Football rumours from the media – 11th September, 2017

What the papers say

Former England manager Roy Hodgson is the frontrunner to replace Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace just weeks into his first season at the club, the Daily Mirror reports. In addition, Hodgson’s national team successor Sam Allardyce, who preceded De Boer at Selhurst Park, has been courted for a return to the club just four months after his departure but remains reluctant.

Also facing an uncertain future is beleaguered West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, according to the Daily Express. The Hammers want Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace their player-turned-manager after crashing to the bottom of the table with three losses from three games to open the season.

Across London, Diego Costa has moved his family to Madrid as he continues to angle for a return to Atletico, tabloids report. The want-away Spain striker has failed to turn up to training sessions – despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.

Diego Costa is continuing to angle for a move to Atletico Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)
Diego Costa is continuing to angle for a move to Atletico Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)

The tabloids report that Manchester United are plotting to hijack Arsenal’s £92million move for Thomas Lemar in January. The Gunners failed to woo the Monaco winger, 21, over the summer and Jose Mourinho is poised to make an offer after missing out on Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.

Not content with signing one star Frenchman, the Daily Star reports Mourinho is eyeing up Atletico frontman Antoine Griezmann for United’s iconic – and vacant – number seven shirt. With £100m set aside for the deal, the United boss will be looking for another key player to don the jersey worn by George Best, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo among others.

Online/social round-up

Renato Sanches has been on Ryan Giggs' radar for some time (Nick Potts/PA)
Renato Sanches has been on Ryan Giggs’ radar for some time (Nick Potts/PA)

@DExpress_Sport: Ryan Giggs lauds Renato Sanches: I wanted him at Man Utd three years ago

Players to watch

Joe Rodon is attracting interest from Manchester City (Simon Galloway/PA)
Joe Rodon is attracting interest from Manchester City (Simon Galloway/PA)

Joe Rodon: Swansea’s rising star, 19, is in Manchester City’s crosshairs, according to The Sun. Captain of the Welsh club’s Under-23 side in Premier League 2, the defender is expected to break through sooner rather than later.

Sebastian Caceres: Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona are vying for the 18-year-old Uruguayan centre-back, tabloids report, with the English sides sending scouts to monitor the teenager.

Atakan Akkaynak: Chelsea and Barcelona are set to ignite a bidding war over the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder after a series of impressive performances in the Bundesliga, the Daily Express reports.

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