Gossip column: Sanchez, Ozil, Martins, O'Neill, Keita, Lemar


Three-way race for Sanchez?

Liverpool are ready to join Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Sunday Mirror)


As well as Sanchez, Manchester United want to sign 29-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil from the Gunners.(Independent on Sunday)

United boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sacrifice summer moves for Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old France striker Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, in order to sign Sanchez on wages of £350,000 a week. (Mail on Sunday)

The player has been given until Friday by Manchester United to sign for them or they will withdraw their interest. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United may have to pay Sanchez’s agent £10m as part of any deal to sign the former Barcelona player. (Sunday Telegraph)


Sanchez’s family have arrived in London in preparation for his departure from the Gunners, and Manchester City are still in the running to sign him. (Goal)

Liverpool are interested in Sporting Lisbon’s 22-year-old Portugal winger Gelson Martins, who has a 60m euro (£53m) buyout clause. The Reds are prepared to pay about half that, but have offered to multiply his salary by five. (Correio da Manha – in Portuguese, subscription required)

Stoke are still keen on appointing Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill as Mark Hughes’ replacement. (Sunday Telegraph)

If O’Neill accepts the offer, Roy Keane is likely to join him as assistant – but the former Sunderland, Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss already has a verbal agreement to extend his contract with the Republic. (Irish Independent)

Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores had agreed to take over at Stoke but changed his mind. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are ready to pay £60m for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, 22, but the Ligue 1 club have set a £90m asking price for the France international. (Sunday Times – subscription required)

RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old Guinea midfielder Naby Keita wants to complete his move to Liverpool – currently agreed for the summer – after Saturday’s match against Schalke. (Bild – in German)

The Reds still have a chance of signing Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, despite the 22-year-old Germany international being heavily linked to a move to Bayern Munich. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wants to make another move for Napoli keeper Pepe Reina, 35. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid have total confidence in manager Zinedine Zidane, and the Frenchman will have the job for as long as he wants. (Marca)

Barcelona are considering selling five more players in the January transfer window – including 23-year-old Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, who is a target for Italian club Napoli. (Sport – in Spanish)

Borussia Dortmund are close to signing Basel’s 22-year-old Switzerland centre-back Manuel Akanji for about £19m. (Blick – in German)

But Manchester United are still in the running to sign the defender. (Kicker – in German)

Nantes manager and ex-Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has hinted that Paris St-Germain and Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura, 25, has decided to join Manchester United. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City are interested in France Under-19 midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 18, who joined Lille from Paris St-Germain in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham boss David Moyes would like to bring in Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar, 24, on loan but the Serie A club want a £15m deal for the Senegal international. (Sun on Sunday)

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis says on-loan English defender Lewis Baker, 22, may make an early return to Chelsea. (Northern Echo)

Watford manager Marco Silva and several players were unsettled by Everton’s interest in the Portuguese. (Times – subscription required)

Fulham could bid for Norwich’s 26-year-old Portuguese forward Nelson Oliveira. (Sun)

The Sunday Star back page

New Barcelona signing Yerry Mina removed his boots and socks before walking onto the Nou Camp pitch at his presentation. The 23-year-old Colombian centre-back, signed from Palmeiras, explained it was part of a ritual influenced by a verse from the bible that reads: “With the soles of your feet you will touch the ground you want to conquer.” (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez believes centre-back Jamaal Lascelles is good enough to make England’s World Cup squad. (ESPN)

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey apologised for not shaking Benitez’s hand as he came off on Saturday. (Evening Chronicle)

Goalkeeper training at Argentine fourth-tier club Dock Sud is pretty intense…

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Best of Saturday’s gossip

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in January, saying the 29-year-old would be a “good investment”. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are ready to drop their interest in Bordeaux winger Malcom because the French club want £45m for the 20-year-old, although Arsenal are still interested in signing the Brazilian. (Mail)

Tottenham are ready to start pay talks with striker Harry Kane, 24, and extend the deals of midfielder Christian Eriksen, 25, and forward Son Heung-min, 25. (Times – subscription required)

Manchester United plan to start contract negotiations with keeper David de Gea which would see the 27-year-old become the joint-highest earner at the club on £300,000-a-week. (Sun)

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