Manchester United are interested in Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Yves Bissouma, Brighton’s Malian 24-year-old midfielder who has impressed this season. (Express)
Liverpool are considering selling “unhappy” Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, 28, says former Egypt player Mohamed Aboutrika. (Bein Sports via Goal)
Real Madrid are very confident of signing France forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, from Paris St-Germain next summer. (90 Min)
Spain midfielder Isco wants to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window but the club is yet to receive any offers for the 28-year-old. (AS)
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge accepts that defender David Alaba, 28, is set to leave the German club. The Austrian’s contract expires on 30 June, 2021, and the player can negotiate with whoever he wants from 1 January, with Real Madrid favourites to sign him. (Marca)
Brazil midfielder Allan, 29, says he did not need to “think twice” about joining Everton in the summer, with the “project” the club are putting together playing a key part. (Liverpool Echo)
Former midfielder Roy Keane believes Manchester United can push Liverpool for the Premier League title and could be the reigning champions’ closest challengers. (Sky Sports)
Slaven Bilic knew he would be sacked as manager by West Brom while on the coach returning from Manchester City last week. (Telegraph – subscription required)
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has downplayed a potential transfer for Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, 27. (Mail)
Manchester City are willing to consider offers for Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Zinchenko, 24, in the January transfer window. (Express)
German defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, admits he “isn’t satisfied” with his current situation at Chelsea, but insists he will not look for a transfer away in January. (ZDF via Mail)
Japanese winger Takefusa Kubo, 19, could see his season-long loan deal at Villarreal end in January after falling out of favour with coach Unai Emery. (AS – in Spanish)
Arsenal are exploring ways to structure a deal for Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 20, who has a £23m release clause at RB Salzburg. (Mirror)
Tottenham are likely to make further signings in January and could be in line for a new central defender, with Colombia international Davinson Sanchez, 24, a possible departure. (Football Insider)
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman remains convinced that Lionel Messi will stay at the club and has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding the 33-year-old Argentine playmaker’s future. (Goal)
Brazilian midfielder Willian, 32, has been ‘dealt with internally’ by Arsenal after his break in Dubai during the international fortnight – with Mikel Arteta insisting the issue is ‘resolved’. (Sun)
Jurgen Klopp insists he has no idea if Premier League champions Liverpool will target a new defender in the January transfer window. (Goal)
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has played down rumours of moves for two of his former players; Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco, 28, and Juventus and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 33. (Liverpool Echo)
West Ham have also been linked with former World Cup winner Khedira. (Sport Mediaset, via Team Talk)
Khedira is not expected to move to the American MLS. (Bild)
Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez has denied reports he was involved in a changing room fracas on international duty. The Everton midfielder was reported to have been involved in a clash with international colleagues Jefferson Lerma, 26, of Bournemouth and Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez, 24. (Star)
USA midfielder Giovanni Reyna, 18, has signed a new long-term contract with Borussia Dortmund just months after being linked with Liverpool. (Team Talk)
Erling Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City midfielder, admits his Norway international striker son, 20, is attracted to the Premier League but is focused on winning trophies with current club, Borussia Dortmund. (Sport 1, via Mirror)
Former Manchester City midfielder Trevor Sinclair, believes the arrival of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, at the Etihad is ‘inevitable’ following City boss Pep Guardiola’s contract extension. (Talksport)
Chris Smalling has criticised Manchester United for offering him little clarity on his future before his initial move to Roma last year, but the 30-year-old ex-England defender says he is relishing his time in Italy. (Telegraph – subscription required)
The iconic ‘Wembley Way’ has been demolished to make way for a new approach to the national stadium. (Sun)
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has revealed he nearly appeared in ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ – and has not ruled out a future stint on the ITV programme. (Mail)
Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba says he is currently going through the most difficult spell of his career due to concerns over his playing time at Old Trafford. (RTL via Goal)
Manchester City will make signing a striker their priority for 2021, with Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian star Erling Haaland, 20, and Inter Milan’s Argentine frontman Lautaro Martinez, 23, their top targets. (90min)
Chelsea have already agreed a deal in principle to sell French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 26, to Napoli when his loan move finishes at the end of the season. (Gazetta Dello Sport via Teamtalk)
AC Milan’s Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 26, could be on his way to Atletico Madrid after contract talks with the Italian club hit a problem, although Manchester United remain interested. (Mundo Deportivo)
Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, is keen on joining Barcelona in the January transfer window after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge. (Sport via Metro)
Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards reportedly decided against making a move for Napoli’s 29-year-old Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer because of his asking price. (Daily Star)
Former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick believes French centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 22, who is a transfer target for Liverpool, would be a success at Bayern Munich. (Goal)
Juventus are ready to make a move for Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch but they face competition from Barcelona for the signature of the 18-year-old midfielder. (Tuttosport – in Italian)
