Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo wants Barcelona move – Paper Talk – Sky Sports

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s national newspapers…

THE SUN

Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique to speak to Nou Camp boss Xavi about a potential move after being left unhappy at Manchester United.

Real Sociedad are hoping to persuade Manchester United to release Juan Mata as a free agent in January.

Eric Bailly has flown back to Manchester United from the Ivory Coast and is in contention for the game against Burnley.

Barcelona are pondering a move for Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen, according to reports in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo (AP)
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked about the possibility of joining Barcelona

DAILY MAIL

In-demand Fiorentina hot shot Dusan Vlahovic is keen on a move to the Premier League, but Arsenal have reportedly now been ruled out of the race.

Arsenal are reportedly the frontrunners to land Philippe Coutinho on loan next month, with the Barcelona outcast understood to prefer a move to the Emirates over their Premier League rivals.

Newcastle are interested in a loan for Brazil international forward Gabriel Barbosa after Benfica refused to sell Darwin Nunez in January.

PA - Aaron Connolly
Image: Aaron Connolly could be on his way to Middlesbrough

Ross Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park next month with Everton interested in the Chelsea star.

Queens Park Rangers are front runners to sign experienced defender Steve Cook from Bournemouth – although Nottingham Forest are also interested.

Former Manchester City defender Cameron Humphreys-Grant, now at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, is weighing up a return to England amid interest from a number of Championship clubs including Derby, Cardiff, Birmingham and Blackburn.

Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is closing in on a loan move to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.

THE GUARDIAN

Everton’s Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel lines up as left wing-back replacement option for the injured Ben Chilwell.

Thomas Tuchel has said he will not stop standing up for his Chelsea players after conceding he has “zero per cent” understanding as to why the Premier League is set to muddle through a chaotic winter with only three substitutes.

Georginio Wijnaldum has made 11 appearances for PSG so far this season with five of those coming from the bench
Image: Georginio Wijnaldum has started just nine Ligue 1 games this term for PSG

DAILY STAR

Manchester United are targeting Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

Newcastle United are reportedly set to make a sensational swoop for PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum – just six months after the ex-Liverpool ace left the Premier League.

West Ham are reportedly weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick to ease the burden on Michail Antonio.

DAILY MIRROR

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is set to snub a move to Tottenham – in favour of a mega-money transfer to MLS side Toronto FC.

Raphinha will not push for a January move from Leeds despite being wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Chelsea could be forced to sign a left wing-back after Ben Chilwell underwent knee ligament surgery which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers “lead the race” to sign Paris Saint-Germain youngster Xavi Simons, according to reports.

Robbie Neilson insists his in-demand Hearts stars like John Souttar and Craig Halkett are under a transfer window lockdown unless clubs pay big money for them.

SCOTTISH SUN

Karamoko Dembele is set to return to Celtic training next week, according to reports.

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