Manchester United have been linked with a shock free transfer move for John Terry, while Manchester City are tracking a Real Betis defender, who has a £54m exit clause, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
JOHN TERRY TO MANCHESTER UNITED?
No, it’s not April 1! Manchester United have been linked with a surprise swoop to bring in veteran former Chelsea defender John Terry on a free transfer.
The centre-half, now 37, has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. While it was expected at the time of his departure from Villa Park that he would retire, the Chelsea legend appears to have gotten itchy feet and has been linked with a number of clubs over the past fortnight.
A return to Villa has been mooted, while other reports have suggested a shock switch to Sporting Lisbon could be on the cards.
However, TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham suggested Terry could now be a target for United boss Jose Mourinho, who of course enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the defender for a number of years at Stamford Bridge. The piece has since been picked up by some of the papers, with The Sun now suggesting Terry could prove a short-term solution to the club’s defensive woes.
United, of course, have struggled at the back so far this season with the club failing to bring in any of the club’s defensive targets.
But whether United would sanction a short-term deal for free agent Terry remains to be seen; and more to the point, whether the defender – who is staunchly-loyal to Chelsea – would play for another Premier League club remains to be seen.
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Manchester City are reportedly lining up a swoop for £54m-rated Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo (The Sun)
Jose Mourinho’s quest to bring a new centre-half to Manchester United has reportedly led him to Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez (The Sun)
Manchester United’s wage bill is set to push the £300m mark (The Sun)
Sunderland are considering sacking rebel Papy Djilobodji after he finally turned up for training yesterday – 72 days late (The Sun)
Fulham are ready to hand keeper Marcus Bettinelli a new contract after interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace (The Sun)
Chelsea star Alvaro Morata has revealed he wants to return to Real Madrid at some point in his career (Daily Star)
Manchester United are reportedly lining up Wolves boss Nuno Santo to replace Jose Mourinho (Daily Star)
Tottenham could be ordered by the Premier League to play their entire season’s home games at Wembley amid growing concerns that their new stadium may not be ready until after Christmas (Daily Mail)
Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring Rochdale teenager Luke Matheson following his fairytale debut (Daily Mail)
Gareth Southgate is planning to make his England players sit through the play-back of their World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia (Daily Mail)
Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman says Declan Rice will be welcomed back into the squad with ‘open arms’ should he declare his allegiance to their country instead of England (Daily Mail)
Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is poised to join up with former sprint king Usain Bolt at Central Coast Mariners in Australia (Daily Mail)
Gareth Southgate is to closely monitor Danny Ings over the next few weeks with a view to calling up the striker for the next England squad (Daily Telegraph)
Dominic Solanke’s struggle for regular game-time at Liverpool is becoming an increasing concern for the England hierarchy (Daily Telegraph)
The FA is set to rake in tens of millions of pounds from the vast increase in the England team’s brand appeal since the World Cup (Daily Telegraph)
Premier League referees chiefs may have wrongly interpreted the rules by telling officials no goal should ever be awarded if the ball comes off a player’s hand (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will not push for a move in January (Daily Mirror)
Alvaro Morata has criticised Antonio Conte’s style of play at Chelsea, and claimed that he should have taken two months off last season due to injury (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool chief Peter Moore has held talks with Mayor Joe Anderson over the club’s plans for Anfield (Daily Mirror)
Unai Emery has invited seven academy players to train with the Arsenal first-team as he looks to instill his philosophy through the squad (Daily Mirror)