Perennial German champions Bayern Munich are preparing to launch another bid to sign Manchester City forward Leroy Sane in January, despite the player being out with a long-term injury.
The Sun says that Bayern are not put off by the fact that Sane is set to be out until Spring 2020 with a cruciate ligament injury, suffering in the Community Shield match against Liverpool in August.
Bayern tried to sign Sane in the summer, but their bid of £70 million was rebuffed. After Sane was injured, the Bavarian side signed Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic on loan.
City were asking £145 million for the German international at the time, which Bayern balked at. However, they will be hoping that, in light of Sane’s injury and that his contract is running down, City will drop their asking price.
But the indications are that City don’t want to do a deal and would rather hold onto the player. They haven’t given up hope of him signing a new deal to stay at the Etihad.
That said, City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Sane is free to leave if he wants to – although he’d rather that he stays.
Manchester United are planning to make a cut-price bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports.
United were keen on signing him in the summer but a deal never materialised as it was clean that Eriksen was set on a move to Spain.
However, Eriksen’s preferred choice Real Madrid went for other options – such as Eden Hazard from Chelsea – and didn’t firm up their interest in him.
But it is thought that Eriksen was flattered by United’s interest so could be open to talks in the future.
Likewise, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a fan of the Dane who could provide the creative spark that has often been missing from United recently.
United could make a cut-price offer in January as Eriksen would be entering the final six months of his contract with Spurs. Spurs could then sell or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
The Sun says United could come back in with a lower bid than the £70 million they were offering in the summer.
Spurs, for their part, still want Eriksen to sign a new deal. He is a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they will be loathed to lose him. However, if it becomes clear the 27-year-old wants to leave, they may decide to sell. But whether that would be to a Premier League rival remains to be seen.
Italian side Roma want to continue their transfer spree by signing Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan.
Roma have already signed nine players this summer including Davide Zappacosta from Chelsea and Chris Smalling from Manchester United on loan.
Sky Sports has reported that Armenian international Mkhitaryan is in Rome to finalise the deal. It is believed Roma will pay a loan fee as well as his wages, but do not have an option to buy at the end of the season.
Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal in January 2018 from Manchester United as part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move in the other direction.
During his time at the Emirates, he has made 59 appearances and scored 9 goals.
The loan deal suits all parties. Roma were in the lookout for an attacking midfielder, while Mkhitaryan was likely to have a limited amount of playing time this season. It also means some of Arsenal’s young players, such as Reiss Nelson, will have more of a chance.
It’s the first North London derby of the season, with Tottenham Hotspur making the short trip to The Emirates Stadium to take on old foes Arsenal.
While both sides have made good starts to the new season, all form goes out of the window for this match. Bragging rights are at stake and both sides will be gunning – pardon the pun – for the three points.
The match kicks off at 4pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are. The factz you need to know:
* Arsenal won this fixture 4-2 last season, coming back from 1-2 down. The return ended 1-1. Spurs also beat the Gunners in the Carabao Cup last season.
* This is the 185th North London derby in league and cup matches. Arsenal have won 78 to Spurs’ 58.
* Spurs have a terrible record at Arsenal in the Premier League era. In 27 previous attempts, only on two occasions have the left with all three points.
* Arsenal have started with two wins from three, but in their last 10 PL matches they’ve lost 5 and won 4.
* Spurs’ record isn’t much better – they’ve won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2 in their last 10 PL matches.