Manchester United are ready to cough up £52.6m to land a top left-back target, while Arsenal have been told to pay £25m for a West Brom star, according to Saturday’s papers.
MAN UTD CLOSE IN ON NEW LEFT-BACK
Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay the £52.6m release clause in order to land Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has been weighing up new potential options for the left-back at United since the summer, having not been fully impressed with Luke Shaw and Daley Blind in that role – so much so that converted winger Ashley Young has been preferred in that position this season.
Tottenham star Danny Rose was thought to have been United’s top target but a report in Rai Sport claims that Mourinho has sanctioned a deal to land the Napoli star instead.
The 26-year-old had an impressive start to the new campaign, scoring twice and assisting three times before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Manchester City, a club he has also been linked with, in the Champions League.
The Algerian, who penned a new deal in Naples last summer, is expected to be back in action next month and it would appear that United are prepared to take a slight gamble on signing an injured player to solve Mourinho’s left-back conundrum.
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Real Madrid are planning a £500m summer raid on the Premier League, with Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and David de Gea all in their sights (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will have to increase their offer to £25m if they want to sign Jonny Evans from West Brom in January (The Sun)
Celtic are closing in on an 18-month loan deal for Chelsea playmaker Charly Musonda (Daily Mail)
Tottenham are facing a fight to keep hold of Mauricio Pochettino after Real Madrid made initial contact with his representatives (Daily Mail)
Alan Pardew says Salomon Rondon is not for sale despite interest from Chelsea (Daily Mail)
David Moyes says he is targeting “durable” players in the transfer window as too many of his current squad are injured (Daily Mail)
Tottenham have agreed terms with PSG winger Lucas Moura ahead of a £25m transfer (The Sun)
West Ham are interested in signing Troy Deeney if a deal for Daniel Sturridge falls through, although they could face competition from Stoke and Brighton for the Watford striker (The Sun)
Juventus want to sign Matteo Darmian on loan with an obligation to buy him in the summer, and Jose Mourinho is willing to let the Italian leave (The Sun)
Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow as striker Pietro Pellegri prepares to join Monaco from Genoa (Daily Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp has refused to promise Daniel Sturridge game-time at Liverpool if he chooses to remain at the club beyond January (Daily Mirror)
PSG manager Unai Emery says Neymar will become the best player in the world and that he will do it at the French side (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal and Everton are battling it out to sign Marcelo Brozovic from Inter (Daily Express)
Brendan Rodgers believes the development of young Scottish players is being hindered by poor pitches (Daily Express)
Leeds are set to complete the signing of Ajax defender Pascal Struijk, with the 18-year-old expected to link-up with their U23 side (Daily Express)
Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger has admitted the club plan to sell Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Daily Star)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been told he’ll be sold by Real Madrid in the summer – and could yet move to Manchester United (Daily Star)
Alan Pardew is facing up to the prospect of losing Jonny Evans on deadline day amid interest from Arsenal and Manchester City (Daily Telegraph)
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s congested fixture schedule will not cause him to sacrifice the club’s FA Cup ambitions (Daily Telegraph)
Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty is a target for Championship side Sunderland as Chris Coleman searches for a new striker (Daily Record)
Neil Lennon is willing to speak to the SFA about taking the Scotland job, if Hibernian grant him permission (Daily Record)
Scotland’s leading international players are set to hold crunch talks with the SFA over a possible boycott of the national team’s summer friendlies in Peru and Mexico (Daily Record)