Chelsea captain John Terry to China, Manchester United to cancel Victor Valdes’ contract, and a transfer row at Newcastle are among Wednesday’s rumours.
TERRY ATTRACTING CHINESE INTEREST
Chelsea captain John Terry has had several offers from clubs in China, according to the Daily Mirror, as question marks hang over his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Terry, who turns 35 in December, is out of contract in the summer and has lost his place as an automatic starter in Jose Mourinho’s side this season.
Fenerbahce have apparently ‘stepped up’ their interest in the former England captain, but China is said to be a ‘very likely’ destination after Terry won fans on an ambassadorial tour of Guangzhou last summer.
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both joined clubs in China after leaving Chelsea, while Sven-Goran Eriksson is currently out there managing Shanghai SIPG.
UNITED WILLING TO LET VALDES LEAVE EARLY
Manchester United are willing to cancel Victor Valdes’ contract – but only if he leaves the Premier League, claims the Daily Mail.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper’s chances of first-team football at Old Trafford are virtually non-existent after his fall-out with Louis van Gaal and the reintegration of David de Gea into the starting XI.
The 33-year-old’s contract runs until the end of the season, but there is said to be a “willingness from both parties” to end it early. However, United are only willing to do so on the basis that Valdes does not join a Premier League rival, with Chelsea on the lookout for a goalkeeper to cover Asmir Begovic in Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
McCLAREN ANGERED BY BLOCKED TRANSFER MOVES
Steve McClaren is becoming increasingly frustrated with Newcastle bosses for blocking his transfer targets, according to The Sun.
McClaren apparently failed to land the players he wanted over the summer because they did not fit the club’s ‘profile’ – and owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley are said to have already poured cold water on his January transfer plans.
Newcastle spent £50million in the summer – apparently on the recommendations of chief scout Graham Carr – but McClaren is said to be worried about his current crop and wants to add some experience to the squad. Ashley, however, will not budge on his policy of signing overseas youngsters.
AND THE REST
- Tottenham’s home in 2017-18 could yet be Milton Keynes (Daily Mail)
- Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish to tie down Damien Delaney, Julian Speroni and Marouane Chamakh to new contracts (Daily Mirror)
- Bournemouth will go back into the transfer market in January after Callum Wilson became their third player to tear knee ligaments in the space of a month (Daily Mirror)
- Sheffield Wednesday want to sign out-of-favour Sunderland striker Danny Graham (Daily Mirror)
- Carlton Cole’s proposed move to Celtic could be in jeopardy after the former England striker suffered an injury in training at Lennoxtown yesterday (Daily Express)