Man United are set to revive interest in a long-term target while Chelsea are poised to miss ou...
Man United are set to revive interest in a long-term target while Chelsea are poised to miss out on an Italian defender once and for all, according to Monday’s newspapers.
United Keen On Coleman
Everton are bracing themselves once again with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing full-back Seamus Coleman this January.
According to the Irish Independent, Jose Mourinho was planning to make a move in the summer but decided to strengthen other key areas instead. However, he is now ready to make the right-back slot his number one priority in the winter window.
Antonio Valencia is apparently only viewed by Mourinho as a ‘stand-in’ option, while Italian Matteo Darmian is set to be moved on in January after finding first-team opportunities with the Red Devils severely limited.
Monaco’s Fabinho is said to be Manchester United’s first choice but, with fees of around £40million being quoted for the Brazilian, a deal for Coleman, who recently turned 28, may be easier to negotiate.
Chelsea Hopes Dented By Juventus
Serie A giants Juventus are ready to offer centre-back Leonardo Bonucci a new contract, according to Premium Sport via the Daily Mirror.
The Old Lady want to end all speculation of Bonucci leaving the club after a summer where he has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.
A new contract means Chelsea, who are still looking to improve their centre-back options despite the last-minute gamble to re-sign David Luiz from PSG, would have to fork out at least £50million if they still want to sign the legendary defender.
Bonucci still has four years left on his current deal, but Juventus want him to commit to a even longer contract. Striker Paulo Dybala, who scored twice in the 2-1 win against Udinese at the weekend, is also a priority.
“The renewals of Dybala and Bonucci – they are two players that have long contracts,” the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta told Premium Sport.
“[But] we are talking with them to see them [extend] again, because it is the players’ performance in the team, and because it is right to also adapt them according to the balance within the squad and their place in it.”
Odemwingie In Hunt For New Club
Nigerian free agent, Osaze Odemwingie, has stated that he is eager to start playing again after he was released by Stoke City in the summer.
Odemwingie’s last team was Bristol City whom he joined on loan last season from the Potters.
In an interview on Sky Sports on Sunday, the former Super Eagles forward says he believes he still has what it takes to contribute to any team.
“I’m a free agent for the first time in my career. It’s been a quiet summer,” Odemwingie, 35, said.
“I’m waiting for offers to come in, the priority is to stay in the country but realizing my age and I’m not a future prospect for any team that will take me on. But I’m definitely a good addition to a squad.”
Odemwingie has had spells in Belgium, Russia and England, playing for Lokomotiv Moscow, West Brom and Stoke among other clubs.
Arsenal Facing Battle To Keep Ozil?
Could Arsenal be looking at a scrap to keep Germany international Mesut Ozil at the Emirates? The Mirror thinks they could, reporting that a source claims club and player "are struggling to reach a compromise."
The Gunners hope to persuade both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to put pen to paper on new terms soon, but the Mirror claims World Cup winner Ozil "wants a new contract in excess of £200,000 a week -- which leaves Arsene Wenger facing a major battle to keep him."
According to the report, Wenger "voiced some doubt for the first time" about Arsenal's ability to keep hold of Ozil, whose existing deal runs out in 2018.
The Frenchman has said he believes the situation is "not just about money" and that the midfielder wants to feel he can win major trophies with the Londoners.
The Mirror quotes Wenger as saying: "That's what we have to show. But we are in a league where everybody fights, and you cannot guarantee that to anybody." Stressing that negotiations would remain "discreet," he added: "We want to keep our best players, of course."
But the report quotes the source as saying Ozil "knows his market value" -- and that the parties are struggling to reach that compromise.
Meanwhile, the Sun suggests Arsenal's hopes of landing Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi could be boosted after claims in the player's new book.
It reports that Icardi "revealed he had become a hero among teammates for confronting an Ultra leader who had torn a shirt from a child's hand to throw it back at him following a defeat to Sassuolo in 2015."
Angry Inter fans, though, responded to that claim with a statement describing Icardi as "a clown" -- and prompting the Sun to suggest a move to pastures new could now be tempting.
Chelsea Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas' future with Chelsea is still in doubt with rumours of a Milan move persisting.
Fabregas 'already in Milan talks'
Earlier this month, reports suggested Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, linked with West Ham, could end up at AC Milan instead.
Milan were said to be ready to hold talks about a deal for 29-year-old Fabregas amid claims that Chelsea wanted a €10 million fee plus full-back Mattia de Sciglio in exchange for the Spain international.
But with or without the involvement of De Sciglio, Fabregas has begun talks about a January move to the San Siro, according to the Sun.
It says Milan's proposed takeover by Chinese investors, due to be completed by the end of 2016, "would fund a move for the former Barcelona man," adding that he is being eyed as a potential replacement for the injured Riccardo Montolivo.
Reports in Italy have claimed Milan CEO Marco Fassone, along with director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli, "have travelled to London to discuss the future of Fabregas."
England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, says he would consider a move away from Arsenal if he cannot secure enough first-team football at Emirates Stadium
Chelsea will have to pay £50m if they want to sign AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli (Daily Express)
Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus are all targeting Porto and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 19, who will cost £18m
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer says Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy needs to “stop sulking” to rediscover the form that earned him 24 goals last season (The Sun)
Former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, had the chance to move to Manchester United during former manager Louis van Gaal’s time at the club, but “did not believe it was the right moment” (Daily Mirror)
Celtic must make the most of their 20-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele because the youngster is set for bigger things, according to his former Fulham team-mate Lewis Holtby (Daily Express)
Everton’s Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 34, has thanked Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and claimed his manager at Fulham Felix Magath “didn’t want to work with me” (Liverpool Echo)