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Transfer gist: Man Utd favourites to land Leao; Barcelona eye Gimenez



Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign AC Milan forward Rafael Leao next summer. (Calciomercato)

Barcelona are tracking the progress of prolific Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez, who is also a target for Real Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. (ESPN)

Real Madrid duo Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo will join Vinicius Junior in signing a new long-term contract at the club. Camavinga will ink a deal until 2029, with Rodrygo committing for a year less. (Fabrizio Romano)

Brentford are willing to sell Chelsea and Arsenal target Ivan Toney as long as they pocket around £80m. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United are considering a January move for Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah, who has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge by Mauricio Pochettino. (Teamtalk)

Talks between United and Aaron Wan-Bissaka over a new contract have stalled, with activating his 12-month extension clause now most likely. (Mail)

Liverpool could face competition from Arsenal for emerging Ajax defender Devyne Rensch. (Football Insider)

Lautaro Martinez says he’s happy to stay at Inter despite being linked with a move to Real Madrid over the summer. (Sky Sports)

Scouts from Manchester United watched Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa in action over the weekend. Chelsea also hold an interest. (A Bola)

Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel says the club will be actively looking to strengthen their squad in January with players heading off to AFCON. A new defensive midfielder remains high priority, with Joao Palhinha and Kalvin Phillips still targets. (Fabrizio Romano)

Juventus will resurrect their interest in Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey this January, in the hope last year’s Premier League runners-up will agree to a cut-price deal. (Tutto Juve)

Newcastle United have opened talks with Santos over the signing of 20-year-old striker Marcos Leonardo, who is valued at around £25m. (UOL)

Chelsea’s pursuit of a new centre-back in January could see them move for Edmond Tapsoba, who is starring for Bundesliga leader Bayer Leverkusen. (Fichajes)

Arsenal could go head-to-head with north London rivals Tottenham for the signature of Sporting CP winger Geny Catamo. (Fichajes)

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Ex-Chelsea Flop, Timo Werner In Shock Move To Man Utd




Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner is a shock transfer target for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.

Werner, 27, has been linked with a loan move to a variety of interested clubs in January, including Real Madrid, but Plettenberg believes the German will prefer to see out the season at RB Leipzig before making a permanent move.

Werner is said to be disgruntled with the way things are going in Saxony despite only having rejoined Leipzig from Chelsea in 2022, while Man United are keen to strengthen their attack. Manchester United have enquired about Werner’s availability, but no offer has been made and there haven’t been any negotiations at this stage.

Reds boss Erik Ten Hag will now monitor Werner’s situation over the next couple of weeks before the transfer window opens.

If Werner were to move to Old Trafford in January, he would join the likes of Odion Ighalo and Wout Weghorst on a growing list of stop-gap striking options that the Premier League side have turned to in recent history.

Werner has only scored twice this campaign, but he managed to register 16 goals last season back in the Bundesliga.

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Newcastle eyeing January move for Kalvin Phillips




Newcastle United are lining up a January move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, sources have told ESPN.

The England midfielder has started just one game for City this season and the club are braced for offers ahead of the January window.

Newcastle are keen to bolster their midfield to compensate for the loss of Sandro Tonali, who has been hit with a 10-month suspension for breaching rules around betting. Juventus and Bayern Munich are among the other clubs interested in Phillips.

Kalvin Phillips has largely been restricted to a role from the bench in his time at City. Getty
Phillips, a £43 million ($53.6m) signing from Leeds United in 2022, has struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s team and according to a source, is keen to find regular football ahead of the Euros in Germany next summer.

The 27-year-old started just four games last season, with both of his Premier League starts coming after City had been confirmed as champions.

His only start this season came in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup in September and he was left on the bench for league defeats to Wolves and Arsenal despite his competition in central midfield, Rodri, serving a suspension.

Phillips has been named in the latest England squad for games against Malta and North Macedonia during the international break, despite his lack of game time.

Gareth Southgate will name just one more squad — for March internationals against Brazil and Belgium — before finalising his team for Euro 2024.

If he stays at City into the new year, Phillips is set to face even more competition in the new year with Kevin De Bruyne expected back from a hamstring injury.

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Nicolò Fagioli signs new Juventus contract




As expected, Juventus have officially extended their contract with midfielder Nicolò Fagioli until June 2028, although he is suspended for illegal betting.

The Bianconeri youth academy product confessed to the club and the authorities last month that he had been struggling with a gambling addiction that left him needing to borrow money off teammates, pretending that it was to buy luxury watches.

He worked out a plea bargain for a seven-month ban, which will see him available for the final match of this Serie A season.

That ban includes a commitment to undergo treatment for gambling addiction and make several public appearances warning others of the dangers of this misunderstood condition.

His contract had been due to expire in June 2026, but Juventus showed their support for Fagioli by extending it to 2028.

The 22-year-old had joined the club’s academy as a 14-year-old and made his senior debut in 2021.

Fagioli also recently changed management to CAA Stellar.

He is being allowed to train regularly with the rest of the Juventus squad during his ban.

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