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Conte hesitant to take Madrid job because of Perez


Antonio Conte's hesitation with joining Real Madrid is due to fears Florentino Perez could meddle in his management like Roman Abramovich, according to Don Balon.

Conte has been offered a contract which would make him the highest paid manager in La Liga.

However, Conte believes Chelsea owner Abramovich's involvement in the manager's running of the team is why things went poorly for him in London, and he seeks assurances Perez won't do something similar in Madrid. 

West Ham debating loan for Mitroglou


Former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou is on the radar of West Ham for a possible loan move, reports the Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old Greek international struggled in London, but has since played well for Olympiacos, Benfica and Marseille.

However, Marseille want to trim their wage bill and are willing to loan Mitroglou out in hopes he can be moved on permanently. 

Madrid will give everything for new boss, says Ramos


Sergio Ramos insisted any prospective Real Madrid coach would have the players' full support following Santiago Solari's winning start in La Liga.

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Barcelona plot €250m Dybala move to replace Messi


Camp Nou side ready to spend big on Argentine star

Barcelona have settled on Paulo Dybala as the man they want to replace Lionel Messi, says Don Balon.

The Catalan side are preparing for life after their talisman and hope to bring in a young star to blossom into his role, seeing Juventus star Dybala as a good fit.

And the Spanish champions are willing to pay as much as €250 million (£219m/$285m) to convince Juventus to let him go.

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Radu signs new Lazio contract


Stefan Radu has signed a new contract with Lazio, the Serie A side confirmed.

The 32-year-old defender has been with Lazio for a decade and was tied to the club until 2020, but has opted to extend for another year.

Bolt listening to offers after Mariners exit


Usain Bolt's dream of a career in football is still alive despite his departure from Central Coast Mariners.

The former sprinter spent two months on trial with the Australian side but left after rejecting their contract offer.

The Jamaican is confident of finding a club before long, as he says offers are still coming in to his agent.

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Abdennour wants to leave Marseille in January


Aymen Abdennour wants to end his loan at Marseille and find a new club in January, according to Plaza Deportiva.

The defender joined the French side on a two-year loan from Valencia in 2017 but has not played a single game this season.

Abdennour has not given up on getting back into the team, but he will try to make an early exit in the next transfer window if his situation does not change soon.

Valencia will have to move him on immediately after getting out of his commitment to Marseille, however, as they cannot afford to pay all of his wages.

Conte to Real depends on two key signings


Antonio Conte could still become Real Madrid manager, if he is given assurances in the transfer market.

Spanish outlet ABC have claimed the Italian will only take the job if Florentino Perez provides the required funds for him to sign Argentinian duo Mauro Icardi and Nicolas Otamendi.

The former Chelsea boss reportedly ruled himself out of the job earlier this week, with Roberto Martinez, Leonardo Jardim and Mauricio Pochettino also being linked with the role.

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Ridgewell ready to come home


Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell has claimed he would like to retire in England.

The former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion man has been playing in America since 2014, but speaking to iNews, confirmed he plans to return to England soon.

“I’ve not played as much as I want this season and I want to finish my career back home,” he said.

Ridgewell’s contract expires at the end of the MLS season, meaning he could be available on a free in a few weeks.

Hughton warns Duffy won’t come cheap


Brighton boss Chris Hughton has warned that his skipper Shane Duffy will not be sold cheaply.

The Irish defender signed a contract extension at the Amex last month after an impressive start to the season, which has reportedly caught the eye of several other Premier League sides.

However, speaking to Sky Sports, Hughton said: “Any interest in the players that are playing very, very well, there would be a premium that goes with that.

“Whether that puts some teams off, I don't know, but (Duffy's) a player that's done really well for us, and I still think there's more to come from him.”

United target impresses in defeat


Jose Mourinho will have undoubtedly been impressed with the performance of Nathan Ake in his side’s 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.

The Dutch centre-back was voted BT Sport’s man of the match, despite playing on the losing side.

According to the Mirror, both United and Chelsea are keeping a watchful eye on Ake’s progress, while Pep Guardiola is also a reported admirer of the 23-year-old.

Rashford scores late winner


Manchester United began another Premier League weekend with a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.

The game looked set to end in a draw before second-half substitute Marcus Rashford netted an injury-time winner. 

The win moves United up to seventh in the table and level on points with Bournemouth.

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No January loan for Loftus-Cheek


Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not leave the club on loan in the January transfer window, despite struggling to hold down a a regular place in the Blues starting XI.

