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The summer transfer window has now closed and you can recap a busy deadline day in our transfer blog.


When does the transfer window re-open?

The January transfer window reopens on Saturday, January 1 and closes on Monday, January 31.

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SALAH SEEKS STAY AT ANFIELD

Mohamed Salah says he wants to stay with Liverpool for the rest of his playing career.

The 29-year-old’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023 and Liverpool are anxious to finalise negotiations over a new long-term contract.

“It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football (career),” Salah told Sky Sports.

“But I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants. It doesn’t depend on me. At the moment, I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad."

The Egypt international became the fastest player to score 100 goals for Liverpool in September and is the fifth-fastest to score 100 Premier League goals (162 matches).


ARTETA UNSURE ON LACAZETTE FUTURE

Mikel Arteta has no doubts Alexandre Lacazette will give his all to Arsenal as questions over his future remain, insisting “anything is possible” when it comes to the striker signing a new deal.

Lacazette’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the 30-year-old is free to speak to foreign clubs from January.

The France striker has played just 72 minutes of Premier League football this season but he grabbed a last-gasp equaliser off the bench in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

“I had no doubts about his work ethic,” said Arteta. “If I had, probably I would suggest to do something different with him in the summer, when a player could not find the motivation or if his interests are just with his financial future.

“It is not the case with Laca, and he has shown that since I have been here every single day. That’s why he is a really important player for us.”


LIVERPOOL WORRIED ABOUT NATIONS CUP

Liverpool will hold talks aimed at reducing the time their key players are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Reds have made a blistering start to the season in attack, spearheaded by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom are set to join up with their respective national teams midseason.

Defender Joel Matip has now retired from international duty, but Guinea's Naby Keita is another player Liverpool will likely have to do without out during the busy Christmas period.


FATI SIGNS NEW BARCA DEAL

Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati has agreed a new six-year deal and become the second player from the club to have his buy-out clause set at 1billion euros.

The Bissau-born teenager had been linked with a move elsewhere but has committed his future to the financially-stricken Catalan giants.

Fati’s new contract will officially be signed on Thursday and will see him follow in the footsteps of team-mate Pedri, who last week agreed new terms which also included an £842million release clause.

In 47 appearances for Barca, the forward has scored 15 goals and is the second youngest player to debut for the club after he made his first appearance aged 16 and 298 days.


STERLING REQUIRED TO AQUIRE STERLING

Manchester City have placed a £67.5m price tag on Raheem Sterling as Barcelona prepare to make a move for the England winger.

The England forward stated in a recent interview how he would be open to moving abroad in order to secure first team football, with Barcelona and Real Madrid heavily linked.


CLEAR-OUT AT OLD TRAFFORD

Manchester United are planning a January clear-out with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial at the top of the list of those players who could be on their way out of Old Trafford.

United are also considering options for Amad Diallo and will make a decision on loaning him out before Christmas.


HOWE LINKED TO TOON JOB

Eddie Howe is the latest name to be linked with the Newcastle manager's job.

The former Bournemouth boss was the early favourite for the job after the club's takeover was confirmed, but his price quickly drifted.

Steve Bruce remains in charge, but according to various of this morning's papers, Howe is already in discussions with the Newcastle board.


MAN CITY LOOKING AT RICE

Manchester City reportedly remain interested in West Ham's Declan Rice as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

The England international has been linked with the Etihad for more than a year now, with many reports claiming it could be a straight choice between Rice and his England midfield partner Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United when City enter the market next sumer.


BOURNEMOUTH SIGN BRADY

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Robbie Brady on a free transfer.

Cherries Chief executive Neill Blake said of the transfer: "To be able to sign a player of Robbie’s experience and calibre on a free transfer is a coup for the football club.

"Robbie has huge quality and versatility to add another important option to Scott Parker and his coaching staff.

"Proven at the top level, Robbie knows what it takes to be a Premier League player and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us at Vitality Stadium."


LEWANDOWSKI TO MAN CITY?

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Manchester City according to his agent Pini Zahavi.

The Poland striker told the club he wanted to leave for a new challenge towards the end of the summer transfer window, and has since been linked with a move that would re-unite him with former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.

Lewandowski, 33, is under contract until the summer of 2023 but the Bavarians are thought to be willing to sell at the end of the season to avoid losing him on a free transfer.


LINGARD IN OLE'S PLANS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels optimistic that Jesse Lingard will sign a new deal at Manchester United.

The 28-year-old, who scored nine goals in 16 appearances for West Ham while on loan during the second half of last season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Solskjaer said: "Jesse's had a good start to the season. He's come on and scored a few goals for us, that's been very important for us.

"We want to prolong his contract, we see him as an important player. It's up to him, maybe up to me, to give him more playing time because he deserves to.


GERRARD DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM NEWCASTLE JOB

Pressure on Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has increased since the club's Saudi Arabian-funded takeover with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard mentioned among several others as a possible replacement.

While Newcastle, second bottom in the Premier League, get set to play Tottenham on Sunday, Gerrard's cinch Premiership leaders are preparing for the visit of second-placed Hearts on Saturday.

Asked about being linked with the Magpies, the Gers boss said: "I don't really react or get involved in any kind of speculation.

"Especially when there is someone who I have the utmost respect for sitting in that job that the speculation is about. For me, I am in a very big job here that I am fully focused on and we have a top-of-the-table clash at the weekend and it is a game I am very much looking forward to."


GUARDIOLA LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR STERLING

Pep Guardiola has promised Raheem Sterling he will get plenty of opportunities to prove why he should be starting every match.

Sterling this week sparked speculation over his future at Manchester City by revealing he would be “open” to moving elsewhere if it meant more game time.

"It’s today, tomorrow, when you get the opportunity to play," Gurdiola said. "Show me, show yourselves. Show the world how wrong I was when I was not selecting you and then you are right.

