It’s a Saturday, but that does not mean the transfer speculation stops and there’s a raft of talk in the papers.
The Adnan Januzaj chatter does not stop at weekends, either, and the hype has increased on account of comparisons with a Manchester United great.
There are also words of warning for an England international by his club boss.
All this and more feature in Saturday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.
The hype surrounding Januzaj just grows and grows, with Manchester United manager David Moyes comparing him to a young Wayne Rooney.
Januzaj has made the breakthrough into the United team this season, producing a match-winning display against Sunderland and being chased by a host of international teams.
It’s back to club duties this week with United facing Southampton at Old Trafford, and Januzaj will go into the game with praise ringing in his ears.
In a piece by the Mail’s Chris Wheeler, Moyes was asked to compare Januzaj to some previous teenage stars.
In reply, he said:
Wayne Rooney, Charlie Nicholas, Paul McStay—Adnan would be in that category.
It’s important to remember he’s still only 18. Some players will play for clubs when they are 18, but I think to play for Manchester United at that age is a big thing.
Januzaj has been operating in a midfield role, but Moyes feels he could develop into a forward:
Time will tell what his best position will be. He could arguably be a centre forward, he’s that good with his back to goal.
He’s also very good coming off the left and off the right, maybe in the No. 10 role when he grows with experience.
If Januzaj is flying high, he’s arguably being matched by Andros Townsend.
The Tottenham winger capped off a stunning week, in which he starred for England in World Cup qualifying, by signing a new contract at Tottenham.
As ever, the details of such deals are not divulged. However, the Mail believe to have the inside track as their Sam Cunningham claims the contract is worth £15,000 per week.
Townsend's contract was accompanied by words of warning from Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, who said:
When you get public and media recognition you have to tolerate it, he has to step up his game. I suppose Jack Wilshere falls into that category.
He is a great product of English football.
Sometimes they are chased, sometimes a victim and sometimes guilty. But at these moments you have to stay strong with your personality and continue to perform for club and country.
Gary Cahill is one part of England’s central defensive partnership, but it would appear as if he may have to get used to life on the bench at Chelsea.
The defender has formed a fine partnership with Everton’s Phil Jagielka for the Three Lions, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has brought him down to earth with a thud by making it clear that John Terry and David Luiz are his preferred partnership, according to the Mail’s Laurie Whitwell.
In Whitwell's piece, Mourinho said:
I don’t enjoy leaving good professionals on the bench, but that’s life.
I trust Gary. I want to help him, not make his life difficult. I would never do something that could jeopardise his selection for the national team. But at this moment John and David are playing well and giving stability.
The most important thing is Chelsea. The second thing is the players. The third thing is the national team. That has to be my ranking. But all three can work together.
Abou Diaby’s injury problems continue to plague his career, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the midfielder will not play again before March.
Diaby arrived at Arsenal in 2006 and was compared to the great Patrick Vieira. However, Diaby has not hit those heights—which can in part be put down to the raft of injuries he has suffered.
His start to this season has been hit by a knee injury; the Mirror’s John Cross has quotes from Wenger confirming Diaby has gone under the surgeon’s knife.
He had a little key hole surgery again, on the knee because his knee blew up every time he did something so it is now six months after the cruciate.
He could not even jog yet so with new surgery it is a setback for him so competitive football cannot be played before March.
Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a move the Premier League, but Galatasaray president Unal Aysal is in no mood to sell, reports the Star’s Nick Lustig.
Earlier this week, Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal stated that Sneijder should turn his back on Gala and make the move to Mourinho’s Chelsea.
Sneijder is yet to pass comment on his situation, but Aysal has made it clear he feels the midfielder has a future in Turkey.
Lustig quotes Aysal, via Bugun, as saying:
We don't have a decision or a desire to sell Sneijder. Mancini has not had enough time to find out about the squad. He doesn't want us to transfer somebody.
Sneijder has a temporary problem, I don't care about it. He is going to regain his form with us.
Wilfried Zaha is yet to make his Premier League debut for Manchester United, but he is still catching the eye and the Star’s Gary Jones suggests the forward could be in line for a loan move to Serie A champions Juventus.
Zaha was signed by United last January and immediately loaned back to Crystal Palace.
There was talk of a loan move in the summer, but he remained at United. Red Devils' boss Moyes wants Zaha to get used to what it takes to fight for a place at a club of the stature of the United.
That could change in January, though, and Jones suggests he could be on his way to Italy.
In his piece, Jones writes:
The former Crystal Palace ace has been heavily linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford in January, with several clubs including Newcastle, Stoke, Southampton and Fulham.
And new reports suggest Juve boss Antonio Conte will seek to reinforce his attacking front-line with the sought after 20-year-old.
It's thought the Serie A champions will continue to monitor the situation before the winter transfer window reopens in January.
Manchester City scouts will be in attendance at West Brom’s clash with Stoke, with the object of their desire being Saido Berahino—according to the Sun’s Mike McGrath (subscription).
Thibault Courtois is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and Chelsea boss Mourinho has insisted he will not be bullied into selling the keeper, writes Ben Jefferson of the Express.
Manchester United are being linked with Remy Caballa with Jefferson of the Express revealing that £15 million will secure the midfielder from Montpellier.