Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, October 18: Ronaldo wants Rashford at Real Madrid?

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

Real Madrid will make a sensational summer move for Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford if Florentino Perez fails to land No 1 target Harry Kane.  Rashford has been identified as Real Madrid’s ‘Plan B’ if Kane decides to reject interest from the Santiago Bernabeu – and Cristiano Ronaldo is backing the Spanish giants’ move for the United starlet. (Don Balon)

Kevin De Bruyne is set to double his wages at Manchester City with a new deal after his explosive start to the new season. De Bruyne’s agent has confirmed he will open talks with City over a lucrative new contract for his client, whom City boss Pep Guardiola hailed as “the best player in Europe bar one”. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have started negotiations over a move for Espanyol wonderkid Aaron Martin. The £35.5million-rated left-back has been watched by the Red Devils for months. (The Sun)

Leicester are ready to make Burnley manager Sean Dyche an offer he cannot refuse. Dyche, 46, is top of Leicester’s shopping list after they sacked Craig Shakespeare. (Daily Express)

Marc Overmars is set to return to Arsenal in a potential director of football role from next season. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted he tried to sign Radja Nainggolan from Roma in the summer. (Daily Express)

Southampton face competition from Lille for Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer. The Saints’ new boss Mauricio Pellegrino has already held talks with the Spanish giants about signing Alcacer in January. But the 24-year-old former Valencia ace is not yet sold on a move to the south coast, prompting interest from French side Lille. (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce is interested in discussing the prospect of a return to international management as United States coach. (ESPN)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Tony Cottee says Everton blundered by splashing out a club record fee on Gylfi Sigurdsson and not a new striker

Rob Lee has welcomed the news Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale and hopes a new owner can push the club on to greater things

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have sent scouts to keep a close eye on Besiktas star forward Cenk Tosun

AC Milan are ready to give up on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and target Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri instead

Barcelona have joined the race for Chelsea and Everton target Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester City are tracking Borussia Dortmund star Julian Weigl, according to reports

Arsenal and Liverpool will have to fight off competition from Bayern Munich if they want to sign Thomas Lemar

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