"The biggest speak on the pitch. They need to show me how good they are. The biggest athletes in the world, in all the sports, they speak on the grass."


SPURS DUO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID BEFORE NEWCASTLE CLASH

Tottenham’s plans for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle have been plunged into chaos after two players tested positive for coronavirus.

Both men, who trained with the group on Thursday, were shown to have contracted Covid-19 after tests in the last 24 hours.

The two unnamed players must now isolate for 10 days as per Government rules, keeping them out of the game at St James’ Park, a Europa Conference League match against Vitesse Arnhem and the London derby at West Ham next weekend.


STERLING OPEN TO CITY EXIT

Raheem Sterling would be open to moving away from Manchester City to get more game time.

England forward Sterling has made just two Premier League starts this season under Pep Guardiola.

Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US Summit on Thursday evening, Sterling said: “If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.

“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.”


RALPH EXPECTS NEWCASTLE TRANSFORMATION

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl thinks the takeover at Newcastle will change the dynamic of the Premier League relegation battle during the second half of the season.

Newcastle are 19th in the standings as the league prepares to resume this weekend following the international break.

Hasenhuttl said: “It’s a big chance for the club because when you want to transform a club in the Premier League and want to change the team and bring in new players then you need a lot of money.

“I think Newcastle is a team in the past who have not invested so much and have been crying for more investment and if they have an owner now to do that then they have more options.

“In this moment the window is closed so it is not possible to invest but in the future it will definitely change their opportunities as a club and in the next transfer window (they can) strengthen the team and this can definitely have an impact on their season, for sure.

“At the moment, they are in our area and until winter they will be a different team on the pitch.”


PEDRI AGREES NEW BARCA DEAL

Barcelona teenager Pedri has agreed a long-term contract extension with the financial-stricken Catalan giants.

The 18-year-old Spain international, who was named in the Euro 2020 team of the tournament, has agreed a deal that will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2026.

His new contract includes a 1bn Euros release clause and will be officially signed on Friday.

Pedri, who has been linked with Liverpool, joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in August 2020 and quickly established himself as a starter in midfield.

He played 53 times last season – the most appearances of anyone at the club.


TIMO TO TOON?

Newcastle are understood to be in regular contact with the agents of Chelsea striker Timo Werner.

Werner has struggled to cement a place in Thomas Tuchel's starting XI since joining from RB Leipzig, and with Romelu Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge this summer, the German forward has fallen even further down the pecking order.


KLOPP KEEN ON FELIX

Liverpool are interested in forward Joao Felix according to reports in Spain with Atletico Madrid potentially having to take a loss of more than £50m on a player they spent £113m on in 2019.

Felix has struggled to earn himself a regular starting spot in Diego Simeone's side, having started just one La Liga game this season.


FODEN SET FOR NEW DEAL

Phil Foden is set to sign a new six-year contract with Manchester City which will earn him almost £50m.

The England midfielder has become a staple in Pep Guardiola's strongest City side, improving with each match, and the blue side of Manchester are keen to tie him down for as long as possible.


ROMERO SIGNS FOR VENEZIA

Italian club Venezia have announced the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer.

The Argentine, who spent six seasons at Old Trafford, has been a free agent since leaving United at the end of last season.


INTER TO BATTLE MAN UTD FOR INSIGNE

Lorenzo Insigne is out of contract with Napoli next summer and Manchester United are reportedly interesting in snapping up the Italian wide man.

Inter Milan have also been tracking the progress of Insigne, and are prepared to do battle to land his insigne-ature.


CHRISTENSEN NEW DEAL CLOSE

Andreas Christensen has reportedly agreed a new deal to stay at Chelsea which will see him nearly double his wages.

The Chelsea defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Blues are looking to tie down the Dane.


HAALAND HEADING FOR MAN UTD?

Manchester United have reportedly already reached a 'mutual transfer agreement' to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund next summer.

The 21-year-old Norwegian is the most wanted striker in world football, with a £75m release clause set to become active at the end of the season.

Haaland has already scored 46 Bundesliga goals since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020.


BRUCE COULD GO ON MONDAY

Steve Bruce is expected to be sacked before Newcastle's first match under its new ownership against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Magpies boss is 1/10 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with speculation rife since a Saudi-led takeover was completed last week.

It is thought Bruce will lead training on Monday, but that could be his final act as boss.


ARSENAL RETURN FOR THE OX?

Arsenal are considering a shock move for former midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England international, 28, joined Liverpool for £28m in 2017 and made an excellent start to his career at Anfield before suffering a serious injury late in his opening season.

Since recovering, he has struggled for game-time, and is expected to leave in one of the next two windows. Now Arsenal looks like a realistic destination, having been identified by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta as a potential cut-price signing.


TOON TARGET BURNLEY DEFENDER

James Tarkowski is likely to become one of the first signings of an exciting new era at Newcastle with the Burnley defender understood to be keen on the move.

That's according to the Sunday Telegraph, with the club expected to spend big following a successful takeover last week.

The centre-back has one goal (1.49 xG) on his tally this season from a total of seven shots.


POGBA SAGA CONTINUES

Paul Pogba dropped a hint after France's 3-2 victory over Belgium in the Nations League as to where his future might lie.

The Manchester United midfielder's contract runs out next summer and Pogba was asked about a potential return to Juventus.

“I always speak to my former Juventus team-mates, like Paulo [Dybala]," he said. “I'm in Manchester, I've still got a contract there for a year and then we'll see.

“I want to finish well there in Manchester, then we'll see what happens.”


LIVERPOOL TO MOVE FOR ASENSIO?

Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio is attracting Liverpool's interest, according to some reports.

The Spain international is thought to be unhappy with the role he is playing under Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, which has piqued the interest of those on Merseyside.

