Paper Talk: Newcastle near £35m defender swoop, but Chelsea pinch top striker target

Diego Carlos, Dani Alves in action for Brazil during match v Japan

Newcastle are closing on the signing of Diego Carlos, but look likely to miss out to Chelsea over a striker target, Arsenal have their eyes on three midfielders, while Monday’s transfer gossip claims Everton are ready to ask a former manager to return.


Newcastle are growing increasingly confident of securing the signing of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

The towering Brazil defender is emerging as the Magpies’ No 1 defensive target this month after near-misses on other players. Indeed, Newcastle have seen three bids for Sven Botman turned down by Ligue 1 champions Lille.

However, they look likely to have more joy with Carlos.

As per the Daily Express, Diego Carlos is now willing to make the move and has told Sevilla he wants the transfer to St James’ Park.

The paper claims he is sold on the Saudi Arabian regime on Tyneside and believes in the long-term project they are putting together.

The Magpies saw an opening £28m offer for the 28-year-old rejected last week. However, reports indicate a £35m fee will twist Sevilla’s arm.

The LaLiga side also hope the sale of Diego Carlos will prevent the need for them to cash in on prized defender Jules Kounde.

Kounde is wanted by Chelsea, though their interest may wane if Antonio Rudier extends his stay.

Chelsea move for Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike

It’s not all good news for Newcastle, however.

Their efforts to bring in Reims striker Hugo Ekitike look destined to fail with Chelsea now on the scene.

Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike but contract clause puts transfer in doubt

Newcastle target Hugo Ekitike is ready for move but Reims want sell on clause in contract

As per Foot Mercato, Thomas Tuchel’s side are now in the driving seat to land the £33m-rated teenager.

The 19-year-old is emerging as the top attacking target for Eddie Howe’s side.

But they now look likely to have to shop elsewhere with the European champions seemingly pushing for his signing.

Any move to Chelsea will likely see the 19-year-old finish off the season with the Ligue 1 side.


Georginio Wijnaldum PSG midfielder in Champions League action against RB Leipzig

Arsenal are considering moves for Georginio Wijnaldum and Denis Zakaria if their bid to sign Arthur Melo fails. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid are preparing a financial package totalling £292m in order to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have tabled a £50m offer for Dusan Vlahovic – offering Lucas Torreira as a makeweight. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are ramping up their pursuit of Brazilian wonderkid Endrick amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are eyeing a potential January move for Nottingham Forest’s on-loan Djed Spence with Roma and Inter Milan also watching developments. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are turning to Roberto Martinez as their next manager, possibly on an interim basis until the end of the season, following the sacking of Rafael Benitez. (Daily Telegraph)


Man Utd midfielder Donny Van de Beek straight straight forward while wearing his training kit 2021

Donny van de Beek is rejecting a move to Newcastle as he does not fancy being in a relegation scrap. (Daily Telegraph)

Borussia Dortmund feel ‘surprised’ by Erling Haaland’s claim he has been set a deadline to decide his future. (The Sun)

Newcastle are looking to add the experienced Peter Kenyon to their management team as chief executive. (The Sun)

Arsenal are looking the most likely side to sign Youri Tielemans with Leicester preparing for his summer exit. (The Sun)

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic is confident that Andy Carroll will stay at the Championship strugglers amid links to Burnley. (The Sun)

Newcastle’s Swiss centre-half Fabian Schar is a shock target for French side Bordeaux. (The Sun)

Mike Ashley is planning talks with Steve Gibson and the Football League to solve problems between Derby and Middlesbrough. (The Sun)

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is ready to fight Burnley for Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil. (The Sun)


Southampton are growing increasingly confident of a permanent deal for Armando Broja following talks with Chelsea. (The Guardian)

Juventus are asking for Thomas Partey to be included in any deal to bring Arthur Melo to Emirates Stadium. (Daily Mail)

Kylian Mbappe is growing increasingly frustrated with life in France with his temper tantrum at a referee during PSG’s victory over Brest on Saturday evidence. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace are placing a £12m valuation on Christian Benteke following an enquiry from Burnley. (Daily Mail)

Christian Eriksen is reportedly close to securing a sensational return to the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Derby midfielder Jason Knight is likely to leave the crisis club, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 20-year-old Dubliner. (Daily Mail)

Former Celtic defender Leo Hjelde admits he was told to lose weight when he arrived at Leeds United in the summer. (Daily Record)