Tottenham are on a mission to beat Man Utd to a £60m target, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added a Russian attacker to his wanted list, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
SPURS MAKE MADDISON THEIR TOP TARGET
Tottenham have made James Maddison their No 1 target to replace Christian Eriksen – and could move as early as January in a bid to sign the playmaker.
Eriksen looks poised to leave north London as a free agent next summer after refusing to sign a new deal and his exit would leave Tottenham with a sizeable hole to fill.
However, both the Daily Star and the Daily Mirror claims Mauricio Pochettino has identified Maddison as the man he wants to fill that void, with the club willing to spend the £60m required to sign the England squad man.
The 22-year-old, however, is wanted by Manchester United, but with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeting a striker in the January window, they are expected to wait until next summer before making their move.
And that should give Tottenham the perfect opportunity to step in, with the tabloids suggesting Pochettino almost made a move for Maddison in the summer, only to shelve that interest in the hope of persuading Eriksen to commit to a new deal.
But a big play to sign him in January could win the day for Tottenham, with Brendan Rodgers recently admitting he faces a fight to keep the star at the King Power Stadium.
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AND THE REST
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added Krylia Sovetov forward Aleksandr Sobolev to his striker targets (The Sun)
Sir Alex Ferguson will keep a close eye on Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn – before recommending the Scot to Manchester United chiefs (The Sun)
Peter Kenyon’s consortium have stepped up their £300m Newcastle takeover bid by registering a new company which will head the deal (The Sun)
River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo is in line to replace struggling Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona boss (The Sun)
Barcelona could use Antoine Griezmann in a swap deal for Neymar next summer as the French forward has still not clicked with Lionel Messi (Daily Mail)
Rangers are set to appoint Southampton’s Ross Wilson as their new director of football two years after he rejected a move to Ibrox (Daily Mail)
Lionel Messi could face issues travelling to the UK if Barcelona draw an English side in the Champions League after Brexit (Daily Mirror)
Alisson is set to make his Liverpool return against Leicester on Saturday (Daily Mirror)
Leicester defender Ben Chilwell takes tips off of ‘the best full-back in the world’ Andrew Robertson (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool’s imminent deal with Nike will see the American giants use the likes of Drake, Serena Williams and LeBron James to promote the club’s attire (Daily Mirror)
Pep Guardiola has warned Kyle Walker that his place in the Manchester City team will come under threat if Joao Cancelo continues to impress (The Times)
Loris Karius hopes to play for Liverpool again after his Besiktas loan finishes (The Guardian)