Transfer gossip: Dybala to United, Arsenal and Spurs battle, Fabinho to Milan

Friday, November 16th, 2018 11:55am

By Matt Ford @MattFord_NA

Transfer gossip is back to bring you all the Premier League rumours from Friday's papers, analysing the biggest stories so that you don’t have to.

Dybala ‘focused’ on Juventus amid United link

Paulo Dybala is not seeking a move to Manchester United and insists he is focused solely on winning more titles with Juventus, report the Mirror.

Dybala is one of the most sought-after players in Europe and has no shortage of admirers with United keen to renew their interest in the Argentine play-maker.

The 25-year-old has been in fine form this season, netting six goals in all competitions, and bagged the winner when Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in October.

But he has insisted he is not focused on rumours linking him with an exit from the Serie A giants.

Love Sport verdict: Dybala cost Juventus £32million three years ago so imagine what his valuation will be now in such an inflated transfer market. A move to Manchester United retains its pull for players, contrary to Dybala’s insistence, but the bigger issue will be the competition they would face for his services. Most of Europe’s top clubs would be in the race for the midfielder so a move to Old Trafford looks unlikely.

Arsenal and Spurs eye Bailly move

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur look set to battle it out to land out-of-favour Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Record.

The 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and it is understood that the Ivorian has grown frustrated after making just five starts this term.

He has become a high-profile casualty of United’s defensive instability and was notably benched after 19 minutes against Newcastle last month.

But should any move materialise, United would likely want to recoup a sizeable amount from the £30million they paid for him in 2016.

Love Sport verdict: Arsenal’s weak link has been at centre-half and Bailly would fit the bill for Unai Emery, while Tottenham have the unwanted double headache of having both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the last year of their contracts. Given the choice between the two, which would he choose? Might just come down to cash.

Milan could swoop for frustrated Fabinho

Fabinho could be heading for a swift Liverpool exit amid interest from AC Milan, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

The 25-year-old midfielder has struggled to hold down a place in the side and could now seek a move just months after arriving at Anfield from Monaco.

It is understood that the Brazilian wants clarification about his role having been relegated to a bit-part role with just three league starts to his name.

But any move would likely be of the loan variety with Liverpool unlikely to part ways with such a versatile player one window after signing him for £40 million.

Love Sport verdict: Fabinho could yet have a big role to play for Klopp’s Liverpool this season despite growing frustrated at his lack of game time. Liverpool’s excellent start to the season probably hasn’t helped his cause either with consistency in selection limiting his opportunities and a loan move may be best for both parties. Equally, though, Klopp may view his versatility as an asset down the stretch.

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