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Transfer news LIVE: Hazard, Pogba and Eriksen could be on the move (Image: GETTY)

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• Eden Hazard to Real Madrid latest, Christian Eriksen could be signed instead

• Paul Pogba to Juventus a ‘dream’

• Arsenal deal with USA club laughed off, Aston Villa target Rui Faria

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal striker fear

Arsenal could be pipped to Lille star Nicholas Pepe’s signature by Bayern Munich, according to reports.

After netting six times in nine Ligue 1 outings, Arsenal have been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette showing signs they are beginning to form a good partnership.

Unai Emery made five acquisitions over the summer, and after a tough start to the campaign which saw back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, the Gunners look more settled and are warming to the Spanish tactician’s methods.

According to German paper Sport Bild, Bayern Munich have booked in talks over a prospective January deal for Pepe.

It is said that should Arsenal make a move, it could drive up his asking price.

Sport Bild suggest that Lille have valued Pepe at £30million.

Paul Pogba wants transfer – Balague

Paul Pogba wants to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona and won’t be happy until he does so, says La Liga expert Guillem Balague.

“The root cause of their relationship breakdown is the ‘carrot and stick’ approach to man-management employed by Mourinho with the aim of getting the most out of his players,” Balague told Goal.

“Mourinho really couldn’t care less how he is perceived by his players so long as they carry out his orders and deliver the desired results on the field. For the two-time Champions League winner, the end has always justified the means.

“I feel that in Pogba’s mind, he and Mourinho are equals, and that is the reason for the current acrimony between the two men.

“The midfielder’s extremely pro-active agent, Mino Raiola, has for the past 12 months has been doing everything he can to secure his client a move away from Manchester.

“There is no question that Pogba, now in his third season back in England, has decided that he has had enough of Mourinho and wants out.”

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Marcos Alonso contract

Marcos Alonso has revealed he’s in advanced talks to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

Alonso, who has scored 15 goals and provided 11 assist in 91 appearances for Chelsea, has started the season in impressive fashion under Maurizio Sarri.

And it looks like the Spanish international will be rewarded with a new deal – perhaps in the coming days.

“What I can say is that I am very calm and very happy at Chelsea, and that the club must also be with me because, although I still have two years left on the contract, they have offered me an extension,” Alonso told Spanish newspaper AS.

“We are talking about it and the talks to renew are already advanced. If everything goes well, I think I will renew before the end of this month. In the coming days.

“I am 27 years old, I still have two more ahead and I am going to extend my contract,” he added. “What concerns me is to play as well as possible to win matches and titles with Chelsea and with the national team. I’m calm.”

Alessio Romagnoli to Manchester United

Alessio Romagnoli would be a good signing for Manchester United – but they would need to buy another defender to partner him, says ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner.

AC Milan centre-back Romagnoli has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent days.

United boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to bring in a central defender in the summer, and now appears to have turned his attentions to Italy international Romagnoli.

Mariner is a fan of the 23-year-old but says United must sign another player who can play alongside him.

“I like him, I like him a lot,” the pundit said. “But the problem is, when you have a player like Romagnoli going into United, who’s he going to play with?

“He needs somebody alongside him to solidify that defence. That’s what Manchester United have not got. If they’re going to get him in, get another one, a more experienced player.

“I say for United yes this is a fantastic move, he’s a good player. And for the kid, yeah I like it.”

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford

Transfer News LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have abandoned plans to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard in January, reports claim.

In-form forward Hazard, who has two years left on his Chelsea contract, has cast fresh doubt on his Stamford Bridge future by admitting it has been a dream of his to play for Real.

But contrary to recent reports, it will NOT happen in January.

That’s according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who claim Real Madrid are happy to wait until the end of the season when Hazard will have just 12 months remaining on his contract.

Marca say owner Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia want a fee for their talented Belgian international.

And will be forced to sanction his sale for a heavily reduced fee – in much the same way as Thibaut Courtois was sold for just £35million in August.

Real Madrid have abandoned plans to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard in January

Real Madrid have abandoned plans to sign Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard in January (Image: GETTY)

Rui Faria rejects Aston Villa

News can change in a flash and even though Rui Faria was this morning’s favourite for the Aston Villa job, it now appears as though he doesn’t want it.

Times journalist Henry Winter says Jose Mourinho’s former assistant isn’t interested in the role.

“Rui Faria has huge respect for Aston Villa but is not interested in the managerial vacancy,” he tweeted.

“When Villa made informal contact, Faria politely told them that he’s still enjoying his time away from football.”

Saul: Atletico Madrid for life

Barcelona have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

The Spanish international was linked with Barcelona throughout the summer transfer window but Atletico were able to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano, along with Antoine Griezmann.

