Premier League – Paper Round: Barcelona’s £35m move for Bale
The Daily Mirror reports that the Catalan giants have recently despatched their chief scout Albert Valentine to track the Welsh winger, and that his glowing reports back to the club have convinced Pep Guardiola to make a move to bolster the left flank that he believes is the only weak link in his side.
The 22-year-old’s £75,000-a-week contract runs for another four years, but the paper claims that joining the reigning European champions “may be difficult for Bale to resist”.
Arsenal are looking closely at Rennes’ £8m midfielder Tongo Hamed Doumbia, a 22-year-old winning rave reviews as one of the best new talents in the French game. The Daily Mail warns that the player’s price could rise, however, in the light of recent interest from CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow.
The 22-year-old striker has notched five goals already, and will be rewarded with a five-year deal that is effectively a 50 per cent pay rise. That extra cash should be covered by the club sending out Romelu Lukaku on loan to Villarreal in January, the paper claims.
North of the border, the Daily Record reports that Rangers have taken two India internationals on trial.
Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chettri will arrive at Ibrox later this month, with boss Ally McCoist apparently keen to sign one or both of them in January.
Lalpekhlua in particular is regarded as a hot property, the 20-year-old striker having scored four goals in his first three matches for his country earlier this year.
Tevez is expected to be hit with a six-week fine worth £1.2m for skipping training in order to go to Argentina without permission, and has apparently lost out on a further £6m in loyalty bonuses after asking for a transfer last season; but the Mirror claims that is just the start.
If a misconduct charge sticks, City should then be able to sue Tevez for purposefully acting in a way that has slashed his value on the transfer market. After all, who would pay £40m for the striker now?