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Mings set for England debut

2019-10-13T22:00:55Z

Tyrone Mings is set to make his senior international debut in England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria on Monday, claim Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old has impressed after making the step back up to the Premier League with Aston Villa this season, and was called up for Gareth Southgate's previous squad for the games against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

With England's defence doing anything but impressing in Friday's 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, Southgate will be keen to see what Mings can offer.

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Fiorentina back in for Tonali

2019-10-13T21:30:00Z

Fiorentina are set to reignite their interest in Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, claim the Corriere dello Sport, as the race for the 19-year-old midfielder hots up.

Juventus, Inter, Milan and Napoli have all been linked with Tonali, who is seen as one of the most promising young players in Italian football.

Fiorentina reportedly made a bid for Tonali over the summer and could return with an offer around the €40 million (£35m/$44m) mark at the end of the season.

Marchisio: Man City, United and Chelsea all wanted me

2019-10-13T21:00:25Z

Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio says he was never close to a Premier League move, though he always enjoyed watching the league from abroad.

“It cannot be said that I was close to any English team, but there was interest from the Manchester teams and Chelsea," he told the Daily Mail. "But Juventus has always been my priority, so real negotiations were never started."

The 33-year-old retired from football this year after an injury-hit spell at Zenit St Petersburg.

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Callejon rejects China move

2019-10-13T20:30:55Z

Napoli winger Jose Callejon has rejected an offer from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, report CalcioMercato.

The 32-year-old's contract at the Serie A side is up at the end of the season and former Napoli boss Rafael Benitez was reportedly keen on a reunion on the player he signed from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Callejon is apparently keen to carry on playing at a higher level than he sees on offer in China. Dalian were the club close to signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid over the summer.

Juve monitoring wantaway Isco

2019-10-13T20:00:23Z

Isco wants to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window with Juventus taking a keen interest in his availablility, according to CalcioMercato.

Reports in Spain suggest the playmaker wants to move somewhere he can be assured of a first-team place, in order to cement his place in Spain's squad for next summer's European Championships.

Juventus were thought to be interested in Isco in the last January transfer window and could revitalise the move next year.

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Blanc and Gourvennec in contention for Lyon job

2019-10-13T19:30:09Z

Former Guingamp and Bordeaux manager Jocelyn Gourvennec has been sounded out as a backup option for Lyon if they can't secure the services of Laurent Blanc, report l'Equipe.

Lyon are currently 14th in the Ligue 1 table with just two wins from their first nine games, form which recently saw the Brazilian Sylvinho sacked as head coach.

Formerly of Bordeaux and France, Blanc has been without a job since leaving PSG in 2016.

Everton have a 'weakness' for Dagba

2019-10-13T19:00:00Z

Everton are interested in Paris Saint Germain youngster Colin Dabga, as reported by Paris United.
 
The Toffees are thought to have a ‘weakness’ for the young Frenchman, although they are yet to formalise their interest in the form of a bid.

Marco Silva's team are in the market for a long-term replacement for Ireland international Seamus Coleman. 

Dzagoev came close to Chelsea move

2019-10-13T18:30:00Z

Russia international midfielder Alan Dzagoev says he spoke with Roman Abramovich about joining Chelsea earlier in his career, the player told YouTube channel KraSava. 

Dzagoev, who has spent more than 11 years playing for CSKA, said he travelled to England in 2009 to be involved in a trial game but Avram Grant, who was managing Chelsea at the time, was against the move.

“It’s true that Abramovich told us if we want to go to England, we just need to tell him. But at the time, the situation was a very confusing one for me. So, I decided to stay with the club,” said Dzagoev.

Swansea owners hoping to sell the club

2019-10-13T18:00:00Z

Swansea City's owners are looking to sell the club for £38million, but could increase their asking price by £15m if they're promoted to the Premier League, as reported by the Sun.

American duo Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan bought the club in June 2016 but saw the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Newcastle already planning January transfer window

2019-10-13T17:30:00Z

Newcastle plan to support manager Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James' Park, as reported by the Evening Chronicle.

Head of recruitment Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions, and Hull City's Jarrod Bowen is high on his list of possible recruits. 

Racing eye Roma misfit Pastore

2019-10-13T17:00:30Z

Argentine side Racing Club are keen on offering Javier Pastore a way out of Roma, according to CNN Deportes.

