Paper Talk: United eye Rennes starlet; Chelsea-Real swap talk

Date published: Tuesday 15th March 2016 12:12

Ousmane Dembele

Manchester United joined several Premier League rivals in checking on Rennes star Ousmane Dembele, PSG have made David de Gea a target, while Real Madrid want to swap James Rodriguez for Eden Hazard, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United were one of five Premier League teams with a representative in attendance at Rennes’ clash with Lyon on Sunday night, most there to watch young French talent Ousmane Dembele

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who also say scouts from Arsenal, West Ham, Southampton and Stoke City were also in attendance, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest.

Dembele, 18, is being touted as the best talent to emerge from France in years and has scored nine goals this season. He set up Rennes’ first goal in their 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Barcelona, who also attended the game, and Bayern Munich are among the frontrunners for his signature. Barcelona are reputed to have offered £27million for the young forward in a bid to sign him this summer.

France coach Didier Deschamps said of the player: “People have talked about him to me for two years. We’ll say that he should be left in peace. Before his hat-trick [against Nantes], he did other things. He’s quick, he has two feet, he can play in three positions in attack, and he’s only going to improve.

“It is too early? It all depends on the competition, but obviously I’m watching him.”

Juventus, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Cologne, Espanyol, Malaga, Fiorentina, Celta Vigo, Lorient and Nantes were also represented at Roazhon Park to see the 2-2 draw.

Dembele, was not the only star on show however, as Alexandre Lacazette scored his 15th goal of the season for Lyon.

He is understood to be of interest to Stoke, Southampton and West Ham. The player has admitted he’d welcome a summer move to England.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express claims Manchester United are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of young Paraguay winger Blas Miguel Riveros who plays for Olimpia Asuncion.


Paris-Saint Germain will make David de Gea their No 1 target over the summer as they look to the Manchester United goalkeeper to further improve their squad.

Big-spending PSG see the keeper position as an area they need to improve to take the next step on the European stage, writes the Daily Mirror.

And De Gea has been identified as their No.1 target and are ready to spend £30million on the Spanish keeper.

Real Madrid tried to get De Gea last summer but the deal collapsed in farce on deadline day and he stayed at Old Trafford.

De Gea stayed and has won round United fans but his future is still likely to be uncertain next summer when the big clubs come back.

De Gea insists he will not make a decision until after Euro 2016 and that could depend on United’s next boss with Louis Van Gaal likely to go.



James Rodriguez: Tipped for big-money move to Old Trafford

Real Madrid could offer Chelsea a (The Sun’s own words:) “sensational swap deal” to sign Eden Hazard in exchange for James Rodriguez this summer.

The paper understands the Spanish giants are considering making this offer after the £70million Colombia superstar’s poor second season at the Bernabeu.

Real believe James, 24, would still command a huge transfer fee despite his lacklustre performances this season.

Hazard, 25, has also suffered from miserable form this season at Chelsea and fell out with Jose Mourinho at the start of the season after being dropped.

His performances have not picked up even after Mourinho was replaced by Guus Hiddink.

It is believed he may seek a move to the Bernabeu, while Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.

But Real remain in pole position after boss Zinedine Zidane’s admission that he is a huge admirer of the player. Hazard, meanwhile, has admitted Zizou is his big idol.

James was a Chelsea target before he joined Madrid in a megabucks deal with Monaco 18 months ago after shining in the 2014 World Cup with Colombia, which is why the paper claims a swap deal could be on the cards.



William Carvalho: Buy-out clause raised to £35m

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto playing for Serie B loan club Ascoli last weekend, with the 20-year-old scoring in an impressive display (The Sun)

Manchester City hope to bring Bayern Munich’s ‘transfer don’ Michael Reschke to the club to continue his work alongside new manager Pep Guardiola (The Sun)

Yaya Toure is anxious to stay in the Premier League next season, either with Manchester City under new boss Pep Guardiola or via a transfer to one of their leading rivals (The Guardian)

Arsene Wenger still has 100 per cent backing from the Arsenal board, but is privately concerned over the outpouring of anger towards him from the club’s fans in recent weeks, especially the effect it is having on his players (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal scouts watched William Carvalho at the weekend, as he captained Sporting Lisbon to a 2-1 win over Estoril (A Bola)

Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Barcelona defender Marc Bartra to Manchester City this summer – he gave the 25-year-old his debut at the age of 19 and Bartra could be available for £9m (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are hoping to sign Ajax left-back Mitchell Dijks this summer, whether Rafa Benitez stays on as manager or not. They were told he was not for sale in January (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola has been asking friends to find out if Jose Mourinho will become Manchester United manager at the end of the season as he prepares to begin his job with Manchester City (Daily Express)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is considering his future in English football after being sent off against Everton on Saturday. Costa is said to be frustrated at the treatment he receives on and off the pitch (Daily Star)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he promised his grandfather he would one day play for Real Madrid as the Spanish side lead the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund star (Daily Star)

Antonio Conte is getting closer to a move to Chelsea with his departure as Italy boss after Euro 2016 on the agenda at a board meeting this week (Daily Mail)

Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao says he turned down two offers to move to the Chinese Super League in January (The Independent)

Out-of-favour winger Jordan Botaka has been offered hope of another chance before the end of the season after convincing manager Steve Evans that Leeds “have a player here” (Yorkshire Post)

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