Thursday's football paper talk

  • Last Updated: August 21 2014, 8:00 BST

A look at the biggest transfer stories making today's back pages, including Xabi Alonso, Mario Balotelli and Cheick Tiote.

Xabi Alonso: Could he be heading to Manchester United?
Xabi Alonso: Could he be heading to Manchester United?

THE SUN

Galatasaray are set to sign Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski but have been told there will be no double deal involving Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell.
Manchester United will offer a bumper new contract to England defender Phil Jones.
Gareth Barry refuses to give up on his England career, feeling he still has plenty to offer Roy Hodgson.
Stephen Ireland revealed Mark Hughes laid into Stoke's players after their opening day Premier League defeat by Aston Villa.
Liverpool have made the first moves to bring AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli to the club on a season-long loan.
Steve Bruce is looking to Rotherham star Ben Pringle as a replacement for injured winger Robert Snodgrass.
Lokomotiv Moscow are hoping to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote but they are holding out for a £14m fee.

DAILY MIRROR

Arsenal could be forced to spend as Mikel Arteta is ruled out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.
Monaco are lining up a £10m bid for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech after Thibaut Courtois started their first Premier League game of the season. 
Newcastle are preparing for Cheick Tiote's exit as Lokomotiv Moscow get set to up their offer.
Southampton captain Jose Fonte has begged Morgan Schneiderlin not to join Tottenham.
Hull City are hoping to sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes as they look to replace Shane Long.
Malky Mackay's Crystal Palace offer has been withdrawn after Vincent Tan sends dossier of alleged misconduct to FA.
Stevan Jovetic has vowed to impress Manchester City fans this season despite being linked with a move to Juventus.
Reading are set to sign Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood.

DAILY MAIL

Hull City will launch a £12million raid on Blackburn for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Valencia are keen on Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo even though he is sidelined with a broken foot.
Burnley have revived their interest in Wigan midfielder James McArthur and have upped their offer to £5m.
Swansea have made an improved £5m bid for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.
Neil Warnock is set to end his 16-month managerial exile and take over from Mark Robins at Huddersfield.
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury he sustained against Besiktas.

DAILY STAR

Liverpool's bid for striker Mario Balotelli collapsed after AC Milan refused to sanction a 'good behaviour' clause in the deal, meaning Liverpool could send him back at any time.
Arsenal are ready to fend off late interest shown by Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea are battling to sign highly-rated Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva, who currently plies his trade with Cruzeiro.
Jose Fonte has pleaded with Southampton team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary's.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United are considering a shock bid for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who currently plays for Real Madrid. 
Roy Hodgson is set to name Wayne Rooney as England's new captain ahead of the start of Euro 2016 qualifying next month.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is ready to make an offer to Celtic for defender Virgil van Dijk - he is rated at £8m by the Scottish champions.

THE TIMES

Roma are set to offer Fernando Torres an exit from his Chelsea nightmare, possibly in a loan-swap deal with Italy striker Mattia Destro.
Queens Park Rangers have opened talks with Reading's highly-rated keeper Alex McCarthy.
Paris Saint-Germain have slapped a £20m price tag on teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot, a reported target for Arsenal.
Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia could end up joining Bayern Munich this week instead of a move to England.

THE GUARDIAN

Manchester United owners the Glazer family have ruled out selling the club for at least five years.
Robin van Persie could return to action with Manchester United this Sunday against Sunderland.

THE INDEPENDENT

Paul Scholes is 'scared' about Manchester United's future and feels they need to buy at least five players to avoid further decline.
Liverpool have opened contract talks with Daniel Sturridge to keep the striker at Anfield until 2017.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Former Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner is set to take up a similar role with Nottingham Forest.

DAILY RECORD

Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland next month with a knee injury.