Paper Round: Chelsea target fantastic four strikers in January sales
Chelsea are going to try for a quartet of top strikers, while Manchester City turned down a bid from Juventus. That and more from the Thursday papers.
Chelsea eye four strikers for January signing
Chelsea aren't happy with Diego Costa's form and are considering making a move for another striker in January, per The Mail. The Blues had planned on waiting until the summer to address their striker issues, but Costa's failure to turn things around have them debating an earlier foray into the transfer market. Harry Kane and Antoine Griezmann would be their top targets, while Jamie Vardy and Saido Berahino could make sense as quick improvements.
Paper Round's view - Trying to nab a top tier striker in January will be nearly impossible. Tottenham won't sell Kane so he's out, while Atletico Madrid would demand a ransom for Griezmann, who isn't even the type of striker the Blues need. That the Blues have to dip into the transfer market in January is problematic and not conducive to building a good squad at good value long-term. But if they need to add someone, Vardy and Berahino could be had with a big bid because both only have 18 months left on their contracts.
Man City turn down Juve bid for Nasri
Manchester City's Samir NasriPA Sport
Paper Round's view - Manchester City's squad is bizarre right now as some poor transfers, a slew of injuries and Manuel Pellegrini's odd rotations have made it impossible to figure out what the depth chart looks like. Is Nasri going to walk into the starting line-up whenever he gets fit? Nobody seems to know. Maybe Pellegrini doesn't even know. But Man City don't need £10m so if they want to wait and see how things play out when everyone is fit before deciding on any sales, that makes sense.
Cahill needs to sign new Chelsea deal soon
Gary Cahill's Chelsea future could be determined in the next three weeks. The Sun understand that the defender is in negotiations with the club over a long-term contract, but has to get it finalized before he turns 30 on December 19. The Blues have a policy of not giving players who have turned 30 any longer than one-year contracts so if the two sides haven't agreed to a deal by Cahill's birthday, no long-term team is coming. Cahill wants to sign a new contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of his career.
Gary CahillPA Sport
Newcastle want Townsend, Shelvey
Tottenham's Andros TownsendReuters
Paper Round's view - Townsend would be a nice addition to Newcastle and should thrive in McClaren's system. He has no place at Tottenham and while they'd prefer to sell him outright, they would probably be content with a deal that would see him go on loan if it becomes permanent should the Magpies stay up. Prying Shelvey from Swansea will be near impossible, though. They're not in the business of selling and the Magpies can't offer him much more than the Swans are.
Wenger asking about Pato
Arsenal are interested in signing Alexandre Pato. The Corinthians director of football said that Arsene Wenger reached out to him about the forward, amid rumours that the Gunners are among the teams looking to buy Pato. “I had lunch with Arsene Wenger and he asked about [Pato] and about others," the Corinthians man said. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo, but Corinthians would like to sell him. Tottenham, Liverpool and Sunderland have also been linked to the Brazilian.
Grealish will have to earn first team return
Jack GrealishPA Sport
Paper Round's view - Garde is going about changing the culture at Aston Villa. The way he runs a club is very different than how Tim Sherwood does so he has a lot to overhaul. Something like this is a way of making a statement and setting expectations, as well as instilling accountability. That may not necessarily be fair to Grealish or productive in the short-term, but if it helps him get the team's attitude on the right track then it will be worth it to Garde.