Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Juve plotting €380m Mbappe deal

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Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Juve plotting €380m Mbappe deal

Bayern Munich dismiss Muller exit rumours

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says there is no chance of Thomas Muller leaving the club in January.

Muller admitted this month that he is unhappy with his situation and suggested he could leave the club amid reports Manchester United and Inter want to sign him.

But Salihamidzic was quick to dismiss the speculation surrounding the German forward, suggesting they will not let any key players leave when the transfer window opens.

Lyon open to selling Man Utd target

Lyon are open to selling striker Moussa Dembele when the transfer window opens in January.

Manchester United have been closely linked to the France international, who has scored seven goals in 10 Ligue 1 games this season, while Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be interested, too.

Lyon were not willing to let him go in the summer, but Soccer Link reports president Jean-Michel Aulas is open to a sale should a big offer come in.

Arsenal right to sign Pepe, says Emery

Unai Emery has insisted Arsenal made the right decision by choosing to sign Nicolas Pepe instead of Ivory Coast team-mate Zaha over the summer, as reported by the Mirror.

The 24-year-old signed from Lille in Ligue 1 in the summer but has failed to take the Premier League by storm as Arsenal have struggled.

Juventus close in on Argentine teen Soule

Juventus are ready to snap up 16-year-old Velez Sarsfield midfielder Matias Soule, Corriere dello Sport says.

Soule is ready to leave his homeland for a European adventure and has been tracked by several top clubs.

Juventus and Monaco have been front of the queue but the Italian side hope to get the move wrapped up with a three-year contract.

Inter eye Man Utd's Matic and Barca midfielder Vidal

Inter are ready to make a January bid for Arturo Vidal and Nemanja Matic, according to Corriere della Sera.

The Nerazzurri are looking to strengthen in midfield when the transfer window opens again, making the Manchester United and Barcelona players their top targets as they believe they will be affordable.

Inzaghi fighting for job after Celtic loss

Simone Inzaghi is fighting to save his job as Lazio boss after Thursday's loss at Celtic, with former Rangers midfielder Rino Gattuso lined up to replace him, as reported by the Sun.

The Italy legend left AC Milan in the summer and Lazio sporting director Igli Tare is a huge admirer.

Lazio face Fiorentina tomorrow and Inzaghi needs three points as he targets a Champions League spot.

Asbaghi in frame for Barnsley job

IFK Gothenburg head coach Poya Asbaghi is one of the names under consideration to become the next manager of Barnsley, as reported by Sky Sports. 

The Tykes are rooted to the bottom of the Championship having blown a 2-0 lead against West Brom on Tuesday night, and haven't won since the season's opening day.

Cutrone will take time to adapt, says Santo

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says Italy striker Patrick Cutrone will take time to adapt to life at Molineux, as reported by the Express and Star.

The 21-year-old joined from AC Milan in the summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £16m but hasn't yet hit the ground running in the Premier League.

Rodgers after Ajer of Celtic

Brendan Rodgers's Leicester City have placed Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic on a list of central defensive targets, according to the Daily Mail.

The Norway international has played over a hundred games for Celtic and has attracted the attention of his former manager at Parkhead.

Premier League clubs track Rangers star

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has caught the attention of several Premier League teams, says The Daily Mail.

The former Arsenal academy player joined Rangers in January and has impressed for Steven Gerrard's side.

But the 23-year-old has already attracted interest from the English top-flight, with Brighton and Crystal Palace are showing interest, while Aston Villa and Burnley are also scouting him.

Real Madrid to offer €20m and Isco for Napoli star

Real Madrid are preparing an offer for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 23-year-old midfielder has impressed for the Serie A side and forced his way into the Spain national team, catching the eye of Madrid and Barcelona along the way.

Madrid are hoping to move ahead of their fierce rivals in the race to land him and are ready to offer €20 million (£17m/$22m) and Isco in exchange for him.

But while Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of Isco, Napoli are not interested in an exchange and want a much bigger fee for Fabian.

Inter and Barca in Rakitic talks

Spanish champions want €35m for midfielder

Barcelona and Inter have held positive talks over a January deal for Ivan Rakitic.

The midfielder came close to leaving Camp Nou for Italy in the summer, but Barca were not ready to sell.

Rakitic has had a limited role so far this season and hopes to move to Serie A when the transfer windows open, and this time it is Inter who lead the race.

