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Arsenal and Chelsea tracking Doku


Chelsea and Arsenal have scouted Anderlecht youngster Jeremy Doku, with the 17-year-old winger having already made 14 senior appearances for the Belgian club, as reported by Calcio Mercato.

Doku is a Belgium youth international who has made six appearances for Anderlecht this season under Vincent Kompany. 

Bartomeu - 'Barca growing financially'


Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu highlighted Barcelona's economic strength and vowed to use the money to continue renovating the squad. 

LaLiga champions Barca announced in September they are aiming to become the first sports club to generate revenue exceeding €1billion (£810.8bn) after making a profit for an eighth season in a row in 2018-19.

Addressing the club's members at Sunday's General Assembly, Bartomeu emphasised the importance of bringing in new talent while continuing to spend within their means.

"We have to continue renovating the squad to continue with this natural evolution with talent from both home and abroad," he said. "We are sure this will be a winning generation."

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Gerrard keen to keep Defoe


Defoe is in talks with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard about making his Ibrox stay a permanent one next season, as reported by the Mail.

The striker's contract with Premier League side Bournemouth is due to expire at the end of this season, and Gerrard is keen to make the former England player's deal at Ibrox permanent.  

Man Utd need six new signings, claims Neville


Manchester United will have “a lot of painful moments this season”, says Gary Neville, with poor decision making leaving them in need of patience and some serious recruitment in the transfer market.

The Red Devils have continued to invest heavily under a succession of managers, but too many big-money flops have been taken to Old Trafford.

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Valdes to quit Barca youth role


Victor Valdes is set to resign as coach of Barcelona's Under-19 team after falling out with academy director Patrick Kluivert, according to the Daily Mail. 

The former goalkeeper rejoined the Blaugrana in July as part of their academy set-up. 

But serious issues with Kluivert and the Barca board, who are unhappy with Valdes' tactics with the kids, threaten to cut his tenure short after less than six months in the role.

Victor Valdes Barcelona

Man City rule out Odegaard move


Manchester City are unlikely to move for Real Madrid's Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, reports the Daily Mail

Odegaard, 20, has come to life this season while on loan at Real Sociedad, winning La Liga's Player of the Month award in September. 

But City boss Pep Guardiola believes he already has plenty of cover in midfield, leading to a cooling of interest from the Etihad Stadium.

Bartomeu plans Barca renovation after tough start to season


Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu highlighted Barcelona's economic strength and vowed to use the money to continue renovating the squad.

Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo came in during the close season, while Malcom, Jasper Cillessen, Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Denis Suarez were offloaded on permanent transfers.

A deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar notably did not go through, though, with Barcelona reportedly lacking money to fund a blockbuster return.

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Pulisic offered encouragement after returning to Premier League action


hristian Pulisic has been offered encouragement by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after returning to Premier League action against Southampton.

The United States international was introduced off the bench at St Mary’s for the last 10 minutes of the Blues' 4-1 victory on Sunday.

The outing on the south coast was his first in the English top-flight since August 31.

Questions have been asked of the 21-year-old after quickly slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, but Lampard has always urged patience with the summer signing.

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Buttner claims to have snubbed Rangers & Celtic to make MLS move


Former Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner claims to have snubbed advances from Celtic and Rangers in order to agree a move to MLS outfit the New England Revolution.

The Dutch full-back will be heading to America for the start of the 2020 campaign.

He had offers to remain in Europe, but is ready for a new challenge after severing ties with Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem over the summer.

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Blades interested in Brentford's Watkins


Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is courting Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and is believed to be readying a bid of £15m for the 23-year-old, according to the Sun.

The striker has been tracked since the start of a season in which he has become one of the Championship’s top scorers, and Wilder's interest has been piqued by his flexibility to play anywhere across the front line. 

Howe dismisses Wilson to Manchester United talk


Eddie Howe has dismissed speculation that Callum Wilson will make a move to Manchester United, as reported by Sky Sports

Wilson, who is included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers, is thought to be high among United's targets.

