Paper Talk: Leipzig to sell star striker to Man Utd on one condition

RB Leipzig are ready to do business with Manchester United for their star striker, while Tottenham are set to bid £30million to land a new right-back, all in Thursday’s papers.



RB Leipzig may strike a deal with Manchester United target Timo Werner by saying he can leave at the end of the season but not in January, according to a report in the Daily Express.

Transfer expert Ian McGarry claims that was a similar tactic Chelsea used with Eden Hazard before the Belgian playmaker left for Real Madrid last summer.

Werner is attracting strong interest from both United and Chelsea and McGarry states that it is unlikely Leipzig will allow the Germany international to leave this month, as they currently sit top of the Bundesliga in their search for a first ever title.

But he believes it is possible United will get their man at the end of the campaign.

“[United have] scouted Timo Werner at RB Leipzig,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window Podcast.

“My information is that although Werner favours a move to the Premier League, Leipzig right now are top of the Bundesliga by two points, definitely have ambitions to win, which of course would be an historic win.

“Are they likely to sell their top striker in the January window when they’re in such a strong position in the Bundesliga in terms of challenging?

“I doubt it, despite the player’s interest in moving.

“But the kind of deal that clubs always, or very regularly, strike with players who want to leave is ‘Well give us six months and we will allow you to leave for a reasonable fee’.”




Zinedine Zidane has already made contact with Sadio Mane, with the Real Madrid boss hoping to lure the Liverpool forward away from Anfield (Daily Star)


AC Milan are reportedly set to swoop for Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic in the January transfer window (Daily Star)

Cristiano Ronaldo is considering a new deal at Juventus which would keep him in Italy until he’s 38 (Daily Star)

Everton have received plenty of interest for Moise Kean, but have no intention of selling the Italian (Daily Star)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is such an admirer of Adrien Rabiot that he personally called the Juventus midfielder to inform him that he wants to make him part of his new-look team (Daily Star)

Chelsea are ready to offload Emerson Palmieri to Inter Milan – but only after they’ve secured a replacement for the Italian (Daily Star)

Everton have sent scouts to keep an eye on former Sunderland star Josh Maja at current club Bordeaux (Daily Star)

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has told the club that he wants to leave in January, after months of speculation surrounding his future (Daily Express)

Marcelo Bielsa has conceded it may be difficult to tempt strikers to join Leeds in January because of the success of Patrick Bamford (Daily Star)

Barcelona are preparing to reignite their interest in Neymar because they believe Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane are unattainable (Daily Express)

Tottenham are lining up a £30m bid for Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are interested in signing QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze, but they’ve been put off by the £20m price tag being quoted by the West London club (Daily Express)

Inter Milan are the latest club to express interest in signing Christian Eriksen, joining Manchester United, PSG and Juventus (Daily Mail)

Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes has been linked with a move to Manchester United after reports his representatives have headed to England for transfer talks (Daily Mirror)


Derby have failed to pay their players’ latest wages on time with the proposed new investment deal in the Championship club yet to be completed (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa fear Tom Heaton and Wesley may be set for significant spells on the sidelines after suffering knee injuries in the win over Burnley (Daily Mail)

Manchester United and Tottenham are expected to face stern competition for Lille midfielder Boubakay Soumare as the French club have reportedly already received six bids for the in-demand player (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are interested in Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe’s younger brother Ethan (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa could be set to offer Daniel Sturridge a shock return to the Premier League to help save them from relegation (The Sun)

Napoli and Ajax are both set to launch January bids for Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen (Daily Telegraph)

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Rangers face a fight to keep Glen Kamara this month with Sheffield United showing an interest (Scottish Sun)

Hearts boss Daniel Stendel is eyeing up a move for Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce, according to reports (Scottish Sun)