Former Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips believes manager Dean Smith should persuade Chelsea’s on-loan English midfielder Ross Barkley, 26, to sign for the club on a permanent deal. (Birmingham Mail)
Manchester City remain interested in signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi when his contract expires next summer – and a spell with New York City FC in the United States could also tempt the 33-year-old Argentina forward. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)
Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, has moved to the top of City’s list of transfer targets, while the Etihad Stadium club are also considering whether to trigger a £25m buy-back clause for Villa’s 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. (Daily Star on Sunday)
Ajax director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars says he is ready for a new challenge alongside the Dutch club’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper. The pair are linked to a possible switch to United. (Sunday Mirror)
Both Liverpool and Everton are interested in Torino’s Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, 23. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester United have been told by defender Eric Bailly’s representatives that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international may need to “assess” his future if his Old Trafford situation does not improve. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says 21-year-old Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell from Benfica could end in January. (Sport TV, via Sky Sports)
Some Manchester City fans believe a short-term move for their 34-year-old Bosnian former forward Edin Dzeko, who now plays at Roma, could be a wise decision when the transfer window reopens in January. (Manchester Evening News)
Juventus are leading the race for Bayern Munich’s 28-year-old Austria defender David Alaba, whose contract runs out next summer. (Tuttosport – in Italian)
Crystal Palace are looking at Chelsea and Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 29, as an option if Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt, 30, does not extend his deal with the Eagles beyond the end of this season. (Mail on Sunday)
Everton’s Ivorian midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 25, could leave the club on loan in January after failing to make an impact at Goodison Park. (Football Insider)
Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 24, says 27-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, his Elland Road team-mate, is close to joining him on the international stage. (Yorkshire Evening Post)
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will find the perfect solution to his defensive crisis after injuries to first-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. (Liverpool Echo)
Southampton may look to sell Mohamed Elyounoussi to Celtic, with the 26-year-old Norwegian forward in his second spell on loan at the Scottish club. (Hampshire Live)
The English Football League has placed a number of clubs under a transfer embargo after they took out a bridging loan with the governing body. (Mail on Sunday)
Daniel Ricciardo secured yet another epic 2020 podium for Renault at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on the weekend but a number of pundits believe he may now be left with a “strange” feeling on his pre-season gamble to switch to McLaren.
The Aussie has landed two podiums in his last three races after benefitting most from former teammate Max Verstappen’s unlucky crash at Imola, while propelled him into the top three behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
That result put him into fourth in the driver standings and lifted Renault into third in the constructor standings in what has been a season of huge progress for both after a disappointing 2019.
However, Ricciardo will leave for McLaren at the end of the year, a decision he made prior to the current delayed season beginning.
McLaren is only one point behind Renault in the standings and also has two podiums this year but has fallen behind the French team recently, with the black and yellow the midfield car to beat at the moment.
How much of that is the Renault itself or just Ricciardo’s red-hot form is up for debate, given how much better he has been that his teammate Esteban Ocon this season, taking 55 more points than him – the biggest gap of any teammates outside of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
Ricciardo has insisted there are no regrets over his decision, but Sky F1’s experts believe it is sad to see the partnership being broken up with Renault now on such a positive trajectory.
“He’s been great – very relaxed, and he goes out there and delivers,” said Paul Di Resta. “I feel he’s in a strange place because when you’re in Parc Ferme and he’s got those podiums, it’s the start of something that I think was going to go quite far from a leadership point of view for Daniel.
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“But of course he’s leaving there and going to McLaren because he thought that was the best chance before the season had started. But Renault are on the up. It was an ambitious ask to think they can finish third as a constructor this year, but they’re in a great place to try and achieve it.”
Johnny Herbert added: “It is a shame in many respects. They’re on the up, he would have been the perfect man, and his maturity is fantastic. Yeah, we have that laughing and joking with him, but it’s ability to get the best out of the team and the best out of the car.
“It’s a shame that we’re maybe not going to see the same thing next year. I hope McLaren are going to give him the car that he needs, but Renault do look very strong for the future.”
With Kade Simpson’s AFL career over, the Blues will need to find a replacement defender.
While the club could assist Patrick Cripps in the onball brigade by adding one of the hottest free agents.
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SAAD FITS CARLTON’S NEEDS MORE THAN GIANT
The Blues would love some extra pace coming out of the backline.
And with Kade Simpson departing, the Carlton list management team have a number of options.
“For Carlton, their needs are a quality half-back flanker after Kade Simpson retired. They need to fill the void there,” Jordan Lewis told SEN Breakfast.
“I still think they’re one inside mid short to support Patrick Cripps and get involved in their outside play. I think Zac Fisher can be inside-outside, but he’s more suited as an outside mid to provide that run.”
Zac Williams and Adam Saad are two out of contract defenders who fit the bill, with both players possessing strong speed to help teams break the lines.
