Football transfer talk and gossip (Thursday, February 20)

Football transfer talk and gossip.
Football transfer talk and gossip.
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Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham all make the headlines

Newcastle’s France international defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28, has refused to commit his future to the club after reports Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich are keen on him - Shields Gazette

John O’Shea says it was crucial that Sunderland’s January signings hit the ground running, with the Black Cats in the thick of a relegation dogfight - Sunderland Echo

Manchester United remain confident of beating Chelsea to signing Southampton’s 18-year-old full-back Luke Shaw - Daily Star

Inter Milan are determined to take Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela back to Serie A, according to reports in Italy. The 21-year-old became Spurs’ record signing when he arrived from Roma for £25.7m last August - Metro

Manchester United have been given the go-ahead to sign Portugal starlet William Carvalho after his current club Sporting Lisbon identified a replacement for the 21-year-old midfielder - Daily Mirror

Inter Milan could scupper Manchester United’s pursuit of their Colombia international midfielder Fredy Guarin by offering the 27-year-old a new deal at the San Siro - Talksport

Manchester United are also tracking Barcelona’s emerging midfield talent Rafa Alcantara, 21 - younger brother of Thiago Alcantara, who they tried to sign last summer before he joined Bayern Munich - Daily Mirror

Arsenal have approached Italian side Udinese to discuss a deal for their 17-year-old goalkeeper Simone Scuffet - Metro

France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 26, thought to be a target for Manchester City, is close to signing a new deal with Paris St-Germain - Talksport

Arsenal are planning a summer move for their former striker Robin van Persie, 30, who left the Emirates to join Manchester United for £24m in August 2012. The Gunners are also rumoured to be keen on Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25 - Caught Offside