Paper Talk: United’s world record bid; Blues eye PSG ace

Date published: Saturday 29th October 2016 9:35

Manchester United are ready to smash the world record transfer fee again, while Chelsea are linked with a midfielder in Saturday’s papers.


Luis Suarez: At the double for Barcelona

Manchester United are ready to break their own transfer record in order to bring Luis Suarez to the club from Barcelona, according to Don Balon via the Daily Express.

The Red Devils splashed out £89million in the summer to seal the return of Paul Pogba, but are reportedly willing to part with £135million to sign the former Liverpool striker and significantly boost their forward options.

The Uruguayan has already reached double figures for Barcelona so far this season and smashed in 59 goals in 53 appearances last term. He is seen as the perfect choice for the Red Devils, who are looking at replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Arch-rivals Manchester City are also said to be interested in the forward, who has yet to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Neymar by signing a new contract at the Camp Nou, and believe they have the upper hand due to Pep Guardiola and club executive Ferran Soriano both maintaining strong links with the Catalan club.


Pastore: Linked with BPL switch

Chelsea’s search for a new midfielder has taken them towards Paris-Saint Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, according to the Daily Star.

The Argentine is struggling for regular first-team action with the French champions and is reportedly ready to quit the club in January in order to start a new chapter in his career.

Conte has kept an eye on the midfielder all summer and is apparently willing to reignite his interest, but the Blues do have strong competition from mega-rich Chinese clubs to fend off if they are to land the 27-year-old.


Antonio Rudiger

Jose Mourinho is plotting a revamp of his defence and is targeting Roma’s Germany defender Antonio Rudiger. The 23-year-old is valued at £35m by the Serie A club (Daily Mail)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is understood to have rejected an early return to management with Wolves (Times)

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 29, wants to make his loan spell at Sevilla permanent in the summer (Sun)

Fiorentina midfielder Josip Ilicic wants to leave the Italian club and the 28-year-old is a target for Leicester City (Calciomercato)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says contract negotiations with midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, are “moving along” (London Evening Standard)

French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 27, is ready to snub a Premier League return and sign a new deal with Spanish side Sevilla (Mirror)

On-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere, 24, says being dropped by England prompted his decision to leave Arsenal (Daily Mail)

Italian side Roma are interested in signing 22-year-old Manchester United winger Memphis Depay in January (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, 32, says the Baggies will be able to attract better players to the club now manager Tony Pulis has signed a new deal (Birmingham Mail)

Everton outcast Oumar Niasse could be on his way to Galatasaray. The 26-year-old Senegal striker has been linked with a January move to the Turkish club (Mirror)

Former Liverpool academy coach Karl Robinson says the Anfield club “kidnapped” 18-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold from rivals Everton (5Times, via Liverpool Echo)

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes wants to sign goalkeeper Lee Grant, 33, who is on loan at the club from Derby County, on a permanent deal in January (Stoke Sentinel)

Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United was two years in the making, according to the 23-year-old France midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola (Financial Times)

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 35, wants to stay at Porto for “a long time” (Marca – in Spanish)

Ex-Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs says he fears bitter rivals Liverpool could win the title this year (Telegraph)

Manchester United coach Warren Joyce will meet Wigan about becoming their new manager this weekend

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