Chelsea are ready to make a £44.3million move for a Real Madrid star, while Tottenham have been warned over trying to sign a winger, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
CHELSEA MAKE PLAYMAKER BID
Spanish outlet El Desmarque is claiming that Chelsea have made an initial bid of £44.3million to try and sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco.
The report states that this the figure wanted by Real president Florentino Perez for the Spain international.
Isco has found it difficult to hold down a regular starting spot at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club, having made just five LaLiga starts for the club and another five substitute appearances this season.
Frank Lampard is said to be eyeing Isco to help improve his side’s creativity, with the Blues having struggled to create chances in recent weeks as their form has dropped.
Isco would compete with Mason Mount and the returning Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a playmaking role at Stamford Bridge, although the 27-year-old’s experience at playing at the top level, both for club and country, would see him more as a natural successor to Eden Hazard in west London.
But the report does go on to state that the deal is more likely to happen next summer and not in January, although that will not stop the Blues trying their luck to see if they can seal a deal in the New Year.
AND THE REST
Manchester United have been urged to go all out to sign Jadon Sancho and Saul Niguez by their former midfielder Kleberson (Daily Mirror)
Freddie Ljungberg looks set to remain at Arsenal after hinting he will be part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff (Daily Mirror)
Hertha Berlin manager Jurgen Klinsmann is considering a move for Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama (Daily Telegraph)
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has told Tottenham to lay off Adama Traore – on and off the pitch (Daily Mirror)
Steve Bruce wants to have England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey’s future at Newcastle decided before focusing on January signings (Daily Telegraph)
Danny Simpson says Leicester will believe they can win the title if they win at Manchester City on Saturday – just like he did in 2016 (The Sun)
Manchester City and Manchester United face competition from Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign 20-year-old Germany midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayern Leverkusen (The Sun)
Mikel Arteta needs to sign 10 players and must be ruthless with Arsenal’s squad, according to ex-Gunner Kevin Campbell (The Sun)
The Premier League are considering following the EFL by introducing fixed points deductions for clubs that breach financial fair play regulations (Daily Mail)
Paris St-Germain are in talks with Juventus over a swap deal for Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, which could see Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes move in the opposite direction (Daily Mail)
The ongoing battle for control of Sheffield United is hindering attempts to tie manager Chris Wilder and key players such as John Lundstram to new contracts (Daily Mail)
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he will rest Jamie Vardy for at least one game over Christmas as the Leicester boss urged English football chiefs to bring in a ‘proper’ winter break (Daily Mail)
Swansea are confident of securing the loan signing of Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster next month (Daily Mail)
Roy Hodgson says he is facing the worst injury crisis of his Crystal Palace tenure after Scott Dann became the latest defender to pick up a problem on Friday (Daily Mail)
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants England striker Jermain Defoe, 37, to remain at Ibrox for another season (The Times)
Queen’s Park Rangers are weighing up a renewed bid for Scotland star Scott McKenna (Daily Record)
Motherwell are resigned to losing Devante Cole next month leaving Stephen Robinson targeting a new striker as a January priority (Daily Record)