Argentina set to offer Scaloni permanent job
Argentina are set to offer interim boss Lionel Scaloni the job as permanent head coach.
Scaloni has been in charge of the team since August and has presided over six friendly matches thus far.
He has overseen four wins in those matches, with two victories over Mexico and one apiece over Iraq and Guatemala, as well as a draw with Colombia and a loss to Brazil.
Arsenal and Spurs to battle for Amiri
Arsenal and Tottenham are both chasing Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri, according to Sport Bild.
The 22-year-old has yet to play this season as he recovers from a foot injury, but is still on the radar of several clubs across Europe.
Amiri reportedly has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for £15 million (€17m/$19m) this summer.
PSG forward Weah in line for January loan
PSG and U.S. national team striker Timothy Weah could be set to leave the Ligue 1 champions on loan in the new year, report France Football (via Calciomercato).
Strasbourg, who are currently ninth in Ligue 1, are said to be interested in loaning Weah for the rest of the season.
The 18-year-old made his USMNT in March and scored his first Ligue 1 goal for PSG back in August.
PSG are said to be open to allowing Weah to leave in search of first team football for the second half of the season.
Magpies target January moves for winger and full-back
Newcastle are hoping to sign a winger and a full-back in January, according to Chronicle Live.
As always, Rafa Benitez must convince owner Mike Ashley to release some funds for transfers, but it's reported that the Magpies are well underway with their plans for the winter window.
The club are said to be looking into the possibility of signing Atlanta forward Miguel Almiron, but it's claimed that a winger and full-back cover feature more prominently on their list of priorities.
Hughes brushes off sack rumours
Southampton boss Mark Hughes says speculation that he could be sacked is like "water off a duck's back" for him.
Paulo Sousa is among those to have been touted as a replacement for Hughes, with the Saints only off the bottom of the Premier League table on goal difference as it stands.
But the former Stoke City boss says he's not fazed by the talk surrounding his future.
"I think that is where the experience comes in, because it's water off a duck's back if I am honest," Hughes said in a press conference on Thursday.
Spurs identify Berge as Dembele replacement
Genk midfielder Sander Berge is among the players that Spurs are monitoring as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele, report Estadio Deportivo.
Berge is also said to be a target for Sevilla and is apparently valued at around £11m ($14m) by the Belgian outfit.
The 20-year-old Norweigan international has been a regular for Genk this season and could be the ideal cut price replacement for Dembele, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
Barcelona weigh up Christensen move
Chelsea defender on Barcelona wishlist
Barcelona could make a move for Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen if Samuel Umtiti requires surgery on an ongoing knee problem, according to Sport.
The Denmark international has struggled for minutes at Stamford Bridge this season, with manager Maurizio Sarri preferring Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz as his first choice pairing in defence.
Christensen is said to be desperate for game time and Barcelona could be set to offer him a lifeline, with Ernesto Valverde's side said to have sounded out Chelsea regarding a potential deal already.
City eye Cornet after Champions League brace
Lyon star catches Guardiola's eye in European showdown
Maxwel Cornet is on the radar of Manchester City after his terrific performance in their Champions League clash on Tuesday, report Calciomercato.
The winger scored both of Lyon's goals in a match that eventually ended 2-2 and it's now being reported that City boss Pep Guardiola has made him a transfer target.
It's claimed that the Premier League champions will wait until the end of the season to make their move for Cornet, who's contract with Lyon runs until 2021.
Pogba plots United 'exit strategy'
Mino Raiola exploring possibilities for Frenchman
Paul Pogba could be on his way out of Manchester United in the near future with both him and his agent Mino Raiola plotting 'an exit strategy', according to Tuttosport.
The report claims that the relationship between Pogba and United boss Jose Mourinho is now beyond repair and that there is an acceptance Pogba will be leaving Old Trafford soon.
Tuttosport have likened the situation between the Frenchman and the club to 'a ceasefire' and believe that Raiola is trying to do a deal that would be 'economically acceptable' for United.
Santiago Bernabeu could host Boca v River final
The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate could be staged at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to AS.
The two clubs have accepted the proposal to play at Real Madrid's famous venue, with Argentine president Mauricio Macri also getting involved in the negotiations.
The match will be played on either December 8 or 9, with the scores currently locked at 2-2 after the first leg.
Success signs new long-term Watford contract
Isaac Success has put pen to paper on a contract extension at Vicarage Road, according to the club's official website.
The Nigerian attacker will now remain with the club until 2023, having made 35 first-team appearances since 2016.
Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury said after the announcement was made: "This is a just reward for Isaac's continued hard work and application this season.
"We look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming years.”
Juve goalkeeper Szczesny is not for sale, says agent
Wojciech Szczesny is in the same class as Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and will remain at Juventus for the foreseeable future, according to his agent Jonathan Barnett.
