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Alan 11:50 Mon Sep 16
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Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in a mammoth bid to tempt manager Jurgen Klopp and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, away from Liverpool. (AS, via Star)

Manchester United have offered to make Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, the Premier League's best-paid footballer to convince him to sign a new long-term contract. (Times - subscription required)

Midfielder Christian Eriksen is snubbing every new Tottenham contract put in front of him as the 27-year-old Dane's agent facilitates a move to Real Madrid next summer. (Marca, via Express)

Forward Eden Hazard, 28, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 27, want Frenchman N'Golo Kante at Real Madrid after the Chelsea midfielder, 28, was linked with a move to Spain. (Sun)

Real Madrid could offer German midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, to Manchester United in exchange for 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (FourFourTwo)

Arsenal are set to win the race for the signature of Sunderland's English teenager Logan Pye after the 15-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, is a target for Juventus in January. (Mirror)

Manchester United had scouts checking out Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi, 25, when he scored against England at Wembley on Tuesday. (Express)

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, has not ruled out opting to play for Nigeria instead of England.(Times - subscription required)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 27, was angered when team-mate Mohamed Salah, 27, did not pass to him against Burnley but says the incident is "forgotten" and the pair have "reconciled". (Canal+, via Star)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed he was with Javi Gracia when Watford sacked him. (Metro)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said he would "run a mile" if he were ever offered the managerial position at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Lincoln City have opened fresh talks with Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth after he turned down their initial offer to take over as their new manager. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

German newspaper Bild say Manchester United want to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid and are willing to pay up the thick end of £67m to make a Premier League player of the central midfielder. Despite having failed to sign Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window, Madrid have not given up on prising the Frenchman away from Old Trafford and may use United’s interest in Kroos as leverage in the next round of tedious negotiations between the two clubs. According to the Times, United are also interested in signing James Maddison from Leicester City.

In news that will strike terror into the hearts of more highly-strung Liverpool fans, Spanish news outlet AS say Barcelona and Madrid are preparing to duke it out in a bid to employ both Jürgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk. While it would be rather weird if both Spanish sides weren’t interested in getting either or both men on board, the mere fact the story’s “out there” is bound to be a source of concern at Anfield. Expect Klopp to laugh off the notion of him leaving Liverpool any time soon when he faces the media before his side’s Champions League opener at Napoli on Tuesday night.

Having revealed over the weekend that he is frustrated at not being a regular starter in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting line-up, Nemanja Matic could find himself the subject of January interest from Italy. Inter and Milan are both reported to be interested in signing a player who played in Manchester United’s weekend win against Leicester, but said afterwards that he in unhappy at not being a more regular starter. “The coach is the man who picks the team and when you are on the bench you are not happy,” he said. But I am trying to convince [Solskjær] to change his mind and pick me to play.”

Invariably the first name on Ole’s team-sheet, the long-term future of David de Gea remains up in the air but speculation abounds that he is about to ink a new four-year deal with United that will earn him £13.5m per year after tax. “I am pretty confident we will get this sorted,” said Solskjær. “David has never, ever said to me anything other than he loves the club, has had a fantastic time and wants to stay. So let’s just hope we get it over the line.”

Also in the final year of his current deal like De Gea, Christian Eriksen is being far less cooperative and is refusing to sign any contract placed in front of him by Tottenham Hotspur’s bean counters. He will leave on a free transfer next summer, unless somebody makes an offer Tottenham can’t refuse in January. The Dane is apparently still hell bent on joining Real Madrid.

Yet to make an appearance for Juventus this season, Mario Mandzukic continues to be linked with a move away from Turin. The Croatian striker was linked with moves to both Manchester United and Bayern Munich during the summer, but neither came to pass and now speculation abounds he may play out his dotage in the USA. MLS side Los Angeles FC are understood to be interested in bringing the 33-year-old to the Banc of California Stadium in January, while Juventus will happily let him sling his hook and train with whoever he likes if he agrees a deal with any potential suitors in the meantime.


Joel Veltman explains why he didn't join West Ham this summer

Danny Owen

West Ham United reportedly wanted to bring Ajax's Eredivisie champion Veltman to the Premier League.

Ajax defender Joel Veltman has admitted that he wanted to sign for West Ham United this summer, only to be told that the Eredivisie champions had no interest in letting him go, speaking to NOS.

Once considered one of the rising young full-backs in European football, a combination of poor form, injuries and the rise of Noussair Mazraoui have forced him down the pecking order at the Amsterdam giants.

Veltman made just four league starts last season as Ajax won the Dutch title for the first time in five years and a player perennially linked with a move to the Premier League has made it clear that, if he had his way, he’d have been wearing claret and blue this season.

"Everyone knows that I would like to play abroad,” said the 27-year-old. “West Ham United were interested, but there were more clubs too.

“However, Ajax put a stop to it. I was not allowed to leave. I also wanted to leave in 2018, but then I got injured.”

With Morrocan flyer Mazraoui suffering from fitness problems of his own in the first few weeks of 2019/20, Veltman has seized his chance to re-establish himself in Erik Ten Haag’s team, staring four of five Eredivisie matches so far.

West Ham, meanwhile, have been forced to put their faith in Ryan Fredericks though the former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham right-back has started to prove his worth in the Premier League after a difficult debut season at the London Stadium.

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