Manchester United will pay £10.9m a year for Robert Lewandowski, while Bojan Krkic and Breel Embolo are in demand, according to the papers.
UNITED TO ‘HIJACK’ LEWANDOWSKI MOVE
Manchester United are ready to offer Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski £10.9m a year, according to the German publication Bild.
The 27-year-old striker has scored 15 times in 13 Bundesliga games and is in demand. PSG and Real Madrid are thought to be waiting in the wings to snatch the Poland international and if Pep Guardiola leaves Bayern, as expected, in the summer then the scramble for Lewandowski will well and truly be on.
Whether United will be in pole position to “hijack” the deal is doubtful.
BIG GUNS ‘TRACK’ STOKE ACE BOJAN
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all “tracking” Stoke’s former Barcelona playmaker Bojan Krkic.
The Sun claims all three teams are set to offer £15million for the 25-year-old, whose form this season has been superb. It seems strange that three of the Premier League’s leading teams are all prepared to pay the same amount – £15million – for Bojan, who was signed for a reported £800,000 18 months ago.
It smacks of an in-form player being blindly linked by the tabloids.
LIVERPOOL BACK IN THE HUNT FOR EMBOLO
Liverpool are again considering a move for Basel striker Breel Embolo, according to Calciomercato.
The Swiss striker has been mentioned as a target for the Premier League for the last 12 months and after his sub appearance for Switzerland at Wembley in September, Liverpool were reportedly tracking the 18-year-old.
Now the Italian publication suggest Jurgen Klopp will join the race for Embolo in January.
Wolfsburg have reportedly offered £18million for the striker, who is also believed to be interesting Manchester United and Everton.
Embolo is apparently Everton’s “insurance policy” should Romelu Lukaku leave Goodison Park.
AND THE REST
- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised the lifestyles of some of his players, telling the club’s TV channel: “Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, they live football, they live their job.”
- Chelsea will tell Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, to name his price to succeed 52-year-old Mourinho. (Sun)
- Chelsea are considering offering Guus Hiddink, 69, a second short-term stint as manager should they sack Mourinho. Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, 45, is their longer-term target. (Daily Telegraph)
- Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos, 61, is the shock candidate being considered as a potential caretaker manager should Mourinho depart before the end of the season. (Times)
- Liverpool are interested in Schalke’s Cameroon international defender Joel Matip, 24, who is out of contract next summer. (Daily Express)
- Chelsea are likely to bid for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 30, in the January transfer window. (CalcioNews24)
- Tottenham will have to put any move for Marseille’s Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, on hold until next summer at the earliest. (Daily Mirror)
- Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, fears he might not be given a new contract. (London Evening Standard
- Manchester United are considering building a ‘mini Old Trafford’ next to their stadium that could hold about 5,000-10,000 fans and would host under-21 matches and some academy and FA Youth Cup fixtures.
- Swansea’s efforts to land Marcelo Bielsa as their new boss have hit a snag over the Argentinian’s wages. (Daily Express)