The 30-year-old's time at the Serie A club has been riddled with injuries, and he has struggled for consistency since joining from PSG last summer. He has only played 90 minutes on one occasion - when he registered a goal and an assist on a promising second appearance for the club.

It is thought former international team-mate Diego Milito, who now works as technical secretary at Racing, could prove an important figure if the move is to go ahead.

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Rakitic 'more likely to leave than stay'

2019-10-13T16:30:11Z

Ivan Rakitic's time at Barcelona is likely to come to an end in the January transfer window, according to Sport.

The 31-year-old Croatia midfielder has played fewer than 200 minutes for Barca this season, in part due to summer signing Frenkie de Jong's introduction into the Barca midfield.

With his contract running until the summer of 2021, it is thought Barca would rather sell him in January rather than wait for his contract to run down - which would likely see any transfer offers drop in the meantime.

Rice not thinking about United speculation

2019-10-13T16:00:39Z

Declan Rice says he isn't thinking about speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, saying West Ham is the best club for him right now.

United are known to be interested in the England midfielder as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to build around a young, British core.

Read what Rice had to say here on Goal!

Leeds confident of keeping Nketiah

2019-10-13T15:30:33Z

Leeds United are confident of keeping hold of on-loan Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah until the end of the season, amid speculation he could be recalled by the Gunners and loaned out elsewhere.

While the 20-year-old hasn't struggled to find the net at Elland Road, he has found regular game time hard to come by and been used mainly as an impact sub.

This led to speculation that Bristol City were hopeful of convincing Arsenal to send him to Ashton Gate in January - but, according to Leeds Live, Leeds don't think there is any reason to believe he will be recalled.

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Inter keeping tabs on Gotze's Dortmund situation

2019-10-13T15:00:00Z

Inter Milan are monitoring Mario Gotze’s contract situation at Borussia Dortmund, according to Tuttomercatoweb. 

The Germany World Cup winner is out of contract at the end of the season but there has been no indication of a renewal agreement.

The 27-year-old is being tracked by Premier League clubs, but Antonio Conte will hope to beat them to his signature if he becomes available.

Saints' Wilson set for Ibrox switch

2019-10-13T14:30:00Z

Rangers are set to conclude a deal to make Southampton's Ross Wilson their next director of football in the next few days, according to the Herald. 

 Agreement between all parties is believed to be close as the Ibrox side close in on the former Falkirk, Watford and Huddersfield employee as the man they want to replace to Mark Allen, who left earlier in the season for family reasons.

Derby keen on Bjarnason

2019-10-13T14:00:00Z

Former Aston Villa player Birkir Bjarnason is wanted by Derby County after leaving Villa Park on a free transfer, according to the club website.

The 81-capped Icelandic midfielder played in his country's 2-0 defeat to France on Friday and is keen to strike a new deal with a club in England after leaving the Premier League side.

"Yes, yes, they [Derby and Stoke] have been talking, but there is nothing that has been finished," he said. "I’ve been talking to a team for a long time and it happens when it happens. I’m not in a hurry. I’m open to everything and take the position after the games. Then I’ll see what’s best for me."

Muller exit speculation played down by Bayern chief Rummenigge

2019-10-13T13:30:00Z

Bayern Munich’s Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he cannot see Thomas Muller leaving the club in January but admits he doesn’t expect the former World Cup winner to be happy with his current situation.

The forward has not started any of Bayern’s last five games in all competitions and has actually played just 66 minutes in that time.

“I can not imagine that," said Rummenigge, in an interview with Welt am Sonntag: "The relationship between Thomas and Bayern is totally intact and will remain an important part of our club.”

Read the full story on Goal.

United should re-sign Zlatan, says former favourite Blackmore

2019-10-13T13:00:00Z

Former Manchester United favourite Clayton Blackmore thinks the club should pull out the stops to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as reported by the Mirror. 

The Swede is out of contract at LA Galaxy next month and has said he would be open to a return to Old Trafford, after he left the club last March.

“We’re lacking a target man and the only thing that is going to save us this season is Ibrahimovic,” said Blackmore. “He has thrown his name in the hat and he’s probably the best target man you can have.

“He’s 6ft 5in, he’s a black belt and he fancies his chances against ­anybody. He’s still scoring goals, too. We have got rid of so many good ­strikers – (Wayne) Rooney went, (Robin) van Persie went, loads of them."

