Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, October 6: Chelsea to make world record Bonucci bid, Arsenal and Tottenham in Isco battle?

6 Oct

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

Roman Abramovich has told the Chelsea head coach, Antonio Conte, that he is prepared to make a world- record bid for a defender to try to tempt Juventus into selling Leonardo Bonucci in January. Bonucci, the Juventus centre-back, would be Conte’s dream signing and Abramovich is prepared to try to make a transfer happen by bidding more than the £50 million Paris Saint-Germain paid the club for David Luiz, which is still a world record for a defender. (The Times)

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Chelsea bombarded him with offers of up to £50million for defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley are desperate to tie down centre-back Michael Keane to a new contract after his England call-up. Keane, 23, has got less than two years left on his current deal and was a £17million target for Leicester last summer. Chelsea are also looking at him as a potential target. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal and Tottenham are ready to battle for Real Madrid ace Isco. The north London rivals will lock horns if Real decide to sell the Spanish midfielder next summer. (Daily Star)

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker is a transfer target for old club Hannover. The fallen German giants find themselves in the 2. Bundesliga division but are hopeful of clinching the 32-year-old’s signature with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. (The Sun)

Lyon starlet Corentin Tolisso has admitted he “dreams” of playing for Arsenal. The 22-year-old midfielder has been a mainstay in the Lyon team since his breakthrough in 2013 and reckons his style of play would be well suited to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is set for a new contract at Manchester City. Fernandinho’s current deal expires at the end of the season  but City boss Pep Guardiola is a big fan and wants the club to hand him a new deal to make sure he stays. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have both signed fresh deals with Real Madrid. Both players had been heavily linked with moves away from the Spanish capital, with Bale tipped to be keen on a move to Manchester United. Madrid were so concerned about a potential switch that they have put a whopping £91million deal on the table for the Welsh international. Ronaldo, 31, has signed a new deal until 2021, which will end any interest from China or MLS. (Metro)

West Ham United have an obligation to buy Simone Zaza after 10 appearances for the club, according to the forward’s agent and father. Zaza joined the Hammers from Serie A champions Juventus on loan in the summer for a fee of €5m (£4.3m, $5.6m) for the Italy international with a permanent fee of €20m (£17.5m) to be automatically triggered soon. (International Business Times)

Mike Phelan is set to be handed the Hull City boss’ job on a permanent basis. The former Manchester United assistant, 54, took over the reins at the KCOM Stadium in the summer after Steve Bruce left the club following a dispute over transfer budgets. Talks with club owners were due to take place during this international break, withPhelan now set to at least see out the rest of the season. (The Sun)

Everton are hoping to lure one of Manchester City’s key analysts to Goodison Park. New Toffees director of football Steve Walsh is hoping to be reunited with Laurence Stewart, having worked alongside him at Hull. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

No Arsenal move for Napoli star Elseid Hysaj as agent reveals new long-term deal signed

Transfer UPDATE! West Brom open talks with former Juventus defender Martin Caceres

Transfer report: Chelsea make contact with Athletic Bilbao over January move for £30m-rated Oscar de Marcos

Manchester United transfer report: Inter Milan scouts tracking out-of-favour Matteo Darmian

Liverpool transfer report: Reds ON ALERT as Inter Milan decide to cash in on Klopp favourite Geoffrey Kondogbia


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