Chelsea are chasing three new signings when the January window opens, while Manchester United face stiff competition for Thomas Muller and Jack Rodwell is heading to Serie A, all in Friday’s papers.
CHELSEA WANT TRIO OF SIGNINGS
Chelsea are understood to be very confident their ban on signing players will be lifted in January and they are making plans, according to reports.
The Sun claim that Frank Lampard will dive into the winter transfer market and is looking for a back-up striker for Tammy Abraham.
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson are his two top targets, according to the tabloid, despite both being very different from each other.
The report also claims “also on Chelsea’s wish-list is a winger to replace Willian”, who and could leave for free next summer.
Meanwhile, Tuttomercatoweb report that Chelsea scouts were present at Lazio’s clash with Celtic last night and were watching Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milinkovic-Savic, who has been a long-term target for Manchester United, assisted in the build-up for Lazio’s goal as they lost 2-1 to the Scottish champions.
The Serbian international poured cold water on his chances of a move to the Premier League, stating his “Manchester United story is finished” after the English transfer window closed.
AND THE REST
Inter Milan are stepping up their efforts to sign Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, who has been linked with Man Utd (Kicker)
Manchester United are interested in a January move for Bayern Munich’s German striker Thomas Muller, 30. (Bild)
Former Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Rodwell, 28, who is currently a free agent, is in talks with Roma over a move to Serie A. (Mail)
Rodwell will undergo a medical and sign for Roma until June 2020 as a free agent (Fabrizio Romano)
Manchester United have found a replacement for Ander Herrera in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria. (Sun)
Mesut Ozil’s social media post “taking a dig at Unai Emery” has been liked by eight Arsenal team-mates. (Sun)
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has dismissed rumours that former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be taking charge at the German club. (Sky Germany)
Manchester United are unlikely to sign Leicester City’s England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, or midfielder James Maddison, 22, in January. (Manchester Evening News)
Chelsea are increasingly confident that the club’s transfer ban will be lifted and are looking at signing Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson, 27, and RB Leipzig’s German forward Timo Werner, 23. (Sun)
USA head coach Gregg Berhalter has urged Chelsea to show patience with summer signing Christian Pulisic after the slow start to his career at Stamford Bridge. (Mirror)
Monaco cannot recall France defender Djibril Sidibe, 27, from his season-long loan at Everton, following rumours that the French side were considering terminating his spell at Goodison because of interest from AC Milan. (Liverpool Echo)
Paul Scholes believes his former club Manchester United should attempt to sign Arsenal’s out-of-favour ex-Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil, 31, to help solve their problems in attack. (BT Sport)
Leicester are being linked with Trabzonspor’s Turkish midfielder Kerem Baykus, 19. (Fotospor)
The future of Liverpool’s kit deal is set to be confirmed on Friday when a judge decides whether New Balance or Nike have rights to the lucrative contract. (Liverpool Echo)
Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell says a loan move would not suit English midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, insisting the 19-year-old “has not stalled”. (Express and Star)
Crystal Palace have secured a £22.5m boost after they sold an instalment owed on the deal which took England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, to Manchester United to an Australian bank in order to receive the money now. (Evening Standard)
Manchester City almost lost out on Pep Guardiola becoming their manager because he struggled to find suitable accommodation, a new book has revealed. (Independent)
Former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer, 49, almost joined Manchester United in 2000 but was advised against it by then Dutch coach