Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Kylian Mbappe and would only make a move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward if he reached out to ask to join the club. President Florentino Perez felt disrespected by Mbappe’s decision to snub Real this summer.
Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to sign a new midfielder in January but he is unlikely to get his wish as club officials are concerned he spent too much money in the summer.
Young midfielder Zidane Iqbal rejected the chance to join up with Iraq during the international break in order to stay and prove to Ten Hag that he can fill the void in United’s midfield.
New Chelsea manager Graham Potter is an enormous fan of Tottenham striker Harry Kane and would be prepared to try sign the Englishman by offering Romelu Lukaku – who shone under Antonio Conte at Inter – as part of a swap deal.
Bayern Munich remain infatuated by Kane and plan to force themselves to the front of the queue for his signature next summer.
Work has already been done by Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham next year. The Reds could offer Naby Keita in exchange to try and convince Dortmund to sell to them.
Barcelona are praying that centre-back Gerard Pique will retire at the end of the season so they do not have to tell the legendary defender that he is no longer wanted at Camp Nou. A lack of game time has seen Pique’s relationship with Xavi collapse completely.
Arsenal remain interested in Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, who will be a free agent in 2023, but must prove to the Spaniard that he would play more minutes with them than he would with fellow suitors Everton or Newcastle.
The Gunners are also keen on Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who has failed to win over manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Juventus officials are butting heads over the future of Allegri. Director Pavel Nedved is pushing to sack the boss immediately but others are unconvinced that better options are out there.
Some in Turin want Juve to reach out to Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who is rumoured to be delaying talks over an extension to his own contract while he keeps an eye on Allegri’s situation.
PSG will try to sign Milan Skriniar on a free transfer next summer if he fails to sign a new contract with Inter, but contact with the defender’s representatives has also been made by Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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