Gossip: Newcastle eye Arsenal midfielder, Jose wants England pair

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Matteo Guendouzi in action for Marseille.

Newcastle are keen to ruin a deal between Arsenal and Marseille, while Roma are being linked with more English talent…

 

NEWCASTLE ‘MEDDLE’ IN ARSENAL’S DEAL WITH MARSEILLE
Now they appear to have found a manager, Newcastle can turn their attention to signing all the players…

The Magpies will be offered a try-before-you-buy deal for Philippe Coutinho, while Bayern Munich’s walking wardrobe Niklas Sule is said to be interested in what Newcastle have to say.

Foot Mercato reckons the Magpies are also trying to ‘meddle’ in any deal between Arsenal and Marseille for Matteo Guendouzi. The midfielder is on loan with OM, who have the option to buy at the end of the season. But Newcastle are keen on the 22-year-old and will look to tempt him from the south of France to the North East.

 


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MOURINHO IN FOR EX-ENGLAND MIDFIELDERS
Jose Mourinho is also on the look out for midfielders and the Roma boss is being linked with raids on his former clubs.

Corriere dello Sport says Mourinho has identified Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Winks as potential targets.

Loftus-Cheek is getting some minutes at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel so the 25-year-old might be difficult to tempt away in January. But Winks has barely played for Tottenham this season, with his only Premier League start coming in the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. But he was given a cameo off the bench last night as Antonio Conte got going at Spurs.

 

SPURS EYE JUVE MIDFIELDER
Conte too could be set to pilfer players from one of his former employers…

Weston McKennie has been linked with a Juventus exit since the summer and Spurs are among a number of Premier League clubs keeping an eye on the 23-year-old.

Calcio Mercato reckons Conte’s appointment has reaffirmed Spurs’ interest and a January move could be on the cards.

Conte, though, has been warned not to bother going back to Inter Milan to take any of their stars.

Tottenham have been linked with four Inter players since Conte’s appointment, with Marcelo Brozovic, Stefan De Vrij, Nicolo Barella and Alessandro Bastoni all said to be in the frame.

But Inter’s sporting director is non-plussed: “I’m not worried about Antonio Conte and our players,” he said. “In January, we won’t consider any possible exit.”


STERLING IS BARCA’S PLAN B

Despite their financial woes, Barcelona continue to be linked with most of the players in Europe. But a few names crop up more than most.

Two of them being Dani Olmo and Raheem Sterling. Olmo came through La Masia, while Man City winger Sterling has been a long-term target.

According to AS, Barca’s priority in January is to being Olmo back from RB Leipzig. If that proves impossible, then Plan B is a loan move for Sterling.