Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip
Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip

Transfer rumours and football gossip: Roberto Mancini, Antonio Rudiger, Philippe Coutinho

Read the latest football gossip and transfer rumours from the national newspapers with Sporting Life's Paper Talk.


  • Roberto Mancini has emerged as a wild card candidate to take over at Manchester United next summer.
  • Thomas Tuchel has issued Andreas Christensen with an ultimatum to sign the contract that Chelsea have twice thought they had agreed.


  • Ralf Rangnick must convince an FA panel of his managerial credentials to secure a work permit, although Manchester United remain optimistic the German will be able to take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
  • Arsenal star Gabriel fought off a robber wielding a baseball bat who tried to steal his £45,000 Mercedes from his garage.
  • Thomas Tuchel insists Saul Niguez was not a signing forced on him by the club.
  • Kalvin Phillips has flatly denied any notions of a rift between him and Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Real Madrid are growing ever more optimistic about their chances of signing Antonio Rudiger this summer, reports claim.
  • Max Kilman is on the radar of England manager Gareth Southgate after a series of impressive performances for Wolves this season.


  • Kick It Out has accused beIN Sports of amplifying homophobia and questioned whether members of the LGBTQ+ community should travel to Qatar for the World Cup after a former Egypt footballer said homosexuality was "against human nature" during a punditry appearance for the Qatari broadcaster.
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  • Ousmane Dembele has issued a contract ultimatum to Barcelona as a potential move to Newcastle United gathers pace.
  • Arsenal are more likely than Tottenham to sign Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski in January, according to reports.
  • Chelsea have received a boost in their hopes of signing Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, reports in Italy claim.


  • Bruno Lage has insisted his transfer plan is clear and vowed Wolves will not waste their money in the January sales.


  • Lionel Messi has fallen ill with a stomach bug just one day after he was presented with a seventh Ballon d'Or.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's bodyguards are under investigation on suspicion of working illegally in Portugal, according to local reports.
  • New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly implemented a "wheel of misfortune" at his previous club RB Leipzig to punish misbehaving players.
  • Mohamed Salah has revealed he had to quit Chelsea to find his footballing level because the Blues wanted him to change his game.
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  • Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Bryan Robson was his greatest captain.
  • Barcelona have reportedly offered Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United in the hope of signing Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
  • Thomas Tuchel has delivered a stark ultimatum to Andreas Christensen over his contract stand-off with Chelsea, saying there is "no good news".
  • Real Madrid are growing ever more optimistic about their chances of signing Antonio Rudiger this summer, reports claim.
  • Crystal Palace, Brentford and Watford are targeting Rangers star Joe Aribo.
  • Tottenham are reportedly preparing a mega January bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.
  • Liverpool target Adama Traore could be on the move for as little as £20m with Wolves reportedly slashing his asking price.
  • Manchester United are competing with Everton and Southampton for Anderlecht's Spanish star Sergio Gomez.


  • Celtic have been told it'll cost around £10m if they want to activate an option to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal.


  • Some Bundesliga matches could proceed without fans as early as this weekend after local politicians in Germany brought forward plans to discuss how football should respond to the emerging Omicron Covid-19 variant.

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