Paper Talk: United lead hunt for Schalke star; Liverpool star to City

Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign a Schalke star, while Leeds will battle Birmingham to sign an out-of-favour Newcastle midfielder, according to Saturday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are planning to hold talks with Schalke star Leon Gortezka, according to reports on Saturday.

The Germany midfielder will be out of contract at the end of the season and a number of newspapers on Saturday claim United have emerged as frontrunners to land a player, who is also interesting Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Schalke have also offered Gortezka a deal to make him the highest paid player in their history, but it appears increasingly likely that the star will move – and he will be free to negotiate terms with overseas suitors from January 1.

Goretzka joined the Gelsenkirchen-based club in 2013 from Bochum and has flourished since, becoming one of the brightest talents in German football and able to fill in a number of midfield roles, both central and wide.


Manchester City are now favourites to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in January (Daily Mirror)

Leeds United and Birmingham City are keen on Newcastle United’s forgottten man Jack Colback (Daily Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho remains an “essential” player for Liverpool as he dismissed Barcelona’s fresh attempts to unsettle the Brazil star (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has talked up Arsenal’s defensive stability but is ready for that to be tested to the limit by Manchester United’s “power” (Daily Mirror)

Can admits he could end up signing a new Liverpool contract despite strong interest from Juventus (The Sun)

Juventus will make a move for Manchester United teenager Angel Gomes, but only if he decides he needs to move on from Old Trafford (Daily Mirror)

A number of Premier League clubs are keeping watch on young Hull City striker Jarrod Bowen, who has scored 10 goals this season (Daily Mirror)

Jose Mourinho wants to bring Mesut Ozil to Manchester United next summer as he bids to address the problematic No 10 position at Old Trafford (Daily Telegraph)

Ozil has fuelled speculation he could make a sensational move back to former club Real Madrid by revealing his is “in contact” with Zinedine Zidane (The Sun)

Charlton, Oxford United and Hearts are keen to sign Woking’s 24-year-old defender Nathan Ralph (The Sun)

British financier Amanda Staveley’s consortium has made a second £300m bid to take over Newcastle (The Sun)

Chelsea target Alex Sandro has reportedly set his sights on a Juventus exit next summer (The Sun)

West Brom fear losing on-loan defender Ahmed Hegazi even though they have an option to buy him at the end of the season (The Sun)

Former Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi could be on his way back to the Premier League after falling out with Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo (The Sun)

Tottenham are refusing to relax their stringent wage structure as fears over the future of key defender Toby Alderweireld grow (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have been handed a defensive headache after Joel Matip was ruled out for entire Christmas programme (Daily Mail)

Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit insists England must do better with the players they have and has claimed France are World Cup favourites (Daily Mail)

Sam Allardyce says he is keen to extend his stay as Everton manager beyond his 18-month contract (The Guardian)

Romelu Lukaku has charged Jose Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes with finding him a new boot deal (The Times)

Sam Allardyce has dismissed Marco Silva’s managerial record by insisting he is the best man for the Everton job (Daily Express)

Antonio Conte has joked that his wife Elisabetta will miss out on her birthday present because of his £8,000 FA fine (Daily Express)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has played down talk of qualifying for Europe but is happy for the club’s supporters to dream (Daily Express)

Chris Hughton hopes Brighton do not suffer the same fate against Mo Salah and Liverpool as Stoke did on Wednesday (Daily Express)

Derek McInnes has rejected claims that speculation over a move to Rangers has had a negative impact on Aberdeen’s results (Daily Express)

Hearts boss Craig Levein has slammed pundit Michael Stewart, a vociferous critic of his, and says he was the worst value signing he ever made, even at £1 per week (Daily Record)