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“Looking at half-back, we know Zac Williams is on the market, that’s been pretty clear, but there are conversations around Adam Saad, so there’s two quality half-backs on the market, so it’s what you have to give up in return for these quality players,” he said.
“I’ve focused in on Saad and you can mount a case for Williams as well … I would be going more bullishly for Adam Saad over Williams.
“I’m just hearing murmurings that Carlton are into him (Saad). That’s why I threw that one out on the table.
“I think he’s gettable and I’m hearing Carlton could be involved in that conversation if he was to leave Essendon.”
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As for Saad’s future, foxfooty.com.au’s Tom Morris has reported Melbourne is among the clubs making a play for the dashing Bomber.
However, Bombers legend Tim Watson believed the club hadn’t given up on retaining the former Sun.
“I know that Essendon hasn’t given up on Adam Saad, so they still believe he’ll be a Bombers player.”
CROWS STAR COULD BE THE PERFECT SUPPORT FOR CRIPPS
Among Carlton’s concerns, another strong ball-winning midfielder would certainly help the club avoid burning superstar Patrick Cripps out.
At times in 2020 and in the past years, Cripps has been the sole onballer for the club who fell short on reaching the finals this year.
Young gun Sam Walsh has stepped up, but isn’t the big-bodied player Cripps would love.
“There’s a few inside midfielders you could potentially look at. Brad Crouch is a restricted free agent, so there’s a chance to get him and lock him away,” Lewis said.
“There’s another one from GWS in Harry Perryman. He’s an SA boy so maybe he wants to go back home, but we hear he wants to search for another team and he’s out of contract.
“He’s one if I was Carlton or even Essendon to try and entertain that deal as well.”
Brad Crouch has a big decision on his hands: success or money?
While there was a stern message sent to GWS players after Aidan Corr walked out on the club.
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CORNES’ STRONG WARNING FOR BRAD CROUCH
Port Adelaide Hall of Fame member Kane Cornes believes out of contract Adelaide star Brad Crouch should think about success first and money second.
The Crows midfielder is one of the hottest 2020 free agents with the 26-year-old still yet to publicly announce his intentions for next season and beyond.
Crouch’s manager Gary Winter told the Herald Sun this week that they would sit down following Round 18 go through the various options, with a number of clubs seeking Crouch’s services.
Geelong and Essendon are reportedly among those keen, with Crouch also linked to cross-town rivals Port Adelaide in recent months.
“As we’ve spoken about, he’s leaving the Adelaide Football Club,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.
“We’ve known that, it’s somewhat unfortunate because I still think he is a key piece of Adelaide’s midfield moving forward, but the language coming out of there for two seasons is that he is leaving. It’s not a disaster for Adelaide provided they get the right compensation.
“My only warning to Brad would be – clearly he is all about the money and the length (of the contract) – which is an important factor when you’re deciding your future, but I would be looking at players like Jared Polec who got his five-year deal and got his big money, but it’s been nothing but misery at North Melbourne since and lost his place in the side.
“Look at tales like Chad Wingard, who has gone to Hawthorn and there hasn’t been much success at Hawthorn for Chad and probably joined that club at the wrong time.
“I still think for Brad, it can’t be all about money, you want to go to a club where you think they have a good culture of strong success.”
Cornes outlined the clubs that he believed would suit Crouch, if he went down the line of success.
“I wouldn’t be going to Carlton, I wouldn’t be going to Essendon. What does his future look like at those clubs? Will he get to experience finals footy again in his career?” Cornes said.
“I’m just reading the words of Gary Winter and reading through the lines here … it’s all about the money and the longevity, but it doesn’t seem they’re taking the culture or the possibilities of the club for success.
“If you’ve got the option of going to Geelong or Essendon, but it’s $200,000 less over a four-year period, you go to Geelong surely.
“I just think there is a touch of immaturity and I’m not sure about the advice that Brad has been given here. From going to Gold Coast last year and saying that he’s $1 million and you’ve got to pay him this.
“He’s not taking into account that you have the best experiences playing footy when you win and at a club with a successful culture.”
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BLUNT MESSAGE FOR GWS PLAYERS
Greater Western Sydney players have been given a strong warning after defender Aidan Corr walked out on the club before the club’s season had concluded.
Corr announced his intention to leave the club in the off-season, with the 26-year-old set to join North Melbourne as a restricted free agent.
But according to 7 News, a frank message was given by footy boss Jason McCartney to the players.
“Giants players have been delivered a direct message in the context of Corr leaving,” 7 NEWS Melbourne’s Tom Browne said.
“To paraphrase: if you don’t want to be here, then ship off.
“(It was) delivered very frankly yesterday in meeting with the playing group.”
The Giants currently have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season, including stars Jeremy Cameron and Zac Williams
Young guns Harry Perryman, Jackson Hately, Jye Caldwell and Xavier O’Halloran have also been linked to moves away from GWS.