Liverpool are readying a January move for an Atletico Madrid star amid claims he will be sold off cheaply, a top Brentford asset has responded to Manchester United links, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Arsenal will launch an official bid for a £25m forward.
JOAO FELIX BEING EYED BY LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are ready to open talks over a deal for Joao Felix amid claims that Atletico Madrid are ready to accept a huge loss on the star.
The Portuguese playmaker joined Atleti from Benfica in summer 2019 for £113m. That fee places him in the top five of the most expensive transfers of all time.
However, reports in Spain, carried by The Sun, claim Atletico are willing to cash in after he slipped down Diego Simeone’s pecking order.
Indeed, he has found himself on the fringes of the side thanks, in no small part to the revival of Thomas Lemar.
The French star has emerged from the shadows this season and is playing a crucial role for Simeone.
But with Felix missing out, they are reportedly set to cash in for a vastly-reduced fee.
Indeed, widespread reports claim they are seeking around £65m for the 21-year-old – with Liverpool leading the chase.
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Felix can play either as a No 10, a central striker or on the wings. And they report that Jurgen Klopp can very much see a role for Felix in his Liverpool side.
The Reds only brought in Ibrahima Konate this summer for £36m, so do have money to spend. And with their forward options in need of freshening up, Felix could provide the option.
The paper reports that Felix would further ignite Mohamed Salah, who is already showing why he’s one of the world’s best this season.
ARSENAL TO MAKE FORMAL BID FOR NOA LANG
Arsenal will make their interest in Club Bruges striker Noa Lang formal and are planning a £25m bid in January. (The Sun)
Mauro Icardi plans to reject any offer to join Newcastle United as his wife Wanda Nara plans to stay in Paris. (The Sun)
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette remains keen to leave Emirates Stadium and plans to snub all new contract offers. (The Sun)
Real Madrid are growing in confidence they can land Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer. (The Sun)
Fuming club chiefs have called on Premier League bigwigs to quit over the Newcastle buyout. (The Sun)
Jesse Lingard admits being reduced to tears after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020. (The Sun)
THOMAS FRANK RESPONDS TO MAN UTD LINKS
Thomas Frank says links to the Manchester United and Arsenal manager jobs were ‘very nice’ but is ‘insanely happy’ at Brentford.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see Israel and Palestine host a joint World Cup in the future. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is reportedly emerging as Real Madrid’s top transfer target for the January window. (Daily Mail)
TAMMY ABRAHAM FITNESS UPDATE
Tammy Abraham expects to be fit for Roma’s next game despite suffering an injury during England’s clash with Hungary. (Daily Mail)
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino remains determined to keep Kylian Mbappe at the club in the long term. (Daily Mail)
Pep Guardiola will likely see his wish for five substitutions in the remainder of the Carabao Cup get the green light. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United Women will reportedly hand a first-team debut to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s daughter Karna in their Continental Cup game at Durham on Thursday evening. (Daily Mail)
England will play the bulk of their next Nations League campaign in June, meaning their players face another punishing summer. (Daily Mail)
England are facing a fight against Italy and Russia as the bidding war to host Euro 2028 heats up. (Daily Star)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Newcastle United are likely to snub Frank Lampard as they sort out candidates to take over should Steve Bruce be told to leave. (Daily Star)
Mark Hughes admits he invented the legend of Fergie’s hairdryer treatment. (Daily Star)
Newcastle will reportedly battle it out with Manchester United and Chelsea for England midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham. (Daily Express)
Alessandro Bastoni’s agent wants Newcastle United to get in touch over a prospective transfer for the Inter defender. (Daily Express)
Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are in contention to play for Tottenham at Newcastle on Sunday. Argentina will no longer be on the government’s red list and they’ll no longer need to quarantine. (The Times)