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Juventus chase Phillips

Kalvin Phillips is being courted by Juventus and a host of top Premier League clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

The Manchester City midfielder, 27, has struggled for minutes since joining the champions from Leeds in the summer of 2022, making just 29 appearances in total. He has made just four league appearances this term and has started just once: a Carabao Cup match against Newcastle back in September.

Phillips was heavily linked with a transfer in the summer but made it clear he was reluctant to entertain the idea of moving on from City so quickly. But with his minutes still limited, numerous suitors are now planning to offer Phillips an escape route in the New Year.

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Ratcliffe unsure about wholesale changes

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is unsure about making wholesale changes at Manchester United in January, as he hopes to assume control of the club’s football operations by Christmas.

The 71-year-old is closing in on buying a 25 per cent stake in United worth around £1.4billion. The deal was expected to be completed during the November international break, but Ratcliffe is still not in situe as Erik ten Hag’s side prepare to face Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, Mirror Football understands that Ratcliffe wants have control of football operations by 25 December. However, there is little appetite for Ratcliffe and his team to make huge alterations in the playing squad during the winter months.

This would be a gigantic blow to United and Ten Hag, who are keen to strengthen the squad in January. A defensive midfielder is on the club’s radar, as is a right‑sided centre-back, a No.8 and a striker, as per The Guardian. United spent over £150m on transfers in the summer, with Rasmus Hojlund among their big-money arrivals.

Liverpool ‘not interested’ in Mbappe

Liverpool are supposedly not interested in signing Kylian Mbappe next summer, according to Sky Germany.

Real Madrid are the most likely destination for the Frenchman, who has just over six months left on his contract.

The Reds have previously held transfer talks with Mbappe and Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big fan of the France international.

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Napoli president on transfers

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has opened up on the futures of Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Speaking on Osimhen, De Laurentiis said: “We are at the signing stage of the new contract we’ve offered last summer.”

“Kvaratskhelia’s contract?” he added. “What’s the point of asking about Kvara now — he still has four years on his contract.”

Neves rules out Newcastle move

Ruben Neves has revealed that he has no plans of leaving Al-Hilal in January, amid rumours linking him with a loan move to Newcastle.

“I don’t go,” Neves told the BBC. “I think that’s rumours because of the owner of the clubs of course and because I’ve played in England as well. There was Newcastle interest before I came here but I’m really happy here.

“My family’s really happy, so I’m having a great time. Everything is going really well for me and I want to stay here.”

Ruben Neves has ruled out a move to Newcastle (Getty Images)

Godfrey expected to leave Everton

Tottenham target Ben Godfrey is expected to leave Everton in January.

According to football.london, Spurs are tracking the centre-back, who has fallen down the pecking order at the Toffees since Sean Dyche was appointed as the club’s boss.

Juventus eyeing Phillips

Juventus are eyeing up a move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips in January.

According to the Daily Mail, the Serie A outfit are among those exploring a loan move for Phillips, who has struggled for regular first-team game time at Pep Guardiola’s City this season.

Frank makes Toney warning

Thomas Frank has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that he expects Ivan Toney to still be a Brentford player once the January transfer window shuts.

Speaking with the Evening Standard, the Dane said: “Everyone saw what he did last year. It’s not like he broke a leg or did his ACL, so he’s fit and probably even more ambitious to get success. I’m convinced he will be absolutely on it. I don’t want to lose him. I hope, and think, he’ll be a Brentford player on February 1.”

Man Utd ‘join race’ for Bundesliga hotshot

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy in January, according to the Chronicle.

The Frenchman has scored 16 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season and has attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

Guirassy is said to have a £15million release clause in his contract.

Van de Beek set to leave Man Utd

Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Donny van de Beek will be allowed to leave Manchester United to seek first-team game time in the January transfer window.

“I think Donny has to play,” Ten Hag said in his post-Newcastle press conference. “In games he was in the squad, so he had the opportunity. It was a slow start to the season because he was still recovering from physical setbacks.

