Paper Talk: Utd linked with £35m Rakitic; starlet to snub Reds

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2016 8:15

Ivan Rakitic: Man U link

Liverpool have been linked with two strikers, while Man City have targeted the long-term replacements for Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, all in the papers.


Liverpool are reportedly set to battle it out with Real Madrid for Valencia teenage striker Fran Navarro.

Spanish publication SuperDeporte claim Liverpool could make a move for him in January but will face competition from Real.

The 18-year-old has not yet played for Valencia’s first team and is certainly seen as one for the future by Jurgen Klopp. The club have strong links with Los Che having signed Pedro Chirivella, who made his first-team bow last season, in 2013.

Klopp is believed to have been tracking the player’s performances for Valencia’s youth sides this season and he could decide to make an offer for the centre forward/winger in January.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have joined the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Polish striker Lukasz Teodorczyk.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim the Reds and West Ham are keeping track of the 25-year-old, who is on loan at Anderlecht. Teodorczyk has been in brilliant form, scoring 20 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions and the Belgian club are believed to have a buying option on he player.


Aston Villa, Stoke, Everton, Sunderland and West Brom have been linked with Teodorczyk, while his eye-catching form has also seen Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen mentioned as potential suitors.

The player’s contract is up in June 2017, but Anderlecht are rumoured to be ready to take up their option on the £12m-rated forward and it will depend how tight the conclusive the paperwork is.


Manchester City are believed to have targeted Southampton Virgil van Dijk and William Carvalho as they look to replace Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.

Liverpool have been linked with Southampton defender Van Dijk recently and his displays this term have seen a host of scouts tracking the former Celtic centre-back, including representatives from City. Pep Guardiola is understood to have had the 25-year-old watched in Saints’ recent goalless draw with Liverpool.

The Dutch star is contracted to Southampton until 2022 and Claude Puel is desperate to keep hold of the player who cost them £11.5million from Celtic just 18 months ago. He will cost far more than that now after renewing his contract in May this year and a figure north of £20million is sure to be the price tag imposed by Puel.

The Daily Mail claim: “He is a prime target for January and Southampton are bracing themselves for offers when the window opens and are making plans of their own to buy.”

William Carvalho: Buy-out clause raised to £35m

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Carvalho is also a target to replace Toure, who has just returned to the starting line-up.

Forget the fact that Carvalho and Toure are completely different players. The Report tells us City are “firm admirers” of the Sporting Lisbon holding midfielder, although they may wait until the summer to make their move.

Sporting currently sit second in the Portuguese top flight are not interested in selling one of their most influential players in the middle of the season.

Carvalho has a €50million buyout close in his contract, which runs until 2020 and has been linked with Arsenal and Man Utd in the past.


Gareth Bale is set for longer on the sidelines than initially estimated because of an ankle injury, with the Real Madrid forward understood to be facing four months out. (AS)

Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun has claimed he would consider a move to Liverpool. (Daily Express)

Southampton manager Claude Puel has described reports linking Van Dijk with Liverpool in the January transfer window as “speculation and rumour”. (TalkSPORT)

Toby Alderweireld’s return from injury seems imminent after the 27-year-old completed two double training sessions with the Tottenham squad this week. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea will hold off until the summer to make a £50m move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly because he will be on Senegal duty in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Sun)

Jose Mourinho is trying to coax Ivan Rakitic away from Barcelona to Manchester United in a £35m deal. (Daily Star)

Ivan Rakitic

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to spend heavily in the January transfer window, with strengthening the defence a priority.(Sun)

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists striker Odion Ighalo, 27, remains part of his plans despite his poor start to the season. (Express)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, says he is unlikely to play again for Manchester City once his loan spell at Torino ends. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are set to miss out on Wales Under-19 midfielder Ethan Ampadu, with Arsenal favourites to sign the 16-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Roberto Mancini has joined ex-England boss Sam Allardyce in declaring an interest in taking over at Crystal Palace as the pressure intensifies on Alan Pardew. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has admitted he may be forced to retire after his horror car crash in September. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are ready to resist renewed West Ham efforts to snatch Daniel Sturridge in the January window. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham are ready to cut their losses on Diego Fabbrini just a year after snapping him up for £1.5m from Watford. (Daily Mirror)

Derby boss Steve McClaren wants to sign Hearts’ Scottish international full-back Callum Paterson in January. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are eyeing a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window and have drawn up a three-man shortlist to bolster their options. (Liverpool Echo)

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says “the money is there” for a takeover of the club, but that they are “waiting for Chinese bureaucracy”. (Football Italia)

Barcelona have edged ahead of Everton in the race for the signature of Ajax star defender Davinson Sanchez. (Sun)

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