Manchester United are closing in on the signing of an Ecuador midfielder also wanted by West Ham, while Arsenal have joined the battle to land a Real Madrid playmaker, all in Saturday’s papers.
UNITED CLOSING IN ON ECUADOR STAR
Manchester United are reportedly set to win the race for Moises Caicedo after Ed Woodward opened talks over a deal for the Eduador international.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are facing competition from Premier League rivals West Ham for the teenage midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.
Caicedo, who has been described as a mix between Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, is currently playing fir Independiente del Valle in his homeland.
The midfielder is known for his high-energy performances and aggressive pressing. The 19-year-old can playing as a defensive midfielder or in more of attacking role and has scored six goals this season.
Caicedo has also featured during Ecuador’s World Cup qualifying campaign, earning four caps for his country and scoring once.
The player looks set to become the latest part of United’s young recruitment drive, after the Red Devils landed Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo over the summer.
The report in the Daily Record adds that executive vice-chairman Woodward has already opened discussions over a potential January move for the midfielder.
The publication claims that the Old Trafford club are trying to beat West Ham to Caicedo’s signature after David Moyes’ side also made an inquiry over his availability.
Independiente are understood to value the youngster at £5.4million, and would be looking for a 20% sell-on fee.
Discussing his ambition to “one day be in the elite of world football” in a recent television interview, the South American said: “Manchester United are my favourite club.
“I really like the game of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, I learn a lot from them every time I see them. I always try to do what they do – that’s why they are there.”
ARSENAL JOIN RACE FOR REAL STAR
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is weighing up a January move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco but faces competition from Juventus, AC Milan and Everton. (The Sun)
Bayer Leverkusen want a shock loan move for Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams. (The Sun)
Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Slavia Prague’s Abdallah Sima, dubbed the new Thierry Henry. But they face a £50m bill for his signature. (The Sun)
Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Sporting’s 18-year-old defender Nuno Mendes. (Daily Express)
Sheffield United are interested in signing Manchester United and England forward Jesse Lingard on loan in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)
NEW RASHFORD DEAL
Manchester United will enter contract talks with Marcus Rashford in early 2021 to secure his long-term future. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United reportedly have a five-man shortlist for their director of football role, including Marc Overmars. (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito has admitted they will not be able to compete financially. That is if the top clubs in Europe come for Lionel Messi. (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona are ready to sell Philippe Coutinho and have set a transfer deadline of January 24. (Daily Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly monitoring the progress of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. The player is a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum. (Daily Mail)
Carlo Ancelotti has raised the tantalising prospect of a reunion with Sami Khedira as he refused to rule out a move for the Juventus midfielder. (Daily Mail)
Sergio Aguero says he has a difficult daily battle with knee pain. He also insists he needs time after starting just three matches since June. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Juventus are offering Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi to Manchester United in their bid to bring Paul Pogba back. (Daily Mail)
Premier League clubs could raid the French market in January, in anticipation of making some bargain signings due to the collapse of the Ligue 1 TV deal. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool have no plans to recall English winger Harvey Elliot from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. (Liverpool Echo)
Crystal Palace are open to selling English defender James Tomkins next month. New West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has been linked with a move for his former player. (Evening Standard)
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has vowed none of his top stars will be sold in January. (Scottish Sun)