Liverpool have been linked with Asensio several times in the past, most recently this summer.


LINGARD NEEDS REGULAR FOOTBALL

Jesse Lingard admits he needs “regular football” if he is to achieve his ambition of playing for England at the 2022 World Cup.

The Manchester United forward has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, coming off the bench on three occasions.

A fine spell on loan at West Ham last term saw Lingard included in the preliminary squad for Euro 2020 but he would ultimately not make the cut.

“Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but… you need regular football,” he said.

“It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”


RAMSEY: WALES SUITS BETTER THAN JUVE

Aaron Ramsey admits Wales' training methods suit him better and suggested Juventus need to take a different approach for him to play more games.

Ramsey has had a frustrating injury-hit time at Juventus since moving to Turin from Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

The 30-year-old has started only 25 league games for the Serie A giants and only once this season with the midfielder troubled by muscle fatigue.

"The training philosophy and methods are different in my club from here," said Ramsey, who takes over the Wales captaincy from the injured Gareth Bale for Friday's World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.

"There are a lot of people here who have a number of years of managing me. So they know how to get the best out of me and allow me to play a lot of games in a row, like I showed in the Euros.

"I'm capable of doing that and producing good performances. I'm feeling good, ready to go."


WATFORD SIGN NKOULOU

Watford complete the signing of Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou on a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The centre back left Torino on a free transfer after a four year stint with the Italian club, and bolsters the defensive options available to Claudio Ranieri.


WILSHERE TRAINING WITH ARSENAL

Jack Wilshere is training with Arsenal as his former club support him with his future in the game.

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since his deal at Bournemouth expired at the end of last season. He spent a short time last month training with Serie B outfit Como having spoken about his lack of offers and the impact it was having on his mental health.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was then asked if Wilshere would be welcome back to the club to train, replying “the door is always open”.

Now Wilshere, who played 197 games for Arsenal over 10 years, is training predominantly with the under-23s at the club’s London Colney training centre.


BYE BYE BALE

Gareth Bale has been told he can leave Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. Bale has played three times in La Liga this season, scoring once, but is currently sidelined with a 'significant hamstring injury'.

Bale is not the only Madrid superstar apparently on his way out however, with manager Carlo Ancelotti also telling Marcelo, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic they can leave the club.


MOTHER MBAPPE KNOWS BEST

Kylian Mbappe has surprisingly entered talks over a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, according to his mother.

The French superstar has been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent months, but the 22 year old has not let it distract from his game, scoring four and laying on a further three goals in Ligue 1 already this season.


BIAMOU JOINS DUNDEE UNITED

Maxime Biamou has signed for Dundee United until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Frenchman joins the Tayside club after leaving Coventry with the deal subject to international clearance.

Biamou was at Coventry for four years where he helped the Sky Blues become League One Champions in 2019/20 – only a year after helping them secure promotion from League Two.


SPURS IN FOR ICARDI

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on signing PSG forward Mauro Icardi, after the Argentinian made clear his frustration over lack of game time.

Given the arrival of Lionel Messi, as well as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both still being at the club, Icardi is struggling to cement a place in the starting XI, though he has scored three goals in four starts for the Parisians this season.

Icardi however, will reportedly only consider the move if Harry Kane makes his move to Manchester City.


RUDIGER CHELSEA FUTURE IN DOUBT

Antonio Rudiger's Chelsea future is in serious doubt after he was reportedly left "disappointed" by the latest offer tabled by the Champions League holders, leading to his representatives pausing negotiations.

The 28-year-old German defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has become a key member of Thomas Tuchel's side after falling out of favour in the latter stages of Frank Lampard's reign.

He came close to joining Tottenham in the summer of 2020 and is now being linked with both Spurs and a move back to his homeland to join Bayern Munich when his Chelsea contract expires.


UNITED IN FOR KESSIE?

AC Milan's all-action central midfielder Franck Kessie has emerged as a potential top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United.

The 24-year-old has been tipped to potentially replace Paul Pogba should the Frenchman decide to leave, reports say.

Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham are also interested in signing Kessie, whose contract expires in June 2022.


CHELSEA CHASE NKUNKU

Chelsea are reportedly in talks with RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku in an effort to persuade him to join the club.

Nkunku has been a standout star in a disappointing start to the season for RB Leipzig scoring four Bundesliga goals from 3.26 xG and four Champions League goals from 1.36 xG.


STERLING & OLMO ON BARCA RADAR

After well-documented financial woes this summer, Barcelona have suffered a tepid start to proceedings in La Liga this season - but that could all be about to change if reports are to be believed.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo the two main targets on their radar according to the Daily Express.


ARSENAL TARGET STRIKER

According to the The Sun, Arsenal are targeting a list of strikers that includes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins.

The Gunners are preparing for the departure of Alexandre Lacazette, who has payed just 61 minutes in the Premier League this season.


AURIER SET FOR VILLARREAL SWITCH

Villarreal are set to sign Tottenham defender Serge Aurier on an initial one-year deal, with the Ivorian mutually agreeing to terminate his contract.

Aurier is yet to play for Tottenham this season, with Nuno Espirito Santo seemingly deeming him surplus to requirements.


TOMLIN LEAVES CARDIFF

Lee Tomlin has had his Cardiff contract terminated by mutual consent.

The 32-year-old forward made 57 appearances for the Bluebirds and scored 11 goals after signing for the club from Bristol City in 2017.


REDS TARGET SALZBURG STAR

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are said to be chasing Red Bull Salzburg star Karim Adeyemi.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who report that the Premier League side are one of a number of clubs tracking the striker.

Adeyemi has struck twice in the Champions League this season from an xG of 2.39.


TIELEMANS TO REAL?

Real Madrid are reportedly looking at bidding for Leicester and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans in January.

