Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have seen efforts to pinch two Chelsea stars fail by the awarding of new deals, while Divock Origi is ready to resurrect his career with a surprise January transfer, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
CHELSEA PAIR READY TO COMMIT
Chelsea are planning to offer Antonio Rudiger an improved contract after the defender solidified his position as first-choice centre-back this season.
The player was in and out of former manager Antonio Conte’s side, but the Germany international has become a trusted member of Maurizio Sarri’s side and has made one of their centre-half positions his own this season.
The 25-year-old has emerged as a potential target for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in recent weeks but the Daily Mail claims Rudiger will be offered an extended deal with new wages of around £100,000 a week as a reward for his improved form.
And Rudiger won’t be the only Chelsea player set to sign a new deal, with ESPN reporting that Marcos Alonso has also signed a new contract with the Blues.
The Spain wing-back has been linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past year, but it seems his best years are now set to remain at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, however, may be about to lose a star in January, with Victor Moses latest player to be open to leaving the club in January.
Moses was a firm favourite under previous boss Antonio Conte, but has fallen out of favour under Sarri and is looking to leave when the winter window opens, claims the Daily Star.
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AND THE REST
Former Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus says Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 25, is ready for a move to Real Madrid (The Sun)
Liverpool and Merseyside Police are on alert ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match despite Red Star fans being banned from the clash at Anfield (The Sun)
Mauricio Pochettino fears Spurs fans could be targets for Dutch hooligans ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against PSV (The Sun)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho banged on the Chelsea dressing room door to demand an apology from Marco Ianni after their dugout bust-up (The Sun)
Chelsea target Krzysztof Piatek has been given a £35m price tag (The Sun)
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has flown in from Athens and addressed the club’s players after becoming frustrated at an inconsistent season (Daily Mail)
Neil Redfearn has left Newcastle United’s coaching staff three weeks after joining (Daily Mail)
The British & Irish Lions are on a slippery slope as the new English domestic season extension threatens their competitive future (Daily Mail)
FIFA’s latest plans for an annual tournament for the world’s leading club sides will be opposed by UEFA (Daily Telegraph)
Fulham defender Tim Ream has accused his own team-mates of not showing the stomach for the fight (Daily Mirror)
Eric Dier wants Tottenham to use Real Madrid as their inspiration to fight their way out of their tightest Champions League corner yet (Daily Star)