Paper Talk: Real Madrid star refuses to join Arsenal’s sinking ship

An unwanted Real Madrid man has turned down Arsenal, while Man Utd will offer £55million for Erling Braut Haaland after deciding against a move for Mario Mandzukic, all in the papers.



Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has rejected the idea of a move to Arsenal, according to a report in Spain.

Marca claim the Colombia star is not keen on joining what looks like a sinking ship in north London.

The Gunners had been contemplating the possibility of making a move for Rodriguez in January, but the 28-year-old appears determined to stay with Los Blancos and attempt to win over manager Zinedine Zidane.

It appears that Madrid have been hawking around Rodriguez, but with little success.

El Desmarque on Thursday claimed that Florentino Perez wanted to ‘shake the tree’ in January and get a deal for Man Utd’s Paul Pogba done.

It claimed that Perez was trying to bring down the €188m asking price that United have put on Pogba and is planning to offer €85m plus attacking stars Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz.



Borussia Dortmund are believed to be interested in trying to sign Olivier Giroud (Kicker)

Borussia Dortmund are willing to listen to offers for England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, as early as January. (Independent)

Former Manchester City youth player Sancho is the missing piece of the jigsaw which would make Liverpool’s attack even more fearsome than it already is, according to ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher. (Star)

Arsenal assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg could take over the Gunners on a temporary basis if the club decide to sack manager Unai Emery. (Times)



West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has two games to save his job after a run of eight matches without a win. (Mail)

Ryan Sessegnon will not be leaving Tottenham during the January window (The Sun)

Wolves and Southampton have given up on their pursuit of Atalanta-owned winger Dejan Kulusevski (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Spain coach Luis Enrique offered Robert Moreno the chance to work with him after being offered a job by a Premier League club this month (AS)

Liverpool fear Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 26, will be out for four to six weeks with the ankle injury he sustained against Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Mail)

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has denied RB Leipzig have a clause allowing them to buy 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Bild)

Ed Woodward and Co. are prepared to offer £55million for sought-after teenager Haaland, who has scored 26 goals in 18 appearances this season. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United have dropped their interest in Juventus’ 33-year-old former Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic. (The Athletic)

Rennes have placed a £51m price tag on 17-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer £73m plus James Rodriguez and Mariano to Manchester United for Paul Pogba and could make an offer in January. (El Desmarque)

Borussia Dortmund are targeting Mandzukic, plus Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, in January. (Bild)

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Tottenham Hotspur target Bruno Fernandes is still keen to leave Sporting Lisbon, despite signing a new contract with a release clause of £85m. There is an agreement allowing the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder’s exit if an offer of £60m arrives. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain forward and France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, 20, will join Real Madrid. (Le Parisien)

AC Milan remain keen to sign 21-year-old Juventus and Turkey defender Merih Demiral, who has been linked with Manchester City and Arsenal. (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid’s Uruguay midfielder Fede Valverde, 21, has signed a contract extension until 2025 with a 750m euro (£640m) release clause. (Marca)

Flamengo have opened discussions with Atletico Madrid’s Brazil-born former Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 31. (

Chelsea will hold further talks with Brazil winger Willian, 31, over his future after the player claimed he has not been offered a new contract, despite the club’s insistence that he has. (Telegraph)

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign 19-year-old Spurs and England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon three times from Fulham while he was Manchester United manager. (Mirror)

Minnesota United’s Canadian goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, 22, is set for a two-week trial at Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

Jermain Defoe is prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay at Rangers beyond the end of the season when his loan from Bournemouth expires. (The Sun)

Lewis Baker is upset with the lack of playing time he has received since leaving Chelsea on loan to join Fortuna Dusseldorf.  (The Sun)



Roy Hodgson says he would not guarantee Liverpool’s England Under-21 striker Rhian Brewster, 19, games at Crystal Palace despite talk of a loan approach in January. (

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says it is too early to know whether England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29, will be at the club beyond January. Drinkwater is on loan from Chelsea but has not played for the Clarets’ first team since suffering ankle ligament damage in a nightclub fight in September. (Sky Sports)

Hull City owner Assem Allam insists the club would resist offers of up to £20m for Newcastle United target Jarrod Bowen, the 22-year-old English forward, in the January window. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Ham’s Ghana-born goalkeeper Joseph Anang, 19, has been promoted to first-team training before Saturday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said the Eagles tried to sign CSKA Moscow’s Russian striker Fedor Chalov, 21, last summer but could not agree a deal. (Sport Witness)

Everton are targeting Nottingham Forest’s English defender Joe Worrall, 22. (Football Insider)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping the Glazer family will make funds available for January moves to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and RB Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland. (Express)

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