Paper Talk: Man Utd eye Benfica star; Ivanovic wanted

Date published: Monday 4th January 2016 12:06

Renato Sanches: Joined Bayern Munich earlier this summer

Manchester United are reported to be interested in an emerging Benfica star, while AC Milan apparently want to sign Branislav Ivanovic.


Manchester United scouts have been watching Benfica starlet Renato Sanches – and have given Louis van Gaal a glowing report, according to reports in Portugal.

United representatives attended Benfica’s match against Vitoria on Saturday, in which Sanches scored the winner to make it two goals in six games for the first team this season.

Sanches plays in central midfield, where United are well stocked, but Michael Carrick has only six months left on his contract at Old Trafford, while Bastian Schweinsteiger has been accused by Van Gaal of playing at half-speed.


AC Milan want to sign Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea this month, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Serbia defender, who turns 32 in February, is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to overseas clubs about a summer move, but Milan apparently want to get him now ahead of any rival interest.

The Mirror says Ivanovic is unlikely to be kept beyond this season as Chelsea prepare for a squad revamp, but whether Guus Hiddink would allow him to leave sooner remains to be seen.


Marko Grujic has arrived on Merseyside to undergo a medical examination before completing a £5.1million move to Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade (The Times)

Arsenal will complete the £5million capture of Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny next week (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have been wholly unconvinced for the past three months that Southampton would sell them Sadio Mane, whom they are still interested in adding to their strike force, in the January transfer window (The Independent)

Ronald Koeman will hold talks with Sadio Mane today with Southampton insistent that the midfielder will not be sold this month (The Times)

Sadio Mane expects to stay at Southampton this month but is likely to leave at the end of the season (Daily Mail)

Andros Townsend looks set to leave Tottenham after being left out of their squad at Everton (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will let Nick Powell go out on loan for the rest of the season (The Sun)

Norwich City have made a £7.3million bid for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has Angers midfielder Cheikh N’Doye in his sights (Daily Mirror)

Watford want Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni to battle for the No.1 spot at Vicarage Road. The 31-year-old has a £1million release clause (Daily Mirror)

West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has been targeted by Spanish club Malaga (Daily Mirror)

Charlton are closing on a double deal for West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet and free agent Roger Johnson (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce plans a mini-clearout of his Sunderland fringe players this month. Will Buckley, Danny Graham and Charis Mavris have been told they can leave, while Liam Bridcutt and Valentin Roberge are also available (The Sun)

Swansea City will soon find out whether Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli wants to be their new boss as he enters crunch talks with his current employees (Daily Mirror)

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