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Simon Mignolet linked with Arsenal move, plus the latest on Demba Ba’s future

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ARSENAL are being linked with a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, while Newcastle striker Demba Ba has rejected the overtures of a Premier League rival.

According to the Metro, Arsenal are weighing up a January move for Sunderland’s Belgian goalkeeper Mignolet, 24.

And the Ba story rumbles on, with the Mail on Sunday reporting the 27-year-old has rejected an £80,000-a week offer from Premier League strugglers Queen’s Park Rangers.

Other transfer stories:

Attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, has told friends he wants to re-join Manchester United from Real Madrid in the summer, but he believes the cost of the deal will prove too prohibitive. The Portugal international has scored 170 goals in 169 games since his £80m move to Spain in 2009. Full story: the Sun on Sunday

Manchester City are planning an overhaul of their player recruitment policy as they look to cut down on a wage bill that has risen above £200m-per-year. Defender Joleon Lescott, 30, midfielder Gareth Barry, 31, midfielder James Milner, 26, striker Edin Dzeko, 26, and striker Mario Balotelli, 22, could all be sold to help the drive. Full story: The Sunday Times (subscription required)

One player who could be arriving at the Etihad is Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott, 23. Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain plans to either make an offer in January, or wait until the England international’s contract expires in the summer. Full story: Daily Star Sunday

AC Milan are lining up a £20m bid to sign City striker Balotelli in next month’s transfer window. Full story: Mail on Sunday

Although, president Silvio Berlusconi has said that Balotelli and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, would be too expensive. Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain flew to Brazil last week for talks to sign Santos’ £32m-rated striker Neymar. He spent two days there to open talks to sign the 22-year-old Brazilian. Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22, has revealed his Belgium colleague Eden Hazard, 22, dreams of quitting Chelsea for Real Madrid. Full story: the Sun on Sunday

Arsene Wenger will try to sign Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, 24, instead of Barcelona’s David Villa because he is concerned about paying too much for a 31-year-old. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Veteran Stoke midfielder Rory Delap, 36, is looking to leave the club in January after playing just 10 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. Full story: Daily Star Sunday

Australia international Terry Antonis, 19, has signed a new contract at Sydney FC, despite rumours the attacking midfielder was headed to Fulham. Full story: Brisbane Times

Chelsea will offer Tottenham £6m for Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Several clubs are monitoring Fitz Hall’s contract situation after the 32-year-old impressed at Watford. The centre-back’s current one-year deal expires in the summer. Full story: skysports.com

 

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