The transfer window may be closed in Europe but the gossip never stops.
Here’s the latest news and rumours in Saturday’s national newspapers and online…
Manchester United are refusing to sell outcast Anthony Martial because they would owe 50 per cent of the profits to Monaco. Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho has played the Frenchman for just 60 minutes in all competitions this season. But Ed Woodward will not sanction a sale to a Premier League rival and, after crunching the numbers, does not see any value in allowing Martial to join a European club. (The Sun)
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate to sign Ethan Ampadu when the Wales and Chelsea sensation was only 12. The 18-year-old was playing for Exeter at the time when he impressed the legendary boss during a junior football tournament at Old Trafford in 2013. FULL STORY HERE
Fulham are trying to tie Ryan Sessegnon to a new contract – but face a long process if they are to pull it off. Sessegnon, 18, has two years left on his current deal. The Cottaghers are keen for their boy wonder to pen fresh terms yet they have made little progress in their efforts to do so. (The Sun)
Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Lille star Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France. The 23-year-old forward was in scintillating form for the French club last season, bagging 13 goals in 36 Ligue 1 games. FULL STORY HERE
Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager, insists he has no regrets about selling Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, even though the Serbian is the Premier League’s top goalscorer. Mitrovic has scored six goals in his last four games for club and country, while Newcastle have managed just four goals all season. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City have sent scouts to keep track of highly-rated Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien, according to reports in France. The 23-year-old has been a stand-out performer in Ligue 1 for the past few seasons and he has been tipped for a big-money move in the near future. FULL STORY HERE
Pep Guardiola has denied knowing Kevin De Bruyne’s release clause after the Manchester City manager appeared to reveal it in an interview. De Bruyne, the Belgium midfielder, was said to be available for any club willing to cough up £223million. FULL STORY HERE
Pep Guardiola has spoken of his desire to move into international management — but has ruled out the possibility of coaching Spain. (The Times)
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