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Paper Gossip: Manchester United Chase Luke Shaw, £50m Chelsea Raid, Evra Spat

Alex DimondUK Lead WriterDecember 23, 2016

Paper Gossip: Manchester United Chase Luke Shaw, £50m Chelsea Raid, Evra Spat

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    Monday's newspapers concentrate on the fallout from the weekend's Premier League action, with at least two managers apparently amending their January transfer wishlist based on what they saw.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes reportedly saw something he liked even as his side were held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton, while Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea to spend in the region of £50 million to get the two players that will enhance his squad.

    Elsewhere, there are an outburst from a United player that has shocked a nation and claims that Manuel Pellegrini deliberately misled his Manchester City charges.

    So click on for all Monday's hot gossip.

Manchester United Decide Luke Shaw Is the One for Them After Saints Turn

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    Manchester United have decided that Luke Shaw is the left-back they want to succeed Patrice Evra after a star turn against them on Saturday, according to The Times (subscription needed).

    James Ducker writes that manager David Moyes, who has been linked with Leighton Baines ever since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer, was impressed by Shaw's performance in Southampton's 1-1 draw with United and will now step up his pursuit of the teenager in January.

    However, Ducker warns that the Saints are bullish about keeping their starlet, writing:

    Shaw delivered another impressive performance for Southampton in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday and the 18-year-old is considered a more attainable target than Leighton Baines, for whom United had several approaches rebuffed by Everton in the summer.

    United have not discounted making another bid for Baines, but while the England defender is approaching the final 18 months of his contract at Goodison Park and discussions about a new deal have yet to open, there is concern that trying to sign him could be an even more costly and protracted exercise in the wake of his form for club and country this term and the events of the summer.

    However, the South Coast club are understood to be resistant to selling to United, especially in the middle of the season, and will put up a fight. They are under no immediate pressure to offload a player who signed a five-year contract only in July.

    Ducker also adds to the voices indicating that winger Wilfried Zaha will be loaned out in January.

    Moyes, meanwhile, will want to arrest his side's poor start to the season.

Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Plotting £50m Double Raid in January

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    Chelsea will make a £50 million double raid for two players in January, according to The Metro.

    Porto's Eliaquim Mangala and Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula are top of Jose Mourinho's hit list as he looks to reinforce his squad in both defence and midfield.

    The newspaper reveals:

    Blues boss Jose Mourinho is eager to strengthen his squad in the New Year and has identified the duo as two of his top targets.

    Centre back Mangala was on Manchester United’s radar during the summer but the move never materialised – with the Premier League champions unwilling to meet a reported buyout clause of around £37m.

    However, Mourinho is a big fan of the France international and is refusing to be put off so easily.

    The self-proclaimed Special One knows Mangala won’t come cheap, but believes he can use his contacts in Portugal to negotiate a deal for closer to £25m.

    Midfielder Imbula is valued at around the same amount and has been identified by the Blues after the Londoners move for Juventus star Paul Pogba stalled – with the Serie A champions demanding close to £40m for the former United prodigy.

    Meanwhile, The Times (subscription needed) reports that Mourinho will not receive a touchline ban after being asked to leave the field in Saturday's game against Cardiff.

    The Portuguese was ejected for leaving his technical area to complain about the opposition's perceived time-wasting, but Gary Jacob reports he will only receive a fine at worst for his indiscretion.

Arsene Wenger Doubts Arsenal Will Spend Big in January

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is unlikely to sign anyone in January, per the Press Association's Jim van Wijk, via the Daily Mail.

    Wenger apparently believes that, with players set to return from injury soon, his top-of-the-table squad will be too big to maintain levels of competition with any further additions in the winter window.

    However, the Frenchman notably did not rule out a move should the right player become available:

    We have a squad that is, number and quality wise, very, very good. After that in January we are not desperate (to buy) now.

    If there is a good opportunity (to buy), why not? But if you know who is out injured now, they will come back in November, the beginning of December, then you have a really massive squad.

    With the number of competitions involved, everybody thinks they have a chance to play. That is what is the most important. As long as you fight for things, everybody keeps the focus.

