Manchester United are readying an incredible double raid on their rivals, while an AC Milan striker has revealed his love for Arsenal, according to Thursday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO BRING POCHETTINO AND ERIKSEN TO OLD TRAFFORD
Spanish paper AS reckons Manchester United are set to act fast to name Mauricio Pochettino as manager – and believe Christian Eriksen could follow him north in January.
The pair are both believed to be on the radar of Real Madrid, but the Spanish champions’ plans for both look set to be thwarted if the report is to be believed.
It’s claimed United are already making moves to bring in Pochettino in the coming weeks if results do not improve, with the Red Devils now accepting that handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-year deal was probably a mistake.
Publicly, United are still backing the Norwegian, but it’s claimed United still harbour regret at not moving for Pochettino last time and are ready to right those wrongs.
As per the report, the 47-year-old has once again emerged as their preferred option to take charge, having been linked with him before the permanent appointment of Solskjaer.
Furthermore, it’s claimed that while Spurs would demand huge compensation if he were to leave, the north London club have already identified former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri as their No 1 replacement.
In addition, AS also claims Pochettino’s move to Old Trafford will help United win the race for unsettled playmaker Christian Eriksen.
The Dane is in the final months of his contract and it’s claimed his asking price will be shaved to just £30m in January, with Tottenham hoping to avoid the scenario of losing him for free.
And while Eriksen had hoped for a move to the Bernabeu, it’s reported that the former Ajax man will follow his manager to Old Trafford in what is likely to be a £50m double deal, once compensation is factored in.
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AND THE REST
AC Milan’s star striker Krzysztof Piatek has suggested he could one day sign for Arsenal by admitting he was a boyhood fan of the Gunners (Tuttosport)
Barcelona have drawn up a five-man striker wishlist for January with Christian Stuani, Mario Mandzukic, Jaime Mata, Krzysztof Piatek and Timo Werner all reported to be wanted as cover and competition for Luis Suarez (Don Balon)
Juventus are set to open talk with Barcelona over a January deal for Ivan Rakitic with both Emre Can and Sami Khedira likely to move on (Don Balon)
Man Utd and AC Milan have been told by Massimo Cellino that Brescia will sell Sandro Tonali at the end of the season – but not for a penny less than €50m (Calciomercato)
Paul Pogba’s agent could reportedly offer the Manchester United midfielder to Barcelona if Real Madrid are unable to sign him (Don Balon)
There will be an ‘international auction’ for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz this summer with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City all clambering to sign the Spanish midfielder (Calciomercato)
Sevilla are prepared to sell midfielder Rony Lopes just one month after his signing with Newcastle United interested in a €20m January swoop (El Gol Digital)
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has suggested he’s unlikely to hand Ruben Diaz a new deal any time soon – but says the Man City target won’t leave for a penny less than his €60m exit fee in the January window (Record)
Tottenham are tracking four Olympiacos youngsters with goalkeeper Konstantinos Tzolakis, attacking midfielder Vasilis Sourlis and strikers Alexandros Voilis and Emiliano Bullari in their sights (SNDA)
Juventus are hoping to offload unwanted keeper Mattia Perin to one of Aston Villa, Sporting Lisbon or AS Monaco in January – and will allow him to leave for a cut-price fee (Il Bianconero)
Fortuna Dusseldorf have asked Manchester City if they can make the loan deal for goalkeeper Zack Steffen permanent after the American caught the eye in Germany (Kicker)