Paper Round: Juventus linked with Hector Bellerin transfer
Juventus contact Hector Bellerin, Barcelona prepare a new Philippe Coutinho offer, Manuel Lanzini interests Spurs, and Manchester United will sell Luke Shaw.
Juventus target Arsenal defender Bellerin
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin is the latest player to be linked with a move away from The Emirates. According to a story in The Sun, Juventus have already made contact with the 22-year-old Spain international in order to ascertain if a move away from Arsenal is feasible. Bellerin has been linked with move to Barcelona already, and would cost a huge sum regardless of the club he decided to leave for.
Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac celebrates scoring their first goal with Hector BellerinReuters
Paper Round's view: Bellerin, as you might expect from such a young player, has experienced ups and downs in his form in England, but has shown enough promise to be considered one of the best defenders in the country. Given Arsene Wenger now rarely improves his own players, Bellerin might consider a move away to be vital to his career.
Spurs line up Lanzini transfer
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been keen on West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini since he scored against his side two seasons ago. Pochettino has continued to monitor the 24-year-old Argentine midfielder, and will try to force a move between the two London rivals. David Moyes is expected to build a new side around him, but he has not signed a new contract to tie him down to the club.
Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring for West Ham against Crystal PalaceReuters
Paper Round's view: Lanzini was wanted by Everton, and may yet replace Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool, but beyond the occasional bright showing, he has shown little to suggest that he can be a consistently dangerous player in the Premier League. Having said that, Pochettino has an excellent track record when it comes to transfers, and should be trusted with who he wants.
Barcelona prepare Coutinho bid
Barcelona are preparing a January bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho almost joined Barcelona in the summer, but Liverpool's owners resisted any bids. Coutinho has been talked about in the press by Barcelona players since, most recently Luis Suarez, and there is a rumour that Barcelona will offer £106m for the 25-year-old Brazil international. PSG are also interested, but the player has instructed bids from any other club to be ignored.
Philippe Coutinho, BrazilGetty Images
Paper Round's view: Selling Coutinho midway through the season would be disruptive to Liverpool, and if Barcelona are considering Nabil Fekir as a back-up option, then Liverpool would be encouraged to hold onto their man in the knowledge that he would not be interested in a move anywhere else. And, should they be tempted to sell, they may use the World Cup in the summer to inflate the asking price.
United put Shaw up for sale
Manchester United have invoked a 12-month contract extension on Luke Shaw, but will entertain offers in the winter as the move is purely to maintain his transfer value. United will do the same for Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Daley Blind and Ashley Young. The future of those four is not certain, but for Shaw it appears that United would be happy to take £20m to rid them of the 22-year-old.
Manchester United's Luke Shaw receives medical attention after sustaining an injury before being substitutedGetty Images
Paper Round's view: Shaw has consistently failed to impress over the past three seasons, with complaints over his weight from a number of managers. While he played brilliantly for Southampton, and their previous boss Pochettino, there is no indication that he will turn things around under Jose Mourinho, so the sooner the two part, the better.