Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, September 15: ELEVEN Premier League clubs scouting Benfica aces, plus latest Manchester United and Chelsea GOSSIP

15 Sep

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

ELEVEN English clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester United and Manchester City, sent scouts to Tuesday’s Champions League match between Benfica and Besiktas. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham, West Brom and Aston Villa scouts were also in attendance – Benfica players Victor Lindelof [22, defender] Alex Grimaldo [20, full-back], Eduardo Salvio [26, midfielder], Goncalo Guedes [19, forward] are believed to be those targeted. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have joined Everton in the race to sign 18-year-old Juventus midfielder Grigoris Kastanos, who will cost around £17million. (The Sun)

Reports from Italy claim Chelsea will make another offer for Lazio defender Stefan fe Vrij in January, after having a bid for the Holland international rejected in the summer. (Calciomercato)

Wales superstar Gareth Bale has begun negotiations with Real Madrid over a new long-term contract which could see him put on the same pay bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Guardian)

Arsenal are set to offer new deals to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. However, the futures of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs are less certain. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona forward Neymar held talks over a potential mega-money move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. According to one of the Brazil international’s representatives, the French champions were willing to give him a private jet and put his name on a chain of hotels as part of a possible deal. (ESPN)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Rock royalty Sir Rod Stewart calls talkSPORT after Celtic’s ‘tonking’ in Barcelona: ‘Back in Glasgow anything can happen!’

‘If Arsenal continue to play like that, they’ll get NOWHERE in the Champions League this season’ – Former captain slams display at PSG

Matt Ritchie tells talkSPORT Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is destined to manage a top club

Monaco star Joao Moutinho admits he was close to joining Spurs four years ago

Newcastle summer signing Achraf Lazaar reveals he snubbed Fiorentina for ‘dream’ move to England

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte eyeing January deal for £15m Netherlands star Stefan De Vrij


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