Manchester are ready to table a huge offer to try and land a Real Madrid star, while Arsenal have lined-up a Barcelona ace to replace Mesut Ozil, according to Thursday’s papers.
MAN UTD TABLE HUGE OFFER FOR REAL STAR
Manchester United have reportedly tabled a huge offer to try and sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio this month.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his United squad before the end of the month, as the Red Devils look to claw back the growing gap to Manchester rivals City.
Reports coming out of Spain suggest that Asensio is one of Mourinho’s top targets, despite the Spain star being contracted at Real until 2023 and having a crazy £443million release clause.
The report goes on to state that United’s offer is “massive”, even though the 21-year-old has been mostly used from the bench for Real this season.
It is said that both Real boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez are willing to cash in on the attacking midfielder and that Mourinho believes he can make Asensio one of the world’s best players if he moves to Old Trafford.
In 26 appearances for Real this season, Asensio has scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists, while he has started only one Champions League game and has 9 La Liga starts.
AND THE REST
Olivier Giroud is to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place as he targets a World Cup role with France (The Sun)
Tottenham have started new contract talks with Dele Alli amid transfer links with European giants including Real Madrid and PSG (Daily Mirror)
West Ham have been told that they will have to pay £15m for Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool want to reward striker Roberto Firmino with a new contract keeping him at Anfield for the rest of his career (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal want Barcelona star Rafinha to replace contract rebel Mesut Ozil (Daily Star)
Jonny Evans is weighing up his options after Manchester City and Arsenal contacted West Brom over a deal (Daily Express)
Brendan Rodgers is in no hurry to smash the Celtic’s transfer record to sign on-loan striker Odsonne Edouard from PSG (Daily Express)
Quique Sanchez Flores has emerged as a contender to become Stoke manager as the club continue to consider an approach for Martin O’Neill (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United will have to pay up to £27m to sign 22-year-old Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht in January (Manchester Evening News)
Everton have joined the race to sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott (Liverpool Echo)
Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace’s injury crisis will speed up their search for new signings this month (Daily Telegraph)
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes won’t be splashing the cash on transfer fees in a bid to end Celtic’s quest for a clean sweep (Daily Telegraph)