Paper Talk: PIF ready to open talks over sensational Newcastle signing of football icon; Tottenham offered four PSG players
Newcastle are ready cause a huge stir with the signing of Thomas Muller, Tottenham are considering an offer to sign four PSG stars, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Arsenal are ready to turn to another midfielder with their Arthur hopes seemingly over.
THOMAS MULLER TRANSFER TALK FOR NEWCASTLE
Newcastle are reportedly set to open talks over a deal to sign Thomas Muller – with Bayern Munich seemingly ready to let him leave THIS MONTH.
The iconic Germany star has spent his entire professional career with Bayern, winning more trophies than you and I have had hot dinners.
But SportBild, via the Daily Star, reckon his time at the Allianz Arena is finally set to come to an end.
The player, now 32, is very much in the autumn of his career and has continued to impress this season in a new, deeper role.
Making his name as a forward, Muller has since dropped into the midfield and has registered an incredible 18 assists from 20 Bundesliga games this season. He’s also weighed in with six goals.
And despite remaining a key player under Julian Nagelsmann, Muller is now approaching the final year of his contract.
And with Newcastle reportedly making their interest clear, it’s claimed Bayern will finally now sell if a big bid comes their way.
Nagelsmann feels Muller can continue playing at the top for “two to four more years” – but a sizeable offer may tempt them to sell.
SportBild reports that PIF want Muller as their headline-stealing signing of the January window.
And they are seemingly ready to offer Muller huge wages to accept the move to Tyneside.
In his 14 seasons in Bayern’s first team, Muller has amassed 610 appearances, scoring 223 goals.
Thomas Muller may reunite with Sule at Newcastle
Muller isn’t the only player Newcastle are looking at either.
As per reports on Wednesday, both the Magpies and Chelsea are vying to sign Niklas Sule. That’s after it was confirmed that the 26-year-old defender will leave this summer as a free agent.
Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn has now revealed the player’s decision is final. “We made him an offer, which he told us he didn’t accept. He wants to leave the club at the end of the season,” the former keeper said (via the Daily Mail).
This gives both Chelsea and Newcastle a great chance to sign a top-quality defender for no outright fee.
TOTTENHAM CONSIDERING FOUR PSG STARS
PSG are offering Tottenham their pick from Julian Draxler, Danilo, Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera as part of a swap deal for Tanguy Ndombele. (Daily Express)
Arsenal’s board have reportedly refused the chance to sign Arthur Melo on an 18-month loan – leaving his prospects of any kind of move to the Gunners up in the air. (Daily Express)
Arsenal are now turning their attention towards the signing of Aston Villa’s Brazilian star Douglas Luiz. (Daily Express)
Ousmane Dembele will reportedly open talks with Paris Saint-Germain after his agent leaked the fact the French giants are in contact with him. (Daily Express)
Rangers midfielder Juninho Bacuna will reportedly leave Ibrox and sign for Birmingham City. (Daily Express)
Chelsea are expanding the away dressing room at Stamford Bridge following complaints from the likes of Liverpool and Brighton about cramped conditions. (Daily Star)
MAN UTD TOLD TO MOVE FOR ZIDANE
Manchester United must appoint “perfect fit” Zinedine Zidane as their next manager, according to former Old Trafford favourite Louis Saha. (Daily Star)
Frank Lampard is now the leading contender to become new Everton manager, while Vitor Pereira seemingly no longer an option. (The Independent)
>Newcastle, West Ham and Watford are all vying to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips before the window shuts. (The Independent)
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has reportedly turned down the offer of a new contract beyond 2023 – putting Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert. (The Sun)
Tottenham will reportedly use Giovani Lo Celso as bait to try and beat Newcastle to the signing of Diego Carlos. (The Sun)
Liverpool are opening talks with Paulo Dybala over a summer free-transfer switch to Anfield from Juventus. (The Sun)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Manchester United’s board are considering the permanent appointment of Ralf Rangnick this summer after impressing them. (The Sun)
Jesse Lingard is furious with Manchester United amid claims that any deal to loan him to Newcastle would cost the Magpies more than £1m a week due to a significant survival bonus. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will reportedly ask Napoli about Victor Osimhen if they miss out to Juventus for Dusan Vlahovic. (Daily Mirror)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wage demands have put off AC Milan. It means he’ll likely stay at Arsenal for the remainder of the season, and possibly beyond, on his £300,000 weekly wage. (The Times / Daily Star)
Cesar Azpilicueta’s demands for a three-year contract are proving the stumbling block in his negotiations with Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are closing on the signing of Hungarian wonderkid Zalan Vancsa, a 17-year-old winger who plays for MTK Budapest. (Daily Telegraph)
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