With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.
Sarri intervenes as Chelsea chase Fekir
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir at Stamford Bridge and has spoken to him about a move, the Sun says.
Fekir had been on the brink of joining Liverpool before the World Cup, but the transfer stalled and talks failed to resume.
The France international has since been linked with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea — and the Sun, citing reports, says Sarri has tried to seize the initiative.
It says he has told Fekir he “would play a key role,” but competition for his signature will be intense, with Madrid and Bayern reported to have had him watched recently.
United and Sanchez ‘stuck with each other’
There could be plenty of changes at Manchester United in January — but the departure of Alexis Sanchez will not be one of them, says the Telegraph.
Recent reports suggested Sanchez was hopeful that Paris Saint-Germain could move for him, claiming the former Arsenal player felt “isolated.”
But the Telegraph says United and Sanchez “fear they are stuck with each other” amid “growing concerns that his signing was a costly mistake.”
It adds that the club “have seen next to nothing for their huge investment” but his struggles on the pitch and the cost that would be involved in signing him have put off other clubs.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho continues to target a new central defender, with Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld remaining high on his list.
That may spell the end of the United road for Eric Bailly, although the Telegraph says it is unclear whether the Old Trafford hierarchy would agree to his sale, while Marcos Rojo could also go.
Nasri West Ham move could be in doubt
It had seemed all but certain that Samir Nasri would be reunited with his former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham — but that may not be the case, according to the Mirror.
It reports that Nasri’s switch “is in danger of collapse amid concerns over his lack of fitness” after reports said he would sign an £80,000-a-week deal until the end of the season.
There are fears the 31-year-old midfielder “may not be ready to play by the start of January, when his ban for doping expires,” and that has left West Ham uncertain about bringing him in.
The Mirror adds that a final decision is set to be made this week, but says the deal “is in the balance when it had looked on course.”
– Newcastle “are in the box seat” to sign striker Salomon Rondon permanently when his loan from West Brom expires at the end of the season, the Chronicle reports.
Venezuela international Rondon scored twice as Newcastle beat Bournemouth, and the Chronicle says he is eager to extend his stay at St James’ Park.
– Fenerbahce want to bring in Crystal Palace defender Jairo Riedewald, Football London, citing reports in Turkey, says.
Riedewald, who has not played for Palace in the Premier League this season, had been linked Swansea but Fener are now favourites.