“But he is back now and he is doing really well in training, so if you can’t give him perspective then I can see he has to play for his career and for everything.”

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Arsenal urged to make signings

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal need to “sign two or three more players” if they want to win the league this season.

“Arsenal improved their squad, but they also lost an important player in Granit Xhaka,” Petit told Lord Ping. “I still believe that Arsenal need to sign two or three more players if they want to become champions, but they won’t be able to get them in the January window because clubs don’t want to sell their best players halfway through the season.

“The exception to that is the signing of Trossard last January, but he had six months left on his contract and wanted to leave. It’s very rare to get a player that good in the January window.

“Every season Arsenal adds one or two high quality players to their squad. Arteta and the board are maybe copying the same approach in the transfer market as Liverpool and Manchester City where they are waiting to sign the right players, rather than signing players that offer short-term fixes.

“I’m sure that Edu and Arteta have identified the perfect players that they would like to add to the group in the summer because when you play in the Premier League and the Champions League, that is a demanding work load. You cannot play with the same eleven players every week.

“The most important signing would be a striker and possibly a wide forward that can take the pressure off Martinelli and Saka. Arsenal are missing the striker that can score between twenty-to-thirty goals a season.

“It’s a non-negotiable if you want to compete with the best teams, you need a player that guarantees you a certain number of goals. We saw Manchester City rotate the goals among their players before they signed Haaland, but then you need maybe six or seven players who will score at least ten goals each season.

“Arsenal don’t have those players. I have huge respect for Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, but are they going to score twenty-to-thirty goals a season? I don’t think so.”

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Ratcliffe could hand Sancho a lifeline

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to assume control of Manchester United’s footballing operations on Monday.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the billionaire businessman’s chief lieutenant, is ready to go in to begin work on Ratcliffe’s brave new world. The 71-year-old from Greater Manchester is buying a 25 percent stake in the Red Devils from the Glazers for £1.3billion.

While the state of the squad and the set up will be assessed by Brailsford and his team, it is understood there is little appetite to make wholesale changes at this present time with the Reds – who go to Newcastle on Saturday – just four points off the top four.

There could also be a lifeline for Jadon Sancho with sources of the belief that the 23-year-old could benefit from Brailsford’s psychology-based approach alongside therapist Steve Peters at Team Sky. The exiled winger hasn’t played since August.

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Mudryk makes Chelsea transfer demand

Mykhaylo Mudryk has urged Chelsea to sign his former Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Georgiy Sudakov in the January transfer window.

Mudryk has struggled to make an impact since joining the Blues in a deal which could reach £87million in January. The Ukraine international has contributed just two goals and two assists in 29 appearances in all competitions and is yet to hit the kind of form which prompted Chelsea to gazump Arsenal in the transfer market.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen his defence in the mid-season transfer window following a shocking capitulation to lose 4-1 against Newcastle on the weekend. He will reportedly try to sign a new central defender once Trevoh Chalobah has been moved on, but Mudryk would prefer him to focus his attention elsewhere.

Gazzetta dello Sport says he is hoping that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will return to Shakhtar for another winter spending spree. Sudakov, 21, has been in good form this season, recording three goals and one assist from 15 appearances. He is on the radar after netting in the Champions League against Barcelona.

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Mykhaylo Mudryk wants a former team-mate to join him at Chelsea (Getty Images)

Tottenham could help Man Utd seal Sancho exit

If Juventus’ attempts to sign Jadon Sancho are reliant on the Italian club finding funds from elsewhere, the sale of Samuel Iling-Junior to Tottenham could well set some transfer dominoes in motion.

Manchester United star Sancho remains sidelined by his club, having not played since August after a very public falling-out with manager Erik ten Hag. Juventus are among the clubs mentioned in connection with the 23-year-old, along with his former club Borussia Dortmund and Saudi outfit Al-Ettifaq, but his high wages could prove a stumbling block.

