Paper Talk: United line up LB, Chelsea eye Wanyama

Date published: Sunday 20th September 2015 9:48

Aaron Cresswell, Victor Wanyama and Michy Batshuayi on transfer radar

Aaron Cresswell, Victor Wanyama and Michy Batshuayi on transfer radar

Manchester United shortlist West Ham left-back, Chelsea to hijack Tottenham move for Southampton ace and Arsenal to bolster their attack.


Manchester United are actively looking for a new left-back following Luke Shaw’s double leg break against PSV last week, according to The Sun.

Louis van Gaal is thought to be mulling over a £15million move for former Ipswich defender Aaron Cresswell, who moved to Upton Park for a reported fee of £3.75million in June last year.

The 25-year-old’s performances last season saw him linked with Premier League champions Chelsea but, even after signing a new five-year deal with the Hammers, Manchester United look to be in pole position to land him in the next transfer window.


Jose Mourinho is to respond to Chelsea’s poor start to the season by making a £20million swoop for Southampton’s wantaway midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Star on Sunday report that while the likes of Juventus’ Paul Pogba, Porto’s Ruben Neves at Porto and Red Star Belgrade’s Marko Grujic are also on the radar, it is the 24-year-old Kenyan midfielder who is now the main target for the Blues.

The Saints are under pressure to sell their star midfielder, who is refusing to sign a new deal to stay at St Mary’s and saw a deadline day move to Tottenham fall through in the summer. As his value decreases, Ronald Koeman may be tempted to cash-in in January and add to his own transfer kitty.


Danny Welbeck’s injury setback at the Emirates has seen Arsene Wenger step up his efforts to add to his forward line in January, reports the Star on Sunday.

Marseille’s Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 21, is attracting interest from all over Europe after moving to the Ligue 1 outfit from Standard Liege last August and recently opened his account for the new season with a brace against Troyes in a 6-0 win.

Arsenal drew a blank in their feisty clash against Chelsea and, with a reported £193million in the bank, the Gunners are well placed to make a January assault on the transfer market.

Marseille are thought to value Batshuayi in the region of £22million.


  • Chelsea and Arsenal are leading the chase for Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 22, who currently plies his trade for Sion in Switzerland (Daily Star)
  • Southampton have targeted 16-year-old Swedish prospect Rafael York, who is already a regular for Sandviken in the Swedish second division (Sunday Mirror)
  • Liverpool striker Divock Origi will be sent out on loan again provided Daniel Sturridge can remain fit (Sunday Mirror)
  • Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr watched Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti in Lyon’s draw with Gent in the Champions League in midweek (Sunday People)

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