‘higher and higher’ up Manchester United’s list of targets, the newspaper adds, potentially setting up a three-team bidding war for the former Barnsley man.


Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji is wanted by Besiktas in January, according to the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make another attempt to sign Stones, the newspaper says, which could pave the way for Djilobodji, who only joined the club in the summer, to leave Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old has made only one appearance for the Blues so far – as a stoppage-time replacement for Radamel Falcao in a 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Walsall in September.

The claim about Djilobodji’s likely departure when the transfer window re-opens is backed up by the Daily Mirror, but the tabloid says Chelsea fear they could again fail with their latest approach for Stones.


Arsenal believe they have tied Alexis Sanchez to a new long-term contract, according to both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

The Chile forward has agreed a new five-year deal worth up to £155,000 a week, the Mail claims, with ‘discussions at an advanced stage’ to finalise the details.

Arsenal are also said to be confident of securing Mesut Ozil’s long-term future at Emirates Stadium, with talks ‘well under way’ on a deal which is likely to see him remain the club’s top earner.


Tottenham are preparing to offer Dele Alli a new contract after only 16 appearances in recognition of his exceptional start at White Hart Lane, reports The Times.

The England international is the lowest-paid member of Spurs’ first-team squad on £12,000 a week following his move from MK Dons on a five-and-a-half-year contract in January, but the north Londoners want to get his salary closer to that of his team-mates.

His wages are likely to be doubled, the newspaper says, with a year added to his deal, although talks with the 19-year-old’s representatives have not yet begun.


West Brom, Stoke and West Ham have joined Manchester United in showing interest in Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie, 26, who is valued at around £5million (Daily Mail)

New Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is eyeing a move for Icelandic midfielder Arnor Traustason, 22, who has impressed for Swedish champions Norrkoping (The Sun)

Bournemouth will offer Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend an escape route (Daily Star)

Tottenham are likely to sell Milos Veljkovic in January after he refused to sign a new contract. A move to Germany or Serbia appears most likely (The Independent)

Manchester United are continuing to pursue Servette striker Lorenzo Gonzalez, 15, but face competition from Barcelona and Real Madrid (Daily Mail)

Massimo Cellino’s reign at Leeds United is coming to an end, with two parties in a straight fight to buy him out (Daily Mail)

West Brom are braced for a new fight to keep Saido Berahino and have already lined up Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin as possible replacements (Daily Express/The Sun/Daily Star)

David Moyes would be interested in taking over at Leeds United (Daily Mirror)

QPR want Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to be their new manager (Daily Mirror/The Sun)

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