Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, October 5: Manchester United tracking ‘new Ronaldo’, Iwobi set for huge new Arsenal deal

5 Oct

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


Manchester United scouts were in attendance at Benfica this weekend, keeping tabs on ‘the new Ronaldo’ – Goncalo Guedes. Club officials made their way to the Estadio da Luz on Sunday afternoon to watch the 19-year-old, already a senior Portuguese international, in action during Benfica’s 4-0 win over Feirense. (Daily Mirror)

Memphis Depay has admitted he could be forced to leave Manchester United if his situation doesn’t change. Depay moved to Old Trafford for £25m in the summer of 2015 but has seen his stock fall considerably since then. He has made just three Premier League appearances this term under Jose Mourinho, all of which have come from the bench. (Daily Mirror)

Alex Iwobi is in line for a bumper new Arsenal contract – just six months after his last deal. Starlet Iwobi signed an agreement worth £25,000-a-week in April but is now in line for a further extension, which underlines him becoming a fixture in the first team this season. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace will make another attempt to sign Brazilian star Lucas Lima. Palace boss Alan Pardew was left frustrated in the summer as the Eagles failed on transfer deadline day to bag the Santos playmaker. However, any attempts to bring the 26-year-old to the Premier League could be scuppered by the riches on offer in the Far East. (The Sun)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is attracting interest from clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal. But the Hoops are confident of holding on to the former Fulham man. (Daily Mail)

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones is a surprise name under consideration for the Aston Villa job. Steve Bruce remains favourite to succeed Roberto Di Matteo following the Italian’s sacking on Monday. But Villa owner Dr Tony Xia is concerned about how the appointment of ex-Birmingham boss Bruce might be received by supporters. That has prompted Villa to weigh up alternatives, including former Brighton number two Jones, 43. (Daily Mirror)

Gareth Southgate will earn £500,000 for leading England over the next two months — the equivalent of his annual salary as England Under-21 head coach. Southgate will manage the senior team for four matches after the departure of Sam Allardyce. (The Times)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

LISTEN: Former Aston Villa No.2 backs ex-Birmingham boss Steve Bruce to succeed Roberto Di Matteo

Liverpool FC transfer news: Italian giants Juventus target deal for Reds striker Divock Origi

Transfer news: Sevilla want to sign on-loan Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri on permanent deal amid MLS interest

Pontus Jansson eager to secure permanent move to Leeds United after impressive start to loan spell

Swedish starlet Jesper Karlsson not getting carried away with Manchester United link

Transfer FIGHT! Everton to rival Arsenal and Tottenham in race for Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule

‘I dream of playing for Arsenal’ – Lyon star Corentin Tolisso issues come-and-get-me plea

DEAL CLOSE! West Brom set to sign former Juventus centre-back Martin Caceres, claim reports in Italy

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