Paper Talk: Arsenal contact centre-back and prepare €30m move

Date published: Saturday 9th November 2019 11:02

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Arsenal have spoken to the representatives of Merih Demiral and Manchester United will bid £42million for Christian Eriksen in January, all in the papers.



Arsenal have launched a transfer bid for 21-year-old Juventus defender Merih Demiral, according to Turkish Football.

AC Milan and Manchester United are also interested in the Turkey insternational, but Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Demiral, according to a source close to the player.

The Gunners first registered an interest in Demiral over the summer before his move to Juventus, but per the source they have now spoken to his agents in a face-to-face meeting.

Juventus are not keen to sell the young defender, despite him starting just one Serie A game this season, but they could consider offers over €30m.

A loan move until the end of the season is an option for Juve, but Arsenal are keen on a permanent move.


Valencia’s Jose Gaya, midfielder Carlos Soler and striker Ferran Torres are all on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s watchlist ahead of the upcoming January transfer window (Plaza Deportiva)

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are keen to sign out-of-favour Chelsea winger Pedro in 2020 (El Dorsal)

Real Madrid would be willing to offer Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 28, in exchange for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (El Desmarque)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are eyeing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (El Desmarque)

Steven Gerrard is being tipped to quit Rangers for Arsenal if Unai Emery gets sacked (Daily Star)

Inter Milan are eyeing Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Ajax’s Dutch forward Quincy Promes, 27, says he is open to a possible move to the Premier League in the future, with Arsenal and Liverpool both interested in the player. (Mail)

France manager Didier Deschamps has told Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window with Inter Milan keen on the striker. (The Sun)

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is eyeing a career swansong in the MLS. (The Sun)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has admitted he fears being sacked during the upcoming international break. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are reportedly looking to nab two of Manchester United’s scouting team as they continue their backroom overhaul. (Daily Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted skipper Hugo Lloris will be out for longer than expected after undergoing surgery. (Daily Mirror)



Mark Noble says he wants to be a decision-maker off the field at West Ham once he retires. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are not giving up on their pursuit of Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo (Calciomercato)

Michael O’Neill could be forced to sell players in January within weeks of taking charge at Stoke to reduce the chances of the club falling foul of the EFL’s profit and sustainability rules. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United and Arsenal target Erling Haaland is considering a move to RB Leipzig. (The Sun)

England boss Gareth Southgate said sanctions for racism in football need to get tougher after Bulgaria escaped with a fine and a one-match stadium ban for the abuse their fans handed out to Three Lions players. (Express)

Barcelona are lining up potential successors to Ernesto Valverde with River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, Ronald Koeman and Erik ten Hag all named (El Transistor)

In-demand manager Erik Ten Hag is likely to depart Ajax after this season (De Telegraaf)

AC Milan have stalled in their efforts to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Marcelo Gallardo played down rumours he could take over as Barcelona coach, saying his focus was on River Plate. (Goal)

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Manchester United will bid £42m for Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, in January. (El Desmarque)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Argentina defender Marcos Rojo is set to stay at the club for the remainder of the season. (Various)

Paris St-Germain’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 30, says he felt football was “not the most important thing” for Manchester United during his time at the club. (Metro)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he has no problem playing Portugal defender Cedric Soares, 28, or Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 24, despite the fact that their contracts are running down. (Southern Daily Echo)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he would rather winger Ryan Sessegnon, 19, did not go on international duty with the England Under-21 squad so he can continue his recovery from a hamstring problem. (Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes there is “absolutely no chance” of the club signing Kylian Mbappe despite a social media movement from fans based on speculation the Reds could land the 20-year-old Paris St-Germain and France striker. (Various)

Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23, is set for talks with boss Unai Emery and is angry over his lack of playing time this season. (Mirror)

Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, 18, who scored a Champions League hat-trick this week, rejected a move to Liverpool before joining Real. (ESPN)

Leicester’s Spanish winger Ayoze Perez, 26, says he was close to joining Valencia in the summer before deciding on the Foxes’ “ambitious project”. (ABC, via Leicester Mercury)

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested current manager Unai Emery was right to strip Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, of the Gunners’ captaincy. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle captain and centre-back Jamaal Lascelles, 25, says the club’s players are desperate not to let manager Steve Bruce down this season. (Chronicle)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe thinks defender Steve Cook, 28, is close to an England call-up. (Bournemouth Echo)

Quique Sanchez Flores, 54, says he has no regrets about accepting the Watford head coach job despite his team sitting in the relegation zone two months after he took charge. (Watford Observer)

Sheffield United’s English midfielder John Lundstram is set for contract talks. (Sheffield Star)


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