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AC Milan turned back on Ronaldo dream last year


AC Milan were talked out of following up on talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo last year, former CEO Marco Fassone has admitted.

Ronaldo shocked world football when he announced he would be leaving Real Madrid in the summer before sealing a move to Juventus. But the Portuguese star had flirted with a move 12 months prior and Milan made contact with him.

President Li Yonghong wanted to sign Ronaldo, but he was convinced to give up on the dream move by Fassone.

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Teams queue up for Real Madrid wantaway Llorente


Marcos Llorente is considering leaving Real Madrid and will have a number of clubs to choose from if he goes, says Marca.

Sevilla are one of many interested in the 23-year-old midfielder, who has grown frustrated with a lack of playing time in the Spanish capital.

Llorente does not want to sit on the bench for the full season and will push for a move in January if his situation does not change dramatically.

Milinkovic-Savic boost for Man Utd, Barca & Real Madrid


Lazio president Claudio Lotito is aware that his side may struggle to hold on to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic amid interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

The Serbia international has been coveted by many of Europe's top sides and despite signing a contract tying him to the club until 2023, the Serie A team will have to consider some offers.

Click here to read what Lotito said

Cavani must cut salary in half to join Napoli


Edinson Cavani will have to take a 50% pay cut if he wants to return to NapoliSky Sport Italia reports.

Cavani, 31, is still an important figure at Paris Saint-Germain, but Napoli would like to bring him back to Serie A in the near future.

The Uruguayan's sons still live in Italy, however, and reports of a tense relationship with Neymar suggest he could consider leaving the French capital.

If he wants to go back to Stadio San Paolo, though, he will have to cut his wages down to about €7 million (£6m/$8m).

Rafinha looking for Barcelona exit - father


Rafinha is ready to cut his losses at Barcelona and look for a way out in January, his agent and father says.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a permanent switch to Serie A in the summer after spending the second half of last season on loan at Inter.

He has made just six appearances in La Liga this season and is again being linked with a move away, and his father says it is time to walk away from a "crazy" situation at Camp Nou.

Read Mazinho's comments here

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Ibrahimovic open to AC Milan move


AC Milan are still sounding out Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a potential move, and the striker remains open to returning to Serie A.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, held talks with the Milan sporting director Leonardo and head of sporting strategy Paolo Maldini on Sunday and suggested they will have a good chance of luring the legendary striker back to San Siro if they make him feel loved.

Man Utd & Barca eye Amiens teen


France Under 21 striker set for January move

Manchester United and Barcelona are plotting January offers for 16-year-old striker Noam Emeran, says RMC Sport.

The two clubs are leading the race for the Amiens youngster, though Juventus and Valencia have not given up.

Emeran, already capped twice at Under 21 level, is expected to leave the French side in January, but is yet to make a decision on where he will end up.

Johnston signs new Celtic deal


Celtic winger Mikey Johnston has signed a contract extension until 2023, report Sky Sports. 

The 19-year-old joins Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie and James Forrest, who all recently signed extensions with Brendan Rodgers' side.

Johnston, has played 14 times in the first team since making his debut at the back end of the 2016/17 season.

United target Pellegrini "only thinking about Roma" - agent


Lorenzo Pellegrini is not interested in joining Manchester United, his agent has said amid claims the Premier League club have offered to double the Roma star's salary.

It was reported in Corriere dello Sport on Monday that the 22-year-old's representative, Giampiero Pocetta, returned from talks with the Premier League side with the assurance they would meet the release clause in his contract and offer him a much better wage.

“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with and for Roma," Pocetta has since told Corriere dello Sport.

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Arsenal ready to trigger Fornals release clause


Arsenal are ready to pay the £17.8m it will take to trigger Pablo Fornals' release clause as they seek a long-term replacement for Aaron Ramsey, reports The Sun. The Villarreal midfielder would also plug some of the creative hole left when the Gunners lost Santi Cazorla back to La Liga in the summer. Spain international Fornals made headlines with a sublime winning goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in January. 

Napoli turn down record Man Utd bid for Koulibaly


The Red Devils wanted to make the Senegal star the world’s most-expensive defender

Napoli have turned down an £80 million (€91m/$103m) Manchester United bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, reports TyC Sports.

Jose Mourinho is looking to improve his back line, and was prepared to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in football history. 

But Napoli have rejected the bid for the 27-year-old, and will accept nothing less than £90m (€101m/$115m) for the centre-back. 

Leicester want Mendez


Leicester City are aiming to sign Celta Vigo star Brais Mendez, according to The Sun. 

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been one of Celta's biggest stars this term, and scored on his debut for Spain earlier this week. 

Mendez has a £23 million ($29m) release clause, and Celta will refuse to let him leave for any less than that amount. 


Sevilla hope to sign Andre Silva from AC Milan permanently


Sevilla are hoping to keep hold of AC Milan striker Andre Silva next summer, after his impressive first few months in La Liga.

The Portuguese forward joined the Spanish giants on a season-long loan during the last transfer window and has scored seven goals in his first 11 league appearances.