In recent weeks the England international has been linked with a short-term move away from Stamford Bridge, as he did last year when he spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace.

However Sarri told “I think at the moment the situation is not for loan.

“He has improved, but he needs to improve more from the tactical point of view. The rest is good.”

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Chelsea prepared for potential Hazard departure


Chelsea have already lined up a replacement for Eden Hazard, should the winger leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Maurizio Sarri believes Lyon star Nabil Fekir would be the ideal man to fill any potential void left by Hazard, according to Mercato365.

If the Blues wish to capture their target, Fekir could cost as much as £50m - a fee Liverpool agree with Lyon last summer before the deal collapsed.

The 25-year-old usually operates in the number 10 role but can also play on the wing.

Arsenal keen on Tagliafico


Sky Sports claim that Unai Emery is hoping to bring Argentinian full-back Nicolas Tagliafico to the Emirates.

Arsenal are facing something of a crisis at left-back and have recently been forced to select Granit Xhaka in the role due to the high number of injuries.

At 26, Tagliafico may be seen as a more long-term replacement for experienced defender Nacho Monreal.

He played all four games for Argentina at the World Cup last summer, and even captained the side during September’s games against Guatemala and Colombia.

PSG, Juventus & Roma to battle for Weigl


Borussia Dortmund star Julian Weigl is the subject of interest from Juventus, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain, reports.

The midfielder has had a difficult start to the season at Dortmund, but his performances in recent years have attracted attention from across Europe.

Juve and Roma are monitoring his situation and hope to lure him to Serie A in the next transfer window, but they face competition from Ligue 1 giants PSG.

Malcom gives Barcelona ultimatum


Malcom has warned Barcelona that he will demand a transfer in January if he does not get more playing time, Mundo Deportivo claims.

The Brazilian winger turned back on a move to Roma at the last minute to join the Catalan side from Bordeaux in the previous transfer window, but has made just two appearances in La Liga, totalling 25 minutes on the field.

Although Malcom, 21, dismissed talk of making an early exit from Camp Nou after being left out of the squad once again, the Spanish newspaper says he has already issued an ultimatum to the club and could try to force his way out in a few months.

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Lukaku dropped from United squad


Romelu Lukaku will miss Manchester United’s clash with Bournemouth today due to injury. 

The striker was dropped to the bench last week against Everton, but has been left out of the squad altogether for the trip to Bournemouth.

Ahead of the game Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: “In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days.

“So Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis.”

Man City line up Fernandinho replacement


Pep Guardiola is reportedly keeping tabs on Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. 

The Telegraph claim Manchester City are preparing a £40m January offer for the 21-year-old, who they see as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

The Brazilian turns 34 in May, and it seems as though Guardiola has already earmarked his successor in the defensive-midfield role.

The former Barcelona and Bayern manager is rumoured to be keen in using Oleksandr Zinchenko as a makeweight in any deal for Ndombele.

Have Barca found their new Xavi?


Barcelona midfielder Arthur has adapted seamlessly to life at Nou Camp since his €31m switch from Gremio last summer.

The Brazilian’s form has been so impressive he has even drawn comparisons with club legend, Xavi.

The former World Cup-winner admitted in a recent interview with Catalunya Radio that the two share similar traits.

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De Gea and Martial refuse new United contracts


Manchester United stars David De Gea and Anthony Martial are weighing up their options despite receiving offers to stay at Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Star, the pair have grown weary of with the lack of ambition at United and are not currently interested in discussing the possibility of new contracts.

Both De Gea and Martial’s current deals expire in 18 months, meaning they would be able to leave the club for free.

Should they refuse to a sign new contracts, United could even be forced to sell the players on the cheap this summer.

Icardi to sign new Inter deal


Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is set to turn down a move to Chelsea and sign a new long-term deal at the San Siro, according to CalcioMercato.

The Argentinian had reportedly been on Maurizio Sarri’s radar, but the Blues boss may now have to look elsewhere.

The news will also come as a blow to Real Madrid and Manchester City, who were also apparently keen to land the Inter captain.

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Ansarifard joins Forest


Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Karim Ansarifard on a free transfer.

The striker last represented Olympiacos, before his contract was cancelled at the end of last season. He has also played for Spanish outfit Osasuna.

The Iranian has earned 66 caps for his national side and netted a late penalty against Portugal in last summer’s World Cup.