Mandzukic to Man United deal already in place

2019-10-13T12:30:23Z

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has already agreed a January transfer to Manchester United, claim Tuttosport.

The Italian outlet state the Croatian is set to move to Old Trafford in January, in an effort to bolster United’s attacking options.

Top European sides chase Havertz

2019-10-13T11:30:43Z

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all interested in signing Kai Havertz, according to the Mirror.

The Bayer Leverkusen man is believed to be considering his future and has spoken to Germany head coach Joachim Low about his options.

Havertz is said to be valued at around £80 million ($101m/€92m), but that fee could increase if Europe’s top sides start a bidding war for the attacking midfielder.

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Derby reject £50m takeover offer

2019-10-13T11:00:37Z

Derby County Mel Morris has turned down a £50 million ($63m) bid for the club, claim the Sun.

Morris has been outspoken on his desire to create extra revenue sources for the Championship side, but it is believed he is holding out for a £60 million ($76m) offer for the Rams.

The potential new owner is reportedly an American consortium.

Neymar to be offered PSG contract extension

2019-10-13T10:30:21Z

Paris Saint-Germain are said to be in hopeful that Neymar will sign a contract extension with the club

The Brazilian’s current deal expires in 2022 and after a summer of transfer speculation, Le10Sport claim PSG are now keen to extend Neymar’s current deal.

The 27-year-old’s attitude since returning to the side has made sporting director, Leonardo, reverse his plans to sell the former Barcelona man.

As a result, PSG hope to add an additional two years onto Neymar’s contract, keeping him the club until 2024.

Man Utd make contact over Dembele transfer

2019-10-13T10:00:26Z

Manchester United have spoken to Lyon about the potential transfer of Moussa Dembele, according to journalist Duncan Castles.

“There has been contact between Manchester United and individuals close to Moussa Dembele to assess the player’s interest in the move and to work out what the cost would be in terms of salary,” Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast.

“And also, to get a feel for what it would take to get him out of Lyon. Dembele has been identified by United as a player who could be a top level centre-forward down the line.

“I believe, he would take the risk of moving in the January window. He would be prepared to take that risk for United.”

Dortmund chief admits Sancho could move soon

2019-10-13T09:30:58Z

Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted he does not foresee Jadon Sancho remaining at the Bundesliga club on a long-term basis.

Asked by German magazine Kicker whether the England international would leave the Signal Iduna Park this summer, he said: “No decision has been made on that.

“But you do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years.” 

Spurs to block Aurier transfer

2019-10-13T09:00:02Z

Tottenham will not allow full-back Serge Aurier to leave the club in January, according to Tuttosport.

The Italian outlet report that AC Milan want to sign the Ivorian defender, but the lack of options at Spurs means he is unlikely to be made available for transfer in the upcoming window.

Man United consider £70m Rice bid

2019-10-13T08:30:03Z

Manchester United are monitoring the development of West Ham’s Declan Rice and are mulling over a significant bid for the midfielder

According to the Mirror, the Red Devils are willing to part with £70 million ($89m) in order to secure Rice’s signature, despite the 20-year-old playing down reports of a move away from the London Stadium.

“I signed a five year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at club until I’m 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now,” said Rice.

“I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much. It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has - so I’m just focussed on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”

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Defoe could be offered Rangers player/coach role

2019-10-13T08:00:22Z

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said striker Jermain Defoe could be offered a player/coach role at Ibrox next season

“Possibly. We are certainly open to that side of Jermain,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by the Daily Record, when asked about the possibility.

“Jermain will know certain situations in the game, certain things to look out for in that specific position – better than any coach in the world. He has a catalogue of knowledge that he can pass on.
“Whether that ends up being on our staff or elsewhere, I’d love to see him give something back to the game. But he still has so much to offer as a player.”

Newcastle send scouts to watch Cakir

2019-10-13T07:33:19Z

Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Trabzonspor’s Ugurcan Cakir and even sent scouts to watch the goalkeeper recently.

The 23-year-old may cost the Magpies as much as £17 million ($22m/€19m), claim the Sunderland Echo.

However, Newcastle could face competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, all of whom are also interested in Cakir.

Solskjaer backs Wilson move

2019-10-13T07:00:29Z

Manchester United could attempt to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January.

