PSG have joined the race to land an unhappy Chelsea star, while Manchester United came close to landing Newcastle’s record signing, according to Thursday’s papers.
PSG JOIN RACE FOR UNHAPPY CHELSEA ATTACKER
PSG have reportedly joined the list of clubs interested in signing Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is furious with the way he has been treated at Chelsea since he put in a transfer request.
Bayern Munich failed to land the 18-year-old attacker for £35million last month and are expected to bid again this summer, with PSG also preparing an offer, according to The Sun.
Hudson-Odoi’s determination to leave has been strengthened after just 13 minutes of Premier League action since formally asking to quit Stamford Bridge.
Under-fire Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has yet to start him in a league outing and also kept him on the bench during the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Monday night.
Hudson-Odoi was expecting to feature more after Chelsea refused to bow to his demands, while assistant manager Gianfranco Zola’s comments – that the England Under-19 forward is getting more chances than other players his age – have not helped Chelsea’s attempt to keep him at the club.
Contract talks are also not scheduled with the forward, with the club yet to submit a formal offer after opening discussions.
That situation has alerted Ligue 1 giants PSG, as it looks increasingly unlikely that Hudson-Odoi will still be a Chelsea player after the summer.
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AND THE REST
PSG are set to open contract talks with Dani Alves, who is scheduled to become a free agent this summer and understood to be of interest to Manchester City (The Sun)
Willie McKay insists the deal that took Emiliano Sala to Cardiff days before the striker died in a plane crash was “clean” (The Sun)
Tottenham are pinning their hopes of opening their new stadium this season on two test events in March (The Sun)
Barcelona have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (The Sun)
Chelsea and Liverpool are chasing Lillian Thuram’s son, Khephren, who could be available cheaply from Monaco this summer (Daily Mail)
Reading and Nigeria forward Sone Aluko, 30, is finalising a move to Chinese side Beijing Renhe (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are set to hand England striker Marcus Rashford a new six-year contract after making a breakthrough with negotiations (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Colombia forward James Rodriguez have been dealt a blow with the 27-year-old, who is on loan at Bayern Munich, suggesting he will return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of the season (Daily Mirror)
Marouane Fellaini has rejected claims his move from Manchester United to Chinese club Shandong Luneng was solely motivated by money (Daily Mirror)
Billy Sharp is set to hand Sheffield United a huge boost in their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League by signing a new contract (Daily Telegraph)
Paraguay attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron was being tracked by Manchester United before joining Newcastle, according to the 25-year-old’s agent (Newcastle Chronicle)
La Liga chief Javier Tebas has emerged as a contender to take over from Richard Scudamore as Premier League chief executive (The Times)
Emiliano Sala’s family could miss out on £600,000 compensation if his contract with Cardiff was not registered properly with the Premier League as he would not have been registered with the PFA’s pension scheme either (The Times)
Liverpool are set to tour North America rather than Asia this summer (Liverpool Echo)
Celtic fans claimed to have been set upon by Spanish police as they were drinking in Valencia the night before the clubs meet in the Europa League (Scottish Sun)
Plans for a new senior division in the SPFL that would include Old Firm colt teams have been firmly rejected during a showdown at Hampden (Daily Record)