New contract talks with the 24-year-old have stalled at the King Power, but manager Brendan Rodgers has consistently played down speculation that he could leave in the new year.

Real's interest is thought to stem from PSG's persistent efforts to sign their Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.


MAN UTD TO GIVE POGBA DEADLINE

Manchester United have reportedly asked Paul Pogba and his representatives to give them a decision on his future by Christmas.

The France midfielder's future remain uncertain, with the 2018 World Cup winner out of contract next summer. It means the 28-year-old can sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club from January 1.

Pogba, like Cristiano Ronaldo, came off the bench in United's 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.


PHILLIPS TO STAY AT LEEDS

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is close to signing a new contract at Leeds United, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 25-year-old's current deal does not expire until the summer of 2024 but the Elland Road outfit are keen to tie him down long term.


REAL INTEREST IN CAVANI

Veteran Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani could be a January transfer window target for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

South American newspaper El Nacional is reporting the La Liga outfit could make a move for the 34-year-old Uruguay forward, who has slipped down the Old Trafford pecking order after the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.


TRAORE TO SIGN NEW WOLVES DEAL

Adama Traore is edging closer to signing a new deal with Wolves after the club resisted Tottenham's attempts to sign him over the summer.

In early August, Spurs boss and former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was keen to bring his former star to North London.

However, during the final week of the window, Wolves rejected a proposal from Tottenham, insisting that Traore was not for sale.

In a blow to Spurs it now looks as though Traore will be signing a new deal at Molineux.


WERNER CONSIDERING CHELSEA FUTURE

Timo Werner will re-assess his future at Chelsea if he cannot force his way back into Thomas Tuchel's starting plans.

The arrival of Romelu Lukaku has seen the 25-year-old slip down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and the former RB Leipzig forward has only started two of the Blues' six Premier League games so far this term.

Werner managed just six league goals from a total xG of 12.2 last season according to Infogol expected goals statistics.

The striker remains contracted to Chelsea until 2025.

Timo Werner's Premier League statistics
Timo Werner's Premier League statistics


REAL INTEREST IN CAVANI

Veteran Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani could be a January transfer window target for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

South American newspaper El Nacional reports that the La Liga side are considering making a move for the 34-year-old who has been pushed down the Old Trafford pecking order by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.


MILAN WEIGHING UP LACAZETTE MOVE

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been "offered to AC Milan" on a free transfer if they can give him £150,000-a-week in wages when his contract expires.

The 30-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates and it looks increasingly unlikely that he will extend his stay in North London.

Lacazette has played just 38 minutes in the Premier League so far. Last campaign he scored 13 league goals from an xG of 11.41.


JUVE IN FOR SAKA

Mikel Arteta is "not worried" about transfer speculation swirling around Bukayo Saka, who is reportedly being scouted by Juventus.

Saka scored his first Premier League goal of the season in Arsenal's 3-1 win over local rivals Tottenham in the North London derby at the weekend, and he has been on the radar of a few of Europe's top clubs for a while now.


MOURINHO TRYNG TO LURE FORMER PLAYER

Jose Mourinho would like a reunion with Tanguy Ndombele at AS Roma and is planning to make an offer for the unsettled Tottenham midfielder.

Mourinho has already lured Tammy Abraham to Roma for a reported £34m, and the former Chelsea striker has hit the ground running in Serie A, scoring twice and assisting a further two in his six starts.


BARCA STAR OFFERED A FATI NEEW CONTRACT

Barcelona are "desperate" to keep hold of teenage superstar Ansu Fati and offered him a lucrative new contract earlier this month.

Reports from The Star however, suggest that Barcelona have had their wage cap slashed to around £84m by La Liga, some seven times less than rivals Real Madrid and below reported figures for Premier League new boys Watford.


HAALAND IN MADRID'S SIGHTS

Erling Haaland is said to have been 'seduced' by Real Madrid as Borussia Dortmund get ready to sell their star player during the summer transfer window in 2022.

Haaland has scored seven goals from five starts in the Bundesliga this season, as well as a further one in the Champions League.

The Norwegian's stock couldn't be any higher, and Real Madrid look desperate to land his signature.


ALLAN ATTRACTING MAXIMIN ATTENTION

Allan Saint-Maximin is reportedly attracting interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool with both clubs looking to make their move next year.

The Newcastle forward has already scored twice for the struggling Magpies this campaign, as well as laying on a further three goals, meaning Newcastle have only scored two goals this term that have not involved the Frenchman.


KESSIE PRIORITISES PL

Franck Kessie is reportedly prioritising a move to the Premier League when his AC Milan contract expires next summer.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all keeping tabs on the midfielder according to the Daily Mail.


UNITED AFTER PHILLIPS

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United want to lure Kalvin Phillips away from rivals Leeds.

United have turned their attention away from West Ham's Declan Rice to focus on his England midfield partner, reports suggest.


MCLAREN STEPS DOWN AT DERBY

Former England manager Steve McClaren has stepped down as technical director of troubled Derby but will continue to act as a senior advisor to the club.

The announcement came following discussions between McClaren and Derby’s administrators on Monday.

A statement from the club said: “The talks between both parties were amicable and as part of those discussions the club’s joint administrators expressed their desire to retain McClaren on a part-time consultancy basis.

“It was agreed that McClaren will continue to act as a senior advisor as the club and joint administrators look to navigate through the administration process.”


SPURS WANT WATKINS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a move for Aston Villa and England forward Ollie Watkins.

The 25-year-old scored 14 Premier League goals from chances equating to 15.75 Expected Goals (xG) last season after joining Villa from Brentford for around £30m.

Spurs have been linked with numerous strikers since Harry Kane attempted to force a move to Manchester City in last transfer window, ultimately failing in his efforts.


