Paper Talk: CB snubs Arsenal, United; Courtois’ summer exit

Date published: Friday 20th January 2017 8:17

Kostas Manolas: Defender linked with Arsenal

Arsenal and Manchester United look set to miss out on Kostas Manolas, while there’s news of Andros Townsend and Thibaut Courtois wants out at Chelsea, all in today’s papers.


Arsenal and Manchester United are set to miss out on the signing of Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas after Inter edged closer to signing the player, according to reports in Greece.

The player’s agent claimed the Gunners had a £34.6million bid for the player rejected in the summer, while United have been heavily linked with the Greece star.

Now though Inter have had a fee of £36.3million accepted for the 25-year-old, with the deal set to go through in the summer, according to SDNA.

Kostas has yet to agree personal terms but that is not seen as a problem and the Greek star looks all set to continue his career in Serie A.

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, is already planning his summer move to Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, the Blues want £12m from Bournemouth for another keeper, Asmir Begovic, 29. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace have failed to agree personal terms with Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson, 24, following lengthy talks with the player and his representative. (The Guardian)

Slaven Bilic says West Ham will not sell 29-year-old French midfielder Dimitri Payet to Marseille on the cheap. (The Times)

West Ham United have agreed an £8m fee with Southampton for 33-year-old unsettled defender Jose Fonte. (ESPN)

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola has confirmed that 30-year-old defender Jonathan Spector is leaving the club. (Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has gone back for Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt – and that will put him on collision course with former employers Sunderland. (Mirror)

Liverpool have rejected Southampton’s loan bid for defender Mamadou Sakho as a replacement for Jose Fonte. (Mirror)

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is trying to seal a deal for Stoke’s wantaway forard Bojan Krkic. (Mirror)

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Watford are playing hardball with West Brom over striker Odion Ighalo – and have started by telling them to increase their opening £17m offer. (Mirror)

Bournemouth have joined the race to sign Norwich’s versatile midfielder Robbie Brady – even though his price-tag has hit £10m. (Mirror)

Aston Villa will step up their pursuit of Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes once Henri Lansbury signs. (Mirror)

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, has asked for a transfer. (Sky Sports)

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Foxes defender Luis Hernandez, 27, is expected to join Malaga on loan. (

Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31, is considering a move to the Chinese Super League, with Shandong Luneng willing to offer him a £16m net salary. (Daily Mirror)

Vincent Janssen’s agent says the 22-year-old forward turned down interest from Galatasaray to fight for his place at Tottenham. (Omroep Brabant)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has opened the door for Antoine Griezmann, 25, to leave the club in the summer – Manchester United are one of the few clubs able and prepared to meet the €100m (currently £86m) release clause. (Various)

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka welcomes rumours of Chelsea’s interest in his 20-year-old Spanish winger Adama Traore. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle United are interested in a loan deal for former player and current Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, 25. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Lucas Leiva is refusing to commit his future to Liverpool this month and admits the clock is ticking on his Anfield career. (Express)

Aston Villa are on the verge of signing Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane. (Express)

Manchester City have set a new transfer record – for a 13-year-old. (Times)

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