Sevilla have the option to make Silva's move permanent at the end of the current campaign and they are keen to pay the €38m ($43m, £34m) fee to secure his long-term services, according to Calcio Mercato.

Arsenal hoping to sell Elneny for £15m amid Leicester City interest


Arsenal are willing to offload Mohamed Elneny in January, who has fallen way down the pecking order at the club under Unai Emery.

According to The Sun, Emery wants to secure at least £15m ($19m) for the Egyptian midfielder, with Leicester City set to swoop for his signature.

Arsenal are hoping to use the funds raised by the sale of Elneny to finance a move for Villarreal's Pablo Fornals, who has also been linked with West Ham and Fulham

Barcelona line up former charge Onana to replace Cillessen


Barcelona will target Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana if Jasper Cillessen ends up forcing a move away from the Camp Nou next year.

According to Marca, the Blaugrana's back up shot-stopper tried to secure a transfer during the summer and could renew his efforts when the window reopens in January.

Onana came through the ranks at Barca's La Masia academy before leaving for Ajax in 2015 and he has since gone on to establish himself as the club's number one 'keeper.

Real Madrid aiming to lure Diaz away from Man City


Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, who hope to convince him to move to the Santiago Bernabeu rather than sign a contract extension at the Etihad, according to AS.

The 19-year-old's current contract expires next summer, at which time he will become available on a free transfer and in January he is free to negotiate with any potential suitors.

Diaz has been restricted to just two first-team appearances for City this season and finds himself behind the likes of Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order at the club.

‘Neymar leaving Barca was a terrible sin’


Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona was “a terrible sin on his behalf”, says Clarence Seedorf, with it suggested that the Brazilian needs a return to Camp Nou or a switch to Real Madrid.

The former Blancos star said: “Neymar’s talent is undisputed, but he needs a squad that can help him grow in order to give the best of himself because he won’t achieve that on his own.”

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Simeone not in Atletico extension talks


Diego Simeone is not in discussions regarding fresh terms at Atletico Madrid, reports ESPN.

It had been suggested that the Argentine was ready to commit to an extension which includes a bumper pay rise, but no such deal is on the table.

'Pulisic is the Coutinho-type Liverpool need'


Christian Pulisic is the “Coutinho-type” playmaker that Liverpool are lacking, says John Aldridge, with Jurgen Klopp being urged to raid former club Borussia Dortmund for the United States international.

The former Reds striker told the Liverpool Echo: “Pulisic has got pace and he would certainly fit our style. With the way he picks the ball up and goes past players, he's a Coutinho-type.”

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Why Dzeko won't answer Real's striker poser


Blancos won't be making Roma raid

Real Madrid’s search for a new striker will not lead them into luring Edin Dzeko away from RomaGoal understands.

The Bosnian frontman is among the options reported to be being considered by the Blancos, but a deal is highly unlikely.

Check out the full story here.

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Rabiot agrees to Barca switch


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed to link up with Barcelona in the summer of 2019, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The France international is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and is ready to take on a new challenge in La Liga.

Kante open to record-breaking Chelsea contract


World Cup winner wants lucrative Blues deal

N'Golo Kante has signalled his openness to renewing his contract, with Chelsea hoping to tie the midfielder down to a new record-breaking £290,000-a-week deal, Goal understands.

Chelsea are keen to ward off potential suitors by rewarding the France international with a five-year contract that would be the biggest in the club’s history.

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Real Madrid to extend Navas deal


Real Madrid are ready to hand Keylor Navas a new deal through to 2021, reports Spanish media outlet ABC.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper has seen Thibaut Courtois take first-team duties for the Blancos following a summer transfer, but there is a desire at the Santiago Bernabeu to retain healthy competition between two proven performers.

Rafinha will not return to Inter


Rafinha will not return to Inter in January, according to Calciomercato.

The Barcelona midfielder spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with the Nerazzurri and has been linked with a permanent switch.

However, the report claims Inter are not prepared to match Barca's €25 million asking price for Rafinha, though Roma are interested.

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Liverpool will consider Woodburn recall


Liverpool will consider recalling Ben Woodburn from Sheffield United in January, Goal understands.

Woodburn has failed to nail down a regular starting berth while on loan with The Blades in the Championship.

And Goal has learned that Liverpool have the option to recall the forward, though discussions have yet to take place between the two clubs.

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Nacional to sign Braga's Rosic on loan


C.D. Nacional are set to sign Braga defender Lazar Rosic on loan, according to A Bola.

The Primeira Liga side are looking to strengthen at the back as they aim to avoid relegation from the Portuguese top flight.

And the report claims an agreement is in place between the two sides with Rosic set to earn more first-team football.

Inter prepared to part with Perisic


Inter Milan have offered hope to Manchester United by leaving the door open for Ivan Perisic to leave the club, claims Calciomercato.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Croatia international in recent windows and could land him for as little as £31 million ($40m).

They may, however, have to part with Anthony Martial in order to get a deal over the line, with Inter keen on taking the France international to Milan.


Liverpool won't return for Fekir


Liverpool consider their interest in Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir to be "dead in the water", according to the Liverpool Echo.

