THE hurt felt by Manchester United when they lost Cristiano Ronaldo six years ago.
to Real Madrid has never left them – and whispers coming from France suggest it may not get any better.
United have spent many a fruitless hour in the years since CR7 left trying to woo him back. But The Sun says Paris St Germain are confident THEY can succeed and will pip United to the big prize
Meanwhile the chase for the services of Pep Guardiola is now a three-cornered Premier League scrap with both Manchester clubs now joined by Chelsea – allegedly – in an attempt to prise the Bayern boss away from Germany next summer.
If Chelsea don’t get him they could always make Gianfranco Zola’s dream come true. He dreams of one day returning to the Bridge as boss.
So here is Thursday’s thumping good stack of whispers and nudges – all gauged for credibility with our unique marks out of 10…
PARIS St-Germain are confident they will beat Manchester United to the £100m signing of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured), 30.
(The Sun) 7/10 Real Madrid are probably most confident of all…
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31.
(Express – in German) 2/10 Hardly one for the future.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all want to convince Pep Guardiola, 44, to turn his back on Bayern Munich and become their new manager.
(Sun) 10/10 It’s like a beauty parade.
Manchester United and Liverpool are both keen to sign 18-year-old Danish forward Emre Mor, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland.
(Mail) 6/10 Just one on a long list for both clubs.
Tottenham are monitoring Gent pair Laurent Depoitre and Moses Simon. Depoitre, 26, has scored six goals in 14 games for the Belgian league leaders while 20-year-old Simon is a Nigeria international who can play across the forward line.
(Mail) 8/10 They’re in the area of the market where January activity is a real possibility.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, meanwhile, says midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, returning to the club is the “last thing” Klopp needs.
(Talksport) 5/10 Really? That could go either way.
Manchester City have denied speculation they could make a January loan move for Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, who plays for their sister club New York City.
(Manchester Evening News) 4/10 Worked with Frank Lampard.
Monaco will make a second bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, following a failed £10m move in the summer.
(Mirror) 8/10 Chelsea have so many fringe/loaned players that a raft of deals could be on,
Gianfranco Zola has a ‘dream’ he will one day return to London and manage Chelsea. The Blues legend left the club in 2003 just as it was taken over by Roman Abramovich.
(The Sun) 10/10 He can dream – and why not, as one of the Premier League’s finest-ever imports?
Andros Townsend is plotting an exit from Tottenham in January after a bust-up with a coach at the weekend and a lack of action on the pitch.
(The Guardian) 10/10 He’s on his way and does not need to “plot” — the club will show him the door (for a price).
Jose Mourinho claims he has three years and seven months to turn things around at Chelsea.
(Daily Star) 5/10 You’ve got to love him – even if you don’t like him!
Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly believes Jose Mourinho’s team do have a problem in the dressing room – and insists it’s the reason for their poor form.
(Daily Express) 5/10 Correct, but nothing that a run of wins would not put right