Football rumours: Donny van de Beek turns down Newcastle loan

What the newspapers say

Donny van de Beek rejected his loan deal to Newcastle from Manchester United, according to the Telegraph. The 24-year-old midfielder had been in the Magpies’ sights as they battled relegation, but the club’s unstable position was also believed to be the cause of Van de Beek’s refusal.

Newcastle have also struggled with other transfer prospects but, according to the Daily Express, the club are optimistic about a deal for the Sevilla defender. Diego Carlos may be closed this week. The 28-year-old Brazilian would like to move to the Premier League and doesn’t seem discouraged by the Magpies’ poor run. The club are also still interested in Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Tottenham’s Joe Rodon, according to the newspaper.

Diego Carlos could be set to move to Newcastle (Mike Hewitt/PA) (PA Archive)

The Mirror reports that Arsenal are aiming Djed Spence, who impressed while on loan at Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old Middlesbrough right-back has caught the eye of the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with his performance against the Gunners in the FA Cup. The newspaper reports Spence is believed to be valued at around £10m by Middlesbrough and any deal would have to be done on a loan basis. But the player is also reportedly being watched by Italian clubs Roma and Inter Milan.

The Gunners have also made an official offer for the Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to Metro. Arsenal’s interest in the player has been well-reported in recent weeks, as have rumors of a more cash player deal according to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera quoted by Metro, with an offer of £50m and Lucas Torreira on the table.

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Ronald Araujo: The 22-year-old Barcelona centre-back is attracting interest from big names in the Premier League, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, according to Spanish publication Marca.

Ousmane Dembele: The 24-year-old French winger could leave Barcelona for Manchester United or Juventus, according to Spanish publication Sport.

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