Liverpool are ready to hijack Tottenham’s move for a Dutch attacker, while Everton have lined-up the man they want to replace Marco Silva, according to Sunday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL, SPURS IN FIGHT FOR HOLLAND STAR
Liverpool are reportedly ready to rival Tottenham for Lyon star Memphis Depay.
But a report in the Sunday Mirror also claims that the Reds could face competition from Manchester United for the 25-year-old forward, as the Red Devils inserted a buyback clause into the deal to sell Depay to Lyon back in January 2017.
Depay has enjoyed a new lease of life at Lyon, scoring seven goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, as well as four in the Champions League, while he has also become a major performer in Ronald Koeman’s impressive Holland side.
Lyon rescued Depay after he struggled during his spell at Old Trafford but since arriving in France, the attacker has matured and his overall games has improved hugely.
The report adds that Depay would cost around £42million, with Liverpool and Tottenham both prepared to pay the asking price.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to add depth to his attacking options and would Depay would provide strong competition to first-choice wide men Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
However, he would appear to fit in better under Jose Mourinho at Spurs, given that the Portuguese knows the player well from their time together at Old Trafford.
AND THE REST
Manchester City number two Mikel Arteta is the man Arsenal want to replace Unai Emery (Sunday Mirror)
Everton want boyhood Goodison Park fan Eddie Howe to succeed under-fire manager Marco Silva (Sunday Mirror)
Michael Carrick insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t worried by speculation that Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up to manage Manchester United (Sunday Mirror)
Anwar El Ghazi will take his Old Trafford bow this afternoon – after career guidance from former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester United will wait to see if a buyer comes forward for Nemanja Matic next month before they choose to trigger their option to extend his contract (Sun on Sunday)
Real Madrid were ready to offer Jose Mourinho £12m not to take another job - and just wait for Zinedine Zidane to leave (Sun on Sunday)
Sheffield United are eyeing a transfer swoop for keeper Ben Foster if Watford are relegated (Sun on Sunday)
Real Madrid are planning a £70m bid for Arsenal’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, with Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 28, included as part of the deal (Daily Star on Sunday)
Eberechi Eze’s hopes of landing a dream move to Tottenham could be scuppered by the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino (Sun on Sunday)
Arsenal youngster Tyreece John-Jules trained with the senior side for the first time this season in an indication that Freddie Ljungberg will give the youth a chance (Sun on Sunday)
Brendan Rodgers sees Arsenal as his dream job and the club have made him their top managerial target (Daily Star Sunday)
Manchester United bosses will not sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even if he fails to secure a top-six finish this season (Daily Star Sunday)
West Ham are monitoring Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg as a potential replacement for Manuel Pellegrini (Daily Star Sunday)
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is plotting a double swoop on his former club Chelsea, with Willian and Emerson in his crosshairs (Daily Star Sunday)
Manchester United have been dealt a major body blow as Mauricio Pochettino would have to repay Tottenham his £12.5m pay-off if he takes another Premier League job this season (Sunday Express)
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says he does not want Marco Silva to be sacked as manager (The Observer)
Manchester City have targeted Caglar Soyuncu as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany in defence – with Pep Guardiola increasingly likely to stay and oversee the rebuilding of City’s squad (Sunday Times)
But Everton have contingency plans to put club legend Duncan Ferguson in charge for Wednesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield should things go badly wrong for Marco Silva at Leicester on Sunday (Mail on Sunday)
Unai Emery never stood a chance because of the boardroom power struggles besieging Arsenal (Mail on Sunday)
Arsenal’s interest in Nuno Espirito Santo as a replacement for Unai Emery has cooled significantly (Sunday Times)
Michael Carrick insists Manchester United have an exciting group of youngsters for the future (Mail on Sunday)
Neil Lennon has revealed he wants Nir Bitton tied down on a new deal before the January transfer window opens (Sunday Mail)
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised Scott Arfield for playing through a personal issue (Sunday Times)
Jon Flanagan insists he will battle to win a new deal at Rangers (Sunday Mail)
Stoke City have been warned they’ll need to fork out £4m to get Sam Cosgrove out of Aberdeen (Scottish Sun)