This week’s transfer news and gossip throughout the papers. Make of them what you will.
The Italian giants Juventus want to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. – Gazetta della Sport
Liverpool are set to buy Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, 23, and 20-year-old Blackpool forward Thomas Ince – as well as allowing Joe Cole, 31, to leave – in the January transfer window. – Daily Mirror
Manchester United have joined the race for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, 23, in a move similar to Robin van Persie’s switch to Old Trafford in August. – Daily Mail
West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long, 25, says he is not looking to leave The Hawthorns in the January transfer window. – Express and Star
Real Madrid are confident they can beat Chelsea and Manchester City to Atletico Madrid’s Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 26, whose five goals in the 6-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend took his tally to 19 for the season. – Metro
Newcastle striker Demba Ba will be sold to either Arsenal or Liverpool in the first week of the transfer window and they will attempt to replace him with Marseille’s France forward Loic Remy, 25. – Daily Mirror
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could land Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, 20, in the January transfer window by letting the £10m-rated winger spend the rest of the season on loan at Selhurst Park. – Mail on Sunday