Papers: PL clubs target Barca’s Dembele on free transfer

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s national newspapers…


Ousmane Dembele has rejected a new contract at Barcelona following a furious meeting with club bosses – as two Premier League clubs contacted the winger over a free transfer.

David Beckham is in line for a knighthood after having his finances cleared by the taxman.

Ousmane Dembele

Chelsea are reportedly ready to push through a deal for AC Milan star Theo Hernandez next month.

Denis Zakaria has told Borussia Monchengladbach he will quit the club in the summer – with Arsenal already expressing an interest.

Napoli want to sign Axel Tuanzebe – despite the fact the Manchester United defender is currently on loan at Aston Villa.

Brazilian outfit Fortaleza are reportedly set to offer a contract to Jack Wilshere.

Erling Haaland’s future is expected to finally be decided in February.

Jack Wilshere has been training at former club Arsenal where he made 198 appearances for the Gunners

Norwich are open to selling Todd Cantwell next month.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has reportedly agreed personal terms with Roma.


Juventus have slapped a price tag of around £29.4m on Arsenal and Tottenham target Dejan Kulusevski ahead of the upcoming January transfer window, according to reports.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is keen on launching a move for out-of-favour Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.


Hugo Lloris is open to rejoining Nice when his Tottenham contract expires next summer amid interest from his boyhood club, according to reports.

Manchester United have a contingency plan in place in case Edinson Cavani leaves next month, with the club reportedly lining up a swoop for Mauro Icardi.


Arsenal are reportedly the preferred destination for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.

Hugo Lloris is approaching a decade with Tottenham, having joined the club from Lyon in August 2012

Chelsea have ramped up their pursuit of Everton left-back Lucas Digne on loan for the remainder of the season.


Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has made a brutal assessment of the Gunners’ transfer strategy since he left the club in 2018 with legendary manager Arsene Wenger.


Everton full-back Lucas Digne’s chances of a January exit have increased with Italian clubs Inter Milan and Napoli registering their interest in the out of favour left-back.

Joe Root retains the backing of the England and Wales Cricket Board to carry on as England’s Test captain beyond the Ashes series.

Everton's Lucas Digne during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday September 18, 2021.


Leicester City are considering a January move for Aberdeen’s rising star Calvin Ramsay.

Craig Gordon could yet make a dramatic return to England as reports suggest the Hearts keeper is being eyed by clubs in the Championship and League One.

Rangers have been linked with a move for American midfielder James Sands as Giovani van Bronckhorst looks to add some versatility to his squad in January.

Fernandy Mendy is swapping Montrose for Mohamed Salah after the Alloa stopper earned a dream Africa Cup of Nations call-up for Guinea-Bissau.

Celtic-linked winger Hannes Wolf is on the brink of being cut loose at Borussia Monchengladbach.


Celtic have reached an agreement to sign striker Daizen Maeda from Yokohama F Marinos.

Daizen Maeda is keen to link up with Ange Postecoglou again at Celtic

Mega-rich Newcastle are ready to fight for Calvin Ramsay after Watford launched an auction for the Aberdeen kid.

Aussie side Central Coast Mariners want to give Jason Cummings a Dundee escape route.

Ange Postecoglou has revealed Christopher Jullien is finally set to end his year-long injury hell.


The Premier League will consider exploring the possibility of rearranging matches on Champions League nights in an attempt to clear the growing backlog of fixtures.