Manchester United have stepped up their efforts to make two new signings in January, while several stars are queuing up to walk out of Arsenal, according to Friday’s newspapers.
MAN UTD STEP UP EFFORTS TO LAND DUO
Manchester United expect to make two signings in the January transfer window, despite Ed Woodward coming under pressure for failing to move for Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino.
The Japan international attacker was said to be one of a number of players that United were tracking ahead of the January window, but the Premier League leaders stepped in to sign the forward for a bargain £7.25 million after paying his release clause.
But a report on The Evening Standard claims that the Red Devils are ready to move on from that disappointment and step up their efforts to bring in Christian Eriksen and Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.
A creative midfielder is known to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of requirements in the New Year, with Paul Pogba looking certain to move on and Juan Mata in the latter stages of his career.
Spurs star Eriksen is a major contender to move to Old Trafford, with Daniel Levy admitting recently that Tottenham would not be afraid to sell any of their contract rebels to rival Premier League clubs if the price was right.
Levy is said to be loathed to lose the player for nothing next summer and that may open the door for United to make their move for a player they have chased for more than two years.
Haaland, meanwhile, remains United’s top strike target after a deal for Juventus outcast Mario Mandzukic failed to materialise.
Solskjaer – who previously managed the 19-year-old during his time at Molde – met with the striker in Austria last week to discuss a potential move to Old Trafford.
Haaland has also visited both Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in the last 10 days, with the Bundesliga sides also keen on a player who has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances for Salzburg this season – although it is thought that the forward does favour a move to Manchester.
AND THE REST
Mauricio Pochettino will not commit to Real Madrid – because he is waiting to see if Manchester City come calling next summer (The Sun)
Riyad Mahrez has vowed to recapture the form that made him the PFA Player of the Year (The Sun)
Virgil van Dijk is a major fitness worry for Liverpool’s Club World Cup final clash against Flamengo (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United players and officials are convinced Paul Pogba has played his last game for the club (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool might have to recall centre-back Nat Phillips from his loan spell with Stuttgart to ease their defensive worries (Daily Mirror)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is desperate to leave Arsenal and is one of a few Gunners stars considering their futures (Daily Mirror)
Mesut Ozil is closing in on a January loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce, as the Arsenal midfielder looks to get his career back on track (Daily Mail)
Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is a target for Burnley, whose manager Sean Dyche is also interested in Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill and Derby County full-back Jayden Bogle (Daily Mail)
Joe Allen could be on his way out of Stoke City in January with West Ham potentially offering the Wales midfielder a chance to return to the Premier League (Daily Mail)
Chelsea hope Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back in action next month, news which could affect their January transfer plans (Daily Mail)
Wolves have reported Sporting Braga to UEFA over the treatment of their fans during last month’s Europa League group match (Daily Mail)
Carlo Ancelotti will earn £9m per season from his deal to take over as manager of Everton (The Times)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be interested in joining Everton once Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as manager is confirmed (Daily Telegraph)
Aston Villa are ready to reject the Brazilian Football Association’s move to call up £15m midfielder Douglas Luiz for international duty next year (Daily Telegraph)
Brentford, Belgian side Zulte Waregem, Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart and Dutch team Utrecht are interested in signing Aston Villa’s 21-year-old English forward Andre Green, who is on loan at Preston (Birmingham Mail)
Hearts midfielder Loic Damour has hit out at Celtic captain Scott Brown – claiming he runs roughshod over referees and has licence to do what he wants (Daily Record)
Steven Gerrard has fired a warning to Neil Lennon and told him Rangers players have the bottle for the battle (Daily Record)
Queen’s Park teenage midfielder Reagan Thompson is set to complete a dream move to Premier League side Newcastle United next month (Daily Record)
Peter Lovenkrands has emerged as a candidate to replace Angelo Alessio as Kilmarnock boss (Scottish Sun)
Celtic have been told transfer target Andraz Sporar could cost them £7m by his club Slovan Bratislava (Scottish Sun)