Real Madrid are offered Lyon playmaker and former Liverpool target Nabil Fekir

David Cooper 24/12/2018
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Staying at Lyon: Nabil Fekir.

Real Madrid are studying whether to pursue a move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir after they were contacted about landing him, according to reports.

Fekir, 25, was tentatively linked to the Champions League holders last summer prior to a deal with Liverpool breaking down at the last minute. The attacking midfielder has gone on to score six times and produce four assists in 16 appearances, leading to continued interest in his services across Europe.

Marca have stated that Les Gones have grown disconcerted because of the France international’s contract expiring in summer 2020 and there being no decision yet made about a renewal.

This has opened the door to Madrid, who could view him as a long-term replacement for Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund doing battle over Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Hudson-Odoi has impressed in sporadic outings for Chelsea, and his Stamford Bridge future remains unclear.

Borussia Dortmund have joined Bayern Munich in the chase for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Goal.

The 18-year-old impressed during the Blues’ pre-season but has made only two competitive starts under Maurizio Sarri, prompting speculation over his long-term future.

Hudson-Odoi’s current contract will run out in 18 months, with Chelsea so far unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the youngster to a five-year extension.

Bayern are said to be leading the chase for the young Englishman’s signature, but Dortmund are also allegedly interested, with their history of developing young talent possibly giving them an advantage.

The form of Jadon Sancho, who has thrived at Dortmund after rejecting a long-term deal at Manchester City and leaving the club where he rose through the academy ranks in order to secure first-team football at a European power, may sway Hudson-Odoi to follow a similar path.

Dortmund’s interest in the player was allegedly raised with Chelsea during talks between the two clubs over the availability of Christian Pulisic, the American who has starred for the Bundesliga side but has recently been linked with a move to the Premier League.

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AC Milan target Arsene Wenger to replace manager Gennaro Gattuso

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Arsene Wenger is on the brink of replacing Gennaro Gattuso as AC Milan boss, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The paper says Gattuso has two games to save his job or he will face the sack in the new year.

Milan sit fifth in the Serie A table and are desperate for Champions League football next season.

Should Milan achieve two poor results against Frosinone and SPAL, then Wenger is set to take the reins at the San Siro until the end of the season.

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