Paper Talk: Gunners prioritise German and battle for ‘keeper, Chelsea’s striker plans, United to splash £50m + more

Touchline Talk looks through Sunday’s biggest newspaper gossip, transfer speculation and stories.

Chelsea are emerging as favourites to capture the signature of Atletico Madrid’s star striker Radamel Falcao who has a release clause of £48 million. – Sunday Mirror

And while Manchester City have halted their pursuit of the Colombian forward, they might renew their interest if they can sell Mario Balotelli in January. – Sunday Mirror

Balotelli is reportedly wanted by Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are willing to cough up £40m for the Italy striker. –

City could also attempt to sign Shalke forward Jan Huntelaar for a cut-price in January as the Holland international is out of contract at the end of the season. – The People


In addition to Falcao, Chelsea think they can also land Liverpool striker Luis Suarez if they are finally successful in persuading Pep Guardiola to take the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge. – The People

But Serie A champions Juventus still intend to bring Suarez to Italy with a big bid in the January transfer window. – Sunday Mirror

And Liverpool are eyeing potential strikers to bring in, with Guiseppe Rossi emerging as a top target if they can offload Stewart Downing to former club Middlesbrough in January. – The People

Vitesse Arnhem’s Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony, who is valued at £8 million, is another striking target of The Reds’. – Sunday Express


But Liverpool face competition for Shalke midfielder Lewis Holtby who has been placed at the top of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s wanted list. – Daily Star Sunday

And Wenger also plans to battle Reds boss Brendan Rodgers for the signature of Wigan’s £7 million-rated goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. – Sunday Mirror

Manchester United are plotting a raid on the Bundesliga by attempting to sing Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, who are both valued at £25 million by their clubs. –  Sunday Mirror


And Sir Alex Ferguson could also attempt to beat Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha in January. – Mail on Sunday

Everton are set to bid for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame should they lose Marouane Fellaini to Chelsea. – Sunday Mirror

Meanwhile the Hammers are showing a keen interest in brothers and Marseille teammates Jordan and Andre Ayew. – Sunday Mirror


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