Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, October 3: Aston Villa to axe Roberto Di Matteo, Manchester United to move for £51m Benfica star?
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…
Robert Di Matteo is set to be sacked by Aston Villa after just four months in charge. Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia has been left reeling by the former Chelsea boss’ failure to make any impact at the club despite being handed a £50m transfer kitty. (Daily Express)
Manchester United are lining up a move for Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo after club scouts watched the former Barcelona left-back star and score in a 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday night. The Spanish youth international has a huge £51million buy-out clause in his contract but his prospective suitors believe Benfica could be open to a more-reasonable transfer fee. (Daily Mail)
Hector Bellerin will be offered a new five-year contract to fend off Barcelona and Manchester City. Arsenal have sounded out Bellerin’s representatives and talks will begin in earnest after the international break. (Daily Mirror)
Thibaut Courtois has played down the idea he is eyeing a switch to Spain in the near future. And the Chelsea keeper has claimed he might not make the move until AFTER his career. (Daily Mirror)
Francesco Guidolin’s Swansea future will be decided in the next 48 hours. The Italian boss confirmed he is likely to have a meeting with the Welsh club’s American owners on Monday, where he will plead for more time after a much improved showing from his team against Liverpool, despite the threat of the axe hanging over him. (Daily Mirror)
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