Paper News and Gossip: Januzaj in Demand, Moyes Wants Baines, Real Eye City Raid
As ever on a Sunday, the papers are chock full of transfer gossip.
Manchester City will wake up to a host of headlines, both players heading in and heading out, and there is plenty of gossip involving Manchester United.
There’s also talk of an international battle for a rising star of the game.
All this and more feature in Sunday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.
Januzaj on England's Radar
Manchester United’s latest rising star, Adnan Januzaj is on the radar of England manager Roy Hodgson.
Januzaj has long been held in high regard, and he justified the decision to hand him a start in the win over Sunderland by bagging two goals to help his side battle back for a 2-1 win.
He qualifies to play for Belgium, Serbia and Albania—but is yet to commit himself to any country.
According to Bob Cass of the Mail, the FA is aware that under residency laws, Januzaj could play for England from 2018—if he has not played for any other country.
He's been with United for a long period of time and of course that discussion will have to be seriously debated before we start naturalising players.
There's no doubt that he's a real talent and we have our eyes on him but a lot will have to be discussed.
Leighton Baines Battle Hots Up
Manchester United boss David Moyes will return with a bid for Leighton Baines in January and will offer Antonio Valencia to Everton in an attempt to sweeten the deal.
Draper says Baines is Moyes’ top transfer target and is ready to use Valencia as bait, but he will not waste time if he feels Everton will not deal. If that’s the case, Draper states “Moyes will switch to Europe for alternatives like Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao.”
United may not have a clear path to Baines, as David Kidd of the Mirror claims Tottenham will make a counter offer for the defender in January.
Glazers Planning United Share Issue
The Manchester United news just keeps on flowing, with the Mail’s Alex Miller claiming the club’s owners are readying a share issue in a bid to raise funds.
Miller says the Glazer family have paved the way for a £250 million share issue, which would release up to 23 million shares in a bid to pay down a portion of the club’s debt.
In his piece, Miller writes: “Club officials privately admit that paying £70m a year in interest is crippling them in the transfer market, while rivals Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain continue to spend heavily."
Real Eye David Silva Swoop
Real Madrid smashed the world transfer record to bring Gareth Bale to the club in the summer, but they may well dip into the market again in January.
When they bought Bale, they also sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal. Hetherington suggests they want to get their hands on a new playmaker.
In his piece, Hetherington writes:
The next big project for the Spanish giants is a playmaker to replace Mesut Ozil, sold to Arsenal for £42.5 million.
And that could create a problem for Manchester City, because a name still high on Real’s wanted list is David Silva.
Hetherington does add that Silva only signed a long-term deal last year, and City are likely to demand north of £50 million to get hold of their man.
Real Cast Eyes on Sergio Aguero
While Hetherington believes Silva is Real’s top target, his colleague at the Observer—Jamie Jackson—claims it is Silva’s City team-mate Sergio Aguero that the Madrid side want.
Jackson claims Madrid set their sight on Aguero last summer but did not push through with a move after signing Bale instead.
That interest in Aguero has not cooled, according to Jackson, and they may come in with a firm bid in the January window.
Joe Hart Facing City Fight
Joe Hart is a man under pressure after a number of blunders in recent weeks.
And James Richardson of the Express has suggested Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will bring in a keeper to add competition for the England international.
Hart kept his place for City’s win over Everton on Saturday, but he was left to sweat on his position after Pellegrini refused to confirm at his press conference on Friday that Hart would definitely start.
Richardson believes the City boss will raid the market in January, as he writes:
Etihad boss Manuel Pellegrini, who kept faith with Hart yesterday for the visit of Everton despite two glaring errors in the midweek Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, is committed to bringing in a new goalkeeper.
Heading the list is Real Madrid's unsettled Spanish international Iker Casillas and Stoke City's Asmir Begovic
Arsenal and Chelsea in Benzema Battle
Arsenal and Chelsea are still in need of a striker, and they could battle for the signature of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in January.
Tom Hopkinson of the Mirror states that Real are looking to pull in £17 million for the France international.
Hopkinson also claims Manchester United could enter the race in January for a player who “has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and his relationship with supporters and the Madrid-based press has reached an all-time low.”
Bits and Pieces: PSG Eye Mata, United Warned off Herrera
Manchester United have been told they will be wasting their time making a January bid for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, writes Simon Mullock of the Mirror.
Liverpool have been given hope that they can sign Lacina Traore from Anzhi in January. According to Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, Traore’s agent has said the club are ready to listen to offers.
Sanderson has been busy, as he claims Chelsea are ready to pounce on West Brom’s Saido Berahino in January.