LEEDS YOUNGSTER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Leeds’ teenager Jack Jenkins has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who made his senior debut for the Whites in their shock FA Cup defeat at Crawley in January, has committed until 2024.

Jenkins, a regular for Leeds’ Under-23 side, was included in Marcelo Bielsa’s match-day squad as an unused substitute for the final three Premier League games last season.

Fellow youngsters Liam McCarron and Charlie Cresswell, who made his full league debut in Saturday’s home defeat to West Ham, have also signed new deals at the club in recent weeks.


CLUBS CHASE CHIESA

Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are all reportedly set to renew their interest in Federico Chiesa this summer - but Juventus have no intention of selling him.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the winger is attracting interest from across Europe's elite.

The 23-year-old scored nine goals (7.22 xG) alongside contributing a further nine assists (8.56 xA) in Serie A last season.


CITY TARGET MBAPPE

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has given Pep Guardiola a mandate to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe in January "at any cost".

That's according to the Daily Mail, who say that the Premier League champions are interested in a move for the French superstar.

Mbappe is expected to depart PSG with his contract up next summer.


SELLING JAMES MADE SENSE - BENITEZ

Everton boss Rafael Benitez has given his take on James Rodriguez’s departure from the club after the Colombian joined Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan.

After joining from Real Madrid 12 months ago, the 30-year-old made 26 appearances for Everton, scoring six goals, in an injury-disrupted 2020-21.

“James is a very easy and complicated issue," said Benitez.

“That is the Premier League, that is Everton Football Club, that is intensity from day one until the last day, and then when you have a player in the situation that we have, that can be available just 50 per cent of the games, overall, in the Premier League, it is not something that we can manage easily.

“We have to maximise the resources that we have, and that is the situation.”


HAGI FOCUSED ON RANGERS NOT ROMA

Ianis Hagi is focusing on his Rangers performances amid speculation that Roma are lining up a January move.

Reports in Romania claim Roma and Rangers have agreed a £17m fee for a mid-season transfer.

“Right now I am in a position where tomorrow there is a game,” Hagi said, speaking ahead of their trip to Dundee.

“After five days there is another game. I am fully concentrated on Rangers. I don’t think right now is the moment to talk about transfers. The transfer window just ended so there is no point talking about transfers."


MCGREGOR SIGNS NEW CELTIC DEAL

Celtic skipper Callum McGregor was reassured by the board’s vision for the club before signing a new five-year deal.

McGregor has now committed himself to the club until the summer of 2026, weeks after being named captain ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s a great feeling, I’m very proud to extend my stay here at the club,” the 28-year-old said.

“I love playing for this club. It’s been my whole life and I enjoy my football here. I’ve had some good discussions with the board in terms of where we see the club going – very, very positive – and the negotiations were very quick.”


CITY IN FOR OYARZABAL

Manchester City are set to enter the race to sign Real Sociedad winger Mikel Oyarzabal, who could cost them more than £60m and is also interesting PSG and Barcelona.

Oyarzabal, part of Spain's Euro 2020 squad that reached the semi-finals, has scored four times in five La Liga games for Sociedad this season.


LEWANDOWSKI TO LEAVE BAYERN?

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted he held meetings with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The news comes after the Polish striker hinted he may be looking for a new challenge and, having recently collected the Golden Shoe for his 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances last season, now would be a great time for Real to pounce.


ARSENAL AFTER ASENSIO

Arsenal have been put on red alert with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio set to hold showdown talks with Carlo Ancelotti.

The Spanish forward scored a hat-trick on his first start of the season against Mallorca as his side ran out 6-1 winners to return to the top of La Liga.


CHELSEA EYE DE LIGT

Chelsea are ready to turn their attention towards Juventus central defender Matthijs De Ligt having failed to sign Jules Kounde in the summer window.

De Ligt singed for Juventus in 2019, but with the Old Lady enduring their worst start to a season for over fifty years, there is every chance his head will be turned by an offer from the European champions.


RODRIGUEZ COMPLETES MOVE

James Rodriguez has completed a move to Al-Rayyan from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The Colombia international travelled to the Middle East at the weekend with the transfer window in the region still open until the end of the month.

Everton boss Rafael Benitez described the anticipated departure of Rodriguez as a “special situation” after the club’s Carabao Cup exit at QPR on Tuesday and the playmaker has now bid farewell to Goodison Park after 26 appearances.


O'BRIEN SIGNS NEW TOWN DEAL

Lewis O’Brien has committed his future to Huddersfield by signing a new long-term deal.

The 22-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Leeds during the recent transfer window, but will now stay at Town until the summer of 2025.

O’Brien has scored six goals in 86 appearances for Town.

Head coach Carlos Corberan told the club’s official website: "It’s a very positive moment for the club, because Lewis is the perfect example of the kind of player we want to create – someone who has graduated from the academy to the first team, becoming an important player for the club."


UNITED READY TO SELL MARTIAL

Manchester United are reported to be ready to part ways with Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman, who missed the back end of last season through injury, has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford due to the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.


INTER LOOKING TO GET RID OF SANCHEZ

Inter Milan are reportedly desperate to get rid of Alexis Sanchez to cut down their wage bill.

The Chilean has had a hit and miss stint in Italy with Inter, but did help them win the title last season.

His campaign this term has been stop-start due to injuries, and it is reported that Inter are looking to get his sizable wages of their books.


JAMES ON HIS WAY OUT?

Everton midfielder James Rodriguez has travelled to Qatar ahead of his proposed move to Al Rayyan.

The Columbian international scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Toffees last season, assisting a further four, but he is yet to feature for Rafa Benitez and his future at the club looks touch and go.


NEW CHELSEA DEAL FOR CHRISTENSEN

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer defender Andreas Christensen a new deal.

The news comes after Christensen was initially offered a contract at a reduced salary, but Thomas Tuchel looks keen on keeping the Danish centre-back, whose current deal runs out next summer.


