Two of Tottenham’s star men are being chased by a pair of Premier League heavyweights, while one of Arsenal’s highly-rated young stars could be set to join Borussia Dortmund, according to Tuesday’s papers.
UNITED BATTLE CITY FOR TOTTENHAM FULL-BACKS
Jose Mourinho will take on Pep Guardiola in a bid to sign Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, according to an exclusive in Tuesday’s Sun.
According to the paper, United boss Jose Mourinho is urging his club to make a sensational double £60million swoop on the England international duo – and believes he can sign the duo ahead of Man City, whose manager Guardiola is also keen on the pair.
Guardiola has made the strengthening of City’s full-back positions one of his top priorities since moving to the Etihad and it’s claimed he sees the dynamic Tottenham duo – comfortable at both full-back and in a wing-back system, would suit the style of football he wants to play.
But what the paper doesn’t seem to mention is that Tottenham are unlikely to let either man go without a fight, and having recently rewarded the duo with long-term deals, are likely to resist any approach for their players.
Although £30million apiece for the players, 26, is big money, it’s the sort of money Tottenham are likely to turn down given they’d have to bring in two quality replacements.
HIGHLY-RATED ARSENAL TEEN TIPPED FOR DORTMUND SWITCH
Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is close to joining Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
The 19-year-old has managed just 17 minutes of action this season with two sub roles in the EFL Cup, and it’s claimed he is ready to move to Germany after being promised more first-team opportunities by Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.
However, ESPN believes he favours a move to Dortmund due to his father being a supporter of the club.
A move to the club would also mean a return to Germany for the youngster, who was born in Berlin and played for Hertha Berlin’s youth teams.
While Zelalem has struggled for game time this season, last time round he had more chances during a loan period with Rangers.
The teenager made 28 appearances for the Scottish giants, grabbing eight assists along the way as he looked to impress enough to earn a chance at the Emirates.
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Manchester City are considering a loan deal for Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber (Daily Express)
Manchester United are continuing talks with Everton over a fee for Morgan Schneiderlin (Daily Express)
Manchester City are interested in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The 25-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract, is on loan at Bournemouth (Daily Star)
Inter Milan are set to rival Manchester United for Roma defender Kostas Manolas (Daily Express)
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is ready to offer £4m for Barnsley’s young right-back James Bree who has attracted plenty of top-flight interest (The Sun)
West Ham are ready to allow goalkeeper Adrian to leave – and want to replace him with England star Joe Hart (The Sun)
Tottenham have reportedly tabled an offer for young striker Calvin Tshilumba. The 17-year-old only made his professional debut for Ligue 2 side Stade Lavallois last Friday (The Sun)
Everton are set to move again for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Ronald Koeman is a big fan of the Iceland international and will revive his interest after the Toffees handed him a £50m war chest (The Sun)
West Ham are ready to let Argentinian flop Jonathan Calleri join Las Palmas on loan with a view to a permanent £4m deal in the summer (Daily Mirror)
Real Betis are keen on Stoke defender Marc Muniesa but they would have to pay around £3m (Daily Mirror)
Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan could be ready for a January loan move to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)
Watford could be ready to cash in on misfiring striker Odion Ighalo in English football’s great thrall of China (Daily Mirror)
Didier Drogba is keen to play on at 38 – and would consider returning to Marseille after leaving Montreal Impact (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea are set to sign Fernando Llorente on loan – after Swansea snapped up Michy Batshuayi’s brother to replace him (Daily Star)
Llorente wants to link up with his old manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea as long as he is promised he is next in line to Diego Costa (Daily Telegraph)
Liverpool are set to announce Tiago Ilori has joined Championship side Reading in a a £3.75m deal (Daily Star)
Bournemouth are in talks to sign Sampdoria right-back Pedro Pereira in a £7m deal (Daily Mail)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is negotiating a contract extension to stay in Spain (Daily Mail)
Jose Mourinho is after Monaco’s £22m-rated midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (Daily Telegraph)
Kieran Gibbs is expected to leave Arsenal and will seek a new challenge this summer (Daily Telegraph)
Stoke City have reopened talks with West Bromwich Albion in a bid to finally thrash out a deal for Saido Berahino (Daily Telegraph)
Celtic, Rangers and a host of clubs including Nottingham Forest are keeping tabs on highly-rated Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald (Daily Record)
Rangers target John Toral struggled with a genetic knee problem as he strived to build his career with Arsenal (Daily Record)