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Newcastle United are hoping to flex their transfer muscles against the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United and beat them to the signing of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in a deal that could top £100m.

Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have reportedly told their agents to find new clubs for them in January.

Dusan Vlahovic
Image: Dusan Vlahovic could be on his way to Newcastle

Tottenham's managing director Fabio Paratici is casting an eye over Fiorentina's Serbian star Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

Chelsea are reportedly being put under increasing pressure by Antonio Rudiger's entourage, with a contract standoff threatening to run into the January transfer window.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney responded to speculation suggesting he could replace Rafa Benitez as Everton manager, stating he has had "no communication" with the club.

Juan Martin del Potro hopes to return to competitive tennis in February after a knee injury which has kept him sidelined since the summer of 2019.


Borussia Dortmund are keeping an eye on Hakim Ziyech's situation at Chelsea, where he is reported to be unhappy with his amount of playing time.

Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast
Image: Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech has attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund

Dean Henderson is ready to leave Manchester United and could do so in January as rumours about interest from Dutch giants Ajax continue to swirl.

Barcelona's hopes of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could depend on him keeping a promise he made to his grandfather that he would one day play for their fierce rivals Real Madrid.

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Jose Mourinho is set to raid Chelsea for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to reports.


Xavi has told his Barcelona bosses not to pursue a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba after meeting with his agent Mino Raiola.

Everton have condemned homophobic chants from the club's supporters during their Premier League game at Chelsea.

Paul Pogba's contract at Manchester United is due to expire next summer
Image: Paul Pogba's contract at Manchester United is due to expire next summer


Arsenal are interested in Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, along with Barcelona and Juventus, according to a report in Spain.


Anthony Elanga is set for a new deal at Manchester United after impressing Ralf Rangnick.


Unvaccinated players are thought to be fuelling football's Covid fixture crisis, with the EFL confirming yesterday that 25 per cent of footballers across its three divisions are refusing to get jabbed.

A British and Irish bid for Euro 2032 has emerged as a tempting alternative to plans to stage the 2030 World Cup.


The Premier League is insistent on continuing the season without any pause, despite an increasing number of English clubs being willing to back Thomas Frank's call for a circuit break until at least December 26.


Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson had to be treated for a head injury in hospital after a clash with an opponent while he was playing for Belgian side OH Leuven.

Mason Greenwood (AP)
Image: Mason Greenwood could be a target for Arsenal


Rangers are facing fresh competition from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for the signature of Bologna winger Andreas Skov Olsen.

Robbie Neilson has urged league chiefs to keep the Scottish football show on the road over the Christmas period despite rising panic levels over the new covid wave.


St Johnstone target Daniel Cleary has announced he will be leaving his current club Dundalk.

Tam Courts has defended Dundee United's Christmas knees-up in Newcastle.

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