But Howe said: "I take it with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage in the season.

"There's nothing that we can do or Callum can do, other than perform well, that influences rumours. He's just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club."

Longstaff told to forget Manchester United dream


Newcastle have told midfielder Sean Longstaff to forget about his dream move to Manchester United, as reported by the Mirror.

Longstaff emerged as an Old Trafford target in the summer as the club pursued British talent, but boss Steve Bruce says there is no chance of the club sanctioning a deal. 

Bruce said: “I think Sean now needs to concentrate on his own performances, rather than worrying about speculation and tittle-tattle. I don’t think there was any real legs in the Manchester United story."  

Celtic to offer new McGregor deal


Celtic will give Callum McGregor a bumper new deal just nine months after he signed an improved contract to tie him to club until 2023, as reported by the Sun. 

There was interest in the summer from former Cetic boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City, and Neil Lennon revealed fresh negotiations are already under way.

"The principled thing is to give him a new deal, an improved contract, because he deserves it," said Lennon.

Villarreal to slap €60m release clause on Chukwueze


La Liga side Villarreal are to ward off interest in Nigerian winger Samu Chukwueze with a new contract containing a €60 million (£53m/$66m) release clause, according to Marca.

The 20-year-old has been in excellent form this season and the Yellow Submarine are keen to ensure they don't lose such a bright young talent on the cheap.

It is thought Chukwueze has attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League.

Juve still keen on Icardi


He may be on loan at Paris Saint-Germain for the season but Serie A champions Juventus are still keen on signing Mauro Icardi from Inter, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

It is thought they may see Icardi as a viable long-term successor to Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Federico Chiesa of Fiorentina and Sandro Tonali of Brescia are also thought to remain targets after they were linked with Juve over the summer.

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'Spurs won't sign Dybala unless they sell big'


Tottenham's pursuit of Paulo Dybala will come to nothing unless they are prepared to sell a star player first, according to Danny Murphy.

The former Spurs midfielder doesn't think any of their attacking players would be happy to see the Argentina international come in and push them down the pecking order in north London.

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'Man Utd need five more players'


Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says the club need to spend big if they are to recapture their former glories.

While summer signings Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all had a positive impact this season, Giggs thinks the squad is still some way off being good enough.

Read what he had to say here on Goal!

Cahill on Millwall managerial shortlist


Former Australia international Tim Cahill is one of the names on Millwall's shortlist to replace recently resigned manager Neil Harris, report the Telegraph.

The 39-year-old, who played more than 250 times for the Championship side, has already begun studying for his UEFA A coaching badge.

Millwall sit 15th in the second-tier table, following their surprise 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Leeds on Saturday.

Kristian Brymora Tim Cahill

Arsenal target Boly


Arsenal will look to Wolves centre-back Willy Boly to solve their defensive woes, reports the Express.

The 28-year-old helped Nuno Espirito Santo's side return to the Premier League after joining him from Porto, but is now being linked with a move to Arsenal as Unai Emery's side look to strengthen at the back.

The summer signature of Chelsea's David Luiz has proved ineffective thus far, and so Emery will turn to Boly in January as they aim to clinch a top four spot.

Milner keen on Anfield extension


James Milner is keen on extending his Liverpool contract, reports the Daily Star.

The veteran midfielder kept his nerve to slot home a 95th minute penalty to maintain his side’s 100 per cent start to the campaign, and the 33-year-old is reportedly ready to sign a new deal to keep him at the club for at least another season.

Defoe looking for permanent Rangers deal


According to the Evening Times, Jermain Defoe has held initial talks with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard about signing for the club on a permanent basis.

The 36-year-old joined the Glasgow outfit on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth in January, but is keen to make the switch permanent.

Defoe has nine goals in 13 appearances in all competitions this season, with Gerrard also viewing the veteran striker as the perfect role model for fellow frontman Alfredo Morelos.