The Englishman, who also represents Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, told Tuttosport: "He is number 1 of Juventus and will continue to wear the black and white in the future.
"He is already at the same level of Alisson, Kepa or Oblak, but is not for sale."
Perez interested in bringing Sancho and Nelson to Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on Bundesliga pair Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson, after their impressive starts to the season - as per Don Balon.
The former plies his trade with Borussia Dortmund, while the latter is currently playing at Hoffenheim on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Perez is interested in signing both men, but he is aware that Sancho, already valued at around €100m (£89m, $114m) will only become more expensive as he ages, while Nelson might be difficult to lure away from Arsenal in the future.
Gareth Bale's agent refuses to rule out Italy move for the Welshman
Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has hinted that his client could play in Serie A in the near future, according to Diario Sport.
The Real Madrid star's representative said during an interview with Tuttosport: "Could he play in Italy? At the moment he's happy in Madrid, if I think about the future, nothing is impossible."
Bale ended a 10-match scoreless run by finding the net against AS Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday and has also been linked with a Premier League return.
Perez lines up Brozovic to replace Kroos at Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez could allow Toni Kroos to leave the club next year and has identified Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic as the man to fill his boots.
Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in signing Kroos, with his current market value set at €90m (£80m, $103m) - according to Don Balon.
Perez is lining up Brozovic to replace the German in the event he does end up leaving the Santiago Bernabeu and the Croatian midfielder could be brought in for as little as €40m (£36m, $46m).
Man City set to acquire Benfica teenager Dantas
Manchester City will sign Tiago Dantas from Benfica in 2019, according to Record.
The young midfielder, who turns 18 on Christmas Eve, will arrive at the Etihad on a free transfer at the end of the season, with an official agreement set to be made between the two clubs in January.
Dantas won the best player award at the U-17 Club World Cup in 2017 and has been tipped for a bright future in the game, having been described as a 'sensation' by the Portuguese media.
Real Madrid told Eriksen price is €250m
Spurs want record fee for Blancos target
Real Madrid remain keen on Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen but have, according to Marca, been told that he will cost €250 million (£223m/$285m).
Spurs are understandably keen to retain the services of a prized asset and will only consider a sale if a record-breaking bid is tabled.
Man Utd take up De Gea option
Manchester United have triggered a 12-month extension clause in David de Gea's contract, according to Sky Sports.
The Spain international, who Jose Mourinho is still hoping to tie to fresh terms at some stage, is now committed to the Red Devils through to 2020.
'Wasted Kante could leave Chelsea'
Tony Cascarino believes that N'Golo Kante could leave Chelsea at the end of the season if Maurizio Sarri continues to favour Jorginho in a holding midfield role.
The former Blues star told talkSPORT: “I think by the end of the season he might have had enough, knowing he’s a far better player in the positions he is more accustomed to.”
Falcao open to Atletico Madrid return
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has left the door open for a return to Atletico Madrid after taking on his former club in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Colombian striker will see his current contract expire in the summer of 2020.
Arsenal urged to make Dembele move
Ousmane Dembele would be a “quality” signing for Arsenal, says Ray Parlour, with the France international a top talent despite his struggles at Barcelona.
The former Gunners star told the Daily Star: “He’s a quality player so if Emery can handle his personality then he certainly would make the squad better and the team better.”
Juve to battle Man Utd for Milenkovic?
Juventus have joined Manchester United in adding Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic to their wish list, Goal understands.
The Serbia international is a man in demand and a player considered to be a more suitable financial option for the Bianconeri than Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt.
Llorente hints at Real Madrid exit
Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has revealed that he could end up leaving the club in January, according to Calcio Mercato.
Speaking to Movistar the Spaniard said: "I hope to play as many games as possible and grow, when the winter market arrives we'll talk to the club and my family and decide what's best for me as a collective."
The 23-year-old has featured just three times across all competitions for Los Blancos this season but has been on the club's books since 2008.
Atletico interested in Thorgan Hazard
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard is on Atletico Madrid's radar after scoring eight Bundesliga goals this season.
According to Marca, the Belgian's current deal at the club is set to expire in 2020, but he has yet to accept a contract extension.
Diego Simeone wants to bring in more attacking reinforcements in the new year and Hazard could provide extra competition for the likes of Thomas Lemar, Gelson Martins and Vitolo.
Real Madrid eye €40m swoop for Lozano
Real Madrid are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven striker Hirving Lozano, who has scored 10 goals in 13 Eredivisie matches this season.
The Mexican is currently valued at €40m (£36m, $45m) and is also being closely monitored by Inter Milan, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is a keen admirer of Lozano and may also consider a loan deal for the forward in January - as per Don Balon.
Juventus interested in Benfica's Fernandes
Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is the subject of interest from Juventus, who are considering a lucrative 2019 move for the teenager.
According to Calcio Mercato, Bianconeri scouts were present to watch Fernandes play against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as he managed to score Benfica's only goal in a 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.
The 19-year-old is contracted to the Portuguese club until 2023, with his current buy-out clause set at a whopping €120m (£107m, $136m).
Isco to swap Madrid for Barcelona?
Isco “could interest” Barcelona if he continues to be overlooked by Real Madrid, says Blaugrana legend Sergi Barjuan.
The Spain international playmaker is yet to start a game for the Blancos under Santiago Solari, leading to renewed transfer talk.
Solanke wanted by Huddersfield
A loan switch to Huddersfield is one option available to Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke, claims Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old finds himself down the attacking order at Anfield and is likely to be on the move in January.
Real Madrid closing on Diaz deal
Brahim Diaz appears set to leave Manchester City for Real Madrid, according to The Sun.
The talented teenager will be out of contract at the end of the season and a return to his Spanish homeland at the Santiago Bernabeu is considered to be on the cards.
D.C. United want to bring Asad back for 2019
D.C. United declined an option to sign Yamil Asad on a permanent deal after his loan from Velez Sarsfield ended, but the MLS club still wants to bring him back for next season.
MLSsoccer.com reports that the club had a $700,000 option for a purchase, but wants to spread that money out over multiple payments to ease budget issues.
Pickford and Oblak targeted as De Gea replacements
Manchester United are targeting Jordan Pickford and Jan Oblak as replacements for David de Gea, according to iNews.
The report claims that the club are set to let their goalkeeper leave for PSG next summer and have identified the 24-year-old England star and the Atletico shot-stopped as their two primary replacements.
Fabregas set for £10m Milan switch
Cesc Fabregas is set to complete a £10 million (€11m/$13m) transfer to AC Milan in January, reports The Sun.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has given the green light to the move, with Fabregas making just nine appearances for the Blues this term.
The 31-year-old's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, but Milan want the Spaniard in January as they deal with an injury crisis in midfield.
Alexis determined to leave Man Utd after latest snub
The Chilean wasn't even on the bench vs Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday
Alexis Sanchez is more determined than ever to quit Manchester United after failing to make the bench against Young Boys, reports the Mirror.
The Chilean was left fuming by the snub, as United went on to narrowly defeat the Swiss side 1-0 in Tuesday's Champions League match.
Sanchez fears he has no future under Jose Mourinho, and is hoping for a move to PSG as soon as it is possible.
Everton defender Galloway eyes January loan
Everton defender Brendan Galloway is hoping to make a January loan move after returning to fitness, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined with a hamstring injury after spending the season with Everton's U-23 side.
The former England youth international wants to regain full fitness soon, so he can prove himself on another loan after a spell at Sunderland last season.
Silva wants to bring Doucoure to Everton
Everton manager Marco Silva is hoping to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Mirror.
Silva managed Doucoure during his brief time in charge at Watford last season, and is hoping to use that connection to land the Frenchman.
Everton are looking to strengthen their midfield, and are also hoping to make Andre Gomes' loan from Barcelona permanent.
De Gea wants to match Sanchez's wages at Man Utd
The Spain international is looking to become the club's joint-highest earner
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea wants to be paid £350,000 per week to match the club's top earner Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Mail.
De Gea's deal expires at the end of the season – though United have an option to extend it another year – and the Spain star has already turned down United's £275,000-a-week offer.
With interest from PSG and Juventus, De Gea will demand United make him the club's joint-highest earner and also wants assurances over United's plans for improvement.
Newcastle to open talks for £25m Almiron
Newcastle will hold talks in the United States this week over Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, reports the Daily Mail.
The Paraguay international has generated interest from several Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.
But the Magpies will look to move to the front of the queue for the 24-year-old, whom MLS values at £25 million ($32m).
King will demand Leicester exit in January
Andy King is set to demand a move away from Leicester City in January, according to The Telegraph.
The 30-year-old midfielder is the club's longest-serving player, having made his first-team debut in October 2007.
But after making no senior appearances for the club this season, King realises he must move on to secure more playing time.
Dembele wants €7-8 million per year
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele, who will soon be a free agent, will demand a contract worth €7-8 million per year, reports Calciomercato.
Juventus and Inter are both tracking the Belgium international, who has so far rejected all contract offers from Spurs.
With Dembele likely to depart Tottenham, he is looking to increase his earnings from his current deal, which is worth €5m annually.
Wenger wants to return to management - Mertesacker
Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has said former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to return to coaching.
Wenger has been mentioned as a possible candidate at Bayern Munich, where first-year manager Niko Kovac is struggling to make his mark.
Mertesacker believes Wenger would be a great fit at Bayern, saying he could manage "any top club in the world."