Manchester United want James Rodriguez, Arsenal are tracking Javier Hernandez and Guus Hiddink wants a new striker when he takes over at Chelsea, all in Saturday’s papers.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ ON VAN GAAL’S RADAR
Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is Manchester United’s latest transfer target, according to reports in Spain.
Real galacticos Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been linked with a move to United and now Colombia ace Rodriguez is ready to find “an escape route” out of the Bernabeu.
The Metro claim the 24-year-old is unhappy at Real under Rafa Benitez and Fichajes.net believe he is now on the radar of Louis van Gaal after recent links with Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Spanish site say Van Gaal will make him the “cornerstone” of his side at Old Trafford.
ARSENAL LINE UP SHOCK HERNANDEZ SWOOP
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is “weighing up a shock move” for Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez, according to Spanish site Don Balon.
Wenger, who we thought was looking for a holding midfielder, has now seen a striker rise to the top of his Christmas list and reports in Spain suggest the 27-year-old former Man Utd frontman is top of his target list.
The Mexico striker only signed for Bayer in the summer from United for £7million and he has scored 18 times in 21 appearances after being forced out at Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal.
What are the chances of the deal happening? Pretty slim it would seem with the Bundesliga side unwilling to sell and Wenger more likely to add a central midfield player in January, if he dips into his transfer kitty – and that’s a big if.
HIDDINK WANTS VARDY OR BERAHINO
Dutch boss Guus Hiddink has told Roman Abramovich he wants an English striker in January, according to The Sun.
Hiddink is expected to take over at Stamford Bridge early next week after holding talks with the club on Friday and the first thing he wants in January is a new striker.
Chelsea have struggled for goals this term and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, 28, and West Brom’s Saido Berahino, 22, are on Hiddink’s wanted list.
The tabloid says Vardy is rated at £30million, while Berahino, who has been badly out of form at the Hawthorns will come a little bit cheaper with £25million expected to be enough to tempt Albion into selling.
AND THE REST
- However, Jose Mourinho is keen on becoming the next Manchester United manager and the initial steps to making that happen have taken place. (ESPN)
- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich visited the club’s Cobham training base to outline his vision for the future, the reasons for sacking Jose Mourinho and confirmed to the squad that Guus Hiddink would be the caretaker manager. (Daily Telegraph)
- Leading Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard reportedly pushed for Mourinho’s sacking. (NBC Sports)
- Abramovich told Chelsea’s players he did not want to sack 52-year-old Mourinho, who was snubbed by some players when he went back to the club’s training ground to pick up the rest of his personal belongings. (Daily Mail)
- Abramovich will now make a move to appoint 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, as the Chelsea manager next summer. (Daily Express)
- Guus Hiddink, 69, has revealed he still needs some more convincing to become Chelsea’s caretaker manager for the rest of the season. (London Evening Standard)
- Atletico Madrid’s Argentine manager Diego Simeone is open to joining Chelsea next season and believes the language barrier would not pose him a major problem. The 45-year-old has a £15m release clause in his contract. (Daily Mail)
- Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has urged the Old Trafford club to get the “best manager on the planet” in Pep Guardiola, who could leave Bayern Munich. (Guardian)
- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 64, does not want to end his career with the sack in what is expected to be his last managerial job in the game. (Daily Express)
- Radamel Falcao, 29, could leave Chelsea and return to Monaco in January – and then move to Major League Soccer next summer. (Daily Mirror)
- England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set to leave Swansea after the club’s owner Huw Jenkins questioned his commitment to the club.(Sun)
- Swansea have made a loan bid for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28. (Daily Mirror)
- England midfielder Fabian Delph, 26, says it was a tough decision to leave Aston Villa in summer 2015 but that he made the “right decision” in joining Manchester City. (Times – subscription required)
- Swansea may be forced to look elsewhere in their search for a new manager amid fears that former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, 60, is reluctant to take over at the Liberty. (South Wales Evening Post)
- Liverpool midfielder James Milner, 29, has not ruled out a return to his first club Leeds. (Yorkshire Post)
- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will not recall striker James Wilson from his loan stint at Brighton unless they reach crisis point, commenting: “When we are in trouble we can recall him. That’s a decision when it comes – maybe and maybe not.” (Manchester Evening News)
- Aston Villa’s players and staff could have to take pay cuts if the club – who are bottom of the Premier League – are relegated. (Times)
- Sampdoria have reportedly placed an £11m price tag on Norwich transfer target Eder, the 29-year-old Brazil-born Italy international striker, who has scored 11 goals for club and country so far this season. (Eastern Daily Press)