Manchester City have seen the odds on them signing Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves slashed.
There has been no recent news on manager Pep Guardiola’s interest in the player but he has previously been noted as an admirer of the 21-year-old’s talents.
An impressive display against Poland saw Neves, who signed a new contract with Wolves in the summer, widely praised once again.
Guardiola’s interest comes as he looks to replace Fernandinho in the heart of midfield, although he has so far failed to land his targets, including Fred and Jorginho – who ended up at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
And now, according to Oddschecker, 84 per cent of all bets on Neves’ next permanent club after the January transfer window have been put on him heading to the Etihad.
While Ramos praised Kane, Spain coach Luis Enrique declared his admiration for England counterpart Gareth Southