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Real Madrid in pole position for Van de Beek


If Real Madrid do not sign Paul Pogba, they will instead move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to the Daily Mirror.

And Los Blancos appear to be in pole position for his services after the player rejected a move to Manchester United.

The 22-year-old already has two goals and four assists in the Eredivisie from just just seven appearances.van 

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Zidane still determined to bring Pogba to Real Madrid


Zindedine Zidane remains determined to bring Paul Pogba to Real Madrid and will go after him again next summer, according to Marca.

The midfielder has endured an off-colour start to the season with Manchester United, who have slipped to 12th in the Premier League after a string of poor results.

However, Zidane is convinced that his compatriot can recapture his previous form and perform at the highest level for Los Blancos.

Orlando City and O'Connor part ways


Orlando City have announced their decision to part ways with head coach James O'Connor.

O'Connor arrived midway through last season and guided the team to an 11th-placed finish in the Eastern Conference.

However, he was unable to lift them any higher than that, with the club finishing 11th once again this season.

Stendel to leave Barnsley


Daniel Stendel is set to leave his post as Barnsley head coach, according to Sky Sports.

The German oversaw the club's automatic promotion from League One, finishing second behind Luton Town.

However, the club sit second-bottom in the Championship, with just one win and six points from 11 games.

Lyon sack Sylvinho


Lyon have sacked manager Sylvinho after just five months in charge.

The French club have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions and were beaten 1-0 by rivals Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

Belgian FA query Kompany role


The Belgian Football Association has written to Anderlecht to provide evidence explaining Vincent Kompany's role at the club amid reports he does not have the correct papers, report Voetbal International.

It was suggested that Kompany was still making key decisions despite relinquishing managerial duties on match days to Simon Davies, which would be in violation of Belgian league regulations.

Frank Vercauteren has since been appointed head coach with Davies returning to his previous role as assistant, with Kompany's role unaffected.

Everton plotting Dembele move


Everton have been scouting Lyon striker Moussa Dembele ahead of a possible January bid, according to Football Insider.

The Toffees are on the hunt for more firepower after scoring just six goals in eight Premier League games so far this season.

That has seen them turn their attentions to Dembele, with club scouts having watched the French forward in action on several occasions in recent weeks.

Puel eyeing Ben Arfa


Newly-appointed Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel wants to sign Hatem Ben Arfa, according to JDD.

The forward is a free agent after leaving Rennes in the summer, having recorded nine goals and six assists across all competitions.

Should he complete the move, it will be the fourth time in a row that he has signed for a Ligue 1 club on a free transfer.

Palace want Batshuayi back


Crystal Palace are hoping to bring Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi back to the club in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The striker scored six goals while on loan at Selhurst Park last season and the Eagles are keen to reunite with the Belgian.

Batshuayi has found himself stuck behind Tammy Abraham at Chelsea, but Frank Lampard is likely to only allow one of him or Olivier Giroud to depart the club in search of more regular playing time.batshuay

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Di Franceso sacked by Sampdoria


Sampdoria have announced that they are parting ways with head coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

The club are bottom of Serie A, with just one win and six defeats from seven games so far.

Di Franceso was only appointed before the start of this season, replacing Marco Giampaolo, who moved to AC Milan.

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Bristol City to bring in Bony


Bristol City are reportedly considering bringing in free agent Wilfried Bony after losing Benik Afobe to injury, according to Football Insider.

The former Swansea City striker has been without a club since his contract expired at the end of last season.

Last season, the 30-year-old made just seven Championship appearances for the Swans after coming back from a long-term injury, scoring one goal in a 3-2 defeat to Hull City.

Luiz: I decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal's bid


David Luiz claims that he "made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid", wanting to "write a new story in a new place".

The 32-year-old completed an £8 million ($10m) switch to Emirates Stadium on August 8, bringing to an end a successful second spell on the Blues' books.

The experienced centre-back has revealed the real reason behind his Stamford Bridge exit, referencing an "honest" conversation with Frank Lampard over his future.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Milner open to Leeds return


James Milner would be willing to take a pay cut in order to return to Leeds, claims Football Insider.

The 33-year-old is into the final year of his current contract at Liverpool and is eager to stay at Anfield for at least another 12 months before heading back to his roots.

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‘Levy won’t sack Pochettino in a million years!’


Mauricio Pochettino may find himself under pressure at Tottenham but club chairman Daniel Levy will not take the decision to sack the Argentine “in a million years”, says Tim Sherwood.

The former Spurs boss told talKSPORT: “He has got so much credit in the bank with that football club. There is no way he will sack Mauricio Pochettino – not in a million years."

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Ramsdale to land new Bournemouth deal


Aaron Ramsdale is to be offered a bumper new contract at Bournemouth, according to TEAMtalk.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper, who is already tied to a deal through to 2021, has established himself as the Cherries' first choice between the sticks this season.

The end for Ozil at Arsenal?


Mesut Ozil has probably reached “the end of his career at Arsenal”, says Ray Parlour, with the World Cup winner out of favour under Unai Emery as promising youngsters impress in his place.

The former Gunners star has told talkSPORT: “Ozil’s not even in the squad now. I think that’s probably the end of his career at Arsenal."

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Manchester United urged to swoop for Kane


Manchester United need to be looking at spending around £300 million ($370m) on new players, says Lee Sharpe, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane for £200m ($246m) the kind of deal they should be targeting.

The Red Devils invested heavily again over the summer, bringing in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

They did, however, sanction a number of outgoings as well and are not considered to have greatly improved the collective quality at Old Trafford.

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Real Madrid eyeing West Ham midfielder Rice


West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is the subject of interest from Real Madrid - according to Don Balon.

Manchester United are also thought to be chasing the 20-year-old's signature, with the Hammers holding out for a fee within the region of €80 million ($88m, £71m).

Madrid are prepared to launch a bid for Rice, who has appeared in eight Premier League matches for West Ham this season.

Man Utd turned down chance to sign Van de Beek


According to The Mirror - Manchester United rejected the opportunity to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek for £35 million ($43m) over the summer.

The Red Devils baulked at the Dutch club's asking price and decided against an approach when Paul Pogba ended up ignoring transfer links to stay at Old Trafford.

Ajax have now tripled their valuation of Van de Beek to £100 million ($123m), with Real Madrid thought to be leading the race for his signature.

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Allan in talks over Napoli renewal


Napoli have opened talks with Brazilian midfielder Allan over a new contract - according to Calcio Mercato.

The Italian giants are keen on tying the 28-year-old down to a bumper new deal, to fend off interest from some of Europe's top clubs.

Allan has appeared in five Serie A matches at the start of the season.

Real Madrid join race to sign Kante


Real Madrid are prepared to rival Juventus for N'Golo Kante' signature, amid rumours he could leave Chelsea next year.

According to Diario Sport via ESPNZinedine Zidane is ready to greenlight a £70 million ($86m) bid for the Frenchman to bolster his midfield ranks at Santiago Bernabeu.

Juve are also in the running, with Maurizio Sarri hoping to reunite with a former charge in Turin.

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Man Utd to demand £25m for Sanchez from Inter


Manchester United want to receive £25 million ($31m) for Alexis Sanchez if Inter decide to sign him permanently next summer - according to The Sun.

The Red Devils have no desire to keep the Chilean on their books at the end of his season-long loan spell at San Siro.

Sanchez has scored once in four appearances for Inter at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

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Arsenal eye Celtic starlet Dembele


Arsenal are keen on Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembele, claims TEAMtalk.

The 16-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence, with German giants Borussia Dortmund also keeping a close eye on his development.


Liverpool to listen to Miller offers


Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers for Canada international forward Liam Miller in January, reports Football Insider.

The 19-year-old has failed to make a senior breakthrough at Anfield and could now be moved on.

‘Spurs will miss Pochettino & should spend again’


Tottenham have been warned that they will miss Mauricio Pochettino when he has gone, with Jamie Redknapp claiming Spurs need to back their boss with more money rather than debate his future.

The former midfielder has told the Daily Mail: "Their strict salary cap and lack of spending has held them back. They have stood still while others have caught up."

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Worrall wanted by Newcastle


Newcastle are ready to explore the possibility of luring Joe Worrall away from Nottingham Forest, claims The Sun.

The 22-year-old defender has been in fine form this season and the Magpies hope he could tread a similar path as Jamaal Lascelles from the City Ground to St James' Park.

Chelsea & Arsenal eyeing Anderlecht's Doku


Anderlecht forward Jeremy Doku has emerged as a transfer target for both Chelsea and Arsenal - according to Calcio Mercato.

The two Premier League clubs could do battle in the transfer market for a 17-year-old currently making a breakthrough in the Belgian Pro League.

Doku has already racked up seven first-team appearances for Anderlecht this season, one more than he managed throughout the entire 2018-19 campaign.

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Leicester dealt blow in McGregor pursuit


Leicester's hopes of signing Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor have been dented, with the Scottish club ready to offer him a new contract.

According to the Daily Record, Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the 26-year-old to the King Power Stadium next year, but the Hoops are determined to keep hold of a prized asset.

McGregor has scored once in eight Scottish Premier League matches for Celtic this season.

Boly emerges on Arsenal's radar


Wolves defender Willy Boly is the subject of interest from Arsenal - according to The Sun.

Unai Emery is determined to bolster his defensive ranks in January and the Frenchman could be brought in for a bargain price, having arrived at Molineux for a mere £10 million ($12m) from Porto last year.

Boly has featured in seven Premier League games for Wolves this season.

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Pulisic may ask for loan move away from Chelsea


Christian Pulisic could seek a loan transfer away from the club if his situation doesn't improve in the next couple of months - according to The Sun.

The American has only started three Premier League games for the Blues this season and is open to a January move if Frank Lampard cannot guarantee him more regular opportunities.

Pulisic has yet to score for Chelsea in six appearances across all competitions.

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Piette not closing door on European return


Montreal Impact midfielder Samuel Piette says he could return to Europe now that the MLS season is over.

Piette said he does have an option for next year in his contract, and he is unsure if he will return to the club as he keeps options open.

“It’s not like I’m actively telling my agent to get me back to Europe, but if a situation fits or an opportunity comes, I am open to listen," he said, according to the Sports Podcasting Network.

'Lukaku must train more'


Antonio Conte says summer signing Romelu Lukaku must train more due to his physique.

The Belgian was often criticized during his time in England, but Conte says Lukaku has shown his determination since moving to Inter.

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Batistuta to join Prandelli's next coaching staff


Gabriel Batistuta will join Cesare Prandelli's coach staff, according to Coirrere dello Sport.

Prandelli is currently out of work but, when he does decide on his next job, the former Fiorentina star will be a member of his staff.

Batistuta, who retired in 2005, will be mentored by Prandelli, who has previously managed Fiorentina and Italy

Young goalkeeper to sign with Sky Blues


Sydney FC are set to cover the loss of Andrew Redmayne with the short-term signing of their former youth team goalkeeper Tristan Prendergast.

With Redmayne on Socceroos duty for the Sky Blues' round one clash against Adelaide, the 24-year is set to be drafted in to the match-day squad, with either he or Thomas Heward-Belle to be between the sticks, according to SMH.

Prendergast, who spent last season at Blacktown City, was brought to the Sky Blues youth side by former goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac, but failed to graduate to the senior team.

Man Utd step up interest in Lyon's Dembele


Forward was benched for derby defeat to Saint-Etienne

Manchester United scouts were once more present in France to watch top January target Moussa Dembele, according to the Daily Mail

The Lyon forward came off the bench in the second half as his side went down to city rivals Saint-Etienne on Sunday. 

And Lyon fear that the 23-year-old could be a cut-price option for United when the transfer window reopens, as he is frustrated by coach Sylvinho's rotation policy.

How Pochettino and Zidane could spark managerial merry-go-round


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could cause a chain reaction of coaching changes should he decide to leave north London, reports the Daily Mail

The Argentine is at his lowest ebb with Spurs, but still enjoys a glowing reputation on the bench with both Manchester United and Real Madrid confirmed admirers. 

Should he choose to resign, the two giants could well move for his services, which in turn could see the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Massimiliano Allegri and even Jose Mourinho at new clubs once the dust has settled.

Rashford set for England axe


Marcus Rashford's poor form for Manchester United could lead to his removal from the England team, claims the Sun

Rashford endured a disastrous afternoon at St. James Park as his side went down to Newcastle, and has just one open play goal from his last 21 games for club and country.

Bookies slash odds on Solskjaer sacking


Norwegian at 7/2 to be next managerial casualty in Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen the odds on his dismissal slashed following Sunday's defeat to Newcastle United

The Manchester United boss is now at just 7/2 to lose his job before any other Premier League manager, according to bookmakers consulted by the Sun.

Ranieri in running as Milan set to dismiss Giampaolo


AC Milan's patience has run out with Marco Giampaolo, who is set to be sacked at San Siro. 

CalcioMercato claims that the coach is close to dismissal after leading his side to a dismal 13th place after seven Serie A games in 2019-20. 

Luciano Spalletti, Claudio Ranieri and Stefano Pioli are among those considered in the running to replace the under-fire boss.