Paper Talk: Arsenal plotting City raid for perfect Arteta recruit

Date published: Thursday 3rd December 2020 8:23

Arsenal are planning moves in the January transfer window and are lining up a raid on Man City, while Tottenham have an experienced campaigner in their sights, all in the papers.



Arsenal are mulling over a move for Manchester City defender John Stones, says a report.

Eurosport claim the Gunners are looking to sign a new centre-half  in January to further bolster Mikel Arteta’s defence.

Arteta knows Stones well from his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City. Arteta believes Stones is a perfect fit for his side’s style and his lacking of minutes at The Etihad may be enough to lure him south.

Arsenal have apparently been asked to be kept informed about the 26-year-old’s situation.

Arteta has revealed that he is planning for new arrivals with Edu.

“We are planning, talking with Edu and with the club about the things we can do in January,” said Arteta.



Sami Khedira, Matthijs de Ligt

Tottenham Hotspur are the club most interested in Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, though Manchester United, West Ham and Everton also hold an interest. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Manchester United’s hopes of signing AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu have increased with no advanced negotiations about a contract extension between Calhanoglu and Milan (Sky Germany)

Aston Villa believe 25-year-old England midfielder Jack Grealish, who has been linked with Manchester City, is worth at least £100m. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 28, says he wants to play with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, again and they have to “do it again next season”. The pair played together at Barcelona before Neymar joined PSG. (ESPN)

Inter Milan would be prepared to sell Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 25, to Tottenham for £45m next month. (Sun)

Dutch central defender Perr Schuurs, 21, who has been linked with Liverpool, insists he is not yet ready to leave Ajax. (Mirror)


Mauricio Pochettino TEAMtalk

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ahead of Real Madrid reserve team coach Raul as the leading candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane, should Real decide to dispense with the Frenchman. (Marca)

Pochettino is thought to be keen on a move to Paris St-Germain and could replace Thomas Tuchel. (Talksport)

Zinedine Zidane has lost confidence in a number of his players including former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, the 29-year-old Belgium international. (Sport)

Zidane has the backing of Real Madrid’s board and players at present, but the coach’s future could be determined by the team’s next three matches. (ESPN)

West Ham are in talks with manager David Moyes over an extension of his contract, which expires at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa assistant John Terry would look to take former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole to Derby as part of his management team if he is appointed as Phillip Cocu’s permanent replacement. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says it is not up to him whether the club sell England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, in January. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have been monitoring Manchester United’s Brandon Williams, with the 20-year-old England Under-21 left-back likely to be made available for loan in January. (Newcastle Chronicle)


Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he and technical director Edu are making plans for the January transfer window and what could be an “unpredictable” market. (London Evening Standard)

Werder Bremen have ruled out selling Kosovo midfielder Milot Rashica in the January transfer window despite reports that Aston Villa could revive their interest in the 24-year-old. (Birmingham Mail)

Leicester City could rekindle their interest in Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 28, with Real Betis planning to sell him to strengthen elsewhere in January. (La Razon)

France attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar, 22, who was linked with Arsenal in the summer, says he is happy he stayed at Lyon. (RMC Sport, via Get French Football News)




The takeover of Burnley by an American sports investment firm has moved a step closer with the Premier League set to approve the £200m deal. (Times)

The Premier League will not attempt to provide Covid-19 vaccines for footballers ahead of the general population. (Telegraph)

Broadcasters are set to continue to provide fake crowd noise for televised football, despite the return of supporters. Sky Sports and BT Sport will use a blend of noise from supporters in the ground and artificial crowd noise, which has been available since matches returned behind closed doors in June. (London Evening Standard)


Jurgen Klopp has revealed he wanted to sign Diogo Jota three years ago after the Liverpool boss saw him play for Wolves in his debut. (The Sun)
Arsene Wenger has reportedly rejected a big-money offer to return to football with Serbia. (The Sun)

Erling Haaland has been ruled out for the remainder of 2020 after suffering a hamstring injury. (The Sun)

Chelsea are reportedly targeting a free move for out-of-contract Bayern Munich star David Alaba – which could see Frank Lampard cool his interest in Declan Rice. (Daily Star)


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