Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, September 30: Arsenal eyeing Celtic sensation, Liverpool target ‘next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’

30 Sep

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Celtic’s Moussa Dembele on Wednesday night as they join Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the hunt for the French wonderkid. Dembele, 20, scored twice in Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 3-3 thriller with Manchester City. And he has now attracted the attention of the European big guns who could make a January move for the ex-Fulham youngster. (The Sun)

Antonio Conte has told Roman Abramovich that the Chelsea squad that won the Premier League two seasons ago needs to be dismantled and rebuilt because many of the surviving players are incapable of regaining their title-winning form. Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is among Conte’s top transfer targets. (The Times)

Liverpool are tracking Swedish youngster Alexander Isak, a 17-year-old striker who has been dubbed the ‘next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’. (Sport)

Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann is on Swansea’s three-man shortlist if they decide to sack Francesco Guidolin. The Welsh side are also looking at Ryan Giggs and Bob Bradley. (Daily Star)

Eddie Howe is firmly in the running to be the next England boss. Football Association director of elite development Dan Ashworth is a huge fan of Bournemouth manager Howe, and the 38-year-old is likely to be on a three-man short-list of candidates to replace the disgraced Sam Allardyce. Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate is also in the frame, while FA chiefs also want to speak to Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. (Daily Mirror)

Mike Phelan is stalling on Hull City’s contract offer because he wants a longer deal. Assistant turned caretaker boss Phelan has been negotiating with the club’s owners, the Allam family, for two weeks, since they offered him a deal to become their permanent manager. (Daily Mirror)

Chris Powell is in pole position to be the next Derby County manager – if Nigel Pearson is sacked. Powell is currently in charge of the Rams after Pearson was suspended on Monday pending an internal investigation. (Daily Telegraph)

Arjen Robben is targeting a new deal with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, says his father. The Dutch winger, who turns 33 in January, is currently in the final year of his contract with Bayern. (Daily Mail)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Torino want Chelsea youngster Christian Atsu in permanent move this January – Reports

Chelsea transfer report: Blues readying £43million January bid for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli

Transfer ALERT! Arsenal and Tottenham tracking Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule

Chelsea transfer rumours: ‘Cultured’ defender the perfect answer to the Blues’ defensive problems?

James Maddison could have been an Arsenal or Liverpool player, reveals former Coventry boss Steven Pressley

Transfer ALERT! Premier League clubs in five-way fight to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko


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