Chelsea and Man City to battle it out for Chilwell


Leicester now on the hunt for new left-back

Leicester are preparing for life without left-back Ben Chilwell, with the 22-year-old wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester City.

The England international has been a standout performer for the Foxes this season, and boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing for a big-money bid from the Premier League’s top clubs.

The Mirror are reporting that Leicester have therefore sent out their head scouts to several clubs, with a new left-back their main priority.

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Roma to call on Abate?


Roma could turn to former AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate after Davide Zappacosta suffered a rupture of his ACL in training, reports Calciomercato.

The on-loan Chelsea full-back looks set to miss the majority of the season, prompting Roma to look to 32-year-old Abate, who was released by Milan at the end of the last campaign.

Man United to persuade Wilson with England promise


Manchester United will tempt Callum Wilson into a January move by furthering his chances of making the England Euro 2020 squad, claims the Express.

The Bournemouth striker has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months now, and has been told by Man Utd that his prospects of playing for his country next summer will improve should he make the switch to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Wilson has five Premier League goals this season, and is already in the national team squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria later this month.

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Sheffield United interested in Watkins


Sheffield United are interested in the signature of Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, reports the Sun.

Despite their promising start to the season, the newly-promoted Premier League club have found goals hard to come by, and so could turn to the 23-year-old to resolve the problem.

Chris Wilder will bid in the region of £15m (€17m/$19m) for Watkins, who scored a hat-trick of headers in Brentford’s victory over Barnsley last weekend.

Neves wanted by Real Madrid


Ruben Neves is wanted by Real Madrid, with the Spanish club ready to make a move for the Wolves midfielder in January.

Despite sitting top of La Liga, Zinedine Zidane’s side have come under fire for their performances this season, with their midfield a particular worry, having already been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

And according to Don Balon, Wolves midfielder Neves is the latest player the club have identified, with president Florentino Perez a huge fan of the 22-year-old Portugal international.

Griezmann already close to Barca exit


According to Le10Sport, Antoine Griezmann could be used by Barcelona as part of a deal to bring Neymar back to the club.

The French forward has found life difficult at his new side this season, and has already been linked with a move away from Camp Nou, with PSG his most likely destination in the hope of Neymar returning to the Spanish outfit in January.

Ancelotti could leave Napoli


Carlo Ancelotti could leave Napoli at the end of the season should the club fail to challenge in either the league or the Champions League.

The Italian side are currently 4th in Serie A and top of their Champions League group, but Corriere dello Sport reports that the former Chelsea boss could make an exit at the end of the current campaign if they fail to mount a serious challenge in either of the competitions.

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Real Madrid eyeing Jesus


Zidane still looking to replace Ronaldo's goals

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian has largely been an understudy for Sergio Aguero since his arrival at the Etihad from Palmeiras in 2017, and Madrid are reportedly keen to bring the talented 22-year-old to the Spanish capital as early as January next year.

Aguero is the Premier League's top scorer this season with eight goals, and his form could pave the exit for Jesus, but his €100 million (£89m/$110m) price tag would be a major stumbling block in any potential deal. 

It is thought Madrid could try to raise some of the funds by finally selling Gareth Bale.

Modric to make Spurs return?


Real Madrid will offer Luka Modric to Tottenham in a deal that would see Christian Eriksen move the other way, claims ElDesmarque.

The Croatian spent four years at White Hart Lane before making the move to Spain, and could be used in a swap that would involve Madrid finally getting their number one transfer target in the Danish midfielder.

Troisi signs for Adelaide United


Australian midfielder James Troisi has signed a two-year deal with A-League club Adelaide United.

The 31-year-old has been a free agent since departing Melbourne Victory at the end of last season and is eager to play for his hometown club. 

“I’m really excited to be returning to Adelaide for the first time to live and play football in about 16 years,” Troisi said.

