Arsenal’s contract situation threatens to boil over while Manchester United are on the hunt for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-term successor – according to Monday’s papers.
OX REFUTES WENGER CLAIMS
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly denied that he has opened talks with Arsenal over a new contract.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that the 23-year-old has been left ‘frustrated’ and ‘bemused’ by Arsene Wenger recent claims that the club were in contact with “five or six” first-team members about extending their deals at the Emirates.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are dominating the headlines as the negotiation process continues to rumble on, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is also out of contract within the next 18 months and wants his future resolved.
The England international has impressed for the Gunners so far this season, but is finding it difficult to nail down a regular spot in the Arsenal side.
The report adds that Manchester City and ‘more European superpowers’ are ready to give ‘The Ox’ a new start if he is unable to secure a new contract with the North London club.
UNITED READY FOR CAVANI SWOOP
Manchester United are poised to pounce for PSG striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Daily Express.
The Uruguayan, whose current contract runs out in 2018, is said to be considering a new three-year deal from the French giants but is also weighing up whether to start a new chapter in his career.
The 29-year-old forward has bagged 14 goals in 14 games for PSG so far this season and the Red Devils now want to give him a taste of the Premier League.
Cavani and Ibrahimovic used to be team-mates at the Ligue One club and the Swede could be able to tempt him into the making the same move that he did in the summer.
AND THE REST
PSG may move for Real Madrid’s Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 25, as they seek to make a statement signing in the summer (Corriere Dello Sport)
Jose Mourinho has ordered his Manchester United team in for training at 4.30 in the afternoon on Christmas Day (Sun)
Ajax boss Peter Bosz has confirmed that Riechedly Bazoer is in the “final phase” of confirming a January transfer (Daily Mirror)
England manager Gareth Southgate could persuade Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, 17, to switch national allegiance from Wales, after coach Geraint Williams left the Welsh youth set-up (Sun)
Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of making on-loan Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi a permanent member of his squad, describing the Dutch 24-year-old as “a great guy” (Daily Mirror)
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is not concerned about January transfer bids for his top players, despite rumoured interest in individuals such as centre-back Michael Keane, 23 (Lancashire Telegraph)
Aston Villa could attempt to sign Arsenal and England right-back Carl Jenkinson, 24, on loan (Birmingham Mail)
Rumoured Liverpool target Aaron Cresswell, 26, was pictured touching the Anfield sign as he walked on to the pitch against them for West Ham on Sunday (Metro)
Former referee Keith Hackett believes the time has come for retrospective punishment for divers, after Hull’s Robert Snodgrass apologised for winning a penalty against Crystal Palace (Daily Telegraph)
Justin Kluivert, son of former Barcelona and Netherlands striker Patrick, has been called up to the Ajax senior squad at 17 (Daily Mail)