The Red Devils have been linked with a host of strikers - such as Moussa Dembele, Mario Mandzukic and Krzysztof Piatek - but the Manchester Evening News report Wilson would fit Solskjaer’s transfer policy of ‘young, British and hungry’.

The only drawback may be the player’s price, which is estimated at £70 million ($89m).

Tottenham to return for Fernandes

2019-10-13T06:30:10Z

Portuguese outlet A BOLA claim Tottenham will attempt to sign Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes in January.

The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the London side last summer, but any potential deal broke down.

However, should Christian Eriksen leave Spurs in the mid-season window, Fernandes could be signed to fill the void created by the outgoing Dane.

Bristol City want Arsenal loanee in January

2019-10-13T02:58:11Z

On-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is wanted by Bristol City in January as he struggles to secure game time at Leeds. 

The 20-year-old has been used mainly as a substitute by Marcelo Bielsa but still managed to score four goals across eight appearances for the club.

Bristol City attempted to sign Nketiah over the summer and are eager to try again when the transfer window re-opens according to The Sun

Van der Sar expresses interest in Man Utd role

2019-10-13T01:20:22Z

Edwin van der Sar has admitted that he would be open to a front office role at Manchester United at some point in the future. 

Var der Sar, who is currently the CEO at Ajax, has been mentioned as a candidate for the director of football position at Old Trafford, which is still unoccupied. 

Read the full story on Goal!

Deschamps set for France extension

2019-10-13T00:40:53Z

France are ready to offer coach Didier Deschamps a new contract, reports L'Equipe.

The 50-year-old is set to sign a two-year extension, keeping him in charge of Les Bleus through to the end of 2022.

Deschamps has been in charge of the French national team since 2012 and led them to World Cup glory in Russia last year.

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Gourvennec in contention for Lyon job

2019-10-13T00:00:18Z

Guingamp boss Jocelyn Gourvennec has emerged as a candidate for the vacant manager's position at Lyon, reports Le Parisien.

Laurent Blanc and Rudi Garcia were believed to be the two frontrunners to succeed Sylvinho, who was sacked after last weekend's defeat to rivals Saint-Etienne.

However, Gourvennec is now also in the running after impressing president Jean-Michel Aulas, though sporting director Juninho is not believed to be as keen on the former Bordeaux boss.

Newcastle eye QPR youngster Manning

2019-10-12T23:30:53Z

Newcastle are ready to make a move for QPR's Ryan Manning in the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.

The 23-year-old was originally a midfielder but has impressed since being moved to left-back for QPR this season.

That has attracted the attention of Newcastle boss Steve Bruce as he assesses his plans for the January transfer window.

Arsenal open Aubameyang talks

2019-10-12T22:55:20Z

Striker set to extend stay in north London

Arsenal are in talks with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over a new deal at Emirates Stadium, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 30-year-old's current deal still has two years to run but the Gunners are ready to offer fresh terms through to 2023.

Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances for the club since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

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Fernandinho to be offered new City deal

2019-10-12T22:40:03Z

Manchester City are ready to open talks with veteran midfielder Fernandinho over a new deal at Etihad Stadium, reports The Sun.

The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is free to discuss terms with rival clubs from January.

However, City are keen to keep him at the club for another 12 months after being impressed with the way he has helped lead the side following the departure of club captain Vincent Kompany.

United to use technology to help transfer plans

2019-10-12T22:25:50Z

Manchester United have subscribed to a Spanish consultancy service to aid their player recruitment, reports the Daily Mail.

Madrid-based company Driblab has a detailed database evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of more than 100,000 players from the age of 16.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed not to panic buy in January despite the club's inconsistent start to the season.

Barca open to Rakitic sale in January

2019-10-12T22:15:00Z

Barcelona are ready to sell Ivan Rakitic in January after the Croatia midfielder slipped out of favour at Camp Nou, reports AS.

The 31-year-old has grown frustrated with life in Catalonia after making just one start for the club so far this season.

Barca rejected an approach from Juventus over the summer but are now willing to consider offers when the transfer window reopens.

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Juventus to open Pjanic contract talks

2019-10-12T22:05:16Z

Juventus are ready to offer Miralem Pjanic a new deal in order to ward off rival clubs interested in his services, according to Calciomercato.

The 29-year-old's current deal still has four years to run but Juve are ready to reward him with improved terms.

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United are all believed to be monitoring the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.