Man United line up Max Allegri as Solskjaer replacement and Spurs eye Real Madrid's Isco

Press Association Sport 09:36 17/10/2019
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What the papers say

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face the sack within two weeks, with Manchester United to replace him with Massimiliano Allegri, according to Italian reports. Tuttosport says ex-Juventus boss Allegri is close to signing a deal, and wants to be on his way to Old Trafford within the next fortnight, to give him as much time as possible to turn United’s season around. Reports say Solskjaer will be sacked if United lose to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Allegri would be keen on signing Juve’s Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic if he joins United, Tuttosport says.

Tottenham are eyeing Real Madrid star Isco for the January transfer window as they resign themselves to losing Christian Eriksen, Spanish website ElDesmarque reports. With Eriksen having rejected offers for an improved contract from Spurs, the star midfielder looks set to depart, most likely to Real Madrid. The two clubs could make a deal, ElDesmarque says, with 27-year-old Isco, who has struggled for game time recently under manager Zinedine Zidane, the likely target for Tottenham.

Arsenal are set to swoop for Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez in the January transfer window, the Daily Express reports. Real are not keen on losing the 28-year-old, but with Vazquez recently showing signs he wants to leave, they may be forced to sell. Arsenal are said to be keenly interested in the winger, despite already bolstering their wide forward stocks this season by bringing in Nicolas Pepe and youth products Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka.

Newcastle United are moving to hold onto Matty Longstaff by offering him a new five-year deal. The midfielder is out of contract next summer, with a handful of clubs reportedly monitoring the 19-year-old, especially after he scored the winner against Manchester United recently, the Daily Mail says. Newcastle are also keen to extend the contract of Wagstaff’s older brother, Sean, a target for Manchester United.

Everton are interested in Bolton pair Ronan Darcy and Dennis Politic. The teenage attackers have been rushed into the Wanderers’ top side this season and have shone for the third-tier outfit, drawing the attention of the Toffees, according to Football Insider.

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Reece James: The 19-year-old defender could be leaving Chelsea on a loan deal to Leeds United, according to Football Insider.

Mario Lemina: The Southampton midfielder could be on his way back to the club, with Galatasaray poised to end their season-long loan arrangement in January, Sport Witness reports.

Jorge Segura: The 22-year-old defender is set to return to Watford in January, with Mexico’s Atlas disinclined to make his loan deal permanent, Futbol Total says.

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Tottenham have contacted Jose Mourinho over potentially becoming their new manager amid speculation Mauricio Pochettino could head to Manchester United, the Daily Express reports.

The paper says United have been keen on Pochettino for several years and considered approaching him in 2014 before appointing Louis Van Gaal.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggling, Pochettino is said to be the club’s main target should they decide to look for a new boss, with Spurs looking at Mourinho, who has been out of work since being sacked by United last December.

Real Madrid are the latest club trying to sign Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, with the Spanish giants prepared to offer £86 million plus James Rodriguez for the midfielder, according to website El Desmarque.

Having failed to sign Paul Pogba last summer, Real are eyeing Kante as they look to boost their midfield. Pogba is still their preferred target, El Desmarque says, but Kante would be their back-up option.

Barcelona are contemplating a bid for Marcus Rashford as a replacement for Luis Suarez, according to the Sun.

The Catalan side has other targets in mind, such as Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, but Rashford is said to be on their radar too.

United look set to miss out on a reported move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

The Croatian is believed to be available for around £35 million. However, ESPN has reported Rakitic does not want to move from Barcelona to Manchester for family reasons.

Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea due to his lack of playing time, according to the Sun.

The World Cup-winning striker, who scored twice in as many games for France this international break, has started just one Premier League game for the Blues this season.

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Mario Mandzukic: Manchester United still want the Juventus striker, but he’s been told to lower his wage demands, according to ESPN.

Gareth Bale: The Welshman may stay put at Real Madrid if he listens to the advice of team-mate Luka Modric, the Independent reports.

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Man United open Ivan Rakitic talks and other transfer stories from the papers in Europe

Press Association Sport 14:02 14/10/2019
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The Barcelona midfielder is reportedly on United's radar.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Barcelona as they bid to bring midfielder Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford in the January transfer window. Spanish website Sport says United are in the hunt for the Croatian. They might face a battle, however, with Inter Milan also expressing an interest in the 31-year-old.

United are also rumoured to be preparing a bid for a new striker in January, with AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek around the top of their list. Italian website Calciomercato says the 24-year-old is likely to be the target of a £35million transfer bid from the Red Devils.

United, who have made a poor start to the season, are also rumoured to be eyeing up more strike power in the form of Mario Mandzukic, Erling Braut Haaland and Moussa Dembele. The Daily Express reports United have reached a verbal agreement with Mandzukic.

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Tottenham are ready to renew their interest in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese website A Bola reports. Negotiations between the two clubs over the 25-year-old broke down last summer, but Spurs’ interest is “still alive”, A Bola says. This may be because Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen could be going to Real Madrid in January.

Barcelona may be preparing to make moves for Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe as they seek to bolster their strikeforce. Looking to replace Luis Suarez next summer, the Catalan giants are after a striker, with Tottenham’s Kane and Paris St Germain’s Mbappe topping their wish list, according to Spain’s Mundo Deportivo.

England midfielder Declan Rice insists he’s happy to stay at West Ham, despite drawing attention from bigger clubs with his superb start to the season. The Daily Mirror says the 20-year-old has dismissed reports linking him to Manchester United as “all talk until something happens”.

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Eddie Nketiah: Bristol City are trying again to sign the Arsenal striker on loan, after he declined interest from the Robins and opted for a temporary move to Leeds last summer instead, according to The Sun.

Joey Dawson: The 16-year-old Scunthorpe midfielder, a nephew of ex-Tottenham captain Michael Dawson, is interesting Arsenal, The Sun reports.

Victor Wanyama: The midfielder is still hopeful of a return to Tottenham’s starting line-up despite being linked with a return to Celtic after a mooted summer move to Belgium’s Club Brugge fell through, according to football.london.

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