Paper Talk: Sterling demands shock; Benzema in Man Utd, Chelsea hint

A Real Madrid star will seek a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea if he doesn’t get the new deal he wants, while Tottenham face a battle to keep Heung-min Son, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Karim Benzema has told Real Madrid he will leave the club if they don’t hand him the new deal he feels he’s worth.

The Daily Express, citing Spanish publication Don Balon, claims Benzema will use reported interest in him from Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal to negotiate himself improved terms with the European champions.

The Spanish outlet has described Benzema’s actions as “a threat” to Real president Florentino Perez, with the French striker said to feel undervalued by the Spanish giants.

Despite having an indifferent campaign last time out, Benzema still finds his name linked with the big-hitting Premier League duo and it’s said they could come calling if talks continue to hit a brick wall.

Both Don Balon and Diario Gol reckon Benzema could command wages in excess of £180,000 a week if he moved to the Premier League and will instruct his agent to pursue a move to England should Real not meet his demands.


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Manchester City and Raheem Sterling have reached a stalemate in contract discussions for the forward, with the forward looking to lift his pay from £170,000 a week to £270,000 a week – and parity with top earner Kevin De Bruyne (The Guardian)

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s attack trumps PSG’s ahead of their Champions League clash (The Guardian)


Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son has emerged as a £60m transfer target for Bayern Munich after evading military service, according to reports (The Sun)

Marcelo Bielsa says it is too early to tell if long-suffering Leeds can keep up their promotion tilt (The Sun)

John McGinn has revealed that Celtic were “tugging on the heartstrings” when he joined Aston Villa (The Sun)

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is leaving Arsenal to join Italian giants AC Milan (Daily Mail)

Fulham will offer keeper Marcus Bettinelli a new deal this month (Daily Mail)

Marcus Rashford is set for a rare Manchester United start when Jose Mourinho’s men begin their Champions League campaign against Young Boys (Daily Mirror)

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has declared he is not keen on the idea of having La Liga matches played abroad (Daily Express)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez to follow Portuguese 24-year-old team-mate Bernardo Silva’s example (Daily Express)

Rio Ferdinand fears that Marcus Rashford has lost his “spark” under Jose Mourinho, saying the Manchester United manager has failed to demonstrate his faith in the young forward (Daily Telegraph)

James Tarkowski has warned that Burnley could go from Europa League hopefuls to relegation battlers in the same season (Daily Telegraph)


The lack of English players in the Champions League may be harming the national team’s prospects of success, according to new research (The Times)