POCH DISMISSES TALK OF RIFT WITH MESSI

Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down talk of a rift with Lionel Messi as the Argentina superstar faces a battle to be fit for the Champions League clash with Manchester City.

The 34-year-old was replaced during the second half of Sunday’s 2-1 Ligue 1 victory over Lyon, although appeared to be less than happy with the decision.

However, after PSG confirmed Messi had undergone a scan on his left knee and is awaiting a full assessment of the damage, Pochettino insisted there was no issue.

He told a press conference: "We saw that Leo Messi was checking his knee and made some gestures. We saw that when he took a shot."


NUNO - KANE SAGA IS 'IN THE PAST'

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants to focus on the present amid suggestions Harry Kane is suffering a hangover from his summer transfer saga.

The England captain had designs on joining Manchester City this summer and even went as far as turning up late for pre-season training to try and force a move through.

He has yet to score in four Premier League games and recently went through his first ever 90 minutes without having a shot in the 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Asked whether the 28-year-old was affected by what went on in the summer, Nuno said: "That’s the past. Nothing that we can say or do now or in the future will change the past.

"What we have to do with the past is put it behind our heads and focus in the present."


READING COULD FACE POINTS DEDUCTION

Championship club Reading are set for a points deduction after breaching EFL finance rules according to the Telegraph.

The Royals are locked in talks with the Football League over a points deduction, likely to be six to nine points, which could drop them into a relegation scrap if applied this season.


FOREST APPOINT COOPER AS NEW HEAD COACH

Nottingham Forest have appointed Steve Cooper as their new head coach.

The former Swansea boss, who left the Welsh club at the end of July, replaces Chris Hughton at the City Ground.

Forest have had to pay Swansea compensation to get Cooper as he was on gardening leave in south Wales, having just under 12 months left on his contract.


JUVE AND ATLETI EYE SAKA

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are reportedly set to make a move for Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

The 20-year-old signed a new four-year contract at the Emirates in July last year, though, putting the Gunners in a position of power if negotiations were to take place.


REDS KEEN ON HUSDON-ODOI

The Daily Express has reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi with January's transfer window on the horizon.

Hudson-Odoi, who has only played 84 minutes in the Premier League this season, has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after seeing little action under Thomas Tuchel.


STOREY SIGNS NEW PRESTON DEAL

Preston centre-back Jordan Storey has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

The 24-year-old moved to Deepdale from Exeter in 2018 and has made 87 appearances for the Lilywhites.

Storey’s performances have now seen him rewarded with a new long-term contract to keep him at Preston until 2025.


RODRIGUEZ IN QATAR TALKS

Out-of-favour Everton playmaker James Rodriguez has travelled to Qatar to discuss a move to the Middle East.

The PA news agency reports the Colombia international is to have talks with Al-Rayyan – managed by the former France player and coach Laurent Blanc – with the transfer window in the region still open until the end of the month.

Rodriguez was told by new manager Rafael Benitez he was not in his plans after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, who brought in the South American having worked with him at Real Madrid.


PL CLUBS CHASE COMAN

Liverpool and Chelsea are on red alert after Kingsley Coman was tipped as a potential Bayern Munich departure.

That's according to the Daily Mirror, who say the winger could be on his way out of the Bundesliga club.

Coman has struggled for game time with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry the established first choice wide options while Jamal Musiala has also been utilised in that area.


FATI COMMITTED TO BARCA

Ansu Fati, having just been handed Lionel Messi's number 10 shirt at Barcelona, is totally committed to the club according to Mundo Deportivo.

The newspaper reports he told agent Jorge Mendes he wants to stay at the Nou Camp despite the club's high-profile financial issues.


FERNANDES SET FOR NEW DEAL?

Bruno Fernandes is closing in on a bumper new contract at Man Utd worth more than £250,000 a week, according to reports.

The deal could be announced within the next few weeks and represents a £100,000 weekly pay rise.

His current contract runs until 2025 but would be extended by one year, with bonuses and incentives elevating him among elite earners at the club, such as Ronaldo and Paul Pogba.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were reportedly interested in signing the Portugal international but the midfielder is happy to commit his future in Manchester after the club made several marquee signings this summer.


WEST HAM EYE UP GOLDSON

West Ham are keeping a close eye on Rangers defender Connor Goldson, according to reports.

The ex-Brighton centre-back is out of contract at Ibrox next summer.


LEEDS BEGIN PHILLIPS TALKS

Leeds have opened talks with midfielder Kalvin Phillips over a new contract, according to reports.

The 25-year-old's existing deal at Elland Road runs out in 2024.


RODGERS RELAXED ABOUT TIELEMANS' FUTURE

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he is relaxed about Youri Tielemans’ future despite contract talks dragging on.

The midfielder, who is tied to the King Power until 2023, said this week he was keeping his options open while negotiations over a new deal continue.

Rodgers said: “There’s no drama with it. It’s just the reality of the situation. It only becomes a problem to me if there’s a lack of commitment or there’s not the same intensity but that’s never been the case with Youri.

“It’s natural, he is a very talented player who is in discussions with the club and we’ll see where that takes us. I have no idea (why it is dragging on), I concentrate on the football and making sure he is the best player he can be, giving him the support, environment and culture to be that.

“He is a top-class professional and a joy to work with and while he is here – for however long that is – he will always give and I will always give the best to his development.”


FATI ON UNITED'S RADAR

Manchester United asked Cristiano Ronaldo's agent about signing Barcelona whizkid Ansu Fati during transfer talks.

Fati, who is still just 18 years of age, has not played for Barcelona since suffering a meniscus injury in November 2020, but his record prior to that is difficult to argue with, scoring 11 goals from 17 starts in La Liga since his debut in the 2019/20 season.


