Paper Talk: Rooney, Bender, Cook, Dembele linked with moves

Date published: Tuesday 24th November 2015 7:26

Wayne Rooney, lewis Cook and Lars Bender linked with moves

Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move to China, Arsenal want Lars Bender or William Carvalho, while Leeds have put a £10m price tag on Lewis Cook.


Wayne Rooney is wanted as the face of China’s bid to become a football super-power.

Approaches have been made to tempt Rooney, 30, into finishing his career in a revamped and cash-rich Chinese Super League, despite the Manchester United and England captain still having three years remaining on his current contract.

The Sun claims Chinese clubs, fresh from a new £830million TV deal, are eyeing a bona-fide world superstar to lead the league into a new era and see Rooney as a realistic target.


Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender, William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon and Nice’s Nampalys Mendy are all on Arsenal’s shortlist to replace the injured Francis Coquelin.

The Gunners revealed on Monday that they expect Coquelin to be sidelined for a minimum of two months – with Wenger admitting he’ll “do what is needed” in January to replace the midfielder.

The Daily Mail claims these targets will already be known to Wenger with his scouts regularly taking in some of Europe’s finest central midfielders – and it is Bender, Carvalho and Mendy, who have been identified.

Grzegorz Krychowiak at Sevilla, who has recently appointed an English-based agent, has been watched but he has just signed a new long-term deal with the La Liga club.

Lazio star Lucas Biglia was one of those considered during the summer of 2013; but at 29, the Gunners are unlikely to take a punt on the Argentine as their would be little sell-on value given his age.

Of the players identified, Wenger may be most tempted to move for Carvalho after the player admitted recently he is a huge admirer of the Gunners, having been a long-term fan of the club.


Leeds United have reportedly put a £10million price tag on the head of teenage midfielder Lewis Cook as a string of Premier League clubs queue up to sign the England Under-20 midfielder.

Cook, 18, is in his second season as a first-team regular at Leeds and already has 50 appearances under his belt in central midfield.

The player – who has been likened to Paul Scholes – has admirers at Manchester United, Liverpool, Stoke and Bournemouth, with the Daily Star claiming a January bidding war could be imminent.

Leeds are understood to be keen to keep hold of Cook though, and they have slapped a £10million price-tag on the 18-year-old.

Cook was only handed a new contract with Leeds at the start of the year, but it has not put off the top-flight clubs, who believe they may be able to land him in January.


– Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is a target for Manchester United (Daily Mirror)

– Tottenham are reportedly on the brink of signing Brazilian former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato (The Sun)

– Manchester United have been told an Old Trafford return for Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘impossible’ (Daily Mirror)

– Ronaldo is more likely to join French side Paris Saint-Germain than move back to Old Trafford if he does opt to leave the Bernabeu (Daily Telegraph)

– Liverpool are expected to make a bid for Empoli striker Riccardo Saponara, 23, next summer (La Nazione)

– Liverpool and Tottenham will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Lille winger Sofiane Boufal in January (Daily Express)

– Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi is a loan target for Reading and Birmingham (Daily Mirror)

– The Gunners are ready to make a January offer for 22-year-old Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, who has scored 27 goals in 48 games for the Serie A side (Tuttosport)

– Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid for Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia (Daily Express)

– Manchester United lead the race for Barcelona’s Marc Bartra as the defender considers his future at the Nou Camp (Daily Mirror)

– Brendan Rodgers’ wait for a return to football goes on after Galatasaray appointed Mustafa Denizli for his third spell as manager (Daily Express)

– Carlo Ancelotti is open to the possibility of returning to Real Madrid as manager (Daily Mirror)

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