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Manchester United are lining up separate bids for Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – as well as Barcelona striker Neymar.

 

United will also make John Stones the most expensive defender in the world, with the Old Trafford club happy to spend £50m on the 21 year old.

 

Victor Osimhen, a promising Nigeria Under-17 forward, is being chased by Inter. He won the Golden Boot at his age group’s World Cup and has been touted as the ‘new Drogba’.

 

If Inter allow Mauro Icardi to be sold in January, they will seek to replace him with Boca Juniors forward Jonathan Calleri. They are also seekinga winger and will look to agree a deal for Ezequiel Lavezzi or Hoffenheim’s Filip Malbasic.

 

Juventus ace Paulo Dybala is set for a big move to Spain next summer and prefers a switch to Barcelona over Real Madrid as he would like to play with Lionel Messi.

 

Juventus have taken the edge over Inter in the race to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain, though the Nerazzurri are thought to be willing to pay the Argentina star €3 million a season. Both will make their move in January.

 

Unhappy with the inconsistent performances of Simone Zaza, Juventus will sell the winger in the summer and instead sign Domenico Berardi from Sassuolo.

 

Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus rejected the chance to move to Barcelona last summer as he did not think he would get much of a chance to shine in an attack already containing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

 

Wayne Rooney could be on his way out though – with Chinese side Shanghai SPG ready to give the England captain £25m a year over three years. Rooney would be reunited in China with former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

 

Real Madrid are keen to take Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu next summer. Mourinho, 52, left Madrid in 2013 after three years but president Florentino Perez remains a fan.

 

Chelsea and Spain forward Diego Costa, 27, has hinted about a return to Atletico Madrid, where he played from 2010 to 2014.

 

Arsenal are keen to sign Leicester City’s assistant manager Steve Walsh as one of their scouts. Walsh, who spent 16 years as a part-time scout for Chelsea and helped recruit Gianfranco Zola, has been credited with the signing of Riyad Mahrez.

 

Arsenal will counter their latest raft of midfield injuries by bidding for Southampton’s Victor Wanyama, 24, in January.

 

The Gunners could also sign Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, 24, for £4.3m in January.

 

Swansea have put Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs on their shortlist to replace Garry Monk as manager.

 

Another Premier League legend – former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp – is also among the favourites at the Liberty Stadium.

 

Alternatively, former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, 48, and his ex-Chelsea team-mate Roberto di Matteo, 45, are both in the running at Swansea.

 

Graham Potter, a 40-year-old Englishman who currently manages Ostersunds in Sweden’s top flight, is also being considered by the Welsh club.

 

Milan will allow numerous fringe players to depart this January, but are concerned that they will struggle to offload Nigel de Jong, Keisuke Honda and Diego Lopes, who has reportedly fallen out with Sinisa Mihajlovic.

 

Inter are following the progress of Gregory van der Wiel, as they wish to strengthen their right-back role. The Paris Saint-Germain man has been displaced in the starting XI by Serge Aurier this season.

 

Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes is seen by Napoli as the perfect player to boost the strength of their midfield. The Portuguese, 22, is seen as a long-term solution for the Serie A side.

 

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore thanked his “awesome” club and tutors after graduating from Newcastle University with first- class honours

 

Honduras and former Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta has been killed in his home town of La Ceiba, the Honduran government has announced.

 

West Brom manager Tony Pulis phoned former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher last week and urged him to follow fellow pundit Gary Neville into management.

 

Sunderland could allow reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone to move back to Italy next month, with Verona keen to sign him. The Black Cats will recall Jordan Pickford, 21, from his loan spell with Preston North End if Mannone does move on.

 

Promising Barcelona full-back, Alejandro Grimaldo, is to depart the club after becoming frustrated after failing to graduate from the reserves. Benfica are ready to swoop for the B team captain and will be asked to pay €1 million.

 

Manchester City had shown interest in Dinamo starlet Ante Coric (18) and the transfer could happen particularly if Pep Guardiola moves to Etihad. Pep praised the youngster after his Bayern side faced Dinamo in the Champions League.

 

Championship side Charlton insist that 18-year-old forward Ademola Lookman will stay at the Valley – despite being linked to Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea.

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