Monday’s gossip: Gakpo, Leao, Haaland, Kudus, Cunha, Felipe, Jesus

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Manchester United are ready to swoop for Cody Gakpo in January as PSV Eindhoven are willing to cash in on the Netherlands striker, 23, following his impressive form at the World Cup. (Sun)external-link

However, United would have to pay £50m for Gakpo – double what PSV wanted in the summer – so may switch their attention to AC Milan‘s Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23. (Mirror)external-link

Leao was expected to join Real Madrid in the summer but he is now being lined up as a target for 2024 by the Spanish giants along with Manchester City‘s Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, and Palmeiras’ Brazilian forward Endrick, 16. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona are keen on Mohammed Kudus but the Ghana midfielder, 22, is open to a move to the Premier League, with Ajax likely to ask for about £40m. (Sun)external-link

Everton and Leeds have joined Aston Villa and Wolves in the battle to sign Atletico Madrid‘s Brazil striker Matheus Cunha, 23. (Relevo – in Spanish)external-link

Wolves are also in talks with Atletico about signing Brazil centre-back Felipe, 33, in a potential “package” deal with Cunha for January. (Fabrizio Romano)external-link

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will have £50m to spend in January but is not planning on signing a replacement for Gabriel Jesus after the Brazil striker, 25, was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a knee injury. (Football Insider)external-link

Jesus has flown back to London and will find out the extent of his injury following a consultation with Arsenal doctors on Monday, with some reports suggesting he will be out for three months. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham have joined Aston Villa, Fulham and Inter Milan in monitoring the situation of Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 25, at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Atletico Madrid are hoping Joao Felix can increase his value during the World Cup before looking to sell the Portugal forward, 23, in January. (Marca – in Spanish)external-link

Watford are on the verge of completing the signing of Canada midfielder Ismael Kone, 20, from CF Montreal on a four-and-a-half-year deal. (Watford Observer)external-link

Spain right-back Hector Bellerin, 27, is close to joining Roma on loan from Barcelona. (Calciomercato)external-link

Meanwhile, Barcelona want a long-term replacement for Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, and are interested in Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but they suspect the Belgium midfielder, 25, has already said he will join another club. (Marca – in Spanish)external-link

A joint Saudi-Qatari consortium is preparing a £3.2bn bid to take over Liverpool. (The Sporting News)external-link

Back page of the Daily Mirror on 5 December 2022
Back page of the Daily Mirror

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