Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani

07:52 · SAT December 18, 2021

Read the latest football gossip and carry rumors from national newspapers with Sporting Life’s Paper Talk.


  • Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial appear to be the first two players Manchester United dismissed in January, but Martial’s £ 30million price tag has put some contenders off.
  • Everton have officially reached a £ 17million deal for Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko, paving the way for the departure of Lucas Digne who was targeted by Leicester and Newcastle in the January transfer window.
  • Barcelona have stepped up efforts to strike a January deal with Manchester United’s Edinson CavanI because they make him a mega-money contract offer.
  • Qatar SC have terminated winger Youcef Belaili’s contract a day after scoring the goal for Algeria which eliminated Qatar from the FIFA Arab Cup.


  • Juventus are preparing a loan in January for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
  • Arsenal are keen on Juventus pair Arthur and Dejan Kulusevski according to reports in Italy.
  • Cadiz and Elche are hoping to bring Diego Costa back to Spain after helping Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro win a league and cup double.
  • Chelsea have sent scouts to watch FC Copenhagen prodigy Roony Bardghji, who recently became the youngest goalscorer in the Danish Premier League.


  • Christian Eriksen’s agent has said the Denmark international, who was released by Inter Milan on Thursday, dreams of returning to professional football and is in good health.
  • Tottenham had to train using mannequins due to the number of players forced to self-isolate thanks to positive tests for Covid-19.
  • Liverpool have invited Toronto starlet Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty for a tryout as top European clubs continue to follow the 17-year-old, already a senior international from Canada.
  • Barcelona are set to cancel their loan deal with Rapid Vienna for well-noted winger Yusuf Demir and not take the option of signing the 18-year-old for £ 8.5million.
  • Porto fans have reacted with fury to stories the club have spent £ 150,000 to employ a wizard in a bid to help them win the Portuguese title.
  • English fans who plan to travel to the Qatar World Cup next year will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid to avoid a long period of quarantine.
  • Premier League star refuses to be vaccinated against Covid because his family is vegan.


  • The Premier League will hold emergency meetings next week with club owners and team managers to discuss escalating disruption caused by Covid, with some clubs preparing to express their desire for a ‘cut’ Christmas fire.


  • Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have sparked Premier League interest as Barcelona seek to take high incomes from their payrolls to fund a move for Ferran Torres from Man City.


  • Mason Greenwood is said to be frustrated with his Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo due to the Portuguese star’s “taxable” status within the squad.


  • Rangers could be in the market to sign another Romanian star, with attacking midfielder Olimpiu Morutan linked with a move to Ibrox.
  • Jason Cummings’ career at Dundee could be over after being sent home from practice on Friday after showing up dressed as the Joker at an event in Glasgow the day before.