He is unlikely to be available for Forest’s game against Sheffield United today, but could be in contention for next week’s meeting with Stoke City. 

Klopp: January Transfers Unlikely


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted it is unlikely he will make any signings in January.

Last year the Reds shelled out £70m on defender Virgil van Dijk, but according to Klopp things will be a bit different this campaign.

"At the moment it doesn’t look like we will be too busy but it all depends on injuries and things like that,” he said.

“In the moment we have each position twice, three times and sometimes four times covered.

“I don’t think there is any reason to try to do something really big like bring in another striker.”

Jardim to Real?


Former Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim could become the new Real Madrid manager according to reports in Spain.

Marca are claiming that the 44-year-old, who guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-final in 2017, has emerged as a potential candidate ahead of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

While Real are said to be keen on landing the Spurs boss there is a realisation in the Spanish capital that it may be impossible to secure his services during the season.

In the meantime, interim coach Santiago Solari continues to take charge of the side today when they face Real Valladolid.

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Ex-United Youth Star Snapped Up


Former Manchester United youth player Charlie Scott has joined Vanarama National League North side Altrincham.

The youngster left the Red Devils last the summer having been at the club since 2014. In that time the midfielder progressed through the various underage sides and eventually, into United’s under-23 side.

Scott could make his debut today in Altrincham’s league clash with Hereford.

Herrera could leave Utd on the cheap


Manchester United are willing to accept a minimal fee for Ander Herrera in January, The Sun claims.

In the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, the Spanish midfielder is free to talk to other clubs regarding a transfer during the winter window.

With talks of an extension seemingly hitting a deadlock, The Red Devils are ready to offload the 29-year-old for as little as £3 million ($3.8m) in order to recoup a portion of the £32m ($41.5m) fee they paid to bring him in from Athletic Bilbao.

Everton are said to be interested in bringing Herrera to Goodison Park.

Mourinho wants new deal for in-form Martial


Jose Mourinho is hoping for a new deal for in-form forward Anthony Martial. 

"Obviously I would like him to stay," Mourinho said. "I know the club wants him very much to stay. Hopefully he is going to stay."

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Real Madrid to move for City youngster Diaz


Spanish side could make January bid

A stunning showing in the Carabao Cup where he netted twice against Fulham on Thursday has Brahim Diaz in the spotlight, with Real Madrid ready to pounce for the Manchester City youngster, according to Marca

The 19-year-old's current deal expires in June, leaving him in prime position for the Liga giants to make a move either this winter or next summer. 

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Chelsea hope Real Madrid uncertainty convinces Hazard on new deal


With Real Madrid's coaching situation still up in the air, Chelsea are hoping to capitalize.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Spain in recent months and has said a move to Madrid would be a dream come true.

However, Chelsea are pointing to the volatile nature of the Spanish club in an effort to convince Hazard to sign a new deal with the Belgian's representatives set for meetings in London, according to the Telegraph.

Hazard, though, sees this as potentially his last chance to move to a club like Real Madrid and could be tempted to leave regardless. 

Neymar demands move for Firmino as part of any Real Madrid move


If Real Madrid are to sign Neymar, they'll have to first bring in Roberto Firmino.

According to Don Balon, the PSG star demands that Real Madrid bring in the Liverpool star as a prerequisite for any move.

Real Madrid are said to be desperate to sign Neymar and, although Liverpool are unlikely to sell, Firmino would come cheaper than a move for Harry Kane, Eden Hazard or Mauro Icardi.

Watford's Gracia nearing new deal


Watford boss Javi Gracia is close to extending his stay with the club, according to the Watford Observer.

Gracia said contract talks were "going well" last month as the manager is currently on an 18-month deal dating back to his January hiring.

Watford sit seventh in the league with 19 points through 10 matches, the club's best-ever points tally to start a season. 

Man City considering £40m Ndombele move


Manchester City are considering a £40 million ($52m) move for highly-coveted Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele, according to the Telegraph.

The club sees the French international as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, who remains a vital part of Man City's squad despite his advancing age.

Paris Saint-Germain is also in pursuit of Ndombele, but Lyon would prefer to sell the midfielder abroad, giving Man City a leg up. 

Sarri: It's up to us to fix defensive issues


Maurizio Sarri isn't itching to dip in the January market for defensive help as he looks for improvement in-house.

Chelsea remain undefeated to begin the Italian's tenure, but Sarri is still hoping to see better from the defensive unit.

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