Man United are set to revive interest in a long-term target while Chelsea are poised to miss out on an Italian defender once and for all, according to Monday’s newspapers.
UNITED KEEN ON COLEMAN
Everton are bracing themselves once again with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing full-back Seamus Coleman this January.
According to the Irish Independent, Jose Mourinho was planning to make a move in the summer but decided to strengthen other key areas instead. However, he is now ready to make the right-back slot his number one priority in the winter window.
Antonio Valencia is apparently only viewed by Mourinho as a ‘stand-in’ option, while Italian Matteo Darmian is set to be moved on in January after finding first-team opportunities with the Red Devils severely limited.
Monaco’s Fabinho is said to be Manchester United’s first choice but, with fees of around £40million being quoted for the Brazilian, a deal for Coleman, who recently turned 28, may be easier to negotiate.
CHELSEA HOPES DENTED BY JUVENTUS
Serie A giants Juventus are ready to offer centre-back Leonardo Bonucci a new contract, according to Premium Sport via the Daily Mirror.
The Old Lady want to end all speculation of Bonucci leaving the club after a summer where he has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.
A new contract means Chelsea, who are still looking to improve their centre-back options despite the last-minute gamble to re-sign David Luiz from PSG, would have to fork out at least £50million if they still want to sign the legendary defender.
Bonucci still has four years left on his current deal, but Juventus want him to commit to a even longer contract. Striker Paulo Dybala, who scored twice in the 2-1 win against Udinese at the weekend, is also a priority.
“The renewals of Dybala and Bonucci – they are two players that have long contracts,” the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta told Premium Sport.
“[But] we are talking with them to see them [extend] again, because it is the players’ performance in the team, and because it is right to also adapt them according to the balance within the squad and their place in it.”
AND THE REST
Chelsea will have to pay £50m if they want to sign AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli (Daily Express)
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer says Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy needs to “stop sulking” to rediscover the form that earned him 24 goals last season (The Sun)
Celtic must make the most of their 20-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele because the youngster is set for bigger things, according to his former Fulham team-mate Lewis Holtby (Daily Express)
Everton’s Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 34, has thanked Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and claimed his manager at Fulham Felix Magath “didn’t want to work with me” (Liverpool Echo)