Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, September 22: Arsenal back in for Benzema, Norwich twins in demand and Giggs for Swansea?

22 Sep

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

Francesco Guidolin is fighting to save his job as Swansea City manager after it emerged the club has targeted Ryan Giggs to replace him. Huw Jenkins, the Swansea chairman, is understood to have considered approaching Giggs over the prospect of succeeding Guidolin before the move was blocked by the club’s new American owners. (Daily Telegraph)

Yaya Touré is free to join any Premier League club in January, with Manchester City prepared to allow the midfielder to leave for a direct rival. Touré has yet to decide if he wants to depart in the winter window despite Pep Guardiola’s declaration that the Ivorian will not play for City again unless his agent, Dimitri Seluk, apologises for recent criticism. (Guardian)

Arsene Wenger is eyeing a fresh move for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema next summer. The Arsenal manager has long coveted the French striker and is lining up a £40million bid. (Daily Star)

Southampton could offer Hatem Ben Arfa an escape from Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window. Former Newcastle star Ben Arfa joined PSG in the summer from French rivals Nice, but his future in the capital is already in doubt a matter of weeks later. (Daily Mirror)

Gabriel Jesus has revealed how a phone call from Pep Guardiola led him to choose Manchester City ahead of rivals Manchester United. The Blues also beat Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich to the £27million Brazil striker – who will join the club in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Norwich twins Jacob and Josh Murphy will be the subject of big-money January bids from a host of Premier League clubs. The 21-year-old duo, both wingers, have impressed for the Canaries this season. Everton, as well as West Brom, Crystal Palace, Hull and Swansea have all sent scouts to Carrow Road this season to watch them, with a view to making bids when the transfer window reopens. (Daily Mirror)

Furious Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is set to fine Jack Grealish two weeks’ wages — around £50,000 — following the player’s latest off-field indiscretion. The 21-year-old Aston Villa midfielder held a rowdy early hours party at a Birmingham city centre hotel which ended only when six police officers were called by panicked staff to kick the revellers out. (Daily Mail)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan open to Borussia Dortmund return later in his career

REVEALED! Chelsea failed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer despite £60MILLION offer

Transfer ALERT! Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Marcelo Brozovic set to leave Inter Milan in January

Sergio Busquets set to sign new Barcelona deal with €200m buy-out clause, ending Manchester City speculation

Pep Guardiola makes personal check on Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo as Manchester City boss eyes new left-back


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