Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, October 15: Everton to replace Ronald Koeman with Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid want Manchester United’s De Gea in exchange for Gareth Bale

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, October 15: Everton to replace Ronald Koeman with Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid want Manchester United’s De Gea in exchange for Gareth Bale

Transfer rumours and paper review

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers...

Rafael Benitez is high on Everton’s list of potential replacements for under-fire boss Ronald Koeman. Benitez, the Newcastle boss, is a legend on the red half of Merseyside having guided Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005 and the FA Cup the following year. Everton’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, is considering firing Koeman, and many players feel it is only a matter of time before the Dutchman is shown the door. (The Sun)

Manchester United are ready to sign Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid and Wales attacker, but fear Los Blancos will demand David De Gea as part of any deal. Bale is valued at £85m and Real are prepared to sell him next summer, but De Gea remains a dream signing for members of the Bernabeu management. (The Mirror)

Tottenham and Chelsea are rivals in the race to sign 19-year-old England starlet Callum Brittain. Brittain, the MK Dons defender, has impressed scouts from the Premier League clubs and earned rave reviews playing for England Under-20s earlier this month. A right-back, Brittain made his first-team debut at Stadium MK last season but he is out of contract next summer and Chelsea and Spurs are weighing up an approach. Southampton are also interested in the youngster. (The Daily Mail)

Henry Onyekuru has held talk with Everton concerning an early return to Goodison Park following his impressive form for Anderlecht. Nigeria international Onyekuru, 20, has scored seven times this season having joined Anderlecht on loan for the season, immediately after agreeing a £7m transfer to Everton. The Toffees are considering appealing to the FA in an attempt to bring the forward back in January. (The Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City are targeting Ryan Bertrand as Pep Guardiola looks to sign a replacement for the injured Benjamin Mendy in January. Bertrand, 28, is valued at £30m by Southampton and he was on City’s radar over the summer. With Mendy set to miss almost the entire season, plans to bring in Bertrand have been made a priority. (The Sun)

Espanyol’s 20-year-old full-back Aaron Martin is another contender to replace Mendy at Manchester City. (The Daily Mail)

Liverpool are keeping tabs on 17-year-old Netherlands defender Perr Schuurs, having already invited the Fortuna Sittard star to a training session on Merseyside. Manchester City are also keen on the youngster. (The Daily Mail)

Arsenal will sell one of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez in January to ensure both players do not leave for free next summer. The pair are out of contract at the end of 2017-18, and it appears Sanchez will be on his way out of the Emirates in January as there is no interest in Germany star Ozil. (Daily Star)

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