Paper Talk: Leeds chase classy international on free transfer

Date published: Thursday 31st December 2020 8:00 - Matthew Briggs

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Leeds United are hot on the trail again for Julian Draxler, while Manchester United have a Sevilla defender in their sights and a rival Premier League club wants to land Gini Wijnaldum, all in the papers.



Paris Saint-Germain attacker Julian Draxler is once again a target for Leeds United.

The Germany international was interesting Leeds last summer, but they could not get a deal together to lure the 27-year-old across The Channel.

Now though Gazzetta dello Sport claims Leeds have once again emerged as potential suitors with Draxler set to leave for free next summer.

Leeds could face competition from Hertha Berlin, but Andrea Radrizzani is keen on giving Marcelo Bielsa some added quality to his squad.

Draxler, who admitted recently that he almost left PSG for a new challenge, has played nine times, scoring two goals and one assist this season.

The player is free to speak to foreign clubs in January with his deal set to run out in June 2021.

In October Draxler admitted he considered a move away but could not find a situation that suited him.

“In the summer I thought about trying to do something else,” Draxler said. “Due to the coronavirus situation, it was ultimately difficult to find a club where I would have said: ‘Everything fits well together, I definitely want to [come here]’.

“That was not the case, so I decided that I would not dare to take a quick shot and keep looking for my chance at Paris.”



Manchester United have reportedly identified Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as a transfer target. (Mundo Deportivo)

Tottenham have joined the queue to sign Diego Costa following his release by Atletico Madrid (La Razon)

Manchester United have renewed their interest in Norwich defender Max Aarons – but may have to wait until the summer.  (The Sun)

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert by joining Will Salthouse’s Unique Sports Management Agency. (The Sun)

Manchester United have offered Timothy Fosu-Mensah a new three-and-a-half-year contract – but the defender is considering his options amid interest from clubs abroad. (Sky Sports)


Wolves are reportedly set to rival Barcelona for the signature of Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum’s signature in the January transfer window. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are now said to have competition for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer in the form of north London rivals Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Lionel Messi has bought an apartment in Miami as he plans to quit Barcelona for transfer to David Beckham’s Inter Miami. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are reportedly in talks to sign US wonderkid Bryan Reynolds from MLS outfit FC Dallas. (Daily Mail)

Watford are close to finalising a deal for Danish winger Philip Zinckernagel whose contract with Norwegian champions Bodo Glimt expires on January 1. (Daily Mail)

Rangers and Fulham are expected to enter the race for Celtic transfer target Alfie Doughty, who has been compared to Gareth Bale. (Daily Express)



Juventus could be interested in bringing veteran striker Fernando Llorente back to the club (Tuttosport)

Barcelona will not be sending Riqui Puig out on loan in January (Fabrizio Romano)

Napoli are eyeing up a possible loan move for Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri (Corriere dello Sport)#


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Schalke 04 are working on a deal to try to bring Sead Kolasinac back to the club (Sky Germany)

Villareal have confirmed the signing of former Tottenham Hotspur and Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue for an undisclosed fee.

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Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan is open to leaving Brighton after being told he wasn’t needed by the club. (The World Game)

Preston North End are closing in on a deal for released Fleetwood Town striker Ched Evans (Football Insider)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce revealed he will look to bolster his squad during the January transfer window if the options are available (Various)

Turkish giants Galatasaray want to sign Aston Villa and Egypt midfielder Trezeguet, 26, on loan in January. (Vatan)

Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry are in contention to sign England Under-20s winger Jack Clarke, 20, on loan from Tottenham next month. (Football Insider)

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