Wayne Rooney and Co Braced as Sir Alex Ferguson Vows to Reveal All

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    Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that his forthcoming autobiography will lift the lid on some of the biggest flashpoints of his Manchester United career—potentially bad news for Wayne Rooney.

    The legendary manager, whose book My Autobiography is scheduled for release on Thursday, told MUTV that he would be lifting the lid on many of the big decisions during his tenure, presumably including the fallout with Rooney at the end of his final campaign.

    Ferguson told the television channel:

    You know, the problem with doing a book is you have to bring in the elements and factors which in many way either affected or determined your management decision-making.

    But because I’ve been at the club such a long time and you rebuilding team after team after team, there are areas that you can’t ignore.

    Why we sold certain players like David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy. You can’t ignore these things, because these guys were big, big figures in Manchester United’s career history.

    He added:

    I did my biography back in 1999. I’d been actually writing for two years on it. I wrote 250,000 words myself and Hugh McIlvanney then brought the style to it and did all the typing for us at that time.

    But if you think, from then to 2013 was maybe the most exciting years, because the changes in management and Manchester United and football were huge.

Manuel Pellegrini Lied About United Result to Inspire Manchester City Win

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    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini lied to his players on Saturday, telling them that arch-rivals Man United had won earlier in the day before they went out and played West Ham.

    The "trick" seemed to work, as City secured a 3-1 win at Upton Park.

    Defender Micah Richards told the Daily Mirror:

    We thought they were winning one nil. The manager said they had won, Arsenal had won and Chelsea had won, and so we had to win.

    Maybe it was a bit of reverse psychology but it was obviously nice. United will come strong.

    We just knew we had to win. If we had dropped points today, well... we watched Liverpool because they kicked off early.

    They looked strong and Arsenal just keep winning. I know people always say Arsenal will blow up, but when a team gets that confidence going it’s hard to stop and they will do well this season.

Patrice Evra Asked to Explain Bizarre Rant Against French Pundits

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    Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has been asked to explain his conduct to the French Football Federation, after he went on an expletive-laden rant against an ex-player and television pundits.

    Evra, who was briefly ostracised from the French national team following his role in player mutiny at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was criticised by pundits on television channel Telefoot for making a half-time speech to teammates during the recent World Cup qualifier with Belarus.

    France went on to win the match, but the pundits, including World Cup-winning left-back Bixente Lizarazu, suggested Evra should not have made any comments as he was only a substitute.

    The 32-year-old responded angrily, per the Press Association (via the Guardian), responding:

    There are some pundits with whom I will soon settle my differences … they want to sell a lie to the French people that Evra is disliked. But that is not the case at all.

    I do not know what Lizarazu has against me. I was twice voted best left-back in the world, four times the best left-back in the Premier League. Him, I don't even know if he was ever voted best left-back in the world.

    I recall my first call-up to the national side, all the others shook my hand apart from him. Thierry Henry said to him, 'Oh Liza, here is the opposition.' And Lizarazu looked at me and said, 'Why? Someone told you that I was already retired?'.

    People have a good impression of me, it won't be these tramps who dirty my image. They must stop lying to the French people.

    In a statement, the FFF said:

    Following the remarks made by Patrice Evra in an interview to Telefoot after France v Finland, president Noel Le Graet and coach Didier Deschamps, while recognising that no attack was made against the FFF, the France team, the coach or the players, have decided to ask Patrice Evra to come to explain certain statements about the broadcasters.

    Lizarazu also made his feelings known, adding, "He blames us for dirtying his image, but he is doing a great job of it himself."

Bits and Pieces: A New Striker for West Ham?

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    The Daily Mirror reports that Sam Allardyce will look to ease his ongoing striker headache with a move for Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason in January. Finnbogason has already scored 11 goals for club side Heerenveen so far this season.

    Clint Dempsey will be able to choose between Everton, Fulham and Tottenham if he makes a January loan move back to the Premier League from Seattle Sounders, claims the Mirror.

    Recently returned from injury, Spurs winger Aaron Lennon could be loaned to Inter Milan in January, claims Italian football website Tutto Mercato (via Forza Italian Football).

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