Manchester United are ready to make a move on two Ligue 1 stars, while Tottenham are refusing to sell a top star in January – all in Tuesday’s papers.
MAN UTD SET FOR DOUBLE RAID ON LIGUE 1
Manchester United are reportedly interested in recruiting French duo Boubakary Soumare and Moussa Dembele.
Lille ace Soumare has been attracting a number of Europe’s top clubs over the last couple of years but a report on ESPN claims that United are ready to make their move for the 20-year-old.
The report adds that the Red Devils have scouted the midfielder several times this season and were in attendance when the Ligue 1 outfit drew 1-1 with Valencia in the Champions League last week, with Soumare putting in an excellent performance.
The young star is being viewed as a long-term replacement for Paul Pogba, although United are not looking to replace one of their key stars just yet – despite strong links to Real Madrid and former club Juventus.
Soumare is rated at around €35m to €40m, although he is out of contract next summer and could leave on a free.
If he did move to Old Trafford then Soumare could team up with another possible United recruit in Dembele.
United have showed an interest in the Lyon striker for many years now, following him closely when he was at Fulham and then Celtic.
It’s no secret that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still after a new central striker to replace Romelu Lukaku, and it’s thought that Dembele is keen on a return to England.
The 23-year-old forward has scored seven goals in 10 matches in Ligue 1 this season, and although Lyon are not keen to sell it’s thought that a substantial offer from the Red Devils may change their mind.
AND THE REST
Eden Hazard has revealed he spoke with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez a year before he secured a move to the Bernabeu from Chelsea (Daily Express)
Thomas Muller has jokingly rejected talk of a move away from Bayern Munich, in light of speculation linking him to a transfer to Manchester United (Daily Express)
Liverpool plan to hold back Joel Matip until after the next international break due to an ongoing knee injury (The Guardian)
Liverpool’s James Milner says he is not a fan of VAR and believes it is ruining the atmosphere of Premier League games (The Guardian)
Inter Milan will target a summer move for Jan Vertonghen after Tottenham say he is not for sale in January (Daily Mail)
Napoli are expecting Manchester United to complete the signing of Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Haaland after pulling out of the race for his signature (Daily Mail)
Danny Rose took a prominent role in organising a team bonding meal for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are eyeing Mikel Oyarzabal as a replacement for Leroy Sane according to reports (Daily Mail)
Jack Grealish’s dream of playing for England next month looks set to be scuppered by a calf issue (Daily Mail)
Gareth Bale flew to London to meet with his agent on Monday sparking more speculation that the Wales international remains unsettled in the Spanish capital (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are confident Eddie Nketiah will succeed at Leeds but have tools at their disposal to recall the striker if he continues to miss out under Marco Bielsa (The Sun)
Cristiano Ronaldo has generously sent boots to the entire Portuguese women’s U17 side – urging them to go and achieve their dreams (The Sun)
Premier League chiefs will hold VAR talks with referees on Thursday after another weekend of mayhem (Daily Mirror)
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic could reject a move to Manchester United in January in favour of a lucrative move to Qatar Stars League side Al Duhail (Daily Mirror)
Real Madrid will not pursue Paul Pogba or any of Zinedine Zidane’s other targets in January by order of club president Florentino Perez (Daily Star)
Tottenham are set to give young players such as 17-year-old Republic of Ireland forward Troy Parrott a chance rather than go into the transfer market in January (Daily Star)
Newcastle are closing in on a deal for 16-year-old Queen’s Park midfielder Reagan Thomson (Daily Record)