NO SHORTAGE OF SAKA OFFERS

Arsenal consider Bukayo Saka to be "untouchable" but that has not stopped a number of transfer approaches being made for the young England player.

Saka started 30 games for the Gunners in the Premier League last season, scoring five and assisting a further three goals, and he was a vital part of Gareth Southgate's England team at Euro 2020.


TIELEMANS STALLS OVER LEICESTER DEAL

Youri Tielemans admitted he is keeping his options open while talks over a new Leicester deal continue.

The Foxes are in discussions with the midfielder, whose current contract expires in 2023.

He told Sky Sports: “There’s no update really. I’m open to everything. The transfer market has just closed, but I want to keep as many options as I can open.

“As long as I’m here I will give everything for the club. I’ve already done so, but I will do so even more. The contract situation is just something that is going on in football, it’s a normal situation.

“There are talks going on – I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. We will see.”

Tielemans has made 113 appearances for the Foxes, scoring 18 goals – including the winner to beat Chelsea 1-0 in last season’s FA Cup final.

He joined for a club-record £35million from Monaco in 2019 and has been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona.


DEMBA BA RETIRES

Former Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham striker Demba Ba has announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old, who joined Swiss side Lugano in June, announced on Twitter that his “wonderful journey” had come to an end.

“It is with a heart filled with gratefulness that I announce the end of my playing career,” said the former Senegal international.

“Football has given me so many beautiful emotions. From the passion of the fans and the noise coming from the stands after every goal to the connection with my team-mates on and off the field. This will forever remain in my head and heart.”

Ba joined West Ham from German side Hoffenheim in January 2011 after a failed medical scuppered a move to Stoke, but at the end of that season he moved on to Newcastle before heading to Stamford Bridge in January 2013.

He left for Besiktas 18 months later before spells in China and back in Turkey.


CITY LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN

England and Borussia Dortmund teenage ace Jude Bellingham is on Manchester City's wanted list, but he is not the only one, with City also reportedly ready to fight Manchester United in the battle for Declan Rice next summer.

This all comes after rumours of Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati being offered to several European giants, including Manchester City.


COOK SIGNS NEW BOURNEMOUTH DEAL

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has signed a new three-year contract with the Sky Bet Championship club.

The 24-year-old, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in March, has made 120 appearances for the Cherries since joining from Leeds in 2016.

Cook won a single England cap in March 2018 – coming on as a substitute in a Wembley friendly against Italy – and was later named on standby for Gareth Southgate’s squad for that year’s World Cup.


LINGARD REJECTS NEW MAN UTD CONTRACT

Jesse Lingard has reportedly turned down a new contract with Manchester United.

The England attacker's current deal expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be available as a free agent.

Lingard was not short of suitors over the summer, with West Ham one of the clubs desperate to land his signature.

Lingard scored nine goals and provided a further four assists for David Moyes' side last season, but he has seen just four minutes of Premier League action for Manchester United this season, and with Cristiano Ronaldo's recent return, Lingard looks to have fallen even further down the pecking order.


ST MIRREN SIGN MATT MILLAR

St Mirren have signed Australian full-back Matt Millar on a deal until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old joins the Buddies following the expiry of his contract with A-League side Newcastle Jets.

Born in Melbourne, Millar joined Melbourne City in 2015 and also had spells with South Melbourne, and Central Coast Mariners.

He spent a spell on loan with English League One side Shrewsbury Town last season and joins Saints until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, subject to international clearance.


BAGGIES BRING IN BRYAN

West Brom have signed defender Kean Bryan on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old left Sheffield United this summer after three seasons with the Bramall Lane outfit, which included a loan spell with Bolton.

Bryan, who made 13 appearances in the Premier League for the Blades last season, boosts West Brom’s options at the back following injuries to Matt Clarke and Dara O’Shea.

Baggies boss Valerien Ismael said on the club’s official website: “Kean has the same profile as a defender as Dara. He is a very aggressive, fast, centre-back, who is good in the build-up, is young, wants to learn, and has experience, so his profile is very good for us.

“The main difference to Dara is that Kean is left-footed and with Matt Clarke also out this was an opportunity for us to sign a player who can also play on the left side of our back three, as it is important to the balance of our team to have left-footed players in left-sided positions.


MBENZA LEAVES HUDDERSFIELD

Belgian winger Isaac Mbenza has left Huddersfield by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old was due to play for the Terriers up until the end of the 2021-22 season but both parties have agreed to terminate his contract.

Mbenza made 41 starts and 26 appearances from the bench and scored on six occasions for the West Yorkshire side after joining from French club Montpellier in 2018, initially on loan.


HUGGINS: SUNDERLAND WAS THE RIGHT MOVE

Wales Under-21 international Niall Huggins believes “massive club” Sunderland will bring the best out of him after the end of his 12-year Leeds stay.

Huggins progressed from the Leeds Academy into the first-team at Elland Road and made his Premier League debut against Arsenal in February. But he joined Sunderland in the search for first-team football last month, signing a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light.

“It was a great experience to be near that first-team level in the Premier League,” Huggins said ahead of Wales’ 2023 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

“But Leeds are looking to bring in lots of high-quality players from around the world and, opportunity-wise for me, it was going to be hard to break through. The pathway just got a bit smaller for me and when I heard Sunderland were interested it was huge.

“They are a massive club. I know they are in League One now, but they’re fighting to get back up the leagues and they’re a Premier League club really. The philosophy there is similar to Leeds and think I can bring a lot to them.”


THOMAS SIGNS NEW BURNLEY CONTRACT

Burnley have announced defender Bobby Thomas has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 20-year-old Clarets academy product made his first-team debut in a Carabao Cup win at Millwall last September.

He subsequently spent the second half of the season on loan at Barrow, making 21 Sky Bet League Two appearances, and has been on the bench for all of Burnley’s games so far this term.

