Manchester United are considering a Spurs star as an alternative defensive target, while there has been a shock update on Philippe Coutinho’s future, according to Friday’s European papers.
SHOCK DEFENSIVE TARGET EMERGES FOR MAN UTD
Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a possible January swoop for a Spurs centre-half, but it is not Toby Alderweireld.
The Red Devils were strongly linked with a number of defensive targets in the summer, including Alderweireld, Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.
The speculation has continued into January, with United having been tipped to move for Porto’s Eder Militao as well as Milan Skriniar of Inter and Alessio Romagnoli of Milan.
Now, according to Don Balon, Ed Woodward and co. could make a surprise swoop for Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez, who has been frustrated with his recent opportunities.
Mauricio Pochettino has preferred to use Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the heart of his defence, and Sanchez has been relegated to the bench.
The Spanish outlet claim that Sanchez’s situation has alerted United, and that he could be secured for just €50m, a snip compared to the €80m+ it would cost to sign Matthijs De Ligt, Skriniar or Kalidou Koulibaly.
AND THE REST
Philippe Coutinho is ready to seal a transfer back to the Premier League if his situation does not improve by the summer, but would prefer a move to Manchester City (Don Balon)
Arsenal could make a move for SC Braga and Portugal Under-19 forward Francisco Trincao, 19, after sending scouts to watch the Juventus target. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is on the radar of Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea for a transfer during the January window (il Messegaro)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly wants a superstar transfer for his club – and has identified Neymar as the man to be his answer to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (Don Balon)
Chelsea will be forced to drop the asking price for superstar attacker Eden Hazard in the summer to below €100m in a huge boost for Real Madrid’s transfer plans (Le10 Sport)
Arsenal are on the verge of sealing Denis Suarez’s arrival from Barcelona after meeting the Catalan club’s demands over the midfielder (RAC1)
Inter have turned their gaze on Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian as doubts gather over the future of Sime Vrsaljko (Calciomercato)
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has all but cleared James Rodriguez to leave the club as both Arsenal and Liverpool are strongly linked with a transfer (Don Balon)
Borussia Dortmund have sought to fend off any interest in Jadon Sancho, with the Bundesliga outfit adamant that the 18-year-old will “certainly play with us next year, come what may” (Goal)
Porto and Brazil defender Eder Militao, 21 – a target for Manchester United- has “verbally agreed” to join Real Madrid (SporTV)
Former Italy Giuseppe Rossi, 31, is reluctant to re-launch his career in MLS, with the former Manchester United forward determined to find a new club in Europe (ESPN)
Inter Milan are set to offer a new contract to 23-year-old Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City (Calciomercato)
West Ham and Everton are ready to battle it out for Inter midfielder Robert Gagliardini (Inter Live)