A top Manchester United midfield target is keen on a move to Old Trafford next summer, while the reasons for Newcastle’s failed move for Hamza Choudhury have been revealed – all in Thursday’s Paper Talk.
TOP TARGET WANTS 2022 MAN UTD MOVE
According to the Manchester Evening News, United are expected to step up their pursuit of a defensive midfielder – with Rice considered a realistic option.
The MEN previously claimed that while Rice was keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer, the Red Devils were actually cool on doing a deal.
Rice is being lined up as a replacement for Nemanja Matic at United, while he is also considered an upgrade on Fred and possibly Scott McTominay.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was actually expected to upgrade his engine room this summer. However, the club opted to secure deals for Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane instead.
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United are expected to push champions Manchester City all the way in the title race this season. But despite that, it appears that they already have one eye on their transfer business for next summer.
Solskjaer’s men take on Newcastle at Old Trafford in their next Premier League outings on September 11.
NEWCASTLE IN FAILED MIDFIELDER MOVE
Newcastle United’s attempt to sign the Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury fell through because the club would not match the loan fee and the player’s salary. (The Times)
Manchester rivals United and City are set to go head-to-head again next summer – for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. (The Sun)
Manchester United will reportedly receive just £5 from each of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt sales following his return to the club. (The Sun)
Chelsea made around £38m in profit this summer despite spending a club-record £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)
Martin Odegaard is not a fan of Arsenal’s All or Nothing documentary as he admits he cannot be himself in front of the cameras. (The Sun)
Massimiliano Allegri has been left furious by Juventus’ below-par transfer window that saw Cristiano Ronaldo leave for Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)
EVERTON THWARTED IN VAN DE BEEK SWOOP
Everton were thwarted in a late attempt to sign Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United after they were told the Netherlands international remains part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea defender Malang Sarr has been left in transfer limbo after seeing his deadline day move to Greuther Furth collapse in the final hours. (Daily Mail)
Eden Hazard has hit out at claims he ‘is always injured’ as he says he is determined to prove his worth to Real Madrid this season. (Daily Mail)
MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Barcelona have refused to give up on their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo despite seeing a reported £50m offer for the midfielder rejected on transfer deadline day. (Daily Mail)
Brazil superstar Willian has sealed an emotional homecoming to his boyhood club Corinthians and marked the occasion with a tear-jerking moment with his father. (Daily Mail)
Leigh Griffiths has accused Neil Lennon of slating him because he wants to make himself relevant. (Daily Record)
Nikica Jelavic fully expects to see compatriot Niko Katic back at Ibrox next season. (Daily Record)
Hearts are keen on bringing former Rangers and Scotland winger Barrie McKay back to Scotland. (Scottish Sun)