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Ralf Rangnick is battling to unite the Manchester United dressing room as he faces up to his first crisis since taking charge.

Newcastle United have their eyes on four current Arsenal stars as they look to bolster their squad this month.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick
Image: Can Ralf Rangnick unite the Manchester United dressing room?

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has told Ousmane Dembele to stay at Camp Nou, with the winger currently locked in a contract standoff with the club.


Manchester City are open to swapping Aymeric Laporte for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports in Spain.

Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek could leave Old Trafford in January and he is reportedly considering his options after failing to establish himself as a regular under Ralf Rangnick.

Real Madrid are no longer in the running to sign Antonio Rudiger after talks with the Chelsea defender hit a stumbling block, according to reports in Spain.

Arsenal are ready to grant Ainsley Maitland-Niles his wish of joining Roma with a loan deal agreed in principle.

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has reportedly been told by his club that he must decide his future by the end of January as speculation continues.

Tottenham's bid to sign AC Milan's midfielder Franck Kessie in January has reportedly been frustrated by the Serie A giants' refusal to accept a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele.

Aymeric Laporte celebrates making it 5-3
Image: Could Aymeric Laporte join Barcelona?

Chelsea are reportedly set to fine Romelu Lukaku £417,000 over his controversial interview despite the striker clearing the air with Thomas Tuchel.

Issac Hayden has hinted that Steve Bruce's tactics at Newcastle were too negative and confirmed the pair had a few disputes at St James' Park.


Manchester United fan fury after their horror show defeat by Wolves is set to go through the roof with the Glazer family sharing in a new £11m windfall.

Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Carrick had plenty to chew over as they met at a plush Cheshire restaurant the day after the Red Devils' disastrous 1-0 loss to Wolves at Old Trafford.

Ben Chilwell returned to Chelsea's training ground on crutches on Monday to begin his rehabilitation from an ACL injury.

Brighton and Crystal Palace remain keen on Eddie Nketiah - and would like to sign him in this window if possible.

In-demand MK Dons star Matt O'Riley is being closely watched by the Danish FA.


Newcastle United's chances of signing Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti in the January transfer window have received a timely boost.

Real Madrid have reportedly bid £41m to wrap up a January deal for Paris Saint-Germain hitman Kylian Mbappe.


Diego Carlos, the Sevilla centre-back, is on Newcastle's list of potential signings as they look at alternatives to Sven Botman.

Newcastle, despite being threatened by relegation, are close to signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and are also targeting a striker during the window.

Paul Pogba can talk to European clubs about a pre-contract for next season but he will return from injury at Manchester United before making any decision on his future.

Monaco are one of the clubs monitoring Christian Eriksen as he steps up his training this month after suffering a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 last year.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.
Image: What does the future hold for Paul Pogba with less than six months remaining on his contract?

Stoke were dealt a blow when Harry Souttar suffered a serious knee injury which is expected to rule him out of the season. But they are considering a very similar replacement in his brother John.

Six Nations organisers are facing calls to consider moving Scotland and Wales home games to England to avoid behind-closed-doors matches if Covid-19 restrictions remain.


The Napoli and Italy forward, Lorenzo Insigne, has agreed a deal to join the MLS club Toronto FC this summer.

The Ajax and Cameroon international goalkeeper, André Onana, is poised to sign for the Serie A champions Internazionale.


Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has admitted defeat in his efforts to snap up Rangers left-back Borna Barisic.

James Sands is expected to sign for Rangers this week.

Ianis Hagi is set to be offered a new contract at Rangers - according to his dad, Gheorghe.

Dundee boss James McPake is agonising over the immediate future of loan striker Leigh Griffiths.


Rangers have missed out on Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman as he joins boyhood club PSV Eindhoven.

Wantaway Zinedine Ferhat has reportedly attempted to force a January transfer move amid links with Celtic.

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