Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, November 17: Smalling out, Napoli star in at Manchester United? Transfer blow for Liverpool?

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…



Manchester United have admitted defeat and believe bitter rivals City would be favourites to sign Lionel Messi IF he was to leave Barcelona. The 29-year-old striker is thought to be stalling on a new mega-contract worth a staggering £825,000-a-week. United WOULD be able to afford the Argentinian ace should he be available, but club chiefs believe the lure of Pep Guardiola would give City the edge in landing the superstar. (The Sun)

Jose Mourino has targeted £25m Napoli star Elseid Hysaj as he prepares to give Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian the boot from Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are closely tracking Celtic’s young striker Moussa Dembele ahead of a possible January move. The Old Trafford club sent scout David Friio to see the 20-year-old play and score twice for France’s Under 21 side against England on Monday night. (Daily Mail)

Everton face losing out in their bid to secure a loan deal for out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay. United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be unwilling to allow the player to join a Premier League rival, preferring for him to go on loan abroad. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have been told there is “zero chance” of them signing Mahmoud Dahoud in January. Jurgen Klopp continues to keep tabs on the Germany Under-21 international, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise at Borussia Monchengladbach in the last 12 months. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham United are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza to allow them to bring in a new striker in January. (ESPN)

Alvaro Arbeloa is also on the list of players Slaven Bilic will try to axe this January – as he launches a mass clear-out of his West Ham flops. The Spanish right-back is no-longer in the Hammers chiefs’ plans and is heading for the exit door when the window opens. (The Sun)

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore is wanted by Lyon. The 21-year-old striker impressed last season, scoring four goals in 16 appearances for the Blues in all competitions and is currently on loan at Ajax. (Daily Star)

Chelsea have offered highly-rated young defender Fankaty Dabo a new long-term deal.​ The Stamford Bridge club want to tie down England U20 international Dabo, whose contract is up next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Frank Lampard is ready to carry on playing after quitting New York City FC. Former Chelsea and England star Lampard confirmed on Monday that he is leaving the Major League Soccer side, and plans to announce his next move “very soon”. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are planning a fresh move in January for Leicester’s Jeffrey Schlupp. The versatile wideman was the subject of multiple bids by Baggies boss Tony Pulis in August. Pulis failed to get his man but remains keen and willing to give Schlupp a big pay-rise. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are watching Portsmouth youngster Conor Chaplin’s progress along with a host of Championship clubs. The 19-year-old has been in fine form this season. (The Sun)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Transfer news: Manchester City favourites to land Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac

FC Barcelona news: ‘We’re all convinced Lionel Messi will end his career at the club,’ says president Josep Maria Bartomeu

Tottenham transfer news: Tottenham fans want Isco to join after performances v England

Chelsea transfer news: Defender Branislav Ivanovic set for shock Barcelona move – reports

Chelsea transfer news: Club join Man United in fight for Donnarumma, but Milan hopeful of new contract

Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers speaks out on Steven Gerrard to Celtic speculation

Manchester United transfer target Raphael Varane reveals wish to spend the rest of his career at Real Madrid

Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea track Bayer Leverkusen starlet Julian Brandt

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