Manchester United have made bolstering a key position they did not in the summer a January priority, while Roma eye a Tottenham target – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD FIND TRANSFER PRIORITY
Manchester United have identified two targets as their desire to sign a right-back comes to the fore again ahead of the January transfer window, a report claims.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in Aaron Wan-Bissaka as one of his first signings at Old Trafford. The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.
Indeed, he has made 108 appearances for the Red Devils since his move from Crystal Palace in 2019.
However, reports have revealed concerns from Solskjaer that while Wan-Bissaka is one of the best defensive right-backs in the Premier League, he could improve his attacking contributions.
As such, United tried – and failed – to sign Atletico Madrid’s England international Kieran Trippier as competition this summer. Instead, their focus went on signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Still, 90min has now revealed that right-back is a United priority again ahead of January. Furthermore, Rangers’ Nathan Patterson and Norwich’s Max Aarons are on their radar.
Norwich man Aarons has impressed in his Premier League spells with the Canaries and the England Under-21 international has had previous links with Tottenham.
Patterson, 19, meanwhile, was the subject of a bid from Everton in the summer window. The Rangers star only broke into Steven Gerrard’s team in 2020, but has gained significant interest.
He also made his senior Scotland debut in June before putting in a cameo appearance at Euro 2020.
While Aarons and Patterson feature on United’s radar, they are still keeping tabs on Trippier’s situation.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Roma boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, following interest from Tottenham this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)
Fiorentina have revealed that Dusan Vlahovic has not agreed to a new contract. As such, the Arsenal and Tottenham-linked striker will move on. (Evening Standard)
Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Harry Winks wants a loan move away in January to kickstart his career. (The Times)
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is also having doubts about his future – especially with the Germany national team. (Daily Star)
Gary Lineker has revealed that Man Utd sealed Cristiano Ronaldo’s return in his back garden. (Daily Mail)
MBAPPE REVELATION REACTION CONTINUES
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has blasted Florentino Perez following the Real Madrid president’s comments on Kylian Mbappe. (Daily Mirror)
Perez claimed that there is a chance of a January deal for the striker after he revealed he wanted to sign for Madrid this summer. (El Debate)
The Glazer family have sold another 9.5million shares in Man Utd. While that represents eight per cent of their total combined ownership, they still hold 69 per cent of the club. (BBC Sport)
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted that he has not allowed himself to become distracted by transfer links with Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)
INTERNATIONAL BREAK CONTROVERSY
Premier League clubs have asked their South American players to withdraw from international duty early so they do not miss the Premier League’s return. (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, Liverpool have had a request to change the kick-off time of their upcoming clash with Watford denied. (The Telegraph)
Ninety-four percent of Newcastle United Supporters Trust members have demanded that head coach Steve Bruce resigns.
ABRAMOVICH MAKES RARE LONDON VISIT
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made a rare trip to London to see relatives, but he could visit Stamford Bridge while in the city. (Evening Standard)
Man Utd are among the Premier League clubs trying to convince some their players to have the coronavirus vaccine. (The Times)
At least five England players have refused the jab, but unvaccinated stars will still be able to play at next year’s World Cup. (Daily Mail)