Paper Talk: Chelsea to break bank for Pep; Negredo link

Date published: Tuesday 22nd December 2015 7:23

Pep Guardiola: Heading for Man City this summer

Chelsea will offer Pep Guardiola a staggering £17million a year deal to become their manager, Tottenham want Alvaro Negredo, while Arsenal are keen on Mohamed Elneny, according to Tuesday morning’s newspapers.



Roman Abramovich will break the bank in an attempt to outbid Manchester City and land Pep Guardiola as Chelsea’s new manager this summer with a contract worth more than £17m a year.

Should the move come off, it will shatter the record salary paid to a manager, which was the £12million a year deal Jose Mourinho was thought to be earning at Chelsea. To give it more perspective, Louis van Gaal reportedly earns £6million a season at Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp on £5million a year at Liverpool.

Guus Hiddink has come in on an interim basis but it is unlikely he will be in charge come the start of next term.

And now Roman Abramovich has set his sights on Guardiola, reports both the Daily Mail and Daily Express.

The Spaniard has announced he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign, with Manchester City leading the race for his signature.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Monday that he knows Guardiola’s next club – but is refusing to reveal their identity as it’s “not my place to say”.



Tottenham are weighing up a January swoop for Valencia’s former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, who is thought to be available for around £10million.

Spurs are considering alternatives in case their January move for Saido Berahino is vetoed by West Brom.

Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo is among their contingencies in what would be a shock move. The Daily Mirror also claims Spurs are interested in Gent striker Laurent Depoitre.

The north Londoners are keen to land an experienced frontman to ensure they are not solely reliant on Harry Kane going into the second half of the season.

But chairman Daniel Levy became embroiled in an unseemly spat with his West Brom counterpart Jeremy Peace over Berahino on the final day of the summer transfer window.

A number of bids, the final one close to the £25million mark, were turned down by the Baggies leaving Berahino to voice his frustration on Twitter.



Arsenal are weighing up a move for Basel’s Egyptian defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny – a cut-price alternative in their hunt for a new defensive midfielder.

The Gunners were monitoring the 23-year-old last season and he is back on their radar ahead of the January window, claims the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal have been badly hit by injuries in central midfield with Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta all out.

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama tops their wanted list, though they are reluctant to meet the Kenyan’s valuation of around £25million.

Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho has also been watched, but Elneny would be a cheaper alternative to both, at roughly £5million.

He has become a regular in the Basel side since joining in January 2013, helping them to three successive league titles.



  • Reports in Spain claim Jose Mourinho has agreed a five-year deal to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss (various)
  • Neven Subotic and Joel Matip on our Liverpool’s radar as they chase a new central defender in January (Daily Mirror)
  • Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is confident none of his players will leave in January (Daily Express)
  • Roma striker Juan Manuel Iturbe is set to sign on loan at Watford for the rest of the season after holding official talks in a Starbucks in London (The Sun)
  • Remi Garde has targeted Bordeaux attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri as part of his January spending. The 24-year-old, however, wants release clauses in any deal as he fears they are doomed (Daily Mirror)
  • PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has lambasted Adrien Rabiot for showing a lack of respect and hawking himself around for a Premier League move (Daily Star)
  • Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been denied a move to Arsenal despite having his bags packed for London (Daily Star)
  • Derby are set to swoop for West Brom outcast Calum McManaman in January (Daily Mirror)
  • Tottenham are keen on Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, though a January bid is unlikely. Manchester United also want the Algerian star, scorer of 14 goals this season, despite Leicester’s insistence he won’t be sold in the window (Daily Mail)
  • Fulham are closing in on Slavisa Jokanovic with the former Watford manager agreeing terms to take over at Craven Cottage (Daily Mail)
  • Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham are all chasing Charlton’s 18-year-old Ademola Lookman who has netted three goals in seven games since making his debut last month (Daily Mirror)
  • Fallen former Hibs, Celtic and Scotland striker Derek Riordan has made a plea for a new club on the business social media platform LinkedIn (Daily Record)

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