Paper Talk: Tottenham, Arsenal in battle for €40m Benfica aceNovember 1, 2019
Tottenham and Arsenal are both in the hunt for a Benfica defender, while a Liverpool star has admitted he would love to finish his career at Leeds, according to Thursday’s newspapers.SPURS, ARSENAL CHASING BENFICA DEFENDER
Tottenham and Arsenal are reportedly ready to rival Napoli in the race to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo in January.
The Serie A outfit have been beset by injury issues this season, prompting a potential raid on left-back Grimaldo in the new year, according to the Italian press.
But Portuguese media claims that Spurs and the Gunners are also in the mix for the 24-year-old, who is rated at €40million.
A Bola states that all three clubs will battle to land the player in 2020, although Arsenal’s link is perhaps surprising given that they only signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic over the summer.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are desperate to land two new full-backs in January – with current left-back Danny Rose having an indifferent campaign and previously admitting that he would be open to a move away from the club.
AND THE REST
Manchester United are confident of signing £45m-rated Lyon striker Moussa Dembele (Daily Express)
Liverpool could sign Timo Werner in January before loaning the striker back to RB Leipzig for the remainder of the season (Daily Express)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering an approach for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez (Daily Express)
Liverpool hero James Milner has admitted it would be “amazing” to go and play for Leeds United again before he retires (Daily Express)
Bayern Munich are eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Niko Kovac, according to reports (The Sun)
Pep Guardiola has been given a fitness boost with the injury to Angelino not as bad as first feared after the Manchester City left-back went off against Southampton (The Sun)
Manchester United will fight Arsenal, Liverpool and a host of European clubs to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria (The Sun)
Borussia Dortmund are coming to terms with losing star winger Jadon Sancho next summer with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all being linked with the England international (Daily Mail)
AC Milan are ready to make another move to try to sign Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren (Daily Mail)
Gareth Bale’s agent has warned people not to ‘believe everything you hear’ amid talk the Welshman will move to the Chinese Super League in January (Daily Mail)
Wolves and Watford are set to make a January move for Royal Antwerp’s £5m-rated Portuguese right-back Aurelio Buta (Daily Mail)
Juventus have put a £5.4m price tag on Mario Mandzukic with Manchester United and Sevilla prepared to chase his signature in January (Daily Mail)
Former Juventus and Italy star Claudio Marchisio has been held at gunpoint at his home in Turin (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool have joined the race to sign 19-year-old Valencia young gun Ferran Torres (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United sponsor Chevrolet insisted on a relegation clause as part of their seven-year deal, with the car company unlikely to renew their deal beyond the 2020/21 season (Daily Mirror)
Santi Cazorla has thanked Arsenal’s fanbase for the “incomparable” warmth they showed him during his injury-hit spell – and says he regrets not being able to say a proper farewell to them (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool have been asked by the FA to respond to the “Spygate” revelations that they paid £1m to Manchester City after they complained their scouting system had been hacked into (The Times)
German side Schalke want to keep Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny at the club beyond this season. The 22-year-old right-back is on a season-long loan (Liverpool Echo)
Hearts fans chanted for Craig Levein to be axed following their latest 1-0 defeat to St Johnstone (Daily Record)
Neil Lennon believes the reputation of Celtic is being damaged after the club were hit with another Uefa charge (Scottish Sun)