‘Manchester United want to hijack David Alaba’s proposed move to Real Madrid,’ according to the Daily Star, who claim that Chelsea and PSG are also interested in the Austrian defender (Liverpool have been linked before) but United are ‘confident’ they can secure the Bayern Munich man with the promise of a £12m-a-year contract.

The problem? The Star say that ‘Solskjaer will be forced to off-load the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot to make way for Alaba’. Oh dear. Well, we guess that Alaba is off to Madrid then.

‘Manchester United have joined the clubs expressing an interest in Schalke defender Ozan Kabak,’ says the Daily Mail. They claim that Schalke are now willing to sell the 20-year-old Turk for just £25m after lowering their asking price from £40m. We already know that Liverpool are interested in Kabak, with some claims that Divock Origi is being offered in part-exchange.

RB Leipzig are also interested in Kabak and they could need a new defender with Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate both targets for Liverpool and Manchester United.

Sven Botman has been a revelation at Lille since his summer move from Ajax for little more than £7m and – according to Foot Mercato – ‘in recent days, some echoes from England suggested an interest from Liverpool. According to our information, Liverpool have indeed expressed their interest to the player’s representative and contacted him during the month of November.’

Botman is over 6′ 4″ and despite being only 20, he has played in every Ligue Un game this season for top-of-the-table Lille. But they have serious financial difficulties and so may need to sell the Dutchman in January for £27m. Which would be a lovely profit if Liverpool were not previously willing – reportedly – to spend £45m.

Why did Ajax agree to sell Sven Botman to Lille for just €10m? 20-year-old newly-made Dutch international central defender putting in monstrous performance after monstrous performance.

Arsenal reckon there is a deal to be done over Maxi Gomez, while Man City are sniffing around Lucas Digne…

Kabak has been linked with a host of top European clubs, including Liverpool and Italian rivals Juventus and AC Milan.

Liverpool have found their Wijnaldum replacement in France while Man United like Declan Rice.

Jamal Musiala is a target for Liverpool and both Manchester clubs, who are set for disappointment.

Christian Eriksen does not want to join Man United while Gareth Bale could return to Real.

United and City set to make market price bids for Erling Haaland rather than wait for his £65m release clause.

Another Arsenal game, another disappointment. It’s a grim business in north London right now.

They’ve done studies, you know. Against Everton, Arsenal win 60% of the time, every time.

Arsenal are right to make contingency plans because, as this lot demonstrate, you’re never too big to go down…

And you thought Garth Crooks forgetting who played for Liverpool against Tottenham was his silliest take…

Ancelotti, Bruce and Arteta all need success in the Carabao Cup and it’s certainly a biggie for Stoke’s keeper…


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