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

Transfer rumours and football gossip: Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho, Hamza Choudhury, Fabio Carvalho & Donny van de Beek

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


  • Arsenal will offer Mikel Arteta a new contract before the end of the season to ward off any interest Manchester City might have in the Spaniard eventually replacing Pep Guardiola.
  • Jadon Sancho could miss a second game in a row for Manchester United.
  • Newcastle United and Watford are considering making a loan move for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
  • Mike Ashley has sued Amanda Staveley, demanding the return of a £10m takeover loan, claiming that she broke conditions of the deal which stated she would not criticise his 14-year tenure as Newcastle United owner.
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  • Liverpool have been keeping a close eye on Fabio Carvalho, the Portuguese attacking midfielder who has helped propel Fulham's insatiable scoring run.


  • Newcastle United, Everton and Wolves are interested in Manchester United's wantaway midfielder Donny van de Beek.
  • Manchester United players are unhappy at being set "homework" by head coach Ralf Rangnick which is affecting their personal and family lives.
  • Rangnick is reportedly looking to sell three "mood killers" at United, including Edinson Cavani.
  • Renato Sanches has put talks over a new contract with Lille on hold because of increased transfer interest from Arsenal.
  • Atletico Madrid have no realistic hope of silverware this season after two cup exits in the space of a week with Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez both reportedly central in off-field divisions.
  • Arthur Melo's agent visited Arsenal's London Colney training ground in midweek and the Juventus midfielder has reached a verdict over a January transfer.
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  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes to solve his problem left wing-back slot by signing Stuttgart's Borna Sosa.
  • Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is "frustrated" and could "go and take the Manchester United job".
  • Real Madrid are unlikely to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in this summer's transfer window.


  • Diego Costa is close to finalising a deal to stay in Brazil with Corinthians.
  • Leeds United have opened contract talks with Raphinha in a bid to keep the Brazilian sensation at Elland Road.
  • Manchester United fear losing Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the season will leave the club's plans to tour America in chaos.


  • Newcastle United have joined a long list of teams interested in concluding a January move for Olympiakos and Senegal defender Pape Abou Cisse, who has impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Everton chiefs are divided over offering star Wayne Rooney an emotional return to Goodison Park.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's wages will plummet if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League.
  • West Ham are lining up a surprise £60m move for Everton goal scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin.


  • England and Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott is understood to be close to securing a loan move away from the club in the January transfer window for the rest of the season, in a bid to boost her chances of selection for this summer's European Championship.
  • Leicester City defender Luke Thomas is being lined up for a first senior England call-up when Gareth Southgate names his squad to face the Ivory Coast and Switzerland.


  • Arsenal could need to pay around £15m in agent fees if they are to sign the Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in January.


  • Rangers have written to the SFA complaining about eight decisions made by referee Kevin Clancy during their midweek draw with Aberdeen.
  • Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has conceded striker Kyogo Furuhashi will miss significant time with a hamstring injury but is expected to return before the end of the season.
  • Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has set up his own football club and youth academy back at home in Cerete, Colombia.


  • Rangers winger Josh McPake reckons getting out of his comfort zone in Scotland has been great for his development as he encouraged other youngsters to take the plunge down south.

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