“Adelaide is where I’m from and I’m proud to be joining my hometown club and bringing my family back to where I grew up and my football journey began."

Southgate: I'm not going anywhere


England manager Gareth Southgate says he has no intention of leaving his post before his current contract ends in 2022.

The former Middlesbrough boss has been linked with Tottenham among other clubs but, at 49 years old, has plenty of time ahead of him to think about his career further down the line.

"I'm the England manager and it's a massive privilege to do the job," Southgate said. "There's a lot of work to do here with the team.

"We think the team can continue to improve, and until I'm told otherwise, 2022 is my contract, and that's it."

Bruce: Longstaff has to forget Man Utd links


Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says Sean Longstaff has to forget the summer's transfer stories linking him with a big-money move to Manchester United.

Bruce said he could understand the 21-year-old having his head turned by one of the world's biggest clubs, but that he never really imagined the story would go anywhere.

“I think Sean now needs to concentrate on his own performances, rather than worrying about speculation and tittle-tattle," Bruce said. "I don’t think there was any real legs in the Manchester United story."

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Man Utd dismiss Pogba contract demand talk


Manchester United have denied reports claiming Paul Pogba is demanding £600,000 ($740,000) per week to sign a new contract at the club, according to the Mirror.

Pogba's current deal at Old Trafford runs until 2021, though he has been consistently linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.

However, United are thought to be firm in their desire to keep the 26-year-old at the club, and they reportedly believe time is on their side when it comes to a new deal.

Paul Pogba Manchester United 2019

Waldschmidt to make Germany debut


Freiburg forward Luca Waldschmidt is set to make his senior debut for Germany in the upcoming international break, report Bild.

Germany have a friendly with Argentina before a European qualifier in Estonia, and the 23-year-old is set to make his first appearance after being called up for the first time during the last break.

Waldschmidt has five goals in eight games this season, and could provide useful competition for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner.

Madrid to beat Man Utd to €100m Van de Beek


The Red Devils have been put off by Ajax's asking price

Real Madrid are favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year-old is set to be made available for €100 million (£89m/$110m), after Manchester United reportedly turned down the chance to sign him for a third of the price in the summer.

Van de Beek's future could have an impact on that of United's Paul Pogba, who has also been linked with a move to Madrid.

Celtic to ward off Leicester interest with new McGregor deal


Celtic will ward off interest from former manager Brendan Rodgers with a new contract for midfielder Callum McGregor.

The 26-year-old Scotland international is a key figure at Celtic Park, and is rumoured to be a target for Rodgers at Leicester.

“We’re in talks at the minute, so we’re hoping to get that one finalised," Lennon confirmed. “There was interest in him, there was no question about that. That doesn’t surprise us."

Pulisic considering Chelsea future


The USMNT international is frustrated at Stamford Bridge

Christian Pulisic is considering his future at Chelsea already, according to the Daily Mail.

The American international only joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but has found game time limited in recent weeks, and was omitted from the squad entirely for his side's Champions League clash with Lille.

Pulisic is thought to want to fight for his spot, but things could change if more minutes on the pitch aren't forthcoming.

Spinazzola extends Roma contract


Leonardo Spinazzola has extended his contract at Serie A side Roma until 2024, just months after joining the club.

The 26-year-old moved from Juventus over the summer on a four-year contract, which has now been extended by an extra year.

He was part of the deal which saw Luca Pellegrini join the Italian champions, but Paulo Fonseca's side are clearly pleased with their end of the deal.

Leonardo Spinazzola AS Roma 2019-20

Solskjaer wants Norwegian link-up with Odegaard


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to take his Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard to Manchester United, according to Don Balon.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Real Socieded from Real Madrid, and has been one of the Spanish top flight's standout players so far this season.

Liverpool and Arsenal are also said to be tracking Odegaard, who made a global splash when he signed for Madrid as a 16-year-old.

He has since spent time on loan in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen and Vitesse, as well as playing for Madrid's Castilla side.