Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip
Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip

Transfer rumours and football gossip: Luis Diaz, Jesse Lingard, Tanguy NDombele


Read the latest football gossip and transfer rumours from the national newspapers with Sporting Life's Paper Talk.


THE SUN

  • Tottenham have agreed a £48m swoop for Porto ace Luis Diaz, but the move is stuck in limbo as his two representatives are refusing to sign off the deal after super-agent Jorge Mendes has become embroiled in the move.
  • Wolves are standing firm in their efforts to keep hold of Ruben Neves and are confident he will not leave this summer as they set a £40m asking price for the Portugal international.
  • Crystal Palace are keen to turn Jean-Philippe Mateta's loan permanent after the Mainz striker won over Patrick Vieira.
  • Neil Warnock could be back in management at 73 with Cardiff City and Bristol City both interested.
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  • Frank Lampard plans to recruit top-rated Chelsea coach Anthony Barry if he gets the Everton job.
  • Arsenal are set to play Reading in a behind-closed-doors friendly when they return from their warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
  • Southampton are interested in a move for Chelsea kid Tino Anjorin and would like to make Armando Broja's loan permanent - but more likely in the summer than this window.
  • Birmingham are rivalling Bournemouth in the race for Peterborough star Siriki Dembele after the Cherries have had two bids of £1m and £1.3m rejected for the 25-year-old, whose deal is up in the summer.
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DAILY MIRROR

  • Manchester United are "petrified" of letting Jesse Lingard leave and him proving a success elsewhere, according to those close to the midfielder, after his proposed loan move to Newcastle effectively collapsed over United's insistence on a £12million survival payment if he helps the Toon stay up.
  • Chelsea and Manchester City have each been dealt a blow to their transfer plans after Real Madrid stepped up their efforts to land AS Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni and teenage sensation Endrick.
  • Ashley Young has become the latest star to turn down Newcastle after telling Steven Gerrard he wants to stay at Aston Villa this month.
  • Jose Mourinho is plotting to sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as he looks to bolster the midfield options at his disposal at Roma.
  • Ramon Vega has warned Tottenham could risk losing Antonio Conte unless they turn their "donkey into a race horse".

DAILY MAIL

  • Sevilla sporting director Monchi believes Diego Carlos will now stay at the club after they rejected what he believes will be Newcastle's final offer for the player.
  • Arsenal are continuing their hunt for a striker, with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin under consideration, although Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring the Toffees hitman as they brace for the potential loss of starman Erling Haaland in the summer.
  • Adama Traore is finalising a loan move to Barcelona after his switch to Tottenham stalled.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo blocked the Instagram account of transfer website Transfermarkt in March last year after taking offence at the valuation they had given him.
  • Anthony Martial is yet to activate two clauses in his contract at Manchester United, including the infamous Ballon d'Or bonus, with his Old Trafford career on the rocks.
  • Valerien Ismael is under increasing pressure as West Bromwich Albion manager after a run of poor results with players unconvinced by his approach and methods.
  • Arsenal's move for Juventus midfielder Arthur could collapse after they refused to sanction an 18 month loan.
  • Kieran Trippier has revealed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy 'annoyed' him by offering him to other clubs a few months before his eventual exit - and hit out at the club for selling Mousa Dembele in 2019.
  • Newcastle are set to secure the future of highly-rated midfielder Joe White after agreeing terms on a new contract.
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DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • Tottenham Hotspur are finally close to agreeing a deal to move on Tanguy Ndombele with their flop record signing set to go to Paris Saint-Germain on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy.

THE GUARDIAN

  • Arsenal are close to a finalising a deal to sign USA goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England Revolution in the summer, with the fee expected to be about £6m with up to £2.5m in add-ons.

THE TIMES

  • Coaches operating in athletics with a restricted licence, or serving a limited suspension, could now be banned for life as part of a crackdown on sexual misconduct in the sport.
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DAILY RECORD

  • Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen admits he hasn't a clue how his new-look side will look when they come up against Celtic.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

  • Celtic striker Albian Ajeti has emerged as a transfer target for FC Basel.

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