There is plenty of football gossip, news and rumours in Friday’s newspapers.
Here’s a round up of the headlines…
Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez is at his lowest ebb since joining the club. The striker is currently away training with Chile ahead of their games against Costa Rica and Honduras where he is said to be “acting weird”. The 29-year-old was only named as a substitute for the 3-1 Manchester derby defeat to City at the weekend and was “furious” at not making the starting XI. (The Sun)
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are pursuing the signature of Eric Bailly. The Cote d’Ivoire defender – brought to Manchester United for an initial transfer fee of €35million in the summer of 2016 – has been frustrated by his recent exclusion from the first team and is unsettled at the club. (Daily Record)
Atletico Madrid are desperately trying to tie down Diego Godin to a new contract – to fend off renewed interest from Manchester United. Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho wanted Godin last summer but ended up getting nowhere, yet United are still interested for next summer. (Daily Mirror)
Everton have initiated talks with Manchester United over a move for Marcos Rojo in the January transfer window.The Argentine is yet to feature for the Red Devils this season and Jose Mourinho is happy to let him go in order to raise funds for a new centre-back in January. (Metro)
Paulo Dybala has distanced himself from a move to Manchester United, despite revealing he wants to play alongside former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba again. (FULL STORY HERE)
West Ham may have to pay £200,000 a week to keep Marko Arnautovic. That is the staggering figure being quoted to the club as they battle to keep their unsettled striker happy. (The Sun)
Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia is ready to quit the club in January after hitting out at manager Chris Hughton over his lack of opportunities. The Dutchman, 25, has scored just two goals since his £14million move from PSV Eindhoven in January and has barely played this season. (The Sun)
Bayern Munich are confident they have won the race to sign Aaron Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder is available on a lucrative free transfer this summer when his Arsenal contract expires. There has been plenty of interest in him from within the Premier League, especially from Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as from abroad. But German champions Bayern Munich believe that they have won the race to sign the Wales international. (The Independent)
Leeds United and Aston Villa are showing interest in signing Cardiff’s Kadeem Harris. (FULL STORY HERE)
Manchester City have entered the transfer battle for Italian teen sensation Sandro Tonali. The Brescia midfielder is turning heads in Serie B at the moment and he has been compared to the legendary Andrea Pirlo. (FULL STORY HERE)
Paulo Dybala has distanced himself from a move to Manchester United, despite revealing he wants to play alongside former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba again.
The diminutive attacking midfielder has developed into one of the brightest talents in world football and is surely set to be vying for Ballon d’Or crowns once they are released from the clutches of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Although rumours of a move to the Premier League have continued to float about, the Argentina international seems settled in Turin.
However, one of his closest friends from Italy is now plying his trade in England – one Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder remains in close contact with Dybala and (according to the former Palermo star) would like to play alongside one another in the future after facing each other in the Champions League.
“The first match was amazing for me, the second amazing for him,” Dybala told the Daily Mirror.
“We have remained in touch since he left. “We’re still very close and who knows, maybe in the future we can play together again.”
However, fans of Manchester United may not wish to get too excited as a move to Old Trafford seems highly unlikely.
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When asked if he could move to the Red Devils, Dybala quickly replied: “I’m not thinking about the transfer market.
“Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”