Papers: Unhappy Ronaldo wants Barca move

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


Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique to speak to Nou Camp boss Xavi about a potential move after being left unhappy at Manchester United.

Real Sociedad are hoping to persuade Manchester United to release Juan Mata as a free agent in January.


Newcastle are interested in a loan for Brazil international forward Gabriel Barbosa after Benfica refused to sell Darwin Nunez in January.

Ross Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park next month with Everton interested in the Chelsea star.

Queens Park Rangers are front runners to sign experienced defender Steve Cook from Bournemouth – although Nottingham Forest are also interested.

Former Manchester City defender Cameron Humphreys-Grant, now at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, is weighing up a return to England amid interest from a number of Championship clubs including Derby, Cardiff, Birmingham and Blackburn.

Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is closing in on a loan move to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.


Everton’s Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel lines up as left wing-back replacement option for the injured Ben Chilwell.

Georginio Wijnaldum has made 11 appearances for PSG so far this season with five of those coming from the bench

Georginio Wijnaldum has started just nine Ligue 1 games this term for PSG.


Newcastle United are reportedly set to make a sensational swoop for PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum – just six months after the ex-Liverpool ace left the Premier League.

West Ham are reportedly weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick to ease the burden on Michail Antonio.


Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is set to snub a move to Tottenham – in favour of a mega-money transfer to MLS side Toronto FC.

Raphinha will not push for a January move from Leeds despite being wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Chelsea could be forced to sign a left wing-back after Ben Chilwell underwent knee ligament surgery which could rule him out for the rest of the season.


Rangers “lead the race” to sign Paris Saint-Germain youngster Xavi Simons, according to reports.