The France international has continued to generate transfer talk after missing out on a summer switch to Anfield, but he is not among those currently being pursued by Jurgen Klopp.

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Real plotting £90m Rashford & Eriksen raid


Blancos to bid for Utd & Spurs stars

Real Madrid are prepared to splash out £90 million ($116m) on completing deals for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, reports The Sun.

The Blancos remain in the market for added attacking spark and have set their sights on two top talents in the Premier League.

Rashford and Eriksen have been scouted over recent weeks and, with the former still struggling for regular starts at Old Trafford and the latter yet to sign a new contract with Spurs, Madrid are hoping both men can be lured to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Juventus held Pogba meeting with Man Utd


Bianconeri ask about return for World Cup winner

Juventus discussed Paul Pogba's future with Manchester United during the Red Devils' Champions League trip to Turin, claims The Metro.

The France international has been heavily linked with a return to Italy and the Bianconeri have asked to be kept updated on any development regarding a possible transfer.

Dier: More youngsters should follow Sancho's lead


Eric Dier benefitted from spending the early parts of his career abroad, and he see the same benefits coming to Jadon Snacho.

The Tottenham midfielder encouraged England's other young stars to consider the option in the wake of the Dortmund star's success.

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Chelsea eye Wilson with Giroud future unclear


Olivier Giroud's future with Chelsea remains unclear, and it appears the club is looking to a potential replacement.

According to the Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing Callum Wilson as a potential replacement for Giroud, who recently lost his starting spot once again to Alvaro Morata.

Wilson is fresh off scoring on his England debut, and could serve as replacement for the Frenchman, who has scored just once for Chelsea this season. 

Arsenal linked with Villarreal's Fornals


Arsenal appear to be after midfield help as the club chases Villarreal's Pablo Fornals, according to the Sun.

Fornals has a £17.8million ($22.89 million) release clause in his contract, and the Gunners are said to be ready to meet that price in January.

Arsenal are looking to boost midfield depth ahead of the summer when Aaron Ramsey is epected to leave the club. 

FC Dallas announce Pareja departure


With links to Club Tijuana swirling, Oscar Pareja has offically departed FC Dallas.

The club announced the manager's departure on Monday, saying Pareja has left by "mutual consent" as links to Liga MX continue.

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Fenerbahce interested in Liverpool's Moreno


Turkish side Fenerbahce are looking at Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno according to Fotomac.

The Spaniard is out of contract this summer and is one of several stars the club is currently eyeing.

Benfica's Eduardo Salvio and Cardiff forward Kenneth Zohore are also on the Turkish side's wishlist.

Solanke has faith in Klopp despite lack of game time


Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke says he trusts Jurgen Klopp to guide him to the top despite having made no appearances for the Reds so far this season.

The former Chelsea youngster scored twice for England U21s in their 2-1 win over Italy last week and much has been made of the fact that he is not featuring at all for Liverpool. Solanke, though, is remaining calm.

"Jurgen is a great manager and he knows what he is doing, especially when he is bringing people through," Solanke insisted.

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Brexit may halt moves abroad for English youngsters


Some of Britain's most talented young footballers could be denied transfers abroad as a result of Brexit, report The Telegraph.

Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson are just two examples of young English players who have moved abroad to play their football in recent years.

Regular football for Sancho in one of Europe's best league's has now seen him establish himself as a senior England international, but these sorts of transfers may not be on the cards for much longer.

An investigation by The Telegraph has seen them discover that transfers such as Sancho's move to Borussia Dortmund would not have been allowed to happen if Britain had already withdrawn from the European Union.

Arsenal's leading French scout heads for exit


Gilles Grimandi, the former Arsenal defender who has headed up the club's scouting network in France in recent years, is set to leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.

His exit comes as the Gunners continue to revamp behind the scenes following the departure of long-standing manager Arsene Wenger last summer.

Grimandi has recently been linked with vacancies at AC Milan and Nice.

The Gunners' scouting network has undergone a series of changes since the arrival of former Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment last season.

Real president Perez sets Eden Hazard budget


Hazard is still on the team's wishlist

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez remains interested in luring Chelsea star Eden Hazard to the Spanish capital, but not for more than £89 million ($115m), according to Don Balon.

Hazard has long made clear his wish to play for one of La Liga's top club's one day and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the Belgian since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

This report claims that Hazard's price is lowering all the time he gets closer to the end of his Chelsea contract, which expires in 2020.

Perez apparently feels that his side should be able to secure the winger's services for no more than £89m, as he weighs up a potential January offer.


Fabinho going nowhere


Klopp happy with Brazilian midfielder

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been left 'baffled' by reports that Fabinho could leave the club in January, just months after arriving from Monaco, report the Liverpool Echo.

The holding midfielder has been linked with the likes of PSG, AC Milan and Juventus in recent weeks, much to the dismay of those at Anfield.

Fabinho has had to stay patient to get his chance at Liverpool and didn't make his full league debut until last month.

However, it's reported that Klopp is now happy with the way that Fabinho is adapting to his style of play and sees him as an integral part of his plans going forward.