Paper Talk: £5m bid for Blackburn star; Man Utd to move for Roma star

Date published: Friday 31st August 2018 8:40

Manchester United could move for a €30million man in January and Blackburn are fighting hard to keep hold of star midfielder Bradley Dack, all in Friday’s papers.



Jose Mourinho could still make a January move for Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to a report.

The Daily Express claims Mourinho has been tracking the 22-year-old since last January when Chelsea were also interested, but “United could still make their move 12 months later, after a disappointing summer transfer window”.

Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Roma want to keep Pellegrini after losing Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman earlier this window and they have offered the central midfielder a new contract, despite being tied to the club until 2022.

The new deal includes a significant pay rise and Roma apparently want to either double his existing €30million release clause or remove it totally.

Juventus and Inter Milan are also believed to be keen on Pellegrini, who made 37 appearances for Roma last season.



Everton are confident they will keep hold of Ademola Lookman, despite interest in the English winger from RB Leipzig, who are willing to pay £25m for the 20-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

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Chelsea rejected the chance to sign Lyon and France midfielder Nabil Fekir, 25, in the summer, according to the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas. Fekir had been a target for Liverpool. (Mail)

French champions Paris St-Germain are hoping to conclude a deal for 29-year-old Stoke City and Cameroon striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. (Mail)

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim are targeting Arsenal’s 18-year-old English forward Reiss Nelson on a season-long loan. (Metro)

Friends of Ed Woodward insist his relationship with Jose Mourinho is better than ever. (Mail)

Harry Kewell is set to leave Crawley and take over as boss at Notts County.  (Mail)

Strasbourg and Lazio are interested in signing PSG’s American teenager Timothy Weah, 18, on loan. (L’Equipe)

Ivorian Wilfried Bony, 29, could be set for a move to Galatasary from Swansea City as Swans boss Graham Potter looks to offload the striker to reduce the club’s wage bill. (WalesOnline)

With Bony linked with a move abroad, Real Madrid’s Spanish forward Dani Gomez, 20, could join the Championship club on loan. (WalesOnline)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 32, says he wants to stay at Real Madrid “for many years to come,” as club president Florentino Perez said Inter Milan wanted to “pay nothing” in their pursuit of the player earlier in the summer. (Football Italia)

Liverpool’s Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 24, is set to complete a loan move to Greek side PAOK. (Mirror)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says he turned down the chance to sign former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 35. (Talksport)

Aston Villa are set to sign French defender Harold Moukoudi, 20, on loan from Le Havre before a potential £10m January deal. (Mirror)

Blackburn will not allow Bradley Dack, 24, to leave the club after rejecting an offer in excess of £5m for the English midfielder from West Brom. (Sky Sports)

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo will officially buy La Liga club Real Valladolid on Monday. (AS)

Hull have joined QPR in making an offer to take Aston Villa’s English defender Tommy Elphick, 30, on a season-long loan. (Sky Sports)

Middlesbrough’s move for Millwall’s Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville, 25, could lead to English winger Marvin Johnson leaving for Sheffield United and Millwall signing Sheffield United’s English defender Ryan Leonard, 26. (Teesside Live)

Middlesbrough will seal a deadline day loan move for Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon. (Sun)

UEFA are plotting a third European club competition to run alongside the Champions League and Europa League. (Sun)

New Real Madrid signing Mariano Diaz is set to take Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic No 7 shirt. (Sun)

Ed Woodward has increased his attendance at Manchester United training sessions as concerns grow over their start to the season. (Times)

Steven Gerrard wants to make striker Dominic Solanke the latest Liverpool player to join Rangers on loan. (Star)

Brentford boss Dean Smith has threatened to complain about Jon Moss to the referees chief after he swore at their physio. (Sun)

Danny Simpson, 31, and Andy King, 29, are expected to leave Leicester before the close of Friday’s international transfer window. (Leicester Mercury)

Former England midfielder Gareth Barry, 37, will play a big part for West Brom this season, according to manager Darren Moore. (Express and Star)

Jose Mourinho TEAMtalk

Manchester United have denied talk of a rift between manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. (Guardian)

Tottenham are struggling to sell the naming rights to their new stadium because of the £200m price tag placed on it by Daniel Levy. (Telegraph)

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