Paper Talk: Chelsea interest to push Man Utd to make £40m PL defender bid

Date published: Saturday 11th January 2020 10:22

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Manchester United are set to bid £40m for Issa Diop and Tottenham are chasing Southampton’s Danny Ings, all in the papers.



Manchester United are ready to make a £40million bid for West Ham centre-back Issa Diop, according to The Sun.

Chelsea are also interested in the centre-back, whose stock has been rising steadily over the last 18 months since he arrived for £22m from Toulouse in the summer of 2018.

Spurs are also understood to be interested in the player due to the uncertainty over Jan Vertonghen’s future.

United have also been heavily linked with Bruno Fernandes, but they also have Saul Niguez and Boca Juniors midfielder Agustin Almendra on their target list.

Atletico midfielder Niguez remains a target, according to the Daily Record and he may well be a back-up option to Fernandes.

AS Argentina via Sport Witness also claim Almendra is also on United’s list although they have not made contact yet.



Manchester City are reportedly at the head of the queue for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign Reinier Jesus from Flamengo (Sky Italia)

Manchester United are interested in signing Wolves’ Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 28, and are looking at Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele, 23. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea and Manchester United are likely to face competition from Juventus in the race to sign Dembele. (Calciomercato)

Sporting Lisbon’s president and sporting director have travelled to Old Trafford to negotiate the transfer of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, to Manchester United. (Record)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan went to watch Fernandes in action this week. (Standard)

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United are growing increasingly confident of signing Fernandes in a £60m deal. (Star)

Inter Milan are set to choose between Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal and Christian Eriksen before the transfer window closes at the end of January (Calciomercato)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante wants to move to Real Madrid (The Sun)

Tottenham have emerged as a potential threat to West Ham in the race to sign Benfica’s Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21. (Mail)

Tottenham have made Southampton striker Danny Ings a January target (Daily Star)

Everton are preparing a £25m bid to sign Brazil forward Everton Soares 23, from Gremio. (ESPN)

Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, has rejected a move to Manchester United out of respect to his former club Liverpool. (Tuttosport)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has ruled out a Chelsea exit for Danish defender Andreas Christensen, 23, in the January transfer window. (Star)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers insists England midfielder James Maddison, 23, will not be affected by on-going interest from Manchester United. (Mirror)

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward was paid more than any other Premier League director last season after earning £3.2m. (The Sun)

West Ham have ruled out a move for Marouane Fellaini. (The Sun)

Chelsea are in talks to sign Dries Mertens on a free transfer next summer. (The Sun)

Gareth Southgate has no plans to speak with Jamie Vardy over changing his mind about retiring from international football in the wake of Harry Kane’s hamstring rupture. (The Sun)

Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga, 23, is wanted by Everton and West Ham. (Star)



Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in Premier League history, says Arsenal legend Martin Keown. (Talksport)

Cardiff City have seen a £2.3m bid for Wigan striker Kieffer Moore turned down. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are set to offer Paulo Dybala a new contract, despite the 26-year-old Argentine forward being heavily linked with Manchester United and Tottenham last summer. (Goal)

Liverpool have shifted Roberto Firmino’s place in the Anfield dressing room in order to accommodate new arrival Takumi Minamino. (Daily Mail)

Leeds want £15m-rated forward Che Adams but Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to keep him as cover. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United are willing to let English forward Dwight Gayle, 29, go out on loan, however any deal would have to include an obligation to buy for £20m. (Mail)

Derby and QPR are leading the chase for Tottenham winger Jack Clarke, 19. (Mirror)

Fulham are preparing a move for Huddersfield Town’s Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo, 25. (Football Insider)

Maccabi Tel Aviv ace Yonatan Cohen has emerged as a prime Celtic transfer target. (Scottish Sun)



Rangers youngster Zak Rudden could be set for a permanent move to Partick Thistle.  (Scottish Sun)

Steven Gerrard has opened contract talks with Borna Barisic in a bid to ward off interest from Serie A giants Roma. (Daily Record)

Celtic target Fabricio Bruno’s proposed move to Red Bull Bragantino has fallen through after the Brazilian club was ordered to scrap it by the energy drinks giants over an unfinished court case over unpaid wages. (Daily Record)

Bnei Yehuda midfielder Ismaila Soro remains an option to boost Celtic’s midfield options (Daily Record)

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