MAN UTD READY £100M GRIEZMANN BID
Manchester United are willing to splash £100 million to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann next year, according to the Daily Star .
The France international had been heavily linked with Old Trafford early in the summer transfer window, but his current club’s transfer ban until January ended any hopes of luring him to the Premier League.
However, Jose Mourinho remains hopeful he can persuade Griezmann to join United in 2018, where he could link up with France team-mates Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in attack.
BARCA & CHELSEA BATTLE FOR WONDERKID
Barcelona and Chelsea are ready to fight it out for the January signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Atakan Akkaynak, reports the Daily Express .
Akkaynak is held in high regard by Leverkusen, but the Bundesliga club are reportedly willing to listen to offers after the Germany Under-19 international impressed Chelsea scouts.
CHELSEA & LIVERPOOL IN DEFENDER SCRAP
Chelsea and Liverpool are watching the progress of teenage Uruguayan defender Sebastian Caceres, but could face competition from Barcelona for any deal, claims The Sun .
Caceres plays for Liverpool FC in his homeland and has impressed scouts with his performances since breaking into the first team.
MAN CITY SIGN U.S. YOUTH STAR
Sporting Kansas City centre-back Erik Palmer-Brown will join Manchester City this winter, according to Metro and the Kansas City Star.
The U.S. youth international will leave MLS once his contract expires at the end of the 2017 season, having signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side.
STERLING STILL ON ARSENAL RADAR
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling remains a top target for Premier League rivals, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Liverpool player, who is open to a London move, was reported to have been suggested by the Gunners to be part of any Alexis Sanchez transfer going the other way.
Arsenal fully expect City to return for Alexis in January and negotiations for Sterling could recommence then.
PEP PICKS NEW CENTRE-BACK
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is hoping to sign Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld as Vincent Kompany’s replacement, according to The Sun .
The player’s agent claimed the defender is unhappy with how much he’s paid at White Hart Lane, reported to be £50,000 per week.
With Kompany injured once again for City, Guardiola believes his Belgium international team-mate can replace him in 2018-19.
COSTA MOVING TO MADRID
Chelsea wantaway striker Diego Costa has moved his family to Madrid as he continues his attempts to force through a move to Atletico Madrid, according to The Sun .
The Spain international, who fell out with Blues boss Antonio Conte this year, remains AWOL from Stamford Bridge following the club’s failure to sell him in the summer.
COUTINHO HURT BY FAILED BARCA MOVE
Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho was left hurt by Barcelona’s failed pursuit of him in the summer transfer window, according to Don Balon .
The Brazil international felt that the Catalans should have made a more concerted effort for his signature. The report claims he was given assurances by Barca’s directors that he would sign only for the deal to fall through.
LIVERPOOL FACE VAN DIJK COMPETITION
Juventus will make a January move for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, the Mirror reports.
The Netherlands international has been a long-time target for Liverpool, while Chelsea also hold an interest in a player who still wishes to leave.
ARSENAL AGREE LEMAR MOVE
Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar in January. They will spend €100 million on the Monaco man, who will earn £250,000 per week, according to The Star .
Meanwhile, The Sunday Mirror reports that Manchester United are ready to swoop for the same player if the Gunners fail to agree terms.
ATLETICO RESUME DIEGO COSTA CHASE
Atletico Madrid have sent a delegation to London to make a deal with Chelsea over Diego Costa, the Express reports.
Alteti can’t sign players until the winter window, but would like finalize the deal for the wantaway striker and are willing to up their bid to €35 million to get the deal done.
MADRID TRACKING RB LEIPZIG STRIKER
Real Madrid are showing an interest in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner as they explore ways to improve their attacking options, according to Jugones, via AS.
Werner was watched by Madrid scouts during Germany’s recent World Cup qualifier against Norway and impressed by scoring twice.
MOURINHO TO RENEW MAN UNITED DEAL
Jose Mourinho is set to be rewarded for a fine start to the Premier League season with a new deal at Manchester United, reports the Telegraph .
The Red Devils have raced to the top of the table with three wins out of three, and talks on a contract extension are reported to be planned for November.
If Mourinho stays beyond the current campaign he will be United’s longest-serving manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired: David Moyes lasted just one season at Old Trafford after succeeding his compatriot, while Louis van Gaal spent two years at the club before being replaced by Mourinho in 2016.
WEST HAM TO MAKE NEW CARVALHO BID
West Ham will continue their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho in the January transfer window, according to the Sun .
The collapse of a deadline day deal for Carvalho has led to a bitter slanging match between the two clubs.
But nevertheless, the Hammers plan to make a fresh bid for the midfielder once the window reopens.
MARKOVIC SET FOR LIVERPOOL STAY
Liverpool are expecting Lazar Markovic to stay at the club until January rather than join a Turkish club on loan, reports the Liverpool Echo .
Markovic was linked with a move to Fenerbahce, but the winger, who was also a target for Fiorentina over the summer, is unlikely to agree a deal before Friday’s deadline in Turkey.
LIVERPOOL TRACK PALACE STARLET
Crystal Palace teenager Joseph Hungbo is being tracked by Liverpool, according to the South London Press .
Hungbo is capable of playing on the wing or in an attacking support role, and the 17-year-old’s performances for Palace’s Under-18 team have piqued Liverpool’s interest.