Zidane wants trio
Zinedine Zidane is already lining up targets at Manchester United should he replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, according to the Mirror.
Mourinho is under growing pressure at the club with Zidane eyed to take the job and reports suggest he wants to sign three of his former Real Madrid stars at United.
Players on Zidane’s list include Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez – currently on loan at Bayern from Real Madrid – and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
Zidane is now waiting in the wings should Mourinho lose his job.
Rabiot no deal
The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Liverpool are not interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Reports strongly linked with a move for the 23-year-old this week with the midfielder out of contract at the end of the season.
However, The Echo says that Liverpool are understood to be baffled by such stories, with Klopp having had no conversations with the France international in private or otherwise.”
The Reds boss is happy with his midfield options having splashed out almost £100million in the summer to sign Naby Keita and Fabinho.
Manchester United want Hernandez
The Manchester Evening News report Manchester United are considering a move for Lucas Hernandez in the January transfer market, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho's side are interested in the Atletico Madrid defender and could make a move when the transfer window reopens.
According to the report Hernandez's versatility makes him an attractive prospect for United, with the 22-year-old comfortable playing at centre-back as well as left-back.
It is suggested Real Madrid are also interested in a move for the France international, however it is unlikely Atletico Madrid would ever sanction a sale to their closest rivals.
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Liverpool and United to battle for teenager
The Liverpool Echo claim Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all tracking Rochdale’s teenage sensation Luke Matheson.
He became the youngest ever player to appear for Rochdale in their 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury this week after being brought off the bench just a quarter-of-an-hour into the game.
Matheson - a right-back - was named man-of-the-match and manager Keith Hill praised his young star.
“Luke Matheson – wow,” he told the club’s official website. “He was outstanding. We know what he can do. It’s not a leap of faith, because we know what he can do. The supporters were receptive to Luke, and the players are and were as well.”
Arsenal want Pepe
Football.London report Arsenal are reportedly one of four teams interested in signing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
The Gunners were extremely active in the summer transfer market as new head coach Unai Emery kicked off the post-Arsene Wenger era with as many as five additions.
First to arrive was Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Serie A champions Juventus, before Berno Leno completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen and was soon joined by Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
Two more would follow as Emery bolstered his midfield options by signing Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi from Sampdoria and Lorient respectively.
Yet the majority of supporters wanted to see a winger signed before the transfer window closed on August 9.
Whilst the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Lucas Vazquez and Kingsley Coman were all linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium not a single one managed to materialise and it's the one department in which the north London outfit are lacking.
Chelsea rejected Fekir
Chelsea rejected the chance to sign long-time Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, it has been claimed.
The French midfielder was close to signing for the Anfield club but the Reds pulled out of a deal to medical concerns. .
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has now revealed the player was offered to Chelsea.
“In the beginning, when we thought about our summer transfer window and how to organise the future squad, we thought that he [Fekir] was practically gone,” he said.
“That’s why we have been able to adapt things.
“We spoke with Chelsea representatives, and they had no interest at all in him.
“From then on, we realised we could change our plans [as he would stay].”