Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, October 18: Pep Guardiola wants £40m Bayern Munich star at Manchester City, Barcelona eye United starlet

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

Manchester City have opened talks about signing Bayern Munich’s £40million rated left-back David Alaba. City officials have held meetings with the 24-year-old’s representatives about the move in the last two weeks. Pep Guardiola has decided to replace his current full-backs and having worked with Alaba for three years at Bayern rates him as the best left-back in world football. (The Sun)

Barcelona are monitoring Manchester United teenager Angel Gomes. The 16-year-old is a first year scholar at United and tied to the club until 2018 but his high quality performances for United and England’s youth sides have alerted Barcelona staff. (Daily Mail)

Javier Mascherano has extended his contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2019. The Argentina defender, 32, agreed the extension to his contract back in July and completed the formalities alongside club President Josep Maria Bartomeu on Monday lunchtime. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland have been in contact with consortiums from China over a possible takeover. Owner Ellis Short will listen to offers of more than £150million for his rock-bottom Black Cats. (The Sun)

AC Milan have stepped up their interest in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas ahead of a planned January bid. The club had officials watching Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leicester on Saturday and it is understood they inquired about the Spaniard’s availability. (Daily Express)

Borussia Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, appears to have admitted for the first time that he will let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa target Sam Johnstone has confirmed his desire to leave current club Manchester United on loan in January. Steve Bruce has been linked with bringing the goalkeeper to Villa Park when the winter transfer window opens and the deal now appears to be feasible. (Birmingham Mail)​ 

And here are the latest headlines…​

Southampton transfer report: Saints weighing up move for Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep

Transfer ALERT! Inter Milan want Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi as replacement for ‘clown’ Mauro Icardi

Arsenal target Mauro Icardi faces being sold by Inter Milan due to bitter feud with Serie A club’s supporters

Tottenham FC transfer news: AC Milan keen to tempt Erik Lamela back to Italy

Everton BLOW! Juventus tells clubs to FORGET about signing goalkeeper Neto in January

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