Sancho’s wages of around £17.4m appear to be the biggest obstacle to a loan deal, and it is unclear to what extent United themselves would want to subsidise the winger while he plays away from Old Trafford. Coincidentally, the amount Juve are said to want for Iling-Junior comes in just below that mark.

According to Calciomercato (via Football Italia), Juve are prepared to accept a fee in the region of £15.5m for England under-21 man Iling-Junior. The former Chelsea youngster scored his first senior goal for the club last season but has made just four Serie A appearances this term.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 26: Jadon Sancho of Manchester United instructs team mates during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on August 26, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)

Kane reflects on Bayern transfer

Harry Kane’s £100million summer transfer to Bayern Munich was triggered after he told Tottenham “it was time to move on”.

Kane, 30, completed his switch to Bavaria in August following a record-breaking career in England. The Three Lions captain, who was linked with Manchester United before his transfer, left Spurs as their record scorer after finding the net 280 times in 435 games.

He’s made an immediate impact in Germany, scoring 18 goals and providing five assists in just 12 Bundesliga games. The striker is also enjoying himself in the Champions League, finding the net four times to fire Thomas Tuchel’s side to the last 16 of the tournament.

Kane will be desperate to win the first major trophy of his career this season. Bayern have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign but are second, two points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen. They have also been knocked out of the German Cup.

Now the dust has settled, Kane has opened up on his move to Bayern in an interview with FourFourTwo. The Tottenham icon said: “It was a bit of a mad experience to be honest. I didn’t really know what to expect… I was stepping out of my comfort zone.”

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COLOGNE, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 24: Harry Kane of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Köln and FC Bayern München at RheinEnergieStadion on November 24, 2023 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images) (S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

Frank makes Toney transfer prediction

Thomas Frank has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that he expects Ivan Toney to still be a Brentford player once the January transfer window shuts.

The striker is currently serving an eight-month ban for breaching the Football Association’s betting rules. He is expected to be back in action in January with clubs in the Premier League rumoured to be interested.

Chelsea have been linked, while Arsenal are long-term admirers of the 27-year-old. However, Frank has full confidence that the Bees will be able to call upon his services for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking with the Evening Standard, the Dane said: “Everyone saw what he did last year. It’s not like he broke a leg or did his ACL, so he’s fit and probably even more ambitious to get success. I’m convinced he will be absolutely on it. I don’t want to lose him. I hope, and think, he’ll be a Brentford player on February 1.”

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Thomas Frank believes Ivan Toney will be a Brentford player after the January transfer window (Getty Images)

Postecoglou on Tottenham transfer plans

Ange Postecoglou has not ruled out Tottenham signing another midfielder in January, after Rodrigo Bentancur added to the club’s injury woes.

Speaking in his pre-Manchester City press conference, Postecoglou said: “We’re not ruling anything out because what you’ve outlined is best case scenario that everyone stays fit.”

Serie A duo eyeing Vermeeren

Napoli and Juventus are eyeing up Royal Antwerp midfielder Arthur Vermeeren, according to tuttomercatoweb.

The 18-year-old has impressed in the Champions League for Antwerp this season and is catching the eye of many clubs across Europe.

Fernandez on Ten Hag decision

Alvaro Fernandez has revealed that Erik ten Hag made it clear he wasn’t in his Manchester United plans this season. The Spaniard joined Granada on loan in the summer and has impressed.

“I sat down to talk but as Gines (Carvajal, his agent) was at a distance, it was a bit more complicated,” Fernandez told The Athletic. “In the end, it was done at the last minute.

“What message did United give me? That I should go out on loan, that Ten Hag didn’t count on me, that I should continue to gain experience, rhythm, and we’ll see what happens in the future. But it’s clear that football doesn’t end at any club and that you have to keep working. My main objective is to return to United and make a place for myself there.”

Man Utd target open to switch

Further to our reports on Man Utd being interested in Serhou Guirassy.

German outlet Bild claim the player ‘feels flattered’ by the interest from the Red Devils and has not closed the door on the possibility of leaving Stuttgart next month.

