Mo Salah could be on a collision course with Liverpool over his commitment to Egypt, while Leeds are eyeing a cut-price striker deal, according to Friday’s newspapers.
SALAH COULD MISS START OF NEXT SEASON
Mo Salah is on a possible collision course with Liverpool after claims emerged he wants to play for Egypt at next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
His national side have secured their spot in Tokyo, which will run from July 22 to August 8 next year.
Those dates would leave him likely to miss all of pre-season and their start to the new campaign.
A young side reached the final of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, which has earned them a spot at the games.
But they will have the chance to bring in three players over the age of 23 to supplement their squad, with Salah an obvious choice.
After missing out on glory at the African Cup of Nations last summer, Salah could be tempted to try and achieve international success on one of the biggest stages possible in Tokyo.
But Liverpool will hope that his previous run-ins with the Egyptian FA, coupled with his commitment to the Reds, could prevent him featuring in the tournament.
AND THE REST
Jose Mourinho will pocket a £2m bonus if he guides Tottenham into the top-four this season (The Sun)
Unai Emery is hoping he can convince outcast Granit Xhaka not to quit Arsenal in January (The Sun)
Leicester City are ready to rival Wolves and Norwich City for Germany centre-back Robin Koch (The Sun)
Arsenal star Lucas Torreira is wanted by AC Milan and Napoli in the January transfer window (The Sun)
Maurizio Pochettino’s son Sebastiano has left his role on Tottenham’s sports science team, but his other son Maurizio remains part of the club’s U23 squad after earning his first professional deal over the summer (The Sun)
Olivier Giroud is in danger of pricing himself out of a move in January with Crystal Palace having been put off by his £120,000-a-week wage demands (Daily Mirror)
Leeds United are hoping to secure a cut-price deal for striker Matej Vydra, who is looking to end his spell at Turf Moor to get regular first-team football (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho is considering hijacking AC Milan’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and bringing him to Tottenham (Daily Telegraph)
Graham Potter has told suitors Brighton defender Ben White – a target for Liverpool and Manchester United – is not for sale (Daily Star)
Jose Mourinho did not use his long-term agent Jorge Mendes in the sensational move that took him to Tottenham this week (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke could be looking for a move in January over fears for his place in the Belgium set-up (Daily Star)
Chris Gunter will quit Reading in January as he is looking for regular club football to keep his hopes of playing for Wales at Euro 2020 alive (Daily Express)
Gareth Bale’s camp have dismissed the idea of him returning to Tottenham under Jose Mourinho as a ‘joke’ (Daily Mail)
Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are back at Manchester City as their rehabilitation from knee injuries steps up – both are expected back in action early in the New Year (Daily Mail)
West Ham, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are all interested in winger Nicolas Gaitan, who is available on a free transfer after the expiry of his deal with MLS club Chicago Fire (The Guardian)
Leicester City have begun preliminary talks with England midfielder James Maddison over a new ‘double your money’ deal – his current contract still has three-and-a-half years left to run (The Times)
Lille coach Christopher Galtier has criticised Mourinho after he took two members of his coaching team to Spurs (Evening Standard)