Sports Gossip Today: Cuadrado, Pogba, Costa, Henderson, Blind


Chelsea have entered talks with Fiorentina over a deal to bring in Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, during January. (Guardian) 

Emmanuel Adebayor, Diego Costa and Jordan Henderson dominate the Sun’s back page

The Premier League leaders have increased their efforts to sign Cuadrado after having a £20.6m bid rejected on Wednesday. (Times – subscription required) 

Chelsea are preparing to offset the arrival of Cuadrado with the sale of winger Mohamed Salah, 22, or forward Andre Schurrle, 24. (Independent) 

Germany international Schurrle is set for a move back to his native country to join Wolfsburg. (Daily Express) 

But Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says there is no chance of Cuadrado moving to Stamford Bridge. ( 

Chelsea are also planning a £40m move for Juventus’ 21-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012. (Daily Express) 

Wigan Athletic are set to reject a second improved offer of more than £4m for 23-year-old winger Callum McManaman from West Brom. (Sky Sports) 

Spanish side Valencia are ready to try to beat Liverpool to the signing of Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner, 29. (Daily Mirror) 

Manchester United have not received a single official enquiry in January about Brazilian midfielder Anderson, 26, who has not played for the club since August and is officially for sale. (Daily Mail) 

The Times’ back page: Juan Cuadrado, Andros Townsend and a fiendishly difficult crossword

Manchester United have opened discussions to sign 16-year-old Paraguayan striker Sergio Diaz from Cerro Porteno.(Tuttomercatoweb) 

Swansea are looking at Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 24, as a potential replacement for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, 26, who has signed for Manchester City. (Daily Telegraph) 

QPR want to sign Italy striker Dani Osvaldo, 29, to save them from relegation – even though Southampton loaned him out to Inter Milan after he headbutted a team-mate.(Daily Mirror) 

Newcastle plan to compete with Arsenal for the signature of Ipswich’s 21-year-old defender Tyrone Mings. (Daily Mail) 

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says the signing of striker Samuel Eto’o, 33, is being held up because “nobody can figure out who is in charge at Everton”. (Sky Sport Italia) 

West Brom’s Greece striker Georgios Samaras, 29, is set to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal on a six-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.(Express and Star, Wolverhampton) 

Arsenal will face competition from Manchester United to sign 24-year-old Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who is valued at £16m by the Spanish club. (London Evening Standard) 


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