Paper Talk: Barca eye WBA man; Utd want Fonte part-exchange

Date published: Wednesday 17th August 2016 8:25

Marcos Rojo: Offered to Southampton

Manchester United are ready to offload Marcos Rojo in part-exchange for Southampton’s Jose Fonte and Barcelona want a West Brom man.


Manchester United set to offer Marcos Rojo to Southampton in part-exchange for in-demand centre-back Jose Fonte, according to reports.

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Fonte, who is a prime target for United, according to ESPN FC.

Saints centre-back Jose Fonte “is keen to join Manchester United but he has also received an approach from Arsenal”, claimed ESPN FC on Tuesday, but United are now ready to offer Rojo as part of the deal to beat their rivals to the Portuguese player’s signature, say the Mirror.

United are believed to have held discussions with Fonte’s representatives as Jose Mourinho seeks an experienced head to add to his squad.

Rojo is seen as surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and Mourinho is trying to offload the Argentinian and replace him with the 32-year-old Fonte.

Arsenal though are now chasing the player too as Arsene Wenger desperately searches for cover for Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.

Southampton meanwhile are desperate to keep the player and have offered Fonte a new contract that would put him among their top earners.


Barcelona are monitoring West Brom striker Salomon Rondon as they want a back-up striker, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Spanish champions apparently have a list with six options to strengthen their squad upfront and Albion’s 6ft 1in frontman, who scored nine Premier League goals last season is on that short-list.

Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez, Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto and AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca are also believed to be under consideration by Luis Enrique.

The Mirror claims Albion are worried the Spanish giants may now firm up their interest in the 26-year-old, who arrived for a club-record £12million fee from Zenit St Petersburg last August.

Salomon Rondon


West Brom are set to up their interest in Brighton defender Lewis Dunk. (Mirror)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, will leave Manchester City this month as they have agreed a £17m deal with Barcelona to sign Chile international Claudio Bravo, 33. (Daily Mail)

Everton and Sevilla are both interested in Hart, whose contract runs until 2019. (Sky Sports)

West Ham are chasing Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar as they look for more defensive options in a season that will see them play in Europe. (Sun)

Leicester want to keep Ghana left-back Jeffrey Schlupp, and have rejected two bids for the 23-year-old from West Brom. (Guardian)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly held talks with Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli; Mourinho managed him during his time at Inter Milan. (Express)

Fernando Torres has claimed he was ‘betrayed’ by Liverpool when he moved to Chelsea in a £50m deal in January 2011, insisting the Merseyside club instigated the controversial move before making him look like ‘a traitor’. (Times)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is facing mounting discontent from a number of players over the handling of his decision to strip Mile Jedinak of the club captaincy and install Scott Dann in the role. (Times)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 30, will not be offered a contract extension for at least 18 months. The England striker’s contract runs until the summer of 2019 but he must now prove he is worth an increase on his £300,000-a-week wages. (Sun)

Manchester United defender Daley Blind is attracting glances from Inter Milan as he tries to prove his worth at Old Trafford to new manager Jose Mourinho. (Mail)

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Nabil Bentaleb but will not entertain a loan. The 21-year-old midfielder is surplus to requirements under Mauricio Pochettino. (Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino has made further enquiries about Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez as he looks for cover for the injured Hugo Lloris. (Mail)

Hull have made a £9m move of Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo.  (Mail)

Everton and Inter Milan want Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko but the 27-year-old would like to join Real Madrid. (L’Equipe)

Watford have agreed a £13m deal to sign Juventus and Argentina midfielder Roberto Pereyra, 25. (Various)

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, would only be tempted leave Leicester for “two or three clubs”. (France Football)

Manchester City want to sell Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, striker Wilfried Bony, 27, and French defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are close to signing Palermo’s 24-year-old Morocco left-back Achraf Lazaar, who is valued at £2.5m. (Evening Standard)

Sunderland’s 30-year-old French defender Younes Kaboul is close to signing for Watford. (L’Equipe)

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with Valencia for 22-year-old Spain striker Paco Alcacer. (Sport)

Uefa is considering changing the format of the Champions League so the top four teams from the top four European leagues would qualify automatically. (Sky Sports)

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