English clubs paid out 22 per cent less on international deals in 2019 compared to the previous year but were still comfortably the world’s biggest spenders, according to a new FIFA report.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains confident Wolves will land his transfer targets to boost their thin squad.
Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves needed time to grieve after last season’s FA Cup heartbreak.
Jesus Vallejo will return to Real Madrid this month with Wolves due to cut short his loan.
What the papers say Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are among six clubs interested in Paris St Germain’s Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the Daily Mirror reports.
What the papers say Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay is staying put at Old Trafford, despite Celtic having been keen to take him on loan and numerous Premier League sides expressing interest. The Sun reports Manchester United want to hand the 23-year-old academy product a £60,000-per-week contract, which is double his current salary, after 18 appearances this season.
What the papers say Chris Smalling is being hunted by numerous Premier League clubs but Arsenal are the favourites, according to the Daily Mirror. Gunners scouts and England manager Gareth Southgate were at the San Siro on Friday to watch the centre-back shut out Inter Milan in a 0-0 draw with Roma. The on-loan player lost his spot at Manchester United when Harry Maguire was brought in over the summer. The 30-year-old is due back at Old Trafford next year but could instead go to north London.
What the papers say Manchester United are still hopeful of signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen in January after the Dane rejected them in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
What the papers say Patrick Vieira is now favourite to become Arsenal’s next manager, according to the the Daily Mail, which is quoting French newspaper Nice-Matin.
Agents’ fees across the globe have climbed above the half a billion pound mark for the first time in 2019, although commissions paid in international transfers by English clubs fell by a third.
What the papers say Tottenham are willing to listen to offers of less than £40million for Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, the Evening Standard says.
What the papers say The list of candidates to replace Unai Emery in the Emirates hotseat has grown to 12, reports the Daily Mirror. Emery left Arsenal after a run of seven games without a win, and the club has drawn up a shortlist of a dozen including former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, Mikel Arteta and Max Allegri.
What the papers say Inter Milan could make a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star. Aubameyang, who has 10 goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the struggling Gunners this season, is out of contract next year and Arsenal could look to cash in rather than see the Gabon international leave on a free transfer.
What the papers say Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is favourite to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, according to The Daily Mail. While former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked to the Gunners, Nuno has reportedly impressed the Arsenal hierarchy with the job he has done at Wolves and his agent, Jorge Mendes, is said to have a close relationship with the Londoners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi.
What the papers say Leicester are planning a raid on manager Brendan Rodgers’ old club Celtic for defender Kristoffer Ajer, according to website 90min. The 21-year-old Norway international was originally a midfielder but was converted into a central defender by Rodgers. The Foxes, who sold centre-back Harry Maguire to Manchester United last summer, are now said to be preparing a £20million bid to lure Ajer south in January.
What the papers say Striker Rhian Brewster could be leaving Liverpool on loan in January, the Daily Star reports. The 19-year-old has only played three hours of first-team football, during the Carabao Cup, this season and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is happy to let him leave for a spell. Leeds, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Aston Villa are all possible destinations.
What the papers say Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale will be one of the first targets for Jose Mourinho as he takes over at Spurs, Spain’s AS reports. The publication says the Portuguese manager wanted to sign the Wales international from Real Madrid during his time in charge of Manchester United. However, rival Spanish outlet Marca reports Real have ruled out a January exit. Bale has come in for criticism since celebrating with a flag bearing the words “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order” after his country qualified for Euro 2020.
What the papers say Raheem Sterling has opened contract talks with Manchester City over improving his current £300k-a-week deal, the Daily Mirror reports.
What the papers say Manchester United have become latest top Premier League side to eye up a move for Reading rising star Danny Loader, the Daily Mail reports. The 19-year-old forward has been a regular for England at various youth levels.
What the papers say Manchester City are reportedly weighing-up a move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman if the German champions sign Leroy Sane in the summer of 2020, the Daily Mirror says.