Talks over a transfer fee would be aided as Guirassy has a €17.5m (£15m) release clause in his deal with Stuttgart.

Lingard gets backing as club search continues

Patrice Evra believes Jesse Lingard’s ‘time is coming’ as the former Manchester United man continues his search for a new club.

The Red Devils academy graduate has not played all season after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of his contract. He trained with former club West Ham but was not offered a deal, while a trial with Saudi side Al-Ettifaq came and went without a contract.

Lingard has been keeping fans updated on his training regime with a host of videos on social media. His latest offering has seen ex-United captain Evra offer him some advice. Commenting on one of Lingard’s posts, the former French defender wrote: “Your time coming soon brother keep working hard.”

Man Utd’s January target

Man Utd are weighing up a potential January move for the Bundesliga’s top scorer after Harry Kane.

Stuttgart centre forward Serhou Guirassy has a £15m release clause and is being viewed as capable of providing competition for Hojlund, who has shown flashes of his talent since injuring a hamstring but lacks consistency.

Guirassy tops the January wishlist at Old Trafford having scored 15 times in 10 Bundesliga appearances. The Guinea international, 27, only made the permanent move to Stuttgart this summer after spending last season on loan from Rennes.

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Arsenal’s budget problems

You can’t get away from the investment made by Mikel Arteta during his tenure. £200m was spent in the summer on the likes of Declan Rice, but that is going to hamper their ability to add new faces in January.

There has been talk of more firepower coming in, Ivan Toney is known to be on their radar, but the sums needed to land his services mean Arsenal will almost certainly have to wait until the summer with a cheaper option potentially their only way of making New Year additions.

Liverpool’s next move

The Reds did plenty to bolster their midfield in the summer with plenty of arrivals following a major exodus. The likes of Dominik Szoboszlai have been stellar performers in the middle of the park, but there is still a sense that the Reds are missing a quality holding midfielder.

Finding one is likely to prove Jurgen Klopp’s biggest problem with foreign recruits representing something of a risk. The likelihood is that he waits until the summer, when player availability will become more apparent.

Chelsea target prefers Real switch

Chelsea are eyeing up a switch for Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but the player could be more interested in a move to Real Madrid according to his father.

He told Geo Team: “For Khvicha, playing against Real Madrid was special. He has always dreamed, and I’m convinced that he still dreams, of playing for Real Madrid.

Casemiro signing criticised

Chris Sutton has lamented Man United’s signing of Casemiro as the Brazilian struggles to replicate the levels of his debut season.

A lack of midfield protection as been cited as a major issue for the Red Devils with their rivals having towering presences art the bases of their midfield.

“Arsenal have Declan Rice. Manchester City have Rodri. Tottenham have Yves Bissouma. Chelsea have Moises Caicedo. Liverpool have Alexis Mac Allister,” Sutton said. “Manchester United, meanwhile, have a defensive midfielder who I described as a £70million panic signing last year, for which I was criticised.

“Casemiro performed well last campaign. Better than I expected of the Brazilian in his 30s. But he is now injured and when he does feature, he doesn’t look like he’s got the legs to keep up with the demand of this level.

He also added: “The decision to let Casemiro sign a long-term deal is looking more and more foolish.”

Man Utd urged to bring in a No 9

Andy Cole believes his former club need to bring in a striker to assist Rasmus Hojlund, who is very much still developing with his potential obvious.

He’s had to taken on the mantle of being the team’s centre point in attack since his £72m move from Atalanta.

“Man Utd need to bring in a forward that’s played at a high level for many years as they’re simply not scoring enough goals,” he said.

“That will take a lot of the burden off of Hojlund and also give him someone to learn from. However, the last player Man Utd had of the calibre was Van Persie. Man Utd has always been a high scoring team and they’re not hitting the numbers they need to.”

Cole shared his thoughts during Budweiser Brewing Group and TNT Sports pub takeover at The Grove, Newcastle.

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