Sport claims that the two sides held talks last week and although Barca value him at €35 million (€30m/$39m), Inter are determined to seal the deal before rivals Juventus move for him.

Barcelona want Koeman to replace Valverde

PSV boss Mark van Bommel also on Camp Nou side's list

Barcelona have made Ronald Koeman their favourite candidate to replace Ernesto Valverde as coach, AS reports.

Valverde is presumed to be in his final season at Camp Nou, as his contract expires at the end of the season.

Barca have an option to extend his deal, but they are ready to make a change and see Netherlands boss Koeman as the ideal successor.

They are still looking at alternative options, however, and have included PSV boss Mark van Bommel on their list.

Anita enters Roma picture

Vurnon Anita is one of the free agents being considered by Roma alongside Jack Rodwell and Marcel Buchel, report the Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Ajax and Newcastle, most recently represented Willem II on loan from Leeds, but is currently without a club.

Roma are desperate for midfielders due to an injury crisis and Anita's experience, with three Netherlands caps to his name, could prove useful.

Rodgers plans raid for Celtic's Ajer

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers wants to raid his old club Celtic for defender Kristoffer Ajer, claim the Daily Mail.

They claim Leicester scout Sean St Ledger was dispatched to Celtic Park on Thursday to watch the highly-rated Norwegian in his side's Europa League win over Lazio.

The 21-year-old Ajer is closing in on a century of appearances for Celtic since joining from IK Start in 2016.

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Juve plotting €380m Mbappe deal

Brescia boss: Tonali is worth €300m

Man City, PSG, Atletico in contact

Brescia president Massimo Cellino says 19-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali is worth €300 million (£259m/$332m), and claims he has already had contact from a number of top clubs.

"For me he is worth €300m, which means I don’t want to sell," Cellino told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have a dream. If Sandro accepts, I am ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract. It’s up to him to decide. He can stay here and enjoy his football, or go to a big club and risk being left on the bench.

“All the big Italian clubs [have been in contact]. Abroad there’s Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but in my view, he’d be better off remaining as a protagonist with Brescia.”

Farke: Norwich wanted Man Utd's James

Norwich boss Daniel Farke says he tried to sign Daniel James from Swansea before he joined Manchester United this summer.

Farke got a good look at James in the Championship this year, with the Wales winger scoring Swansea's consolation in Norwich's 4-1 win over his former side.

“He is a player I always liked and I tried to see if there was chance we could work together," Farke said. “Sadly when Man United calls there is no chance for Norwich to get a player."

Real Madrid to rely on loanees for Mbappe move

Ceballos, Odegaard et al could return

Real Madrid will reshape their squad with their returning loanees at the end of the season, allowing them to focus on one big summer signing - Kylian Mbappe.

That's according to AS, who report Madrid are keenly monitoring the progress of the likes of Dani Ceballos, Takefusa Kubo, Martin Odegaard and Achraf Hakimi as they ply their trade elsewhere this season.

If Madrid can rely on them to make an impact on their return, it would help Zinedine Zidane bring Mbappe in as they could focus all their financial efforts on the PSG star.

Werner would be 'ideal' signing for Liverpool

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner would be an 'ideal' signing for Liverpool, according to Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.

The 23-year-old's combination of pace and potency has helped him to second in the Bundesliga top scorers list, behind Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

"I think he would be the ideal supplement to the front three," Honigstein told Reach plc's Transfer Window podcast. "He is very similar in terms of his movement, in terms of his positioning to what they've already got. He would fit there easily and I think that is why people in Germany were surprised they never pushed for him this summer."

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Juve plotting €380m Mbappe deal

Lovren considered Liverpool exit

Dejan Lovren has admitted he considered leaving Liverpool in the summer, after losing his first-team spot last season.

However, the Croatia international says he is now happy to fight for his place alongside Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Schalke not rushing Nubel contract amid Bayern interest

Schalke won't hurry goalkeeper Alexander Nubel into contract negotiations despite interest from Bayern Munich.

Nubel has been linked with Bayern in recent weeks, with the club thought to be targeting him as a long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer, who was also signed from Schalke.

Head of Sport Jochen Schneider told Funke Mediengruppe of the 23-year-old: "I would be very happy if Alex signs a new contract with us. If it happens in May 2020 it would be okay for us too, we're giving him time."

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Juve plotting €380m Mbappe deal

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