Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, October 19: Roy Hodgson set for £8m-a-year China job? Pepe heading to Chelsea?

19 Oct

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

Real Madrid defender Pepe is ready to consider a move to Chelsea after his ugly contract stand-off. Portuguese hardman Pepe, 33, is a free agent at the end of the season and is able to talk to and sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1. (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has not tried to sign Lionel Messi for Manchester City but said that if the Argentinian ever decides to leave Barcelona, he will be among those waiting in the queue for him. (Guardian)

Guardiola has inadvertently revealed that Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen was his No 1 choice to replace Joe Hart as Manchester City’s goalkeeper. The City manager was speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against his former club Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have entered the race to sign £9m-rated defender Fabian Schar. But they could be forced to wait until next summer to nab him with Hoffenheim unwilling to sell in January. (Daily Star)

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are heading for a tug-of-war over Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe. The three Premier League bigwigs have noted just how good a start the 21-year-old has made to the season and are ready to pounce. (The Sun)

Uruguay prospect Agustin Davila has started a two-week trial with Liverpool. The 17-year-old plays for Atletico Penarol where he has established a reputation as a promising and prolific striker with their youth side Juveniles Penarol. (Daily Mail)

Former England boss Roy Hodgson has been offered a lucrative route back into management in China. Hodgson is in big demand in the Far East and there is a potential £8million-a-year contract on the table if he goes to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal’s unsettled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been urged to ‘do a Theo Walcott’ and earn his place by Arsene Wenger. Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly considering his future at the north London club. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus are ready to swoop for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla. The Italian champions will attempt to sign the 31-year-old if he doesn’t extend his contract in north London beyond 2017. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are watching Besiktas’ former Fulham midfielder Kerim Frei. Frei played under Hammers boss Slaven Bilic at the Turkish club and could be available for £3m. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

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LISTEN: ‘You are not even being given an interview, let alone a job’ – Dwight Yorke claims aspiring black managers are being FAILED by football

LISTEN: ‘Tottenham will be Premier League title challengers again this season,’ Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORT

Chelsea FC transfer news: Blues ready to meet AC Milan’s £49million valuation for defender Alessio Romagnoli

Transfer report: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United tracking Portuguese starlet Gelson Martins

Thiago Silva has had offers from ‘three or four big clubs’ to leave Paris Saint-Germain, reveals agent

Arsenal transfer ALERT! Paris Saint-Germain confident of beating Gunners to sign Mauro Icardi

Manchester City FC transfer news: Mexico starlet Orbelin Pineda being eyed by Pep Guardiola’s side


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