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

Thursday's transfer gossip and football rumours

Thursday's transfer gossip and rumours in the world of football according to the national newspapers.


  • Ralf Rangnick started his reign as Manchester United interim manager on Wednesday by assessing the facilities of Old Trafford but has not yet spoken to his stand-in Michael Carrick.


  • Aston Villa are making plans to strengthen in the January transfer window but Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is not thought to be on their radar at this stage.
  • Prospective buyers of Derby County believe that unless HMRC agrees to quarter the £29m it is owed - a deal that would risk setting a dangerous legal precedent - then the club is in serious danger of being liquidated.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up on his furious on-field bust-up with Romelu Lukaku in a San Siro derby back in January and admitted taunting over his mother's alleged 'voodoo rituals'.


  • Tottenham are eyeing five young talents from across Europe to bolster Antonio Conte's squad including Inter Milan's Nicolo Barella and Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's bodyguards are under investigation for working illegally in Portugal, it was reported.
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