News And Rumour Roundup: Arsenal Look To Veteran Free Agent Defender, Reds Target Magpies Starlet, Van Gaal Already Targeting January Spending And Blues Line Up Bakkali Move

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Friday’s news and rumour roundup.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Schalke

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has denied claims Arsenal launched a bid to sign their Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31, in the final hours of the summer transfer window – (London Evening Standard)

Newcastle midfielder Rolando Aarons, 18, is a target for Manchester City and Liverpool after just 39 minutes of Premier League football – (Daily Star)

Arsenal could offer a short-term deal to Colombia’s 38-year-old centre-back and free agent Mario Yepes after failing to replace Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona in the summer, before the transfer deadline –  (Daily Star) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to continue spending in the January transfer window following an outlay of £150m in the summer. Roma’s Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, and Borussia Dortmund’s Germany centre-back Mats Hummels, 25, are potential targets – (the Times – subscription required) 

But Van Gaal accepts he will not be able to sign Hummels, whose Dortmund contract runs until 2017, for at least two more transfer windows – (Daily Telegraph)

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