Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal? Cristiano Ronaldo to Man United?
The winter window gets closer with each passing day, and the transfer rumour mill is starting to pick up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals here.
TOP STORY: Ibra next on Arsenal's list
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has recently been linked with a big-money move to Arsenal -- on £600,000-a-week wages, no less -- and not wanting to be left out of the gold rush, naturally it's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's turn today.
The Mirror reports that the mercurial Paris Saint-Germain forward is interested in playing for a Premier League club despite previously suggesting he had left a move to England too late, and that his favoured destination is North London with the Gunners.
What's more, the paper suggests that Zlatan "has made it clear he wants to work with Arsene Wenger ... and the Frenchman is interested."
With Manchester United also reportedly keen given that the Swede would be available on a free transfer, we could see a late dash for the 34-year-old if he does decide to make the move across the channel for a major deal.
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Mourinho after BVB star
Chelsea's victory over Norwich saw the Premier League champions leapfrog the Canaries into 15th in the table, but Jose Mourinho says the Blues would need a Tom Cruise-esque run to pull off an "impossible mission" of retaining their crown.
Despite Diego Costa's return to goal-scoring form at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, The Sun reports that Mourinho feels the need for speed with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang one of two potential January additions.
It's highly unlikely that Dortmund will sell their star forward halfway through the season after his 15 goals in 13 Bundesliga games, but Chelsea's desperation coupled with Roman Abramovich's chequebook could see BVB have to fend off some fairly spectacular bids this winter.
And if Mourinho needs to raise funds, the Star suggests that the Portuguese coach has decided that Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Nemanja Matic could all be shown the door with PSG's Edinson Cavani, Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, West Brom's Saido Berahino and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann all linked with moves to West London.
United want Ronnie reunion
Louis van Gaal has spoken: Manchester United want Cristiano Ronaldo back.
The Red Devils have made no secret that they have always wanted the Portuguese star back from Real Madrid, and the Red Devils' coach told reporters on Saturday afternoon: "There is no trainer in the world that doesn't like him. Of course we are looking -- but are looking at all players, not just Ronaldo. But these players are mostly ungettable. With Ronaldo, let's wait and hope."
The forward was subjected to boos from his own fans during Madrid's 4-0 Clasico thrashing against Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday, and he could well be tempted to return to Old Trafford -- where he is adored by the United faithful -- if the situation doesn't improve under Rafa Benitez.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal has also confirmed that he is looking at a potential defensive addition to cover Luke Shaw's injury absence, telling reporters: "Maybe we have to buy a left-back in January. Shaw was the main player for that position, so it was a big blow for us. I don't know if he will play again this season."
Spurs to move for Pato
Mauricio Pochettino looks like he may fill a Saido Berahino-shaped hole in his squad with former AC Milan starlet Alexandre Pato -- not a bad trade-off if you're a Tottenham fan, to be fair.
The Star reports that Spurs will make a move for the Corinthians forward if Chelsea decide on a January move for the Baggies' Berahino, with Pato said to be worth around £8 million.
The 26-year-old Brazil international has been linked with both Liverpool and West Ham, though Spurs may offer the right blend of life on London with the added bonus of potential Champions League football next season.
In order to make space, the Star reports that the West Ham will offer Andros Townsend a January escape from White Hart Lane, although the England international could set Slaven Bilic's Hammers back a cool £12 million.
Magpies eye Belgian hotshot
Newcastle's season may have reached its nadir on Saturday as Leicester sauntered away from St James' Park with an emphatic 3-0 victory -- but Steve McClaren has plans for the Magpies.
Having been left fairly frustrated in the summer transfer market, McClaren is, according to the Mirror, the latest manager to have his eye on aforementioned Chelsea target Michy Batshuayi. The 22-year-old Belgian has been linked with dozens of clubs following his impressive form -- nine goals in 16 games this season -- although Marseille are said to want a "staggering" £35 million for his services.
With Batshuayi an expensive target, the Mirror suggests that Newcastle may look to off-load Yoan Gouffran, with injury-hit Bournemouth set to offer the 29-year-old winger redemption given their need for fit and (relatively) able bodies to avoid relegation.
- What's the best way to get over a painful defeat? Treat yourself. The Star reports that fresh from being thumped 4-1 at home by Liverpool, Manchester City are considering a move for Nigeria's under-17 World Cup-winning captain Kelechi Nwakali. That deal could be eased through given that his brother Chidi is already on the books at the Etihad (albeit out on loan at Girona in Spain).
- Bad news for Sam Allardyce. The Mirror reports that the Sunderland boss has been told he must sell players before he can buy in January, which could be tricky considering few if any of his squad will likely have winter suitors after their poor collective form.
- However, the Mirror reports that Allardyce could subvert the Black Cats' recruitment stipulations by signing former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar on a free, but he may face competition from Norwich.
- If anybody's feeling sorry for Brendan Rodgers, then consider this: The Express is reporting the former Liverpool boss could be set for a huge £10 million deal to manage an unnamed Middle East club.