Arsenal are hoping that a cut-price bid for a key defensive target will lure him to the club, while Tottenham have their eyes on two players who could come in at right-back – all in Thursday’s papers.
ARSENAL HOPEFUL OF UPAMECANO MOVE
Arsenal are hopeful that a cut-price bid for Bayer Leverkusen defender Dayot Upamecano will be enough to lure him to the Emirates Stadium, according to reports.
Upamecano has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time and the Gunners reportedly failed with a £40m bid for the player last summer before opting to bring in David Luiz from Chelsea.
According to The Sun, Arsenal remain keen on Upamecano and are prepared to submit another bid of £40m for him, which they hope will convince Leverkusen to sell up this time round.
The newspaper says that due to Upamecaono being in the final few months of his contract, Leverkusen will not want to lose him for nothing next summer and so could be tempted by a lower bid.
The report adds that Arsenal could make the move either in January or the summer.
AND THE REST
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants a new right-back and has identified Norwich’s Max Aarons and West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson as two players who he thinks could fill the role (Daily Mail)
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said that James Maddison can “flourish” at the King Power Stadium amid interest from Manchester United (Leicester Mercury)
Maddison has been passed fit to face Southampton on Friday after recovering from an ankle injury he suffered before the international break (The Telegraph)
Alexis Sanchez earned £5m in bonuses from Manchester United last season, despite only finding the net five times (The Sun)
West Brom are pondering making a bid to bring Dwight Gayle back to the club – the Newcastle striker scored 24 goals on loan at The Hawthornes last term (The Sun)
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has rejected an offer from a Middle East-based consortium to buy the club, as he wants at least £3bn (The Telegraph)
Watford striker Danny Welbeck’s injury could be worse than initially feared, with the forward potentially being out for months rather than weeks (Daily Mail)
Cardiff City have admitted the presence of an “unacceptable coaching environment” at the club’s academy after an investigation was conducted into allegations of bullying (The Times)
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Tottenham’s Harry Kane as one of the best in the world but admitted that it would be hard to force him away from North London (Evening Standard)
Newcastle striker Matt Richie has given boss Steve Bruce a selection headache by declaring himself fit for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Wolves (Daily Star)
Rangers have warned their fans not to cause trouble in Porto this week as the club bids to prevent another UEFA charge coming their way (Daily Record)
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that Liverpool midfielder Fabinho was a target for the club when he took over last year (Evening Standard)