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TOP STORY: Man City, United to battle for Benfica star
The Premier League champions have been hampered by injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, and have been leaking goals all-too-often this season. That has seen Pep Guardiola’s side suffer shock defeats to newly promoted Norwich and to Wolves, with Guardiola keen to strengthen his defensive line when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, any move could prove costly, with the Portuguese side believed to be preparing a bumper new deal for their star man, which could earn them up to £80 million should City still decide to pursue a deal.
22.00 BST: That’s going to do it for today’s Transfer Talk Live. Please be sure to check back in later today for Sunday’s big transfer headlines. Until then, take care.
21.20 BST: Arsenal’s chances of signing RB Leipzig right-back Lukas Klostermann have taken a hit after Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche announced on Saturday that the club and the player are in talks about a new deal.
Krosche told Bild via The Sun: “We have said that we would like to extend Klostermann’s contract, and we are in talks.
“But we don’t feel any pressure. It’s important for me that you talk to the boys early enough for them to have time to think about it.”
20.14 BST: Orlando City SC is in talks with former Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari to become the club’s next head coach, according to AS.
19.24 BST: Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz will look to Germany coach Jochim Low for advice on a move away from the club, according to a story in Metro.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in the Germany international who is keen to let Low have his say on what his next step should be.
18.39 BST: Christian Eriksen is open to a move to Bayern Munich, according to German outlet Sport1.
Per the report, the defending Bundesliga champions have inquired about the Denmark international but could face competition for his signature this summer from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The European champions reportedly will step up their interest in the youngster, who is on loan at Leeds United, when the transfer window reopens in January.
It is understood Lovren was on the verge of leaving Merseyside in the summer but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp blocked the move.
16:05 BST: Dilly ding, Dilly dong, it’s OFFICIAL!
Sampdoria have appointed Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new head coach.
Ranieri will take charge of the 17th club of his managerial career, which includes a short period managing the Greece national team.
The Italian won the hearts of the football world when he remarkably led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016.
Ranieri’s first match for Sampdoria will come against his beloved Roma on his 68th birthday.
— Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) October 12, 2019
The report claims that the Spanish champions are going to busy in the next summer transfer window to acquire a striker, and they will make a massive effort to sign the England captain.
The good news for Liverpool fans is that they are not interested in signing Roberto Firmino next summer.
14.20 BST: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was offered to join Zenit St-Petersburg in the summer, according to a Russian agent.
Dmitry Cheltsov told the club’s sporting director to sign the France international but Zenit opted to secure the signature of Malcom from Barcelona instead.
“I offered Lacazette to Zenit,” Cheltsov told Sports Business Gazeta via the Sun. “Their sporting director Javier Ribalta said to me: ‘Are you crazy? His release clause is €68m.’
“I told him you can negotiate with Arsenal. I am sure they will be ready to accept something between €50m and €55m. His salary would be €7-8m after tax.”
12.40 BST: Marouane Fellaini has said Manchester United need to be patient with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fellaini, who left United for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng in January, believes the club need to stop changing managers in order to return to the top of the football elite.
“They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him,” Fellaini told reporters. “It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years. I don’t know what they will do with Solskjaer but, for me, to win things and to improve, you need time.
“They brought in Moyes, they didn’t give him time. They brought in Van Gaal, they gave him two years and we started to do some things, he won the cup, but after that they sacked the manager because they want to win quickly, I think. A manager like Van Gaal tactically is very strong and has a lot of experience and they sacked him.”
Edwin van der Sar chats exclusively to ESPN FC about his former club Man United’s current predicament.
It is understood that the ex-England captain is set to become a football agent and registered Footwork Management Ltd last month.
The newspaper claims that Beckham has already held meetings with Mbappe, who is reportedly looking to seal a move away from the French champions.
Beckham ended his football career at PSG and still has connections at the club.
The report claims that Aston Villa are interested in signing the England international during the January transfer window.
Dier is reportedly one of a number of senior players at the club who manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to move on.
The midfielder recently came out and said that Spurs were going through a crisis this season.
10.00 BST: Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier says he wanted to leave the club in the summer transfer window, and is still not sure if he will stay at the club. “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play,” he said. “When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything. The season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next. That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy.”
PAPER ROUND: Isco set for Real Madrid exit
Calciomercato has added more fuel to the fire that Real Madrid midfielder Isco is set to leave the club in January.
Isco has regularly found himself linked with a move away from Los Blancos in recent transfer windows, and a source close to the player again confirmed the Spain international’s desire to look for a new challenge as he seeks more playing time.
The 27-year-old is believed to have been the subject of a £40m bid from Arsenal in the summer, and needs first-team football to secure a place in Spain’s squad for the European Championship next summer.
AC Milan monitoring Arsenal’s Elneny
The 27-year-old midfielder has fallen out of favour at the Emirates and is this season out on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, with the Italian side keen to add more depth to their ranks in midfield.
And it’s not just Turkish clubs Milan are looking to, with the Serie A side hotly tipped to make a bid for defender Ozan Kabak, who has found playing time limited since moving to Schalke in the summer.
– Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign Polish ace Piotr Zielinski from Italian side Napoli, Calciomercato reports. The midfielder has played every minute of his side’s opening seven games in Serie A this season. However, talks over a new deal are believed to have stalled, and that has put the French champions on red alert.
– Chelsea are believed to be eyeing a move for highly rated Netherlands midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren, according to Calciomercato. Blues boss Frank Lampard has been keen to support the development of his younger players, with both Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham flourishing in the Premier League this season. Ihattaren is tipped to be the next young talent to light up the Eredivisie and was previously part of the Netherlands side that won the European Under-17 Championship.
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