Arsenal have been dealt a major blow to their hopes of signing attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, while PSG have opened talks to sign Lionel Messi, according to Thursday’s transfer gossip.
BLOW FOR ARSENAL IN MIDFIELDER CHASE
Arsenal’s attempts to land Dominik Szoboszlai have reportedly suffered a huge blow, with a transfer to RB Leipzig in the pipeline instead.
The Hungary international playmaker has impressed in the Champions League for RB Salzburg this season.
Despite being only 20, Szoboszlai has notched five times and added nine assists in 13 appearances so far this term.
RB Salzburg have an unearthed some incredible talent in recent times, bringing through the likes of Erling Haaland, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.
Arsenal are eyeing Szoboszlai as an alternative to Houssem Aouar, who has so far been priced out of a move to the Emirates by Lyon – who want £50m for the player.
Indeed, reports on Wednesday suggested that Arsenal technical director Edu had held talks with the agent of the youngster over a move.
Mikel Arteta is desperate to add some creativity to his midfield. Especially after recent performances where his attack has looked toothless.
However, the Gunners look like they are about to miss out on Szoboszlai, with Salzburg’s sister club looking to snap him up.
According to Bild, as cited by the Daily Express, Leipzig are closing in on the Hungarian with a bid of £18m, plus added bonuses as well as a percentage of a future sale.
The news will come as a huge blow to Arteta, who will also face a further drop-off in creativity when Mesut Ozil finally quites the club next summer.
PSG OPEN TALKS OVER MESSI DEAL
PSG have reportedly held conversations with Lionel Messi’s father. They are looking to convince the Argentine to sign a pre-contract agreement with them in January. (Daily Mirror)
Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal future is anything but certain, with the defender’s father claiming he can “imagine everything” when discussing the player’s next move. (Daily Mirror)
Mauricio Pochettino has been offered a return to management with La Liga club Athletic Bilbao. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Sao Paulo star Brenner ahead of the January transfer window. (Daily Star)
RANGERS FAVOURITES TO SIGN WILSHERE
Rangers are the favourites to sign ex-West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere. Aston Villa and Fulham also want the Englishman. (The Sun)
Manchester United are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo next summer. Juventus are looking to offload their star player, according to sensational reports. (The Sun)
Brighton appear to have won the race for Irish whizkid Evan Ferguson. (The Sun)
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he was not 100 per cent focused on every single match he played for the club before becoming captain. (Daily Star)
Manchester United reportedly remain keen on a transfer for RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano. That is despite the Bundesliga outfit’s Champions League defeat to the Red Devils. (Daily Star)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Chelsea are confident Christian Pulisic can recover from his hamstring injury in time for their clash v Newcastle. (Daily Express)
Tony Pulis is in advanced talks with Sheffield Wednesday to succeed Garry Monk. (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is reportedly unwilling to let Liverpool target David Alaba leave in January. (Daily Express)
James Tarkowski has described why he has turned down a new Burnley contract in a bid to take back control of his own career. (Daily Telegraph)
Rangers’ bosses are waiting for three Court of Appeal judges to rule on the latest round of a long-running legal battle with businessman Mike Ashley. (Scottish Sun)
Andrew Gutman’s Celtic future has been thrown into doubt – with the defender in talks with FC Cincinnati. (Scottish Sun)