Manchester United are plotting a £50m bid for John Stones and one of the game’s global superstars, but could lose Wayne Rooney to China, while Arsenal have made Victor Wanyama their No 1 transfer target, claim Friday’s papers.
UNITED PLOT £50M STONES BID AND EYE WORLD SUPERSTAR
Manchester United are plotting a £50m summer move to beat Chelsea to Everton’s John Stones.
The Daily Star claims the Old Trafford outfit have made the Everton and England centre-half their No.1 transfer target next summer – whether Louis van Gaal remains in charge or not, and they are willing to make him the most expensive defender in the world.
United have already drawn-up a list of post-season targets and Stones tops the list.
They are determined to beat Chelsea in the race to land Stones despite the fact the Blues spent two months attempting to sign Stones last summer and saw three bids of up £38m rejected.
The 21-year-old even submitted a transfer request to try to force a move to Stamford Bridge but the Toffees held firm to keep him at Goodison Park.
Chelsea are expected to renew their interest in Stones at the end of this season but will fall behind United in the pecking order should they fail to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
United bosses are confident they will have the edge over Jose Mourinho’s men when it comes to a bidding war at the end of this season.
Meanwhile, The Times claims Manchester United are working on separate deals for Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Gareth Bale, but fear that the demands of the Premier League represent a significant obstacle to recruiting one of the game’s global superstar.
ROONEY’S CHINESE LINK RE-EMERGES
Wayne Rooney is being offered an eye-watering £75m deal to be retunited with Sven Goran Eriksson at Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.
The Daily Mail claims the Chinese Super League want the Manchester United striker to become their poster boy and are ready to give the 30-year-old a three-year contract worth up to £25m per season.
Rooney’s likely destination – if he decided to leave Old Trafford – would be Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by former England manager Eriksson.
The financial package would include an image rights agreement that would see Rooney cash in if he can help increase the CSL’s global profile.
The CSL, who are also interested in Chelsea skipper John Terry, want Rooney to join as soon as possible, although they are willing to wait, such is their determination to land the striker.
Rooney still has three years to run on his existing United deal, but his advisors are already thinking about his future.
MLS in the USA also represents a possible destination for Rooney, but they’d not be able to match the wealth on offer to Rooney in China.
GUNNERS MAKE WANYAMA TOP TARGET
Arsene Wenger has made Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama his No1 target in January.
Daily Mirror claims Arsenal boss Wenger is determined to strengthen his squad after reaching the Champions League knock-out phase and to also make a push for the Premier League title.
Wenger has seen his squad depleted by injuries and is particularly short in midfield, where Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta are all sidelined.
Wanyama had been on Arsenal’s radar even before he joined Southampton from Scottish giants Celtic for £12.5million, but they have been hugely impressed by his progress at St Mary’s in the two seasons since.
They have now stepped up their scouting and are set to make an offer in January, with Southampton facing yet another battle to stop one of their top stars leaving.
AND THE REST
- Real Madrid want to take Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu next summer (The Sun)
- Bayern Munich’s honorary president Beckenbauer fears Pep Guardiola could be attracted to Old Trafford because of Manchester United’s global appeal (Daily Mirror)
- Remi Garde has confirmed an interest in signing Ashley Cole to help Aston Villa’s survival bid (Daily Mail)
- Ryan Giggs is a shock contender to succeed sacked Garry Monk as manager of Swansea (The Sun)
- Swansea are considering a move for Ostersunds English manager Graham Potter, who has won a third promotion in five years with the Swedish club (Daily Mail)
- Brendan Rodgers is expected to reject the chance to return to Swansea City in place of Garry Monk because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager this summer (The Times)
- Diego Costa has dropped a big hint he is ready to quit Chelsea and return to Atletico Madrid (Daily Star)
- Manchester United sent scouts to watch Anderlecht’s midfield prodigy Youri Tielemans, who was also watched by representatives from Everton and Aston Villa (Daily Star)
- Manchester United’s players have cancelled their Christmas party in the wake of the club’s humiliating Champions League debacle (Daily Mail)
- Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has dismissed talks of rifts within the dressing room as the Magpies attempt to turn their season around (Daily Mail)
- Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is eyeing a move to Chelsea after becoming unhappy at the Bernabeu (The Sun)