Manchester United and Chelsea are tracking Wolsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez and Sam Allardyce could return to Sunderland, all in today’s papers.
UNITED AND CHELSEA TARGET RODRIGUEZ
Manchester United and Chelsea are understood to be chasing Wolfsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
Chelsea are weighing up a January swoop for the left-back, according to TransferMarketWeb, with the Daily Star reporting that United “are apparently tracking him too”.
The report claims the 24-year-old Swiss defender is open to a move away from the Bundesliga in January and Blues boss boss Antonio Conte is said to be willing to splash the cash in the new year.
Rodriguez was thought to be on Conte’s radar this summer, but he signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina instead. Now though Rodriguez is believed to have come back into consideration with suggestions that Conte has been left unimpressed by Alonso’s performances.
The 25-year-old signed for £23million on transfer deadline day, but has only started two Premier League games. He started as a left wing back in the recent wins over Hull and Leicester after Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation.
Roma, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are believed to be running the rule over Rodriguez, who has scored one goal in seven Bundesliga appearances this season.
BIG SAM LINKED WITH SUNDERLAND RETURN
Former England boss Sam Allardyce “is being lined up for a sensational return to Sunderland”, according to a report.
The Chinese consortium bidding to buy the Wearside club will “break the bank” to bring back Allardyce if their takeover deal is ratified, according to The Sun.
Black Cats boss David Moyes is feeling the heat with Sunderland rock-bottom of the Premier League and without a win after eight games.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss last night received a vote of confidence from chief executive Martin Bain and he is desperate to see the Scot succeed, but if the club is sold then Big Sam is believed to be their top boss target.
Bain said: “It’s been a difficult and turbulent start. From a footballing perspective, we are not where we want to be.
“Let’s build and let’s take a longer term approach. This is a rebuilding plan and I hope the fans can stick by their club and I’m sure they will, because there has been a lot of suffering here.”
“My daily task at the moment with David is to strengthen this team and to give him every possible opportunity to succeed.”
Allardyce left his role as England manager just three weeks ago by mutual consent following conduct judged to be ‘inappropriate of the England manager’.
AND THE REST
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face intense questioning from shareholders over his £2.65m annual salary at Monday’s annual general meeting. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United will not alter their travel plans when they go to London to face Chelsea on Sunday, despite arriving late amid traffic chaos for fixtures at Tottenham and West Ham last season. (Daily Mail)
Billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green – criticised heavily by MPs following the collapse of high-street retailer BHS – has refused to comment on suggestions that he had an undeclared role at Everton. (Liverpool Echo)
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi has made a series of significant financial demands to any potential buyer, including that they pay him an annual salary that could rise above £1m. (Guardian)
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has candidly declared that his team may have to “cheat more” in order to win matches. (Mirror)
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 38, told his critics to cancel plans for his career “funeral” after an inspired display against Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Mediaset Premium)
Leicester full-back Danny Simpson, 29, believes the club can win the Champions League this season. (Daily Star)
Simpson says a heated team meeting following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Chelsea has refocused the champions. (Daily Express)
Out-of-favour Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, is getting close to full fitness as he continues to train with the club’s under-23 side. (Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, has returned to training after a hamstring injury forced him to miss Monday’s draw with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)
Newcastle United could be considering bring defender Tamas Kadar, 26, back to the club after scouts were spotted watching him play for Lech Poznan on Sunday. (Newcastle Chronicle)
England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, belongs at Arsenal despite uncertainty over his future, says Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. (London Evening Standard)
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen, 29, believes Tottenham are proving their mental strength by getting positive results without key players such as striker Harry Kane, 23, and defender Toby Alderweireld, 27. (Independent)
Hull City striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 30, will not play again for a month because of a torn hamstring. (Hull Daily Mail)
West Brom’s new owner Guochuan Lai is planning minor changes to the club’s board to ensure he has formal representation while he is in his native China. (Birmingham Mail)
Manchester United made a bid for Uruguayan wonderkid Rodrigo Bentancur, who now looks set for Juventus after the Italian club activated a first option clause to buy the 19-year-old – part of the deal that saw Carlos Tevez go the other way.