Gossip: Navas, Walcott, Reus, Rojo…

Matt Stead

Barcelona want Jesus Navas (or Riyad Mahrez, Florian Thauvin or Theo Walcott) in January, Man United want Marco Reus (or Matt Ritchie) and Marcos Rojo rejected deadline day move.


The summer transfer window may only have shut on Tuesday, but you know the drill by now. Ignore the actual football playing, because we now look ahead to the January window. It’s a big one for Barcelona in particular, as their FIFA-imposed transfer ban is lifted as soon as 2016 hits, and they’re after reinforcements.

The Spanish champions are very much keen on replacing new Chelsea forward Pedro, in a nutshell. Newspaper Mundo Deportivo have thrown a load of names into the hat in terms of potential replacements, with La Liga luminaries Nolito and Carlos Vela among them. There’s also Antonio Candreva of Lazio and, conspicuous by his inclusion alongside some of Europe’s brightest attacking talents, Jesus Navas.

Barca’s link with Navas is fairly predictable. A Spanish international with extensive La Liga experience, and the winger would hardly steal the limelight from Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez. Playing time will also be restricted at Manchester City after the purchases of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne (although Mundo Deportivo don’t mention the fact he would be playing around about as much – or as little – at the Nou Camp).

While the four aforementioned are given the strongest coverage from the newspaper, a few other Premier League stars are mentioned. This includes Riyad Mahrez of Leicester (valued at £7.3million and – thanks to Google Translate – “groped unsuccessfully” by Arsenal this summer), Florian Thauvin of Newcastle (valued at £14.6m-£16.1million) and Theo Walcott of Arsenal (valued at £14.6m-£18.3million).

Aim higher, Barca.


While some are hyping up rumours ahead of the January transfer window, others are fast-forwarding the next 12 months of the menial actual football stuff and looking ahead to the transfer window of next summer. Because that’s what it’s all about nowadays.

Anyway, Manchester United’s main targets for next summer are documented here (and they look very familiar), but that’s not all on this fine Sunday. According to the Daily Mirror/Sunday People, United will renew their interest in Marco Reus come 2016, while they will continue to monitor Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth.

Tom Hopkinson and Steve Bates of the People are the two responsible for this, and they claim that United feel they hold a bargaining chip in their pursuit of Reus. They reckon they can persuade Dortmund to part with Reus by offering cash plus the permanent signing of loanee Adnan Januzaj.

Considering rumours that United approached Dortmund over the German international on deadline day but baulked at the £60million fee, one wonders just how much United value Januzaj at? Do they feel Januzaj plus £40million would be a sufficient compromise?

Also, the People claim United ditched another potential deal on deadline day; for Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth. The Scot has enjoyed an impressive start to Premier League life with the promoted club, ‘playing his way onto Louis van Gaal’s radar’ as a result. They will be monitoring the 25-year-old’s progress this season, allegedly.


So after the January transfer window and next summer’s edition have been covered by Sunday’s media, the Daily Star on Sunday complete the triumvirate by reporting on the fallout from this summer’s transfer window. Oh, the joys.

They report that Argentinean defender Marcos Rojo was offered to Monaco as part of the deal to sign Anthony Martial for £36.7million (not £56.7m) on deadline day. Although boss Van Gaal has reportedly grown frustrated with the central defender, he is keen to prove his worth to the Dutchman this season. Best of luck with that one.


Chelsea will make a fifth bid to sign Everton defender John Stones during the January transfer window…Newcastle made a deadline-day move for Charlie Austin – and hope they could still win the battle to sign him…West Brom will prevent Saido Berahino going on strike – by offering him a new contract with a £25m buy-out clause…Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba rejected a £62m move to Chelsea…Derby County are keen on signing Manchester United starlet James Wilson on loan…Chelsea ‘tried to hijack’ Manchester United’s signing of Anthony Martial…Manchester City also wanted Martial and gave the France prodigy a tour of their facilities when he was 11…Swansea are ready to let Michu leave for free after he failed to find a new club in the summer transfer window.