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Ranieri mum on links to Roma return


Claudio Ranieri played it cool when discussing a potential return to Roma.

The former Leicester manager has been linked with the Italian club in recent weeks as rumours swirl surrounding current boss Eusebio Di Francesco.

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Man Utd eye former Tottenham exec for technical director job


Manchester United is eyeing former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton head of recruitment Paul Mitchell for the club's technical director job, according to the Telegraph.

Ed Woodward is eyeing a more concrete long-term plan after several years of big spending under Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.

Mitchell has worked closely with Mauricio Pochettino at both Spurs and Southampton. 

Sunderland sack Ndong


Sunderland has terminated the contract of Didier Ndong, the club announced.

The club's record signing was sacked for failing to turn up for four months, although he recently returned to the club with options of a potential transfer all closed.

"The player, who was under contract with the club until June 2021, failed to return to Sunderland for pre-season training in July as scheduled, nor in the subsequent months that followed." the club said. "No reason was given for his failure to report and continued absence."

Inter scout Tottenham target Tousart


Inter Milan has joined Tottenham in pursuit of Lyon's Lucas Tousart, according to Calcio Mercato.

The Frenchman could be a target for Inter either in January or at the end of the campaign as the club is set to begin the scouting process.

Lyon is asking for a fee in the region of € 35 million for the 21-year-old midfielder. 

PSG set to battle Man Utd for Sandro


Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined the race for Juventus' Alex Sandro, according to 10 Sport.

The Brazilian has been a target of Manchester United, but it appears PSG is interested in Sandro as his contract with Juve winds down.

Sandro's current deal takes him through 2020, and talks of an extension have yet to begin between player and club.

Lewandowski & Boateng shrug off exit talk


Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has hailed the professionalism of Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng after their impressive starts to the season.

The duo had been expected to leave the Allianz Arena ahead of the new campaign, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in Lewandowski and Manchester United keen to take Boateng to Old Trafford.

Those moves failed to materialise, though, and both have been instrumental in Bayern's perfect start to the season under new boss Kovac.

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Neymar tries to tempt Paqueta to PSG


Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is pulling out all the stops in order to tempt compatriot Lucas Paqueta to Parc des Princes, reports Globoesporte

The Flamengo youngster is winning rave reviews in Brazil, attracting interest from the likes of PSG and Barcelona. 

And he has already chatted with Neymar over the advantages of life in the French capital, although the club are yet to make a formal approach for his services.

De Jong's agent refuses to clarify future


Frenkie de Jong appears set to see talk of big-money moves to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United continue after his agent refused to clarify his future.

The 21-year-old midfielder has emerged as a top target for leading sides across Europe, with Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Tottenham also reported to be keen on acquiring his services.

Find out what his representative has had to say on the mounting transfer speculation here.

Spurs target Grealish signs new Villa deal


Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, following a summer in which he was courted by Tottenham.

The 23-year-old's new deal is set to take him through to 2023.

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Inter want new deal for Brozovic


Inter are eager to tie Marcelo Brozovic to fresh terms and increase his €550 million (£493m/$649m) release clause, claims Calciomercato.

The Croatia international midfielder is already tied to a deal at San Siro which is due to run until 2021, but he is in line for a salary increase and an extension to that agreement.

Fellaini among Man Utd's top earners


Marouane Fellaini's new contract at Manchester United has made him the fourth-highest paid player at Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The Belgium international penned fresh terms over the summer, with that deal seeing him earn £150,000-a-week after tax.

Marouane Fellaini Manchester United 2018-19

Barcelona set sights on Sendar


Schalke star Suat Sendar is among the midfield options being explored by Barcelona, according to Sport.

The Catalan giants have been linked with several transfer targets in that area of the field, with scouts having been deployed to watch 21-year-old Sendar in Champions League as his name gets added to the list.

Herrera would turn down Barca for Man Utd stay


Ander Herrera would reject the chance to move to Barcelona in order to stay with Manchester United, ESPN reports.

His deal is up next summer and could negotiate terms with other clubs in January, but his goal is to stay at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, his former Athletic Bilbao coach, Ernesto Valverde, is hopeful of talking him into a move.

Man Utd take young keeper on trial


Former Newcastle shot-stopper Paul Woolston has been taken on trial by Manchester United, the Manchester Evening Times reports.

The Red Devils are seeking to provide competition in their youth ranks but need to sign a player who is currently a free agent if they are to do so. Woolston fits the bill.

'Lacazette & Aubameyang are Wenger's biggest legacy'


The signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are “Arsene Wenger’s biggest legacy at Arsenal”, according to Martin Keown.

