Paper Talk: Arsenal chase cheaper midfield alternative from Scotland

Date published: Saturday 2nd January 2021 8:42

Ryan Christie TEAMtalk

Arsenal will sound out Kieran Tierney as they prepare to make a move for Celtic’s Ryan Christie, while Liverpool could sanction a move for a Real Madrid man, all in the papers.

ARSENAL TRACK CHRISTIE

Arsenal are interested in Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie, according to a report.

Scotland international Christie is a key man for the Hoops and the Scotland national side. His contract is running down though at Parkhead and will expire in June 2022.

That has put a number of teams on alert including Arsenal, who are looking to add some creativity to their midfield.

The 25-year-old has not given any clues about a new deal and Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton, Brighton and Burnley, are all interested, according to 90 Min.

Isco, Houssem Aouar and Dominik Szoboszlai have all been linked with Arsenal, but Christie will be a cheaper alternative.

The Gunners are also likely to sound out his close pal Kieran Tierney about a move for Christie, 25.

The pair remain close from their time together at Celtic and Arsenal have been delighted at the way Tierney has performed since his switch south.

LIVERPOOL WATCH ASENSIO SITUATION

Marco Asensio TEAMtalk

Marco Asensio could be put on the market for around £70m at Real Madrid and Liverpool and Man City are monitoring the situation (Don Balon)

Everton are considering whether to offer Gylfi Sigurdsson a new contract (Daily Mail)

Manchester United believe they can sign 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for less than £100m this year. (90 Min)

New Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with two of his former Tottenham players – England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, and Inter Milan’s Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 28. (AS)

Angers forward Stephane Bahoken is attracting interest from the Premier League with Wolves interested (Ouest France)

 

 

 

LIVERPOOL BLOCK SHAQIRI MOVE

Xherdan Shaqiri TEAMtalk

Liverpool have changed their stance on Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, and will not allow him to leave this month. (Liverpool Echo)

Mikel Arteta is unsure whether German midfielder Mesut Ozil will return to the squad. The 32-year-old has not played for Arsenal this season. (Sky Sports)

Jose Mourinho says it would be a “big surprise” if Tottenham are busy in the January window and insists he will not ask chairman Daniel Levy for reinforcements. (Various)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he is unconcerned by renewed speculation over the future of Wilfried Zaha, with AC Milan and Paris St-Germain the latest teams to be linked with the 28-year-old Ivory Coast forward. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund are interested in Manchester City’s 18-year-old Dutch winger Jayden Braaf. (Bild)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has dismissed suggestions that Croatia midfielder Luka Modric 35, Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 34, and Spain utility player Lucas Vazquez, 29, will leave the club. (TEAMtalk)

Arsenal’s English defender Rob Holding, 25, is close to agreeing a new long-term contract, ending the hopes of top-flight teams seeking to take him on loan. (Telegraph)

LAMPARD HAS ‘IDEAS’

Frank Lampard Chelsea TEAMtalk

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has “ideas” for the January transfer window, but may have to trim his squad size through sales and loans before he is in a position to spend. (Goal)

USA utility player DeAndre Yedlin, 27, could still have a role to play at Newcastle this season – despite talk of a January exit and interest from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Juventus are considering a move for Shandong Luneng’s 35-year-old former Italy forward Graziano Pelle, who has been linked with West Ham.(Goal)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will not stand in the way of any players who want to leave this month but says there have been no approaches for 29-year-old Turkey forward Cenk Tosun. (Liverpool Echo)

Brighton do not expect to sell any key players in January, despite the Covid-related cash crisis, but some members of the squad may leave on loan. (Argus)

WOLVES WANT COSTA

Diego Costa TEAMtalk

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed he plans to prioritise a striker in January, with free-agent Diego Costa tops his wanted list. (Daily Mail)

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves are “ready to make decisions” in the January transfer window. (Express & Star)

Wolves are leading West Brom and Fulham in the race to sign Grimsby’s 19-year-old English defender Mattie Pollock. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels, 26, has been linked with a return to his native Belgium this month. (Voetbal24)

Dundee United have submitted a bid for Airdrieonians’ 20-year-old French forward Thomas Robert, who has also been linked with Rangers and Celtic. (Football Insider)

The Football Association has warned clubs that they must fulfil FA Cup third-round ties next week even if they have only 14 players Covid-free and available. (Telegraph)

Brighton & Hove Albion are considering a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a replacement for Mat Ryan. (Daily Mail)

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is wanted by Marseille (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Real Madrid have identified young Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes as their preferred replacement for Marcelo (AS)

RB Leipzig have slapped a £27m price tag on Christopher Nkunku as Real Madrid weigh up a move for the French midfielder with Luka Modric’s future uncertain at the club. (Daily Mail)

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