Paper Talk: James Milner wants Leeds return – on one condition

James Marshment

James Milner has suggested he could return to Leeds next summer – on one condition – while Manchester United have told Barcelona the new price it would cost to sign Paul Pogba, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.



James Milner will seek a transfer to Leeds should his former club return to the Premier League next summer, according to reports on Wednesday.

The Leeds-born midfielder has never hidden from his obsession with the club he started out with, and admitted last week his father prevented him wearing red as a child as a tribute to their allegiances to the club.

And with Liverpool yet to offer a new deal to the midfielder, the Daily Star suggests the former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder could look to push through a switch to Elland Road if the West Yorkshire club can end their 14-year top-flight exile this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently top the Championship after nine games, having lost just once – against Birmingham last time out – in their last encounter.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be loathe to lose one of his side’s most consistent performers this season and would like the club to offer him a new deal, with his current contract due to expire in June 2019.

However, Milner will reportedly not miss the chance to lead Leeds on a return to the top flight and will look to make a free-transfer switch to Elland Road should the club secure promotion.

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Paul Pogba has told Jose Mourinho that he wants to quit Manchester United as he tries to force through a move to Barcelona as the row over his future deepened on Tuesday evening (Daily Mail)

Barcelona are set to make a January move for Pogba after he was told by Mourinho he will never captain United again (The Sun)

United will demand a fee of £200m for Pogba if any club comes calling in January (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle United’s former vice-president Tony Jimenez has denied Kevin Keegan’s claims that he told the club not to sign Luka Modric on the grounds he was “too lightweight”, and in turn claims Keegan rejected the chance to sign Karim Benzema and Daniel Sturridge (The Times)

Leicester are fighting to keep hold of transfer guru Eduardo Macia, amid interest from Manchester United, AC Milan and Aston Villa (Daily Mail)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hinted 18-year-old Reiss Nelson can be part of his first-team plans next season (Daily Mail)

Amnesty International says Qatar is not paying World Cup stadium workers, with hundreds of people owed up to £4k (Daily Mail)

Steven Caulker is training with Wigan ahead of a potential deal with the Championship club (Daily Mail)

FIFA are considering penalty shoot-outs in World Cup 2022 group games to stop draws (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa are targeting Gary Cahill in a shock swoop from Chelsea in January (The Sun)

Ghana striker Richmond Boakye is wanted by Southampton as Mark Hughes eyes the former Chelsea target (The Sun)

Sevilla will try and sign Brighton midfielder Davy Propper in January, according to reports (The Sun)

Arsenal are preparing to make the first move in the race for Rennes wonder kid Ismaila Sarr (The Sun)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says chairman Daniel Levy has assured him the club will be in the new stadium by Christmas (Daily Telegraph)

Jurgen Klopp has warned Fabinho may not click at Liverpool for six months as the £40m midfielder prepares for his first start (Daily Mirror)

Germany manager Joachim Low was denied access to Arsenal’s training ground in order to meet Mesut Ozil, who has retired from international football (Daily Star)

Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool squad he will have a problem with any player who does not take the EFL Cup seriously (The Independent)

FIFA has taken initial steps towards trying to control the vast amount of money being paid out to football agents, agreeing in principle to discuss setting a limit on agents’ fees (The Guardian)

Gary McAllister has revealed the Rangers squad ignored a day off on Monday to come in for extra training (The Daily Record)