Tottenham have been cleared to sign a top defensive target in just 86 days’ time, West Ham are keen on a €15m playmaker, while more details have emerged of Thomas Partey’s move to Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk.
RUDIGER TO MAKE JANUARY MOVE TO TOTTENHAM
Tottenham have been told that a January swoop for Antonio Rudiger is on.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a new centre-half after a promising start to the season.
They were priced out of a move for Inter’s Milan Skriniar – but could still secure a deal to sign Swansea’s Joe Rodon.
However, another player they also looked at was Chelsea’s Rudiger. The Germany defender was subject to plenty of interest but ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger, however, has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea. As such, Germany coach Joachim Lowe is convinced a move to Tottenham could be on in January.
“I was in constant contact with Toni Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop. He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately, nothing materialised. He can try again in the winter,” Lowe told Goal.
“Toni tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him. I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.”
While Lowe avoided naming Tottenham directly, a move across London to Spurs has been strongly suggested. At this stage, that appears the most favoured move for Rudiger.
We exclusively revealed last week how Rudiger refused to face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup in order to secure a move away.
With the January window just 86 days away, a move to Spurs could soon come round for Rudiger….
WEST HAM EYE BELGIAN STAR VANAKEN
West Ham failed with a €15m bid for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken just before the transfer deadline. But David Moyes remasins keen and could launch an increased bid in January. (Sporza)
Ousmane Dembele would only consider a move to Juventus, rather than Man Utd, after opting to stay at Barcelona. (Radio Catalunya)
Thomas Partey only found out from his agent at 2am on Monday that he would be joining Arsenal later that day. (Marca)
Rennes tried to sign their former player, Ismaila Sarr, on loan from Watford on deadline day. (Ouest France)
Lucas Torreira has been backed to be a huge success for Atletico Madrid following a huge endorsement from Diego Godin. (Mundo Deportivo)
NEW DEALS FOR MILAN DUO
AC Milan are ready to discuss new contracts with Gigio Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu in the coming weeks. (Corriere dello Sport)
Fiorentina will be obliged to make Patrick Cutrone’s loan move from Wolves a permanent deal if he makes another 15 starts, claims his agent. (Radio Bruno)
Luka Modric plans to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu and end his career with Real Madrid. (Marca)
Chris Smalling says he was ‘fighting hard to get back’ to Roma. The defender also admits he is ‘thankful’ his transfer from Manchester United has been finalised. (various)
Luis Suarez rejected an offer to join PSG in favour of signing for Atletico Madrid. (Telefoot)
DRAXLER IN LEEDS TRANSFER HINT
Real Madrid will be allowed to play Champions League games at their temporary home at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano after a green light by UEFA. (Mundo Deportivo)
AC Milan hope to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Alessio Romagnoli back for the derby against Inter on October 17. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona will wait until next summer to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City on a free transfer. Barca’s deadline-day offer was €2m short of City’s valuation. (Marca)
Celta Vigo captain Iago Aspas has rushed to the defence of Barcelona’s transfer policy this summer. (Sport)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Barcelona’s attempts to sign Lyon winger Memphis Depay failed entirely over Ousmane Dembele refusal to leave for Manchester United. (AS)
Rennes’ new defensive signing Daniele Rugani says Gianluigi Buffon encouraged him to make the move to France. (Get French Football)
Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt is ‘very happy to be home’ after his deadline day transfer to Lazio from Southampton. (Gazzetta dello Sport)