Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 21: Manchester United plot shock £30m raid on Leicester, Manchester City confident of landing Arsenal ace?

21 Sep

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


Danny Drinkwater is a shock £30million January transfer target for Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United boss spent his £150million summer budget on Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitarayan, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in on a free. But there is still money for Mourinho to chase Leicester and England ace Drinkwater, who came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Manchester City believe they can exploit the uncertainty over Hector Bellerin’s long-term Arsenal future to lure him to the Etihad. Arsenal contacted City’s director of football and deal maker Txiki Begiristain to issue an angry hands-off warning to the Blues when they heard of their interest in the summer. But City continue to track Bellerin and have noted the lack of progress in contract talks with Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City rejected the chance to sell Yaya Toure in the summer – because they didn’t want the Ivory Coast midfielder to come back to haunt them. Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, claims Paris Saint-Germain were one of a number of big clubs who wanted to sign the 33-year-old. But Seluk was told by City bosses that Toure would not be allowed to move to another Premier League side – and that they would ask for a huge fee if a Champions League club made an enquiry. (Daily Mirror)

John Obi Mikel is open to talking to other clubs as he waits to see whether he will be offered a new Chelsea contract. Though he wants to stay and fight for his place, Mikel admits he may have to move on when his contract runs out next year. (Daily Mail)

Thibaut Courtois reveals he got a fax from Real Madrid when he was injured as he admits he will consider returning to Spain when his Chelsea contract runs out. (Daily Mail)

West Brom have decided against signing trialist midfielder Momo Sissoko on a permanent deal, but are still running the rule over striker Marouane Chamakh. (Express & Star)

Celtic have rubbished Joey Barton’s suggestion that they attempted to hijack his move to arch-rivals Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has told talkSPORT the club will stick by Mark Hughes despite their shocking start to the new Premier League season, calling rumours the manager is close to the sack “ridiculous”

Vincent Janssen has an all-round game perfectly suited to Tottenham and can prove an able deputy for Harry Kane, talkSPORT has been told by Michael Gray

Manchester United are ready to splash £42million to finally sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos

Manchester United have dispatched scouts to watch Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho

Mauro Icardi claims he never wanted to leave Inter Milan during the summer – amid reported interest from Arsenal and Napoli

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