A frozen-out Manchester United star is wanted in a move across the continent, while Aston Villa eye a Championship playmaker – all in the latest Paper Talk.
LINGARD WANTED ACROSS EUROPE
Inter are keen on signing Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan this month, according to a report.
The 28-year-old‘s career has stalled in recent seasons and he has been linked with a move out of Old Trafford.
Indeed, after playing at the 2018 World Cup with England, his chances have diminished under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Previous reports have claimed that West Ham are a keen admirer of the midfielder. According to the Sunday Mirror, though, Lingard has interest from Italy.
Inter boss Antonio Conte has reportedly received glowing reports about Lingard from former United duo Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young.
As such, they have convinced the manager to swoop. But a deal will only be possible if Inter can offload Christian Eriksen on loan, the newspaper adds.
Eriksen supposedly has interest from West Ham, Ajax and Wolves. However, his agent is in the midst of wrangle with the Serie A giants over payment he should have received when his client left Tottenham last January.
Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta recently said of the Denmark international’s potential exit: “He’s had a few issues to adjusting to life at Inter and he’s not functional to the team.
“But that takes nothing away from his professionalism. It’s only right to give him a chance to seek more games elsewhere. Obviously we need to find a solution.”
Meanwhile, a move across Europe for Lingard would be transformative, given that he has only played three times in all competitions this term.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has earmarked Bournemouth’s David Brooks as a January transfer target. (Sunday Mirror)
Indeed, the Bundesliga club’s CEO has admitted that he could be open to selling the club’s top talents. (Manchester Evening News)
MAN UTD FACING DEFENSIVE CRISIS
United could be without Eric Bailly for matches against Burnley and Liverpool. The Ivorian picked up a neck injury in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Watford. (Sun on Sunday)
As such, boss Solskjaer is facing a potential defensive crisis ahead of next Sunday’s showdown with the Reds. (Sunday Telegraph)
However, West Ham star Declan Rice has no interest in a move to Old Trafford. Instead, Chelsea remain on his list for a new club. (Sunday Mirror)
Mesut Ozil will offer Arsenal the chance to let him leave this month by spreading his remaining contract payments over three years. Indeed, the 32-year-old is the Gunners’ highest earner on £350,000 per week. (Sun on Sunday)
In any case, though, Arsenal will have to pay Ozil over £7million before he completes a much-touted move to Fenerbahce. (Daily Star Sunday)
WEST HAM EYE WATFORD STAR
West Ham are preparing a move for Watford’s Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr. (Sun on Sunday)
The Hammers have also been offered RB Salzburg’s Patson Daka as they hunt for Sebastian Haller’s replacement. (Sunday Mirror)
Wolves’ hopes of signing Diego Costa are fading amid the free agent striker’s wage demands. (Sunday Mirror)
PSG EYE PAUL POGBA
Paris Saint-Germain have made Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba a top summer target. (Daily Star Sunday)
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has voiced concern about Trent Alexander-Arnold’s form. (Sunday Express)
Mohamed Salah’s latest act of kindness has seen him donate oxygen tanks to his Egyptian hometown. (Sunday Mirror)