Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid and Man Utd could change managers, while Neymar is wanted in Spain
TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
- Man Utd scout defender Koulibaly
- Mourinho and Conte wanted at Real Madrid
- Dortmund eye Liverpool gem
- Neymar to Barcelona laughed off
Mourinho on Real Madrid job
Julen Lopetegui is supposedly set to be axed after Tuesday’s Champions League game between Real Madrid and Plzen.
But Jose Mourinho insists he is not thinking about replacing the beleaguered boss.
“I’m happy here and to see out my contract and I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well,” he said.
“All I’m thinking about is United.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from the Real Madrid job
Julen Lopetegui has told reporters today that he has put the speculation over his future to the back of his mind.
“I am not paying attention to what is being reported, my job is to prepare my team for the next game and that is what I am doing,” Lopetegui said.
“We are focusing on the present and we are completely motivated to prove what we are capable of and that recent results are not reflective.
“We go day to day and not beyond that.”
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui refused to speculate on his future today
Zlatan to Real Madrid
Real Madrid want to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January.
That is the sensational claim coming from Spanish programme Tiempo de Juego.
Ibrahimovic could move to Europe over the winter months to keep fit during the MLS off-season.
The former Barcelona striker has been on top form at LA Galaxy, scoring 22 goals in 25 games of them this term.
Transfer news LIVE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is wanted at Real Madrid
No Neymar to Barca reunion
Barcelona will not be making a bid to re-sign Neymar, says club president Jose Maria Bartomeu.
Neymar has been linked with a move back to Spain after just over a year at PSG.
He quit Barca for Paris in the summer of 2017 and Bartomeu has cooled suggestions a return to the Nou Camp is on the cards.
“Neymar is not expected to return. He’s gone. It’s time for Dembele and Coutinho, but also for the whole team,” he said.
Chelsea manager talks
Real Madrid may be dreaming of Jose Mourinho – but reports in Italy claim the Bernabeu club are also eyeing Antonio Conte to be their new manager.
And a deal could be in the making soon if Conte’s lawyers make a breakthrough with Chelsea over the Italian’s contract.
Conte is still under contract at Chelsea until the summer, despite having been sacked from his £9m-a-year job in July.
It means Real and Conte’s lawyers will have to negotiate terms to release the boss from his contract, before they can appoint him manager.
Transfer news LIVE: Corriere dello Sport claim Real Madrid are chasing Antonio Conte
Mourinho to Real Madrid
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is wanted at Real Madrid.
Real are close to sacking their current boss Julen Lopetegui following a fifth straight game without victory.
Mourinho himself is under pressure at Manchester United following a disappointing run of results.
And Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito claim Real are planning to sack Lopetegui after Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Plzen, and will wait for Mourinho to become available.
Transfer news LIVE: Mourinho wants Kalidou Koulibaly at Manchester United
Real Madrid exit
Real Madrid face an exodus in January with Marcelo leading the line.
The Brazilian wants to join Juventus and his friend Cristiano Ronaldo – and will not wait until the summer to get what he wants.
Tuttosport claim Real president Florentino Perez is not happy with Marcelo’s exit demands but the player reckons he can get the move anyway.
Juve will reportedly sell Alex Sandro to a Premier League club in order to facilitate Marcelo’s arrival.
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid could lose Marcelo to Juventus
Man Utd scouting mission
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly watched Serbia star Nikola Milenkovic during the international break.
The Sun claim Mourinho has been keeping tabs on Milenkovic, who is the manager’s preferred choice for centre-back heading into the January transfer window.
The report claims Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is also on Mourinho’s radar.
The club failed to sign a centre-back in the summer transfer window, much to the manager’s frustration.
Transfer news LIVE: Neymar is wanted at Barcelona and Real Madrid
Liverpool and Juventus target Adrien Rabiot is close to signing a new contract at PSG.
Rabiot is one of the hottest properties in European football, with the 23-year-old’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
Liverpool and Juve are said to be chasing the midfielder but PSG are determined to keep him – especially with Marco Verratti potentially leaving next summer.
Calciomercato claim contract talks are underway and PSG are closing in on a deal.
Chelsea youth sale?
Borussia Dortmund want to sign Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Mirror claim the German giants are seeking to acquire the best young talent in English football, having been impressed with their current gem Jadon Sancho.
Hudson-Odoi, 17, made his Chelsea debut in the FA Cup last season.
His sole outing this campaign was in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City in August.
Transfer news LIVE: Dortmund want Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been mocked by PSG defender Marquinhos over their efforts to sign Neymar.
Barcelona are linked with a return swoop for the Brazilian, while Real are interested in his services.
But Neymar’s club and international team-mate Marquinhos reckons the striker is going nowhere, saying: “I wish Real Madrid and Barcelona the best of luck in their attempt to bring Neymar away from here.
“People know what our president is like, how he is with his people and how he loves our important players. So I don’t see any reason why he should leave. He has even denied it on social media so I can’t speak for him, you should ask him.”