Transfer gossip: Upamecano, Varane, Wijnaldum, Messi, Alaba, Anderson

Transfer gossip: Upamecano, Varane, Wijnaldum, Messi, Alaba, Anderson

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Liverpool and Manchester United have received a boost over the possible signing of RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old France centre-backDayot Upamecano as a decision over his future will be made in January. Bayern Munich cannot afford to sign him. (Bild via Mirror)external-link

Chelsea’s Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 26, will go on loan and take a pay cut to help revive his career. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United have an opportunity to sign France centre-back Raphael Varane, 27, from Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Real Madrid will challenge Barcelona for the signing of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, from Liverpool. (Corriere Dello Sport via Sport)external-link

Former Cameroon and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, 39, is in talks with Spanish third division club Racing de Murcia with a view to a return to playing. Eto’o retired in September 2019. (Goal)external-link

Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, has put Manchester City on alert before the January transfer window after saying he is “tired of always being the problem” at the Nou Camp. (Express)external-link

Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba, 28, is Real Madrid‘s top target if Spain centre-back Sergio Ramos leaves in the summer. (AS)external-link

West Ham’s Brazil winger Felipe Anderson, 27, could return early from his loan with Porto if the Portuguese side are able to re-sign Brazil striker Hulk, 34, from Shanghai SIPG in January. (Record – in Portuguese)external-link

Barcelona look unlikely to sign Spain defender Eric Garcia, 19, in January as Manchester City are not willing to reduce their valuation of 20m euros (£17.8m). (Marca)external-link

Arsenal have agreed to sign Tunisia Under-21 defender Omar Rekik, 18, from Hertha Berlin in January – and loan him back to the German club. (Football London)external-link

Sevilla and Hertha Berlin are interested in signing Paris St-Germain’s 27-year-old Germany midfielder Julian Draxler. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Brighton, Newcastle and Sheffield United are keen on signing Burnley’s England midfielder Jack Cork, 31. (Mirror)external-link

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Dutch left-back Jetro Willems, 26, would be open to a move back to Newcastle United. Willems had his loan spell in the 2019-20 cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given eight academy prospects the chance to impress during training this week amid the club’s injury crisis. (Mirror)external-link

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi can become the club’s Sir Alex Ferguson if he returns as manager, says Barca presidential candidate Victor Font. (Reuters)external-link

Monaco’s Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 33, says he is “disappointed” with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. (CCMA via Goal)external-link

Eighteen-year-old France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga says he dreams of joining a “great club” but has not ruled out renewing his contract at Rennes. (AS)external-link

Premier League managers have come together to get the five-substitute rule back on the agenda. (Mirror)external-link

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez disagrees with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and says the Premier League was right to drop the five-substitute rule. (Express)external-link

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