Lacazette, who had been a long-standing target for the Gunners, was acquired for £52 million ($68m) from Lyon last summer, with a further £55m ($72m) required to land Aubameyang during the January transfer window.

Here’s what a Gunners legend has had to say on two big-money additions.

Roma considering Sousa


Roma are considering a move to bring former Swansea and Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa to the club as a replacement for under-fire Eusebio Di Francesco, claims ItaSportPress.

Di Francesco is said to have two games in which to save his job - a meeting with Frosinone on Wednesday and a derby date with Lazio at the weekend.

Barcelona and PSG put Kante top of their wish list


Chelsea will have to fend off approaches from Barcelona and PSG for N'Golo Kante this January, according to Sportmediaset.

The Italian source believes that the two superclubs are ready to move for the France international midfielder, having put him top of their shopping lists.

Chelsea already saw off PSG's interest in the summer.

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Sacked Poyet invited Bordeaux players for dinner


Sacked Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet invited the squad out for dinner earlier this week, RMC has revealed.

A handful of players accepted the request from the coach, who has been branded a "troublemaker" by an unnamed source from within the club.

Ola Aina sees Chelsea future


Ola Aina’s goal is to return to Chelsea, according to agent Emeka Obasi.

Prior to his loan move to Torino in the summer, the young defender signed fresh terms with the former Premier League champions.

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Madrid to make January move for Icardi


Real Madrid remain in the market for attacking reinforcements and will lodge a January bid for Inter striker Mauro Icardi, according to Don Balon.

The Blancos have been heavily linked with the Argentina international for some time and are now ready to make a formal approach.

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Pogba says Man Utd need to 'attack, attack, attack'


Paul Pogba has seemingly critiqued Jose Mourinho's style of play following Manchester United's draw with Wolves by saying the team needs to attack more.

The Red Devils stumbled to a disappointing draw with the newly promoted side on Saturday, in a match after which Pogba conceded United needed to show a better attitude.

However, he knocked the conservative mentality at home, saying: "That's Old Trafford. We are here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking.

"That was our mistake today [Saturday]."

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Klinsmann not in contention for Galaxy job


Jurgen Klinsmann is not in contention to become the coach or general manager of the LA Galaxy, according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.

The former United States national team manager was seen with Galaxy president Chris Klein during the team's 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

The Galaxy recently fired Sigi Schmid and are being led by Dominic Kinnear on an interim basis, but Klinsmann is not in the mix to take up a role with the team.

Frustrated Leno may need patience after Emery backs Cech


Unai Emery has suggested Bernd Leno needs to stay patient after Petr Cech started against Everton in a 2-0 Premier League win for his side.

Leno voiced his frustration over a lack of playing time after making his Gunners debut in the Europa League this week, but Cech was back in goal for the club's win over Everton on Sunday.

Emery has been supportive of Cech since he arrived at the club, playing down the criticism the veteran goalkeeper has received at times this season.

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Beckham holds preliminary talks with Zidane over Miami job


The former Real Madrid boss could be the team's first head coach

David Beckham has held preliminary talks with Zinedine Zidane over becoming the manager of his Inter Miami franchise in MLS, reports the Mirror.

The expansion team begins play in 2020, and has been linked in the past month with an attempt to lure Lionel Messi to join them when they start play.

Zidane would like to stay in Europe, but the longer he goes unemployed, the greater the chances of Beckham pulling off a surprise hire.

Pogba issues Barcelona demands


The France star's wishes could seal Ivan Rakitic's exit from the club

Paul Pogba has a pair of demands that must be met in order for him to move to Barcelona, reports Don Balon.

The midfielder wants to be one of the highest paid players at the club and wants to be viewed as a key player in the squad.

Those demands could force the exit of Ivan Rakitic, as the midfielder is not viewed as untouchable as the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Busquets.

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Inter want new deal for Brozovic with 550 million release clause


Inter want to tie Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic to a new deal with the club and hope to include a €550 million (£494m/$646m) release clause, according to Calciomercato.

Brozovic's current deal runs until June 2021 and while the club wants a new deal to include a high release clause, which would only apply to foreign teams, the midfielder wants a salary of at least €3.5 million per season. 

PSG could benefit from Sandro contract impasse


Paris Saint-Germain could reap the benefits of Juventus dragging their feet on a new contract for defender Alex Sandro, according to Calciomercato (via le10sport).

Sandro has a contract that runs until 2020 but has received no contact from the club over a possible extension.

PSG are thought to be closely monitoring the left-back's contract situation with the Serie A Champions, with the club's sporting director Antero Henrique the man who brought Sandro to FC Porto in 2011.