Chelsea are likely to allow a first-team star to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in January, while Man City end their interest in Lionel Messi – all in the latest Paper Talk.
BLUES TO ALLOW TOMORI LOAN
Chelsea are likely to allow defender Fikayo Tomori to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in January, according to a report.
The centre-back played a vital role under Frank Lampard in the manager’s first season in the dugout. Indeed, he played 22 games in all competitions, including 15 in the Premier League.
This season, however, the 22-year-old has struggled for minutes, making only one appearance in the top flight. Aside from that, he has only played twice in the Carabao Cup.
The England international, who was in Gareth Southgate’s thinking last year, has fallen down the pecking order due to Thiago Silva’s arrival. The 36-year-old veteran has become Lampard’s first choice, forming a solid partnership with Kurt Zouma.
As such, The Telegraph reports that, should Lampard remain free of injuries, Chelsea will make Tomori available in January.
The newspaper also notes that the defender will be one of the ‘high-profile’ players on the market.
Indeed, despite him enjoying loan spells at Championship sides Derby – and earlier Brighton and Hull – he would attract interest from Premier League clubs.
Everton were reportedly keen in the most recent transfer window but opted to sign Norwich’s Ben Godfrey.
Tomori is the second Chelsea player who, as it stands, will likely leave Stamford Bridge in January. Striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that his level of game time is “worrying” ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Manchester City have pulled the plug on a mega-deal for Barcelona icon Lionel Messi (Sky Sports)
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted concern about Sergio Aguero’s fitness (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United must act soon if they want to appoint Mauricio Pochettino, who has turned down several other offers (Daily Mail)
A senior Wolves player has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Monday’s match against Southampton (Daily Telegraph)
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta says that Christian Eriksen wants to leave the club (The Sun)
Juventus sporting director Fabio Patrici has denied reports that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave soon (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona hold a long-term interest in Man City centre-back Eric Garcia, amid their defensive crisis (Manchester Evening News)
Goal-line technology denied Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino by a centimetre against Leicester on Sunday (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, former referee Mark Halsey feels that VAR and officials are making a mockery of the game (The Sun)