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Jurgen Klopp told Philippe Coutinho that Bayern Munich would be a good fit for him, as reported by Bild.

The former Liverpool striker joined the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan from Barcelona in the summer. 

“[He’s a] world-class player, really good transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga,” Klopp told Bild.

“I thought it’s a good fit for both when I first heard about it. It may sound strange, but we didn’t have enough money to get him.

“We’d already spent all the money we got for him. I have already told him in person that he and Bayern will be a good fit.”

Kevin Trapp made his loan move back to Eintracht Frankfurt permanent this summer, but he says he wanted to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

Goalkeeper Trapp, signed from Frankfurt in 2015, was PSG’s first-choice keeper for two years but fell out of favour, and was pushed further down the pecking order this summer by the arrival of Keylor Navas from Real Madrid.

“It was still possible that I could play,” Trapp told Canal+. “The competition with Alphonse [Areola], it wasn’t anything new, it did not bother me because I wanted to stay at the club, that was my goal.”

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Manchester City are firming up their interest in 20-year-old Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, according to Record.

The Portugal under-20 international could provide competition in defensive midfield, with Fernandinho expected to fill in for Aymeric Laporte at the back for the immediate future.

Luis made his league debut for Benfica in a 10–0 thrashing of Nacional in February this year, making his European bow against Galatasaray in the Europa League four days later.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says he isn’t sure whether or not he will return to Arsenal at the end of his loan spell with Roma this season.

The Serie A side aren’t thought to have a purchase option on the Armenia captain, but Mkhitaryan was non-committal on his future.

“Let’s first see what I can do at Roma,” he told VBET News. “At the end of the season I think we can talk if I will have the possibility to stay or to go to something else, I don’t know.

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Javi Gracia says he was caught off guard by the news of his sacking by Watford on Saturday.

Following the Hornets’ run to the FA Cup final last season, Gracia said he was surprised to last only four matches after what he called the best season in Watford’s history last year.

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Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is expected to sign a contract extension with the Serie A club, according to Il Messaggero.

The new deal would include an increased wage and a buy-out clause of more than €100 million (£90m), and would run until 2024.

The midfielder was repeatedly linked with a move away from Lazio last summer, with the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain supposedly interested in acquiring the 24-year-old.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he told Philippe Coutinho that Bayern Munich is a good fit for the Brazilian.

Coutinho made the switch to the German club this summer on loan, and Klopp revealed he has spoken to the attacker about the move.

“[He’s a] world-class player, really good transfer for Bayern and the Bundesliga. I thought it’s a good fit for both when I first heard about it. It may sound strange, but we didn’t have enough money to get him, Klopp told Bild.

“We’d already spent all the money we got for him. I have already told him in person that he and Bayern will be a good fit.”

Mexican international Isaac Brizuela has revealed Celtic tried to sign him a few years ago, when playing for former side Deportivo Toluca.

“I heard about the rumours [of Celtic’s interest], but I didn’t want to think about them too much as I didn’t want to get distracted,” Brizuela told Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo.

“And being here in Chivas, I’m not sure if a [Celtic] scout came over or has come over [recently], but I won’t give up hope. I know that I have a certain age, but I won’t give up hope that such a moment could come”, he said.

The Liverpool Echo claim reports of a new contract for Virgil van Dijk are wide of the mark and have left the Dutch defender ‘bemused’.

It had previously been reported that Van Dijk was on the verge of signing a long-term extension at Anfield for an estimated £200,000 per week, but the Echo claim the club currently have no plans to offer him a new deal.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is hoping for some time off when he becomes a father next month.

Xhaka’s wife Leonita Lekaj is pregnant, with her due date set for October, and the Swiss international is hoping to spend some time with the newest addition to his family.

“There are more special things in life than football,” he told Blick. “For example, when you become a father.”

Raheem Sterling is a better player than Neymar and should win the Ballon d’Or at Manchester City, according to pundit Tony Cascarino.

The England winger notched more goals and assists than the Brazilian last season, though he did play significantly more games.

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Edinson Cavani could be fit to face Real Madrid in PSG’s opening Champions League group match, report l’Equipe.

The 32-year-old forward was forced off in the recent 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse, with Kylian Mbappe also going off injured.

But Cavani is now targeting a return in the upcoming Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg, meaning he could feature alongside or instead of loan signing Mauro Icardi up front.

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Samuel Umtiti has left the France squad and returned to Barcelona due to a foot injury, the French FA (FFF) have confirmed.

The 25-year-old defender was on the bench for France’s 4-1 win over Albania last night, and won’t play any part in Tuesday’s match with Andorra.

