talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…
Manchester United will allow Paul Pogba to move to Real Madrid, if they get Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in return as part of a swap deal. (Bild)
David de Gea has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with United, worth about £250,000 a week. (Sunday Mirror)
Liverpool have opened contract talks with star Senegal forward Sadio Mane. (SoccerLink)
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is holding out for a January move to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. (Marca)
Chelsea’s 18-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new five-year contract with the London clubafter returning from injury. (Sun on Sunday)
David Beckham has stepped up his bid to bring Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to his new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami by sending representatives to speak to the 32-year-old Argentina international’s father. (Sun on Sunday)
Inter Miami are also interested in signing 30-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. (Maxifoot)
AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January. (Corriere Dello Sport)
The Red Devils are said to havesent scouts to watch 25-year-old Fenerbahcestriker Vedat Muriqi in action for Kosovo against England last week. (Sunday Express)
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, who was linked with Manchester United over the summer, is close to a move to MLS side LAFC. (Calciomercato)
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been given the go-ahead to bring in new players in January, with a particular focus on wingers. (Newcastle Chronicle)
It means the Champions League finalists could lose their star man for nothing next summer, and he could even agree a pre-contract deal with another club as soon as January, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all waiting in the wings.
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Spurs are said to be resigned to Eriksen’s exit, but are willing to let him join Juventus as long as Dybala comes the other way as his direct replacement.
Eriksen has been one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal creators since joining Tottenham from Ajax in 2013 for just £11million.
He has made a total of 281 appearances for Spurs, scoring 67 goals and providing 86 assists.
Dybala would be a decent replacement for the Dane. The 25-year-old was Juventus’ main man until the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo which shifted him out the starting XI.
That had an effect on his goal output last season, scoring just ten and assisting five, but his numbers before Ronaldo make for impressive reading – 26 goals and seven assists in the 2017/18 campaign, 19 goals and nine assists in 16/17 and 23 goals and nine assists in 15/16.
His form will have given Pep Guardiola a selection headache, with pressure mounting on the Spanish boss to give the young midfielder – who has played just ten minutes of club football this season – more game time.
There can’t be much more Foden can do to get a game for City – as well as scoring regularly for England, he seems to impress every time he gets on the pitch for his club.
And he must look across at his fellow Young Lions with a tinge of envy, too.
While he remains rooted to the bench at the Etihad Stadium, the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are now getting regular game time at Chelsea, are making an impact at Premier League level and have graduated to the senior England team.
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According to West Ham and Everton legend Tony Cottee, the youngster is ‘not learning anything on the bench’ and could stunt his career by waiting any longer for his chance at City.
“He is an unbelievable, outstanding young footballer but he’s got to play!
“If you’re sitting on the bench, yes people will say he’s training with the first team, but it’s not the same as playing.
“You have to get the game time and experience. He needs to play. This is a big season for him, and he’s not playing!
“If I was Phil Foden, I would be banging on that door every single week and saying, ‘I want to play and if you’re not going to play me I’m going out on loan’.
“The young lad [Bobby Duncan] has just left Liverpool because he wants to play football – these young kids have to play, they’ve got to learn they’re trade and Foden is not learning it on the bench.
“He’s 19 now and your career goes so quickly. You need to be in the first team and you’ve got to be playing.
“I understand it’s a great team and who does he replace, I understand that, but he’s such a wonderful talent
“I think Foden has a place in that England team. We talk about the balance of that midfield and needing a creative player and Foden is that. He’s an outstanding talent and we need him in that England team.
“But unless he’s playing, which he’s not, he’s not going to get in it.”
The revelation was confirmed by sporting director Michael Zorc during the Inside Borussia Dortmund documentary, the latest edition of Amazon’s ‘All of Nothing’ series which first followed Manchester City.
His sensational emergence and glittering performances in Germany have alerted the likes of Man United and his former club Man City, who reportedly have a buy-back option for the winger.
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In the show, Zorc confirms a meeting took place with United representatives over a possible deal for Sancho, but also insisted he was confident the 19-year-old would stay.
Speaking in a meeting with fellow Dortmund chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, he says: “A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United, both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.
“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant.
“But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.
“But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”
“He is different and he has shown his value at Juventus and now Manchester United.
“I think he brings balance to a team. He has a great offensive influence and he has this amazing physique.”
The centre-back’s new documentary show is titled ‘El Corazon de Sergio Ramos’, which translates as ‘The Heart of Sergio Ramos’.
It follows the Real Madrid and Spain captain’s movements throughout the 2018/19 season, which was ultimately a failed campaign for Los Blancos as they finished 19 points off LaLiga champions Barcelona, were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax and were also beaten by fierce rivals Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…
Manchester United will attempt to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen for a cut-price fee in January as the player is in the final year of his contract. (The Sun)
But United will face competition from Inter Milan for Eriksen’s signature. (Daily Express)
Liverpool are tracking Trabzonspor’s £14m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The Reds watched the 23-year-old Turkey international during a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce last weekend, and he is rated at £14m. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea winger Willian is wanted by his old Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, with the player in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)
Nigeria want Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to turn his back on England and play for them instead. The 21-year-old has made two Three Lions appearances at friendly level but can switch allegiance as he is yet to play a competitive game. (Daily Express)
Tottenham want to sign Ryan Sessegnon’s twin brother, Steven, The 19-year-old Fulham starlet can play at full-back, centre-half and in midfield. (The Sun)
Kieran Trippier says leaving Tottenham to sign for Atletico Madrid this summer is a “step forward” in his career. (Diario AS)
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who turns 70 in October, wants to return to management – 16 months after the Frenchman ended a near 22-year reign as Gunners boss. (The Sun)
Liverpool and Chelsea are chasing Wigan Athletic’s 17-year-old English forward Joe Gelhardt, who has made three first-team appearances for the Latics. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling could stay at Roma beyond this season, having joined the Italian club initially on loan for the rest of the season, (Manchester Evening News)
Juventus have omitted German midfielder Emre Can, Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini from their Champions League squad. (Football Italia)
Real Madrid have mutually agreed with midfielder Lucas Silva to terminate the 26-year-old’s contract, meaning the Brazilian is now a free agent. (Marca)
Bayern Munich’s attempt to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane during the summer failed over the player’s wage demands. (Manchester Evening News)
Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 32, remains a free agent with the France international claiming he turned down several clubs in the summer. (Daily Mail)
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Liverpool ruled out another loan exit for Kent as he had spent loan spells at four other clubs since he became a professional at Liverpool in 2015 – and that decision appeared to all but end the Gers’ hopes of landing him again.
But the Glasgow club reignited their interest towards the end of the window and managed to thrash out a permanent deal in time.
Former Reds stars Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy even weighed in on the argument and slammed the youngster’s agent, with Carragher saying the club will never deal with him again.
Manager Jurgen Klopp also launched a strong defence of their handling of Duncan, and all young players at the club, stressing how highly they rated him on Friday.
But, having initially tabled a ‘derisory’ bid, Italian club Fiorentina returned with an improved offer over the weekend and Liverpool’s position altered, with a deal being struck before the European transfer deadline.
And, after getting his wish, it appears there are no hard feelings as Duncan thanked the club for his brief spell.
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