Man City plot to lure Suarez from Liverpool
Audacious plan to tempt away in-form striker as Arsenal and Chelsea vie for £40m Julian Draxler
AS ARSENAL prepare for their Champions League Italian job in Napoli tonight, the Evening Standard reports that Julian Draxler has dropped his strongest hint yet that he's coming to England next month. But will it be Arsenal or Chelsea?
The 19-year-old has been showering praise of late on the Premier League leaders, describing "Arsenal as a very, very nice team" and admitting that he had talked to fellow German internationals Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker about life at the Emirates. But the Standard says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is now lining up an offer for the teenaged playmaker in the January transfer window, and the Special One will be cheered by comments made by Draxler to German magazine Kicker.
"I have now resigned myself to the fact that I am not welcome in the number 10 position here at Schalke," he said. Draxler allegedly believes he's not being given a fair crack of the whip by manager Jens Keller and it appears the situation will lead the midfielder to part company with Schalke next month.
The Standard says the German outfit will expect £40m in return for Draxler but gives no clue to which of the London rivals he'll plump for.
"Astonishing" is the word used by caughtoffside.com in describing Manchester City's plan to prise Luis Suarez from Anfield. Apparently the Sky Blues - who last night sensationally beat Bayern 3-2 in Munuch - will offer Liverpool £40m plus Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in exchange for the Uruguayan hitman.
Dzeko, who arrived at the Etihad two years ago, is valued at £20m so on paper it looks a good deal for the Reds, but with Suarez in the form of his life this season, caughtoffside says the offer will "receive short shrift from Liverpool".
Still with City and this time the Manchester club is on the receiving end of an audacious offer with Talksport reporting that Monaco are poised to table a £16.75m bid for Vincent Kompany.
Taking French sports daily L'Equipe as their source, Talksport says that the wealthy Ligue 1 side, now in the hands of Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, want some steel for their defence in time for next season's Champions League campaign. It's believed Monaco will make their offer at the end of the season, having already had "preliminary talks" and they are confident of getting the Belgian blocker.
According to goal.com Manchester United manager David Moyes aims to invest in youth as he looks to rebuild the club, and top of his list is Fulham Academy "wonderkid" Patrick Roberts. The promising 16-year-old is unable to sign professionally with Fulham until he turns 17 next year and goal.com says that Moyes hopes to agree terms with the London side for the attacking midfielder who has caught the eye playing for England Under-17s. ·