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Juventus to pursue Tottenham and United targets


Juventus are keen on Fiorentina pair Federico Chiesa and Nikola Milenkovic, both of whom have been linked with a move to the Premier League, according to Calciomercato.

Manchester United and Tottenham have been noted with an interest in the duo. Chiesa meanwhile is being tracked by a host of Italian sides.

Sporting director Fabio Paratici has identified both players as future players but La Viola want as much as €100 million (£88m/$113m).


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Doucoure to PSG


Paris Saint-Germain's attempt to acquire a dominating midfield player will see them direct their attention towards Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to Mercato Foot.

Thomas Tuchel was reportedly keen on the Frenchman in the summer but failed to lure him away from the Premier League.

Doucoure has played every minute of Watford's top flight campaign this term, contributing four assists, and is contracted to the Vicarage Road club until 2023.

Big move on the cards for Hamsik, claims agent


The agent of Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik claims that three top clubs have recently shown an interest in the Slovakian.

Hamsik is now 31, having been with the Serie A side since 2007, but agent Juraj Venglos has told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli that his client could be set for a big move in the near future.

"Future: it's still very early, Marek will still play for at least another 5 years. It may be a chance that the manager of Napoli can do as well as coach his football school," Venglos said.

"The club that have to sign Hamsik? There have been three top clubs in the past few months."

Could Cavani return to Napoli?


Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is ready to sanction the return of Edinson Cavani, according to Italian TV station Rai 2.

Cavani netted over a century of goals in Naples before joining Paris Saint-Germain but he could be in line to resume his career at Stadio San Paolo.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has identified a new forward as key to continuing the club's upward trajectory and though he wants a €6.5 million-a-year pay packet (£5.7m/$7.4m) Napoli are ready to cave to his demands.

Milan concerned Suso could be Premier League-bound


AC Milan will attempt to increase Suso's €40 million (£35m/$45.5m) release clause before next summer, according to Calciomercato.

The Spaniard is becoming an increasingly vital cog at the San Siro having started every Serie A game this season, scoring three and contributing seven assists.

Italian officials are therefore concerned Liverpool or Everton could use their financial muscle to bring Suso back to the Premier League, despite his current contract running until 2022.


Davies to join Bayern next month, confirms Kovac


Bayern Munich winger Alphonso Davies will join up with his new teammates next month, manager Niko Kovac has confirmed.

Davies, 17, penned a deal with the Bundesliga champions in July but has remained with current side Vancouver Whitecaps for the remainder of the MLS season.

The Canadian cost Bayern around £9.84 million ($13m) and scored twice in his last match for his boyhood club.

"He will certainly join us straight away, that's why we have signed him. When you have paid so much money, you certainly don't stick him in the second team," Kovac said.

"He'll move to Germany immediately and set up his camp here."

Liverpool monitor Hoffenheim's Demirbay


Demirbay watched by Liverpool scouts

Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay is being closely watched by Liverpool, according to German outlet Bild.

The report claims that the Reds have had scouts in attendance at Hoffenheim's recent matches against Lyon and Stuttgart.

Demirbay, 25, had this to say when told that Liverpool were keeping an eye on his recent performances: "Of course, I have noticed that."

Jurgen Klopp was complimentary of the German midfielder when his side played Hoffenheim in a Champions League qualifier last season.

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United and Chelsea keeping tabs on Ramsey


Outgoing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey may have a choice between either Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge when his contract expires next summer, according to The Star on Sunday (via Express).

The 27-year-old, who has been at Arsenal since 2008, looks set to move on from the Emirates in the coming months, with negotiations over a new contract now at a standstill.

As well as both United and Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus and Valencia are also said to be in the hunt to sign the Welshman.

Ramsey recently claimed that he had been shocked by Arsenal's decision to withdraw a fresh contract offer from the table, but he's unlikely to be short of suitors if he does move on.

Barcelona to show Dembele the door


Dembele surplus to requirements at Barca

Ousmane Dembele's ill-fated spell at Barcelona could yet come to an anti-climatic end next summer after he was told to find a new club by Barcelona, according to Catalan radio station RAC1.

The France international may have recovered from the thigh injury which blighted his first campaign at Camp Nou but he has been in and out of the first team this term.

Dembele himself is not happy with life in Spain and has often turned up late for training.

And following dicusssions in the wake of the 2-0 win over Inter Milan, in which Dembele was an unused substitute, Barca have come to the decision that the 21-year-old is surplus to requirements.

Emery targets Mata move


Arsenal eyeing move for Juan Mata

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen on a move for Juan Mata next summer as his contract threatens to run down at Manchester United, according to The Daily Star.

The Spain international has less than a year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford and has only played a bit-part under Jose Mourinho this term.

Mata played at Valencia for three years under Emery and the pair could yet be reunited come the start of the 2019-2020 campaign.

Mourinho given £100m to spend in January


The greatest indication yet that Manchester United are ready to keep faith with Jose Mourinho in the immediate future comes in the form of a report via The Guardian, which states the club will give the Portuguese coach £100 million ($128m) to spend in the January transfer window.

Mourinho has continually criticised the United hierachy for not backing him during the summer, as he missed out on signing a new centre-back.

Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng were among the targets but those pursuits were abandoned after the club deemed they were not worthwhile additions.

However, are things about to change at Old Trafford?


Could Chelsea delay Conte's move to Real?


Antonio Conte appears destined to move to Real Madrid as the replacement for the doomed Julen Lopetegui, but could Chelsea yet stand in his way?

The Italian is yet to agree a compensation package with the west Londoners following his summer departure, and those continued negotiations are delaying his move to the Spanish capital.

Real want a new boss in place for the Copa del Rey clash against Melilla, and could be forced to appoint an interim coach as Chelsea continue to play hardball.

Read all about what is holding up the deal on Goal right here!

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Real Madrid set to sign River Plate's Palacios


Real Madrid will bring in River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios in time for the start of next season, according to Marca

The deal for the player, set to be worth around €20m is due to be concluded in December, but Palacios will remain in Argentina until June in order to compete in the Copa Libertadores and Argentinean Superliga. 

The 20 year-old midfielder made his Argentina debut in a friendly win against Guatemala in September. 

Foden a target for Juventus


Juventus are keen to bring Manchester City's Phil Foden to Turin with the youngster's contract at the Etihad Stadium due to expire at the end of next season, according to The Mirror.

Should the England Under-21 international fail to agree on a new deal at City he would be free to leave for as little as £175,000, and would become the second academy graduate to leave the Etihad for the continent in quick succession after Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Foden has featured seven times for Pep Guardiola this term, scoring his first senior goal during a Carabao Cup win at Oxford in September. 

Conte's appointment in doubt as talks with Real stall


Real Madrid's hopes of bringing in Antonio Conte to replace Julen Lopetegui have received a set-back, with AS reporting that "differences" have arisen during talks between Real and the Italian.

It has been widely reported that the former Chelsea boss would be unveiled as the successor to Lopetegui, who is still in position at the Bernabeu despite Sunday's 5-1 thrashing by Barcelona, on Monday, but it now seems likely that Santiago Solari will step-up from coaching Real's B side to fill the gap in the short-term should Lopetegui be sacked as expected. 

Financial issues as well as the length of any possible contract are believed to be the main sticking points with Conte as Real look to appoint their second coach in less than six months. 

Real to bid for Tottenham target Barrios


Real Madrid are ready to pay the €24m it will take to activate Boca Juniors defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios's release clause according to Marca (via TEAMtalk), jeopardising Tottenham's hopes of signing the Colombian.

It was reported earlier this month by Munobocaradio that Spurs had agreed a deal of just over £20m with the Argentinean club to secure Barrios with the move likely to take place in January following the completion of the Copa Libertadores, but the interest of the European champions threatens to derail those plans.

Barrios, who was first linked with Spurs at the end of last season, played for Colombia as they were beaten on penalties by England at the World Cup in Russia.

Inter Milan send scouts to watch Tonali


Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali is being monitored by several top clubs, including Premier League giants Chelsea and it now appears that Inter Milan have joined the race for his signature.

According to TalkSport, Inter have sent club legend Giuseppe Baresi to scout the 18-year-old starlet, who has impressed with his performances in Serie B this season.

Brescia value Tonali at £22m ($28m) and are reluctant to lose him until the summer as they bid for promotion to the top tier of Italian football.

Conte targets Pogba as first signing at Real Madrid


According to Calcio Mercato, Antonio Conte wants to make Paul Pogba his first signing at Real Madrid, should he be appointed to take over from Julen Lopetegui this week.

The former Chelsea boss has been out of work since leaving Stamford Bridge during the summer, but he has been heavily linked with the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu following the team's poor run of results at the start of the season.

Pogba is reportedly the subject of interest from a number of top clubs - including Barcelona and Juventus - and if Madrid join the race to sign the Frenchman a bidding war could ensue during the winter transfer window.

Wimmer wants to extend Hannover 96 loan


Kevin Wimmer has expressed his desire to stay in the Bundesliga beyond the end of the season, after joining Hannover 96 on loan from Stoke City in May.

"That's my goal, but it's not just me." The Austrian centre-back told Kicker on Monday, but it is unlikely that the German outfit will pay the €12m (£11m,$14m) fee required to secure his services permanently.

An extension on his loan deal is far more likely, with Stoke open to the possibility of a follow-up contract.

Villa look for defensive signings


New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is looking to improve his defensive options in the January transfer window.

The Championship club are short on cover at centre-back, and Smith is aware that it is an area which requires winter reinforcements.

“It’s something we are constantly monitoring,” said Smith. “At the moment we’ve got two recognised centre-backs. We certainly need to look to add to that area, that’s for sure.”

Roma start El Shaarawy contract talks


Roma have started talks over a new deal to keep Stephan El Shaarawy at the club until 2022, claims Tuttomercatoweb.

El Shaarawy was a target for Fiorentina in the summer, but the player is now in line for a new deal at Stadio Olimpico.