And now Saul, who signed a nine-year deal in 2017, says he wants to stay for life.

“That’s why I signed a long-term contract,” Saul said when asked if he planned to spend his entire career at Atletico. “That’s my intention, to be at Atletico Madrid all my life, but in the world of football you never know.

“For me, yes (I would like to retire at Atletico), but maybe I have a bad couple of years and then they grow to not love me anymore.”

Transfer news LIVE Real Madrid Eden Hazard

Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid are interested in Eden Hazard (Image: GETTY)

Real Madrid eye Hazard alternative

want to sign Eden Hazard – but have settled on Christian Eriksen as a viable alternative.

That is the report coming out of Spain today.

Express Sport understands Hazard is open to leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid next summer.

Next Aston Villa manager

Here’s the latest from Aston Villa in their search for a new manager.

Thierry Henry has now been ruled out after Monaco sacked Leonardo Jardim today, effectively paving the way for Henry to join the Ligue 1 club.

John Terry appears keen on the job but may only become the assistant at Villa Park.

Now, club bosses are said to be pushing to appoint Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria as their new manager.

Transfer news LIVE Aston Villa Rui Faria

Transfer news: LIVE Aston Villa look set to appoint Rui Faria as their new manager (Image: GETTY)

Transfer news LIVE Real Madrid Christian Eriksen

Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid could move for Christian Eriksen instead of Eden Hazard (Image: GETTY)

The playmaker will not force the issue but if far from signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

And Spanish radio station Cadena COPE claim Tottenham star Eriksen is now on Real’s radar.

Spurs are unlikely to be open to a transfer but Real will supposedly try and test the waters at the end of the season.

Eriksen is currently injured and will not play for Denmark during this international break.

Transfer news LIVE Chelsea Eden Hazard

Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea want Eden Hazard to sign a new contract (Image: GETTY)

Skriniar snubs Bayern

Milan Skriniar has hit back at reports today linking the Inter Milan star to Bayern Munich.

The midfielder is also wanted at Manchester United and Juventus.

“I just read that, but I’m not thinking about these things,” Skriniar said.

“There were these rumours in the summer too but nothing happened in the end and I don’t think anything will happen now.”

Transfer news LIVE Milan Skriniar Bayern Munich

Transfer news LIVE: Milan Skriniar has rejected a move to Bayern Munich (Image: GETTY)

Paul Pogba to Juventus latest

star Paul Pogba is the “dream” for Juventus and fans should not completely rule out a future transfer.

That is according to Pogba’s manager at France, Didier Deschamps.

“All of Manchester United is in trouble,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Pogba is still the same and is one of the best midfielders in the world.

“Maybe the fans hadn’t dreamed of Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended up signing.

“Sometimes dreams come true, but compared to a few years ago it would cost Juve a lot more to buy Pogba now.”

Transfer news LIVE Paul Pogba Man Utd

Transfer news LIVE: Could Paul Pogba leave Man Utd? (Image: GETTY)

Real Madrid watch Sterling

Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Manchester City star Raheem Sterling in case he becomes available.

That is the report coming from ESPN FC today.

Sterling may leave the Etihad next summer, with Neymar targeted as his replacement.

Real also have tabs on Neymar but Sterling – whose contract expires in 2020 – could be a bargain option at the end of the season.

Transfer news LIVE Real Madrid Raheem Sterling

Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid could move for Raheem Sterling (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool move rejected

Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has laughed off a reported £100m move to Liverpool.

There are claims the Reds are interested in the England youth international.

But Sancho said: “That’s mad! That’s… I don’t know… I don’t know what to say to that.

I don’t know. It’s the future. You never know what could happen, so we wait and see.”

Transfer news LIVE Liverpool Jadon Sancho

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool are linked with a move for Jadon Sancho (right) (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal asking price set

Arsenal want to sign Miguel Almiron from Atalanta United – but the MLS club want THREE TIMES what the Gunners are willing to pay.

It is claimed Arsenal are ready to stump up £11m for Almiron in January.

But Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the Paraguay international is not going anywhere for that price.

“The suggestion of £11m (is rubbish) because it would have to take at least triple that for me to even get out of bed and think about any bids for Almiron,” he said.

“So everyone knew, as soon as they saw that figure, that it was a load of rubbish.”

Barcelona transfer plan

Matthijs de Ligt is now Barcelona’s top target after the club failed to sign him in the summer.

Barcelona’s interest is well known and the Nou Camp club have not given up on De Ligt, even though Manchester United and Tottenham are supposedly keeping tabs on him.

Barca also want to snap up Ajax youngster Frenkie De Jong, who stayed at Ajax this season after the club qualified for the Champions League.

De Jong said: “I would really like to play with [Lionel] Messi someday.”

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