Umtiti had originally been called up as a replacement for Aymeric Laporte, following his injury at Manchester City.

Bob Ratcliffe, chief executive of INEOS Football, says Newcastle and Chelsea were considered for potential takeovers before the firm eventually bought Ligue 1 side Nice this summer.

INEOS took over the French side after purchasing the Team Sky Cycling team earlier in the year.

Ratcliffe told BBC Radio 5Live that the numbers for a Premier League takeover just didn’t add up, saying: “(It’s) pretty difficult to rationalise purchases in the Premier League at this time for us and then, if you look below the top six, they’re all £150m and above and you’re going to write a cheque for £50m and get in the ‘Everton Cup’.”

Manuel Neuer says he will retire from football when he feels he is no longer needed by Bayern Munich and Germany.

The 33-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent years but remains the number one goalkeeping choice for club and country.

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Chelsea have opened contract negotiations with left-back Emerson Palmieri following his impressive start to the season.

The 25-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2022, and Goal can confirm that the Blues are keen to tie Emerson down to fresh terms ahead of the January transfer window.

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Udinese have warned AC Milan and Atletico Madrid they will have to pay €25 million (£23m/$28m) if they want to sign Rodrigo De Paul any time soon.

The winger joined the Serie A side three years ago for around €3m but his performances have caught the eye of Milan, Atletico and Fiorentina.

Calciomercato reports Milan have already reached out to the 25-year-old Argentina international and are considering a January bid, but they will have to pay a big fee to secure him.

England and Wales are involved in a battle over Nottingham Forest teenager Brennan Johnson, The Mirror says.

The 18-year-old has already played and scored for both teams at youth level and is currently part of the Wales Under 21 team, but the Three Lions are determined to get him to switch to England.

Dries Mertens will not renew his contract with Napoli and could leave the club at the end of the season. 

Although the Belgian star reiterated his commitment to the Serie A side this week by insisting his future lies at the Stadio San Paolo, Il Corriere dello Sport says he is considering making this his final season.

Mertens does not want to renew his contract with Napoli and will leave when his current deal expires in 2020, with a possible move to China, USA or back to Belgium already being touted.

Former Leicester City and Southampton boss Claude Puel could be set to take charge of Portuguese side Sporting.

France Football reports that the Frenchman is in the running to succeed Marcel Keizer at the helm, though compatriot Leonardo Jardim has also been linked to the job,

Leeds are set for a welcome boost as star midfielder Kalvin Phillips is on the verge of signing a new contract.

The 23-year-old had been wanted by Aston Villa and Burnley in the last transfer window, but Leeds rejected an offer worth £15 million for him.

The Championship side have offered him a five-year deal and, according to The Telegraph, he has already agreed to sign it.

Juventus are lining up an offer for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier, according to Calciomercato.

The Belgium international’s contract expires at the end of the season and Juve see him as an ideal option to strengthen their defence.

Juventus tried to sign him before the last transfer window closed and look set to return for him in 2020.

Lyon are tracking Celtic star Odsonne Edouard as they consider a move for the striker, Football Insider says.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has impressed in Glasgow since joining in an initial loan deal in 2017.

And Lyon are considering taking him back to France as they are watching his progress closely.

Spanish champions in constant contact with Argentina star’s agent

Barcelona are trying to convince Lionel Messi to sign a contract for life at the club, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed this week that the 32-year-old can leave the club at the end of the season due to a clause in his contract.

The Catalan side are determined to keep their star player beyond 2021, when his contract expires, and are hoping to convince him to sign a deal that will have no expiration date.

Premier League side tried to buy centre-back in summer window

Manchester City are preparing a January bid for Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to the Express.

The Premier League side failed in their attempt to sign him in the summer transfer window, but their need for a new defender has only increased since Aymeric Laporte’s injury.

Skriniar is top of City’s list and Pep Guardiola’s team are determined to strengthen their options when the window opens again in the winter.

Real Madrid are expected to rekindle their interest in Ajax star Donny van de Beek next summer, AS reports.

The Spanish side considered buying the 22-year-old midfielder in the last transfer window, but backed out because coach Zinedine Zidane only wanted Paul Pogba.

Madrid decided to postpone the move for a year and are confident they will see the move all the way through.

Former Leicester City defender Danny Simpson is training with West Brom as he aims to find a new club, The Sun reports. 

The Foxes released the 32-year-old at the end of last season, and he has yet to find a new home despite interest in England and abroad.

The Baggies could look to sign Simpson themselves should he impress, as the club looks to gain promotion back to the Premier League. 

Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik has asked for a new contract with a salary double what he currently earns, reports Corriere dello Sport.

The Poland international will see his current deal expire at the end of next season, but talks are already underway for a renewal.

Though the 25-year-old is demanding a large salary increase, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big believer in his talents. 

D’Margio Wright-Phillips has signed his first professional contract with Manchester City, following in the footsteps of his father Shaun. 

The 17-year-old winger impressed with City’s U18 side last season, tallying four goals and 11 assists in 22 appearances.

“Happy to sign my pro contract and a lot of hard work to come,” Wright-Phillips wrote on Instagram.

Inter and Juventus are keeping a close eye on Federico Chiesa’s situation at Fiorentina, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Both clubs are hoping to swoop for the 21-year-old star, who could cost at least €80 million (£73m/$89m) should the Viola decide to sell. 

But Fiorentina are also expected to make a push to keep Chiesa by offering him a huge new deal, with his current contract set to expire in 2022.

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Manchester United are looking to bring in Edwin Van der Sar as their director of football, reports the Mirror

The former United goalkeeper has developed a strong reputation through his work as chief executive of Ajax.

Van der Sar would face a difficult decision should United come calling, with Ajax having returned to their place among Europe’s elite and currently possessing a huge cash surplus.

Manchester United‘s stars are happy that Alexis Sanchez has left the team, according to The Sun. 

Sanchez joined Inter on loan last week after a disastrous spell at the club following his move from Arsenal in January 2018.

Several of United’s stars believed that the Chilean, who was on £500,000 per week, was wildly overpaid.

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked him for his opinion on Virgil Van Dijk, before either player had signed for the club.

Wijnaldum was still at previous club Newcaste when Klopp called to pick his brains about his Netherlands international team-mate.

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Transfer tussle with Man Utd still on

The summer tug of war for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala shows no sign of abating with the Express claiming Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham are both still keen on signing him.

PSG are still looking for a long-term replacement for Neymar despite the loan deal for Mauro Icardi, while Spurs are apparently confident of overcoming the image rights issues which scuppered their deal for him over the summer.

Spurs are also fearful of losing Christian Eriksen in January, and see Dybala as a positive addition in his stead.

Fluminense’s 22-year-old Brazilian forward Pedro has landed in Florence to complete a move to Serie A side Fiorentina, according to Alfredo Pedulla.

The striker has already spoken of his pride at wearing the number nine shirt made famous by Argentina‘s Gabriel Batistuta, and will be available for selection soon.

Pedro scored 31 goals in 93 games for Fluminense after making his debut in 2016.

Blues are appealing transfer ban

Chelsea have informed leading agents of their intentions to do business in the January transfer window, claim the Mirror.

While the Blues’ two-window transfer ban is set to still be in place, they have already appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have it reduced to one window – which has just passed. 

They will likely use the example of Manchester City in their argument, after they recently escaped a suspension for transfer-related offences of their own.

Manchester United could attempt to resurrect their deal to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus in the January transfer window, according to Calciomercato.

The Argentina international knocked United back over the summer but, with other players ahead of him in Maurizio Sarri’s plans this season, could have a change of heart if he finds his playing time limited.

Dybala, 25, has played just 14 minutes of Juve’s two Serie A games so far this season.

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Virgil van Dijk has earned a considerable pay rise with a bumper new six-year contract at Liverpool, according to the Mirror.

Though the Dutchman’s previous deal hadn’t been set to expire until 2023, a new agreement had been in the offing over the summer and Manchester United‘s offer to Harry Maguire is reported to have set a benchmark for the figures.

Van Dijk is now set to earn a basic wage of £200,000 ($245k) per week – up from £125,000 ($153k), and less dependant on bonus clauses and add-ons than his previous deal.

Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen remains a target for Premier League teams, report the Express, with Southampton and Newcastle ready to bid for him in January.

After notching 22 league goals for the Tigers last season, the 22-year-old already has three in six this time around and could cost £20 million ($24.5m) as a result.

Hull managed to keep hold of their star man over the summer, but may find things more difficult depending on where they are in the Championship table come January.

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Keeper’s Man Utd contract is up at end of season

Juventus are looking to enact another free transfer raid on a Premier League side according to the Mirror, with Manchester United‘s David De Gea the latest man in their sights.

The Spanish goalkeeper’s contract at Old Trafford is up at the end of the season, and Juve are thought to have kept tabs on his situation for some time.

The Serie A giants plucked Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free this year, after taking Emre Can from Liverpool last summer.

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