Initial contact has been made regarding an extension and Roma are hoping to finalise the agreement by December.

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Jokanovic not fazed by sack talk


Slavisa Jokanovic is a Premier League manager under pressure, but the Fulham boss is not worrying about talk he could be sacked.

Fulham have struggled upon their return to the top flight and reports have suggested that Jokanovic is close to being dismissed at Craven Cottage.

But Jokanovic said: "I am living in my present, it is a natural question to come from your side when you are not winning games.”

Read more on Goal right here!

Rodgers wants Christie to stay at Celtic


Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hopes Ryan Christie will sign a new contract following the winger’s impressive display in the League Cup semi-final win over Hearts.

Christie came off the bench at half-time to inspire Celtic to the final and Rodgers wants the 23-year-old to stay beyond the end of the season, when his contract is due to expire.

Rodgers said: “The club have been talking to his representatives but I’m not aware of any movement. Ryan is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player.”

Jardim targeted by Qatar


World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are considering an approach for Leonardo Jardim to become their new national team coach, according to France Football.

Jardim was recently sacked by Monaco following a poor start to the season, and he has been linked with AC Milan and Newcastle United since his dismissal.

However, he could be offered the opportunity of a role in international football as Qatar look to appoint a high-profile name to lead the team into the World Cup, with Xavi and Zinedine Zidane also having been linked with the job.

Will Pochettino leave Spurs?


Is there a danger Mauricio Pochettino could leave as Tottenham manager? The Argentine says he is currently feeling the ‘worst’ of any point in his time as Spurs boss.

Pochettino has regularly been linked with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs, although it appears he will not be offered the latter role, with Antonio Conte set to replace Julen Lopetegui at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, despite Spurs’ impressive start to the season, Pochettino is not happy after a summer which saw the club sign no first-team players and the delay in the new stadium being ready.

Read the full story here

No play-offs for Zlatan - will he move in January?


Zlatan Ibrahimovic's season is over in MLS after his LA Galaxy side blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Houston Dynamo and miss out on the play-offs.

The Swede has been in excellent form since joining the Galaxy, and reports claim he could make a loan move back to Europe this January.

Manchester United have been linked - though Jose Mourinho has denied any interest in re-signing Ibrahimovic - but his extended off-season could now tempt others to bring him back across the pond.


Arsenal head of football: 'I don't believe much in the winter window'


Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has made it clear that the Gunners likely won't be making a big splash in the January transfer window.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sanllehi said he believes the winter window is "there for emergencies, a big injury or if something is really not working."

"I don't believe much in the winter window," Sanllehi said. There are exceptions. But if you have the right planification (sic) in the summer and the team are performing at the level you expect, you should not go to that window or try to avoid it."

Kinnear uncertain on Galaxy future


Interim LA Galaxy manager Dominic Kinnear said he's uncertain what his future holds, after his side missed the playoffs following a devastating 3-2 defeat to Houston on Sunday. 

“That’s a question for another day. I just went from feeling empty to trying to be philosophical about my short period of time as the interim head coach. So, it’s a tough one to answer. That stuff for me is not even at the back of my mind right now," Kinnear said. 

Kinnear took over for Sigi Schmid, who resigned in September. 

Rabiot punishment puts PSG future in greater doubt


Adrien Rabiot was left out of PSG's starting XI to face Marseille on Sunday, putting his future in greater doubt.

He has yet to sign a new contract with the club and has a reputation for being difficult.

There are many top European sides following him, while head coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is not happy with the France man's attitude.

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Inter monitoring Areola


Inter are keeping an eye on Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. 

With his contract set to expire in the summer, the 25-year-old shot-stopper has yet to agree to a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions. 

And Inter are considering a move for the France international, with current goalkeeper Samir Handanovic now 34 years old. 

Man Utd want Filipe Luis


Jose Mourinho will try to sign Filipe Luis for Manchester United, according to Don Balon.

The Atletico Madrid defender is struggling to earn game time ahead of Lucas Hernandez and could opt to leave the club.

If Mourinho is still in charge in January, he will make the move. 

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Juventus keeping tabs on Ndombele


Juventus have joined a glut of European clubs in following Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, reports

Both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham have all shown an interest in the France international.

For Juve, though, he is not a priority for now; they are more closely following Adrien Rabiot.

Lopetegui to be sacked on Monday, Conte to take over


Coaching change at Real Madrid

In the wake of Real Madrid's 5-0 Clasico loss to Barcelona, Julen Lopetegui will be sacked on Monday.

The Bernabeu club have already lined up Antonio Conte to take over from him.

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Liverpool target Zielinski to sign new contract


Piotr Zielinski is set to sign a new contract at Napoli, ruining Jurgen Klopp's planned January raid, according to the Daily and Sunday Express.

The midfielder has a £60 million (€68m/$77m) release clause, which Liverpool planned to pay this winter to bring in another playmaker for their midfield.

Liverpool have been watching Zielinski since his days on loan at Empoli, but he looks ready to extend his time with Napoli with the doubling of his release clause the only sticking point.