All the top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s national newspapers

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has offered himself to Barcelona. The Portuguese is not happy at Manchester United and has contacted Xavi through Piqué, while Jorge Mendes is already negotiating with Laporta.(Mundo.Deportivo)
  • Newcastle United are reportedly set to make a sensational swoop for PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum – just six months after the ex-Liverpool ace left the Premier League.(Daily Star)
  • Manchester United are targeting Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz.(Daily Star)
  • West Ham are reportedly weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick to ease the burden on Michail Antonio.(Daily Star)
  • Real Sociedad are hoping to persuade Manchester United to release Juan Mata as a free agent in January.(The Sun)
  • Eric Bailly has flown back to Manchester United from the Ivory Coast and is in contention for the game against Burnley.(The Sun)
  • Barcelona are pondering a move for Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen, according to reports in Spain.(The Sun)
  • In-demand Fiorentina hot shot Dusan Vlahovic is keen on a move to the Premier League, but Arsenal have reportedly now been ruled out of the race.(The Sun)
  • Arsenal are reportedly the frontrunners to land Philippe Coutinho on loan next month, with the Barcelona outcast understood to prefer a move to the Emirates over their Premier League rivals.(The Sun)
  • Newcastle are interested in a loan for Brazil international forward Gabriel Barbosa after Benfica refused to sell Darwin Nunez in January.(The Sun)
  • Ross Barkley could make a sensational return to Goodison Park next month with Everton interested in the Chelsea star.(Daily Mail)
  • Queens Park Rangers are front runners to sign experienced defender Steve Cook from Bournemouth – although Nottingham Forest are also interested.(Daily Mail)
  • Former Manchester City defender Cameron Humphreys-Grant, now at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, is weighing up a return to England amid interest from a number of Championship clubs including Derby, Cardiff, Birmingham and Blackburn.(Daily Mail)
  • Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is closing in on a loan move to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.(Daily Mail)
  • Everton’s Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel lines up as left wing-back replacement option for the injured Ben Chilwell(The Guardian)
  • Image:Everton’s Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea(The Guardian)
  • Thomas Tuchel has said he will not stop standing up for his Chelsea players after conceding he has “zero per cent” understanding as to why the Premier League is set to muddle through a chaotic winter with only three substitutes.(The Guardian)
  • Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne is set to snub a move to Tottenham – in favour of a mega-money transfer to MLS side Toronto FC.(Mirror)
  • Raphinha will not push for a January move from Leeds despite being wanted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich.(Mirror)
  • Chelsea could be forced to sign a left wing-back after Ben Chilwell underwent knee ligament surgery which could rule him out for the rest of the season.(Mirror)
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