Paper Talk: Tuesday’s football transfer rumours and gossip from UK newspapers

A round-up of the latest football gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers.


Southampton star Virgil van Dijk is desperate to seal a move to Liverpool, after being hotly dipped to move to Anfield earlier this summer before the Reds cooled their interest amid tapping up accusations


Leeds are in pole position to sign Italian-born striker Caleb Ekuban, as new boss Thomas Christiansen begins to stamp his mark on the side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be offered a new Manchester United contract, as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Arsenal have tabled an offer for Eintracht Frankfurt wonderkid Aymen Barkok.

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is heading back to Aston Villa, after Jose Mourinho and Steve Bruce agreed on a deal for him to return to Villa Park for the whole of next season following his stint in goal during the second-half of the 2016/17 campaign.


Alexis Sanchez is preparing for another season at Arsenal, as the club won’t consider a Manchester City bid of lower than £90m for the Chile international.

Manchester United are confident of completing a deal for Ivan Perisic, despite still being short of Inter’s £50m asking price.