Paper Talk: Zlatan, Bacca, Bonucci & Koulibaly feature

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2016 10:27

Kalidou Koulibaly: Set to sign a new deal

Chelsea’s summer transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly is set to sign a new deal at Marseille with a £76m release clause.


West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has revealed he failed in a move for AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca because the striker wanted to join Arsenal. (Express)

Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris St-Germain were interested in Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 24, before he signed a new four-year contract. (London Evening Standard)

Brazil forward Neymar, 24, was close to joining Manchester United or Paris St-Germain in the summer but chose to stay at Barcelona on less money, says his agent. (ESPN Brasil)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he was always “clear and direct” with Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, during their time together at Barcelona, despite the Swede claiming otherwise. (Daily Mirror)

Guardiola is convinced he will be justified in having made Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25, his first summer buy at City after dropping interest in fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, who joined Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Guardiola and his Manchester United rival Jose Mourinho have ended their eight-year feud ahead of Saturday’s first Manchester derby of the season by shaking hands at a meeting of Premier League managers. (Sun)

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci could be over, with the 29-year-old set to sign a new contract. (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, is set to sign a new deal with a £76m release clause, just weeks after Chelsea and Everton were linked with him. (Sport Mediaset)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has warned his players that no-one, including striker Jamie Vardy, 29, and winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, is guaranteed a starting place. (Daily Express)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes 29-year-old centre-back David Luiz, a surprise summer signing from Paris St-Germain, can become one of the best defenders in the world. (Various)

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has denied that he signed striker Jonathan Benteke, 21, just to keep big brother Christian happy and the pair could line up together against Middlesbrough on Saturday. (Sun)

The prospect of a breakaway tournament of Europe’s best clubs has only increased following Uefa’s reforms of the Champions League, according to the head of Spain’s La Liga. (Daily Telegraph)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he is flattered to be compared to Manchester United great Eric Cantona. (Mirror)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has admitted Hal Robson-Kanu was NOT a transfer target in a fresh blast at the board. (Mirror)

Nice are playing ‘Russian roulette’ in singing Mario Balotelli from Liverpool, Marseille defender Rod Fanni believes. (Express)

Everton have been told it will cost in the region of £30m to acquire land for a new stadium on the banks of the river Mersey. (Guardian)

Mark Hughes has confirmed that Jack Butland is facing up to 10 weeks out following his ankle surgery. (Guardian)

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