Thomas said in quotes on the Turf Moor outfit’s official website: “It’s something you work towards since you are a young kid. To sign a long-term deal at an established Premier League side is a nice feeling.

“It’s an important step, that transition from coming out of the 23s, hopefully into a first-team environment, whenever that may be, which will be a nice reward for working hard and all the sacrifices.”


FODEN OFFERED HUGE PAY RISE

Manchester City star Phil Foden is being offered a new long-term deal at the Etihad, with his wages reportedly being quadrupled.

A six-year-contract, thought to be worth around £150,000-a-week has been offered to the 'Stockport Iniesta', who scored nine goals and provided a further five assists in the Premier League last season.

The news comes after Pep Guardiola apparently turned down the opportunity to sign Saul Niguez on Deadline Day, the Atletico Madrid man then making the move to Chelsea on loan.


EDU DEFENDS ARSENAL POLICY

Arsenal technical director Edu has defended the club’s transfer policy following fierce criticism and a poor start to the season.

The Brazilian told Sky Sports: “We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn’t really have good back-ups to play games.

“I believe we need a squad to win games. We need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season because it is not only about the first XI. We need a foundation.

“Of course, it has hurt us to be in that situation. We are hurt, I am hurt. I don’t want to see the club there, but I want to see the team playing together. Let’s judge the team when they play together.

“Why are a few clubs around the Premier League just signing one or two players? It’s because they already have the foundation. They already have the team prepared. I’m sorry, but the reality is we don’t.”


RONDON CAN'T WAIT FOR RAFA REUNION

New Everton signing Salomon Rondon credits manager Rafael Benitez with ‘changing his mentality’ during his two previous spells under the Spaniard.

The Venezuela international completed a deadline-day return to the Premier League from China to be reunited with the man who previously signed him for Newcastle and Dalian Professional.

"I enjoy playing for Rafa a lot because he is the manager who changed my mentality and how I see the game, what he needs from me to help the team and my team-mates," he told evertontv.

"We were in Newcastle together and he explained very clearly the main points for a striker. In China, it was the same."


WOLVES TO OFFER TRAORE NEW DEAL

Wolves will offer Adama Traore a new contract in a bid to quieten down the speculation surrounding his long-term future, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Spain international Traore was heavily linked with a move to rejoin former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham this summer.


INTER COULD CAPTURE LENO

Inter Milan are monitoring Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to Tuttosport.

The 29-year-old Germany international is due to become a free agent next summer and Inter are considering a potential free transfer.


AURIER OPEN TO ARSENAL MOVE

Former Tottenham defender Serge Aurier would consider a move to north London rivals Arsenal after terminating his contract with Spurs a year early on deadline day.

The right-back's Spurs deal was set to expire at the end of the season, although Aurier had told the club of his intention to leave at the end of the last campaign.


PJANIC MOVES TO BESIKTAS

Another Barcelona transfer flop is on his way out, as midfielder Miralem Pjanic has secured a season-long loan to Turkish outfit Besiktas.

The Bosnian is looking for first-team football following a miserable spell since joining from Juventus in what was effectively a swap deal for Arthur last summer.

It is another departure from the Nou Camp as Barca desperately try to cut their wage bill, something they are even more in need of doing after the Catalan government restricted their stadium capacity to just 30,000.


STURRIDGE 'FIT AS A FIDDLE'

Former England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reassured any clubs potentially interested in his services that he is 'fitter than a fiddle' and 'more motivated than ever before'.

The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Turkish club Trabzonspor in March 2020 when he was given a four-month ban from breaking betting rules.


RICE WANTS WEST HAM RELEASE CLAUSE

Declan Rice will only sign a new contract at West Ham if it includes a release clause, according to this morning's papers.

The news comes on the back of Harry Kane's failure to force a move from Tottenham to Manchester City, with the lack of a release clause in his six-year contract highlighted as a huge error.

Rice, 22, has been linked with a host of top clubs since breaking into the England team around 18 months ago. The request for a release clause is reportedly proving to be a major stumbling block with the Hammers.


BISSOUMA SET FOR JANUARY TRANSFER?

Yves Bissouma is still attracting long-term interest from three of the Premier League big-boys, according to widespread reports.

The midfielder despite remained with Brighton this summer despite consistent speculation that he could move on, with Arsenal in particular linked early on in the transfer window.

The Mali international has made a big impact at Albion since joining from in 2018, and played in all but two of their Premier League games last term.


MANCHESTER MOVE FOR HAALAND?

After Cristiano Ronaldo opted for Old Trafford only a few days ago, Manchester rivals United and City are set to go head-to-head again next summer, this time for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland - according to this morning's papers.

Despite speculation, Haaland stayed put in January but is expected to move on in six months' time when his £75m release clause becomes active.

The Norwegian, 21, has scored 46 Bundesliga goals from chances equating to 32.34 expected goals (xG) since joining Dortmund midway through the 2019/20 season.


MAGUIRE - 'RONALDO IS GREATEST EVER'

Harry Maguire considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best footballer of all time and cannot wait to line up alongside the returning Manchester United great.

Shockwaves were sent around the footballing world on Friday as the Old Trafford giants swept in to strike a deal with Juventus for the 36-year-old, just as the forward appeared to be edging towards rivals Manchester City.

Ronaldo completed the move on deadline day, signing a two-year deal with the option of a further season at a club where he is revered thanks to a memorable, success-laden stint between 2003 and 2009.

“It’s amazing,” the defender said. “Obviously I’m away with England at the moment so my focus is on the game tomorrow but for him to sign back for the club (is amazing).

“For me, the greatest player to play the game.

“Obviously he’s going to improve our team as well with his goalscoring record. It’s amazing to have him at the club. I’m looking forward to meeting him in a few days.”

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