Arsenal have been linked with Paris St Germain defender Thomas Meunier after the Belgian admitted he was “frustrated” at his lack of game time, Inside Futbol reports.
The right-back scored in PSG’s 3-0 Champions League win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night, but has sat on the bench as an unused substitute for the club’s past three league games.
With Arsenal still needing to shore up their defence, and with Meunier’s contract expiring next summer, he has been tipped to leave Paris in January.
It is not only PSG’s playing staff catching the attention of English sides, with the Paris club’s head coach Thomas Tuchel being eyed by Manchester United, according to The Sun.
Only six months after signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a three-year deal, United management are keeping a close watch on Tuchel the paper says, citing French sources.
However, United would face some stiff competition, with Barcelona also said to be interested in Tuchel after a bumpy start to their season under Ernesto Valverde.
Manchester City star David Silva is set to join David Beckham’s American side Inter Miami at the end of the season, the Independent reports.
Silva, 33, is out of contract at the end of the current term and has said he does not want to play for any other Premier League side.
He has been seen as a key target for Beckham’s Major League Soccer expansion outfit.
Barcelona are said to have joined the hunt for Erling Braut Haaland, after reports Manchester United were keen on the young striker.
Spain’s Mundo Deportivo claims the 19-year-old has come into the sights of Barcelona after scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian’s father Alf-Inge Haaland says it would be “nice” if his son joined United, despite having played for arch-rivals Manchester City and Leeds United during his career, Norway’s TV2 reports.
Leicester City are interested in Portugal full-back Andre Almeida, according to Portuguese media outlet Record.
The Foxes sent scouts to watch the 29-year-old play for Benfica against RB Leipzig on Tuesday in the Champions League.
While Almeida did not feature, Leicester are keeping an eye on him with a view to bolstering their defence.
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Manchester United are moving closer to bidding for Jadon Sancho as Borussia Dortmund’s England forward refuses to rule out a move away from the Bundesliga next summer, the Metro reports. United attempted to sign the 19-year-old last close season, but Sancho opted to stay with Dortmund for another year of development.
However, United’s interest has not waned, and the club are reportedly keen to sign the winger next summer, hoping they can offer him the lure of Champions League football.
Meanwhile, United are still trying to convince Paul Pogba to stay and will also move to tie down Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood to new contracts, the Evening Standard reports. United kept hold of Pogba despite interest from Real Madrid over the summer and, with the France midfielder due to enter the final year of his contract at the end of this season, the Old Trafford club are said to be keen to tie him down to a lucrative new deal.
Having also re-signed David De Gea and Victor Lindelof this week, they also now have Lingard and Greenwood at the top of their priority list for re-signing.
Everton are poised to sign young Northern Ireland striker David Parkhouse, according to Football Insider. The Sheffield United forward is currently on loan at Irish top tier side Derry City, where he has scored 18 goals already this season. Celtic are also reportedly in the running to sign the 19-year-old.
Tottenham might recall 19-year-old Jack Clarke from his loan spell at Leeds, the Daily Mail reports. Spurs signed the 19-year-old from Leeds before returning him on a season-long loan deal, but are said to be concerned with the winger’s lack of playing time. Clarke is yet to play a minute of Championship football this season, playing only two matches in Leeds’ short-lived Carabao Cup campaign.
Leeds have six loaned players in their squad but can only name five on match day, which has meant Clarke missing out. Spurs might end the loan deal in January, the Mail says.
American businessmen Dave Checketts and Alan Pace are interested in buying Sheffield United if their Saudi owner Prince Abdullah decides to sell, the Daily Mail reports. The duo were in the frame to mount a takeover bid had Prince Abdullah lost the High Court case dealing with the club’s ownership this week.
But, while the court ordered Kevin McCabe to sell his 50 per cent stake in the Blades to Prince Abdullah, it remains unclear whether the Saudi royal will keep the club or not, as Checketts and Pace keep waiting in the wings.
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Players to watch
Erling Haaland: The Norwegian 19-year-old could be a target for Manchester United, who sent scouts to watch him score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut this week for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk, according to the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.
Dominik Szoboszlai: Arsenal have made an approach to sign the 18-year-old Hungary midfielder from Salzburg, reports Football.London.
Manuel Neuer: The 33-year-old Bayern Munich goalkeeper is considering retiring from international duty after Euro 2020, according to the newspaper Bild.
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Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is being watched by Manchester United as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s strategy to recruit young British players, according to The Sun.
The United manager is also interested in England internationals including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, 19, and Leicester’s 22-year-old attacking midfielder James Maddison.
Wilson, 27, has plenty of strike power of his own, having scored 17 goals since the start of 2018-2019.
The Manchester Evening News reports Nemanja Matic continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
The Serbia midfielder is being targeted by Italian giants AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
The Serie A sides are, however, only interested in signing the 31-year-old on a free transfer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he was just “one step away” from signing for Arsenal before making Manchester United his home in 2003.
The Portugal striker told ITV’s Piers Morgan that he came “very close, one step away”, in comments carried by the Daily Mail.
The 34-year-old told Arsenal fan Morgan that he was particularly appreciative of the efforts of former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
Norwich have received a boost with sporting director Stuart Webber to sign a new contract this week, The Daily Telegraph says.
The 35-year-old has previously worked with Liverpool, Wolves and Huddersfield, and was significantly involved in Norwich’s recruitment of manager Daniel Farke in May 2017.
Liverpool are among the clubs hunting the signature of Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz, the Daily Mail reports.
Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp got a good look at the midfielder during his side’s 2-0 defeat in Naples on Tuesday night, where Ruiz came close to scoring twice but was denied on both occasions by goalkeeper Adrian.
The Spain international, 23, is also being targeted by Real Madrid and Barcelona so Klopp may not get his man.
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