Three Premier League clubs are on alert after Real Madrid put a top star up for sale, while the Gunners are keen on a £22m centre-back – all in Friday’s papers.
PREM TRIO ON ALERT AS REAL PUT PLAYMAKER UP FOR SALE
James Rodriguez is set to depart Real Madrid in January, with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly ready to battle for the playmaker.
The Colombian finished his two-season loan with Bayern Munich last summer, but the German giants opted against signing him permanently and brought in Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona instead.
As a result Real chiefs looked to offload the South American, with Serie A side Napoli just failing in a bid to land the 28-year-old before the summer window closed.
And despite scoring once in nine appearances for Real this term, El Desmarque reports that club president Florentino Perez has told Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes the player can leave in January.
Manchester United, who failed to bring in an attacking midfielder this summer after targeting Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen, are named as the most likely destination for the unwanted star.
It’s claimed Zidane could use Rodriguez in a player plus cash deal for Frenchman Paul Pogba, who has long been a target for the Bernabeu club.
Tottenham are also said to be admirers of Rodriguez and view him as an ideal replacement for the outgoing Eriksen, while Arsenal are still searching for fresh attacking options despite their defensive struggles this season.
Serie A champions Juventus could also make a move for the player, having already registered an interest in the player.
AND THE REST
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will not have the services of Antonio Rudiger for another month because of injury (Daily Express)
RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick is interested in taking the reins at Old Trafford if Manchester United decide to get rid of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Daily Express)
Man City winger Leroy Sane is stepping up his injury recovery in Los Angeles and is targeting a February return (The Sun)
Eric Dier is lucky to be alive after he mistook appendicitis for a regular stomach bug (The Sun)
Tottenham will miss out on nearly £20m a year without a naming rights deal for their new home (The Sun)
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he would welcome a transfer to Spain next summer (The Sun)
Bournemouth and Wolves are interested in signing 22-year-old English forward Karlan Grant from Huddersfield in January (The Sun)
Arsenal are reportedly set to battle West Ham for £22m-rated Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger in January (The Sun)
Barcelona have entered the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer race and are considering a January move for the Arsenal striker (Daily Mirror)
MLS commissioner Don Graber has claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for AC Milan (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set for a meeting with an unhappy Lucas Torreira to discuss his future at the club as he considers a January transfer exit (Daily Mirror)
Quique Sanchez Flores is already under pressure at Watford, just two months into his second reign (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will target the Bundesliga when they look to sell Granit Xhaka in January after the midfielder indicated he no longer sees a future in north London (Daily Mail)
Arsenal centre-back Sokratis has claimed it does not matter who the captain is, before calling on his team-mates to all lead by example on the pitch (Daily Mail)
Levante could be without a senior goalkeeper for their trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday after Aitor Fernandez was called in to work at his local polling station (Daily Mail)
Hibernian have spoken to former Sunderland manager Jack Ross about becoming their next boss while Nathan Jones, sacked by Stoke last week, has also been approached (Scottish Sun)
Rangers will sign St Mirren keeper Vaclav Hladky on a pre-contract deal if Wes Foderingham decides to move on (Scottish Sun)
Hearts failed in a dramatic move for Derek Adams – after he’d already agreed to become Morecambe manager (Scottish Sun)
Northern Ireland will target Tommy Wright to replace Stoke-bound Michael O’Neill (Scottish Sun)
Derek McInnes has confirmed that Aberdeen will trigger the option to sign left-back Greg Leigh from NAC Breda permanently (Daily Record)