Paper Talk: Fuming Allardyce could sell £30m Zaha

Date published: Thursday 29th December 2016 8:03

Wilfried Zaha: AFCON call-up

Sam Allardyce is so angry with Wilfried Zaha that he could sell him, plus news of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marcos Rojo, all in today’s papers.


Liverpool are monitoring the availability of Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports.

The Guardian and Daily Telegraph claim that the 23-year-old is on the radar of Jurgen Klopp, who will be without Sadio Mane for a month in January due to the African Cup of Nations.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored six goals, and provided six assists for Arsenal this season, but he is yet to complete 90 minutes – a fact which is understood to have irked the England international.

Liverpool are aware that attempting to sign a player from one of their title rivals will be difficult and the recent bad blood between the clubs makes their task even more difficult.

Liverpool were incensed that Arsenal bid £40million plus £1 for Luis Suarez three and a half years ago and earlier this month, according to Football Leaks Roberto Firmino has an £82million release clause in his contract at Anfield which can be activated by any club in the world – other than the Gunners.

So relations between the clubs have not been repaired and and prospective deal will need hammering out.

But their is “interest” from Liverpool and Arsenal were open to selling the 23-year-old in the summer. He has 18 months left on his contract and extension talks have not been forthcoming.

The price tag will be in excess of £20million; this could be an interesting one…


Valencia have launched a bid for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, claims a report.

Tribal Football report: “Los Che sports chief Suso Pitarch Garcia was in England last week for talks with United over a price for the Argentine.

“Valencia hope to do business for €16million, though Rojo will take some persuading.”

Not only will Rojo take some persuading, Jose Mourinho will too with the defender starting to find his feet this season after making 10 appearances.

Rojo has found himself in the first-team picture this season and unlikely to move on in January.


Arsenal are lining up Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, 27, to replace Alexis Sanchez if the Chilean leaves the club over his contract dispute. (Daily Mail)

Juventus manager Max Allegri wants to take over at Arsenal if current boss Arsene Wenger retires in the summer. (The Sun)

Former West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Southampton and QPR manager Harry Redknapp is interested in taking over at Swansea following the sacking of Bob Bradley. (TALKsport)

Harry Redknapp plans to take Chelsea captain John Terry, 36, with him to the Liberty Stadium to help in the club’s fight against relegation. (Daily Telegraph)

But Wales manager Chris Coleman is top of Swansea’s shortlist for the manager’s role. (Guardian)

Manchester United will not allow forward Anthony Martial, 21, to leave on loan in January despite the Frenchman’s agent saying a move to Sevilla is being explored. (Daily Telegraph, Express)

Sam Allardyce is so angry with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha over his Africa Cup of Nations call-up that he is considering selling him for £30m. (The Sun)

Emmanuel Adebayor could be about to make a shock return to football with French strugglers Montpellier. (The Sun)

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is pushing for Ryan Giggs to be the club’s new manager. (Daily Star)

Leicester want £20m-rated Burnley defender Michael Keane to help stop their slide down the table. (Daily Star)

AC Milan are reportedly ready to offer 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a bumper new long-term deal worth £42.5m as Europe’s elite clubs circle. (Daily Star)

West Ham’s striker misery continues after they had an £8.5m bid for Martin Braithwaite knocked back by Toulouse.  (The Sun)

Andre Villas Boas wants to sign Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew for his Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.  (The Sun)

Swansea have targeted former Manchester City midfielder Albert Rusnak in a January swoop to help save their season.  (The Sun)

Chelsea have had a £21m offer for Atlanta midfielder Franck Kessie, 20, rejected with the Ivory Coast international valued at £34m by his club. (Guardian, Sun)

Roma will reject a planned £38m bid from Chelsea for midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, meaning the Blues will turn their attention to Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal, 29. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are set to rival Barcelona for the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, 21, in the summer. (The Sun)

Both Manchester City and Chelsea are interested in Sevilla’s former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 28. (AS)

Liverpool, Roma and AC Milan are interested in Paris St-Germain forward Jese Rodriguez, 23. (La Provincia)

Arsenal have received five enquires about a loan move for their full-back Carl Jenkinson. The Gunners will allow the 24-year-old leave in January to get regular first team football. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus are willing to loan former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra, 35, to West Ham in January and could recall striker Simone Zaza, 25, from his loan spell at the Hammers. (The Sun)

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 22, could be out for three months with a knee injury sustained against Manchester United on 26 December. (Guardian)

Swansea want to re-sign Queen’s Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker who impressed in a loan spell at the Liberty Stadium in 2011-12. (ESPN)

Middlesbrough are lining up a January move for Aston Villa’s 28-year-old striker Rudy Gestede. (Daily Mirror, Daily Mail)

Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde is one of the leading candidates to replace Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. Enrique’s current contract expires in June 2017 and the Spaniard will not decide on his future until the end of the season. (Marca)

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