Paper Talk: United, Liverpool linked to keepers; Sissoko link

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 10:15

Kasper Schmeichel: Linked with Barcelona move

Manchester United could move for Kasper Schmeichel, Liverpool are eyeing a swoop for Rob Green, while Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is being chased by Napoli, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.


Manchester United will make a surprise raid for Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel if they lose David De Gea to Real Madrid.

Although De Gea has stated his happiness to stay at Old Trafford and become a club legend, United still fear the sway of a return to Spain could see them lose the player.

The Sun claim Ryan Giggs is keen on the Foxes shot stopper and would like to see him move to Old Trafford if De Gea exits.

As well as Schmeichel, Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic is being monitored ahead of a possible move by the Red Devils.

The 31-year-old is rated highly across Europe but Louis van Gaal’s assistant is understood to prefer Schmeichel.



Rob Green: Linked with Liverpool switch

Liverpool are lining up a shock move for QPR goalkeeper Rob Green as boss Jurgen Klopp seeks to provide first choice Simon Mignolet with some competition.

The 35-year-old former England goalkeeper, who is also attracting interest from Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, has also been the subject of an enquiry from Anfield, according to reports in both the Daily Express and Daily Star.

That’s despite Liverpool on Monday handing Mignolet a new long-term contract at Anfield, with Klopp keen to ensure a top-class keeper is brought in to challenge the Reds No 1 and keep him on his toes.

It is thought the Reds boss has decided against Adam Bogdan and feels the Hungarian is not up to the task of challenging Mignolet for the gloves.

One goalkeeper Klopp does fancy is Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen but an asking price in the region of £20million has reportedly seen Liverpool’s interest cool.




Moussa Sissoko: Impressed during win over Norwich

Serie A side Napoli are interested in signing Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, who is valued at £25million.

Italian media say Napoli have turned their attention to Sissoko after they were knocked back in their pursuit of Bayern Leverkusen’s Christoph Kramer and Porto’s Hector Herrera.

The France international has been linked with a move away from Tyneside in windows past, but has remained at St James’ Park and despite the team struggling as a whole early on, Sissoko has been in fine form in recent weeks.

Sissoko has spoken about a desire to play in Champions League in the future but in an interview last month he admitted he will wait for his opportunity.

Speaking in Le Parisien, he said: “I always want it (Champions League football), but everything is about timing. For now, I do not play (in) it, but I’m patient. This may come in a year or two years. I await my hour calmly.”

The 26-year-old has provided five assists so far this term and has admitted in the past that he wants to add more goals to own tally.

He said: “In England I learned to continue my efforts for 90 minutes. I have matured and my performances are more constant.

“In terms of assists I have done OK but I need to improve in terms of finishing.

“I’ve had lots of opportunities but not scored.”



  • Newcastle have entered the £15m race to sign West Brom forward Saido Berahino (Daily Mirror)
  • David Luiz has urged Chelsea forward Diego Costa to join him at Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mirror)
  • Tottenham want to sign £7.5m Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder, having so far failed to land Berahino (Daily Mirror)
  • Newcastle think they will have both West Brom forward Saido Berahino and Spurs winger Andros Townsend signed in time for the pair to line up at Watford on Saturday (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea fear the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Oscar may seek moves at the end of what has been a grim season so far (The Sun)
  • Liverpool will have to come up with at least £12m to tempt Southampton into selling Shane Long (The Sun)
  • Swansea are pushing ahead with a move for former player Scott Sinclair, now at Aston Villa, and have made an enquiry for Seydou Doumbia at Roma (Daily Mail)
  • Newcastle will consider turning their attention to QPR winger Matt Phillips if they cannot agree a deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for Andros Townsend (Daily Telegraph)
  • The agent of Wilfried Bony, 27, says the Manchester City striker will not be leaving the club in the January transfer window (Daily Star)
  • Sunderland could make a second bid for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, 26, after having a £10m bid rejected (South Wales Evening Post)
  • Swansea and Bournemouth are both looking to bring in 22-year-old former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison on loan from Italian side Lazio (The Sun) 
  • West Ham have beaten Everton to the signing of Leeds full-back Sam Byram, 22, after both clubs had a £3.7m bid accepted last week (The Guardian)
  • West Ham are also looking to sign Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, 30, and are ready to make a £6m bid for the player (Radyospor, via Sun) 
  • Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, 28, is attracting interest from La Liga side Espanyol after losing his place in the first team (Newcastle Chronicle)

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