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Premier League teams interested in Praet


Sampdoria attacking midfielder Dennis Praet is on the radar of a pair of Premier League clubs, according to Calciomercato.

Leicester City and Southampton are interested in Praet, who has a release clause of €26 million (£23m/$30m)

Atlanta United could break MLS transfer record


Atlanta United may again break the Major League Soccer transfer record by bringing in River Plate midfielder Gonzalo "Pity" Hernandez, according to Estudio Futbol.

The MLS side would pay Hernandez's release clause of $17 million (€15m) to sign him, which would top the previous record of $15m the team paid for Ezequiel Barco.

Scholes surprised Mourinho has avoided the sack


Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has slammed manager Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese is "embarrassing the club."

Aside from the club's struggles on the field, Mourinho has made plenty of headlines for ongoing feuds with his players and the club's board.

Mourinho is fighting for his job, and Scholes has opined that he is surprised the Portuguese even managed to keep his job after the defeat to West Ham.

Read more here on Goal!

Zidane wants Juventus, not Man Utd


Zinedine Zidane is interested in eventually taking over Juventus, not Manchester United, according to Le Parisien.

The former Real Madrid manager is in no rush to return to the sidelines, and he believes taking over a struggling team midseason could tarnish his image.

He has not held any talks with Manchester United over the job and does not speak English, while he hopes to return to his old club Juventus one day, as he did with Real Madrid.

Rodgers may not be long for Celtic - Nicholas


Brendan Rodgers will not “still be Celtic manager come the end of January”, according to former Hoops star Charlie Nicholas.

The Northern Irishman has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in Scotland, overseeing back-to-back treble triumphs at Parkhead.

But on the heels of a frustrating transfer window, Celtic sit fifth in the Scottish Premiership and Nicholas expects a change, and soon. 

Read the full story on Goal!

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Sancho signs new Dortmund deal


Borussia Dortmund have rewarded Jadon Sancho's bright performances with a new contract after sporting director Michael Zorc compared the teenage winger to Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

The 18-year-old Englishman is making quite a name for himself in Germany after his move to the Bundesliga in 2017, encouraging Dortmund to tie him to a deal that lasts until 2022.

His game has been taken to a new level this season and Dortmund are delighted with the progress Sancho is making with Zorc telling Funke Media: “He's brutally good, he can do things I have rarely seen."

Read the full story on Goal!

Milan working on Kessie contract


Milan are working on a new deal with Franck Kessie according to Calciomercato.

Kessie's contract expires in 2022, but Milan are looking to fend off interest from other clubs by increasing his €2.2 million salary and adding another year to his deal. 

Milinkovic-Savic deal has no release clause


The midfielders agent has denied such a buyout exists, dampening the hopes of Man Utd and Real Madrid

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s new contract at Lazio does not include a release clause, claims the agent of the midfielder heavily linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

A €100 million (£89m/$115m) fee was reported to have been included as an option in the new deal for Serie A rivals to acquire the Serbia international.

Mateja Kezman, who represents Milinkovic-Savic, has, however, refuted claims that such an agreement was struck, explaining the new contract was for other reasons.

Read the full story on Goal!

Why Zidane would be foolish to take the Man United job


With Jose Mourinho in near-crisis, some of the talk around Manchester United has shifted from the under-fire manager to who should replace him.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been reported as the club's top choice to replace Mourinho and would bring a resume which includes La Liga title as well as three Champions League crowns won with the La Liga giants.

However, is the move the right one for Zidane? Chief correspondent Peter Staunton examines why the France legend might be better off avoiding the job at Old Trafford.

Read the full story on Goal!

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'Pogba thinks more about arguing with Mourinho than football'


Unsettled Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been accused by former Juventus managing director Luciano Moggi of thinking “more about arguing with Jose Mourinho than playing”.

With his focus seemingly elsewhere and his form being impacted as a result, a return to Turin for the World Cup winner is considered to be doubtful at this stage.

Read the full story on Goal!

Hope for Chelsea as Rugani talks break down


Juventus have seen contract talks with Daniele Rugani break down, according to Calciomercato.

The centre-half is currently tied to a deal until 2021 but has been heavily linked with Chelsea and could see interest from England rekindled if no extension in Turin is agreed.

Man City keen on Hoffenheim starlet Elmkies


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Hoffenheim starlet Ilay Elmkies to the Etihad Stadium, according to Sport BILD.

The 18-year-old is a highly-rated midfielder who has been catching the eye of leading clubs across Europe.

'Wolves right to shun Utd & City interest in Neves'


Wolves are right to reject any offers for Ruben Neves due to the Manchester City and Manchester United target’s importance to the team, according to the club’s former defender Joleon Lescott.

The ex-England international told bwin: "Wolves have flatly rejected any notion that he may leave the club and that’s the right move, because he has been a huge star since he arrived."

Read the full story on Goal!

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'Pogba to Barcelona makes sense'


Paul Pogba would be “an impressive signing for Barcelona”, admits Fernando Llorente, with it possible that such a move could soon be made from Manchester United.

The Tottenham striker, who played alongside a World Cup winner at Juventus, told Mundo Deportivo: "Why not? He is a huge footballer and still has a lot to offer. He is one of the best in his position and would be in one of the best teams in the world."

Check out the full story, including Llorente's comments on his own future, here.

Granqvist emerges as Man Utd target


Sweden international in shock Red Devils link

Manchester United’s search for a new centre-half has led them to former Wigan star Andreas Granqvist, reports Fotbolldirekt.

The 33-year-old Sweden international, who starred for his country at World Cup 2018, is currently on the books of Helsingborgs in his homeland but could be offered the chance to head for Old Trafford in January.

Juventus eyeing up Man City stars


Juventus are planning long-term with their recruitment business and have a selection of Manchester City stars in their sights, according to Tuttosport.

The Bianconeri are admirers of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden and would welcome the opportunity to bring any member of that quartet onto their books.

Chelsea planning new deal for Luiz


Chelsea are set to put fresh terms to David Luiz in an effort to keep him at the club, reports the Evening Standard.

The Brazilian defender is in the final year of his current deal, but talks have been opened with a man who has returned to prominence under Maurizio Sarri regarding a 12-month extension.

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Rabiot shuns PSG’s latest offer


Adrien Rabiot has turned down the third offer of a new contract put to him by Paris Saint-Germain, claims Mundo Deportivo.

The France international midfielder is set to see his current deal expire in the summer of 2019, with Barcelona among those keen to bring a proven performer onto their books.

Fabregas making Chelsea contingency plans


Cesc Fabregas is making contingency plans for his future in case Chelsea opt against offering him a new contract, Goal understands.

The midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season but he has found playing time a luxury under Maurizio Sarri's team so far this season.

And his representatives are already exploring other options for next year,

Read Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella's report here

Sancho set for new Dortmund contract


Borussia Dortmund are planning to offer fresh terms to Jadon Sancho, claims the Mirror.

The former Manchester City starlet has impressed during his short time in Germany and despite having a deal until 2020, which includes a two-year option, an extension is already being drawn up.

Man Utd eye Conte


Red Devils will also bring in former Juve CEO

Manchester United will look to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Jose Mourinho is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford after the Red Devils stuttering start to the season that has seen them pick up just 10 points from their opening seven league matches.

As well as appointing Conte, United would apparently also look to bring in Beppe Moratta, who worked with the former Chelsea boss at Juventus in a CEO capacity.

Alisson almost rejected Liverpool


Alisson has admitted he almost turned his back on the world record offer from Liverpool to stay at Roma.

The Brazilian shot stopper became the game's most expensive goalkeeper when he completed a move to Anfield in the summer.

However, he considered saying no to Jurgen Klopp's side when they came calling as he had been enjoying life in the Italian capital and was brought to tears by the thought of leaving.

Read what Alisson said here

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Arsenal warned not to let Ramsey go for free


Arsenal have been warned that allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season would be a mistake.

The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and being linked to clubs in the Premier Leauge as well as AC Milan.

But former Gunners star Sol Campbell says Arsenal would be wrong not to extend his contract before then.

Click here to read the full story

Rebic offers hope to Man Utd & Bayern


Ante Rebic snubbed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to sign fresh terms at Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, but has offered transfer hope to his many suitors for 2019.

The Croatia international told Goal: “There's enough time in my career to make a move, perhaps as soon as next summer.”

Read the full story here.

Valencia the latest to incur Mourinho's wrath


The divides within the Manchester United camp are growing ever wider, according to the Daily Mail, with Antonio Valencia the latest to fall out with Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils' club captain is said to be barely speaking with his manager, with uncertainty reigning at Old Trafford as the future of several high-profile figures is called into question.

'Maguire will be happy he didn't sign for Man Utd!'


Harry Maguire will be "happy not to have signed for Manchester United", says Robert Huth, with the Leicester City defender having avoided the "turmoil" enveloping Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho made the England international a top target over the summer, but missed out on a deal as the centre-half ultimately stayed put and penned a new contract with the Foxes.

Find out what a Premier League title winner has had to say on those choices here.

Man Utd fear January snub from top target


Manchester United fear a "toxic" atmosphere at Old Trafford will lead to top targets snubbing the club during the January transfer window, reports The Express.

With Jose Mourinho struggling to generate results amid a backdrop of in-house fighting, the Red Devils have been received negative feedback from those charged with the task of sounding out new recruits.

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Cafu: Ronaldo will find Serie A difficult


Brazilian legend Cafu says Cristiano Ronaldo will find life in Serie A to be a bit more difficult.

The former fullback played for AC Milan and Roma during his illustrious career, and he believes the Portuguese star will face tougher matches than those in La Liga.

Read the full story on Goal!

West Ham beat host of clubs to sign Diop


Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton were among the teams interested in signing West Ham's Issa Diop, according to the Daily Mail. 

The Hammers signed the French defender from Toulouse over the summer, and his performance against Man United had Jose Mourinho calling Diop a "monster".

Fulham, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla are also said to have been interested. 

Wolves after Aberdeen's McKenna


Wolves are after Aberdeen's Scott McKenna, according to the Scottish Sun.

The club is looking to improve its defense, and the Scotlish star has been earmarked as a target.

Scouts have watched the 21-year-old defender while approaches from Celtic and Aston Villa were rejected over the summer. 

Pochettino - 'Messi almost joined Espanyol in 2005'


Mauricio Pochettino says Lionel Messi nearly joined Espanyol in 2005.

The Tottenham boss was playing for the Spanish club at the time, and he recalls how close Espanyol was to making a deal for the Argentinian star.

Read the full story on Goal!

Drinkwater in no rush to leave Chelsea


Danny Drinkwater is not looking to quit Chelsea any time soon, according to the Telegraph.

The midfielder was not named to Chelsea's Europa League squad and started just 12 matches last season after joining from Leicester.

Drinkwater is in no rush to leave the club despite not featuring under Maurizio Sarri and could wait until next summer for a move away from Stamford Bridge. 

Pogba to quit Man United in January if Mourinho isn't fired


The Frenchman is fed up with his manager and could make a move in January

Paul Pogba will quit Manchester United in January if Jose Mourinho is still in charge of the club, according to the Sun.

The Frenchman has told teammates that he cannot be bothered to argue with Mourinho after several recent issues between the two.

Pogba is said to be frustrated with the position he is assigned and is convinced he would be a much better player under a different manager. 

AC Milan failed to sign Fiorentina's Veretout


AC Milan failed in a bid to sign Fiorentina's Jordan Veretout, according to Calciomercato.

Milan placed a bid for the Frenchman this past summer, but Fiorentina refused a deal for the fee offered.

Veretout is seen as an important piece for the Serie A club after appearing 38 times last season.

Arsenal chasing Napoli's Zielinski


Arsenal are eyeing Piotr Zielinski as a potential Aaron Ramsey replacement, according to SportMediaset. 

The Gunners are resigned to losing Ramsey this summer as the midifelder's contract is set to expire.

However, the chase for Zielinski will be a difficult one as Napoli are unwilling to part with the Polish star.

Agent: Dalbert stayed because Inter believed in him


Dalbert's agent says the Brazilian stayed with Inter because the club showed they believed in him.

The fullback appeared just 14 times in his debut season in Italy after moving from Ligue 1, but agent Emerson Figueiredo says the club showed faith in the Brazilian this summer.

"They knew he could be important to them," he said, according to FCInterNews per Calcio Mercato. "They believed and believe even more today in his capabilities and potential. And on his side Dalbert wanted to show the people what he was capable of ".

Arsenal one of several clubs eyeing Lille's Pepe


Arsenal are facing competition in the chase for Nicholas Pepe, according to the Mirror.

The Lille winger has scored five goals in just eight games this season, drawing attention from Barcelona and Sevilla.

Everton are also said to be in the hunt to sign the Ivorian.