Paper Talk: Arsenal ace France bound; Leeds close in on WBA star

Date published: Wednesday 31st January 2018 8:36

An Arsenal star is set to have his contract cancelled so he can move back to France, while Leeds are closing in on a move for a West Brom attacker, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Manchester United defender Daley Blind is reportedly a deadline day target for Roma.

The Serie A giants are said to made contact with United, who are after a fee of around the £13million they paid to sign the player from Ajax in 2014.

Blind has fallen behind Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the left-back pecking order at Old Trafford and will be allowed to leave if United’s valuation is met.

Blind was among four United players, including Shaw, Young and Ander Herrera, to have the 12-month option on their contracts activated, but that will not stop him leaving.

Roma are chasing a new full-back after they sold Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea on Tuesday night, and Blind is said to be their first choice, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.


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Chelsea are on the verge of clinching the £18m signing of Olivier Giroud that will trigger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal and Michy Batshuayi’s loan switch to Borussia Dortmund (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is in talks with the club to cancel his contract so he can move to Saint-Etienne (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho fears Alexis Sanchez’s huge salary at Manchester United will make him a target for opposition supporters (Daily Telegraph)

Swansea City are breaking their transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew in a deal worth up to £18m (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle are moving for Eliaquim Mangala and Islam Slimani (Daily Telegraph)

Crystal Palace are close to signing Preston striker Jordan Hugill for £8m (Daily Telegraph)

Napoli have made a request to take Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen on loan for the rest of the season (Daily Mail)

Wolfsburg are trying to sign Lazar Markovic from Liverpool (Daily Mail)

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of forward Tyler Roberts from West Brom in a deal worth up to £4m (Daily Mail)

Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign Costel Pantilimon from Watford (Daily Mail)

Newcastle are hopeful of signing goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on loan (Daily Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino believes signing Lucas Moura is too good an opportunity to turn down for Tottenham (The Sun)

Neymar has been urged to return to Spain by La Liga president Javier Tebas (The Sun)

Michy Batshuayi is close to finalising a six-month loan from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund (The Sun)

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter has been told he cannot leave the club until the summer (The Sun)

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman is making a late loan move for Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes (The Sun)

West Ham retain interest in Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Stoke’s Joe Allen, while David Moyes is set to make a late bid for Norwich’s James Maddison (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will have to stump up £70m to land Riyad Mahrez before Wednesday night’s transfer deadline (Daily Star)

Barnsley have made a £350,000 bid for Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood (Daily Star)

Bristol City have placed a £10m price-tag on defender Aden Flint (Daily Star)

Rafa Benitez held crisis talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley on Tuesday as the clock ticked on yet another bungled transfer window (Daily Express)

Celtic could land Scott Bain and solve their keeper crisis after a bid for Motherwell’s Trevor Carson ran into trouble (Daily Express)

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, 20, is set to join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season with fellow Englishman, defender Lloyd Jones, poised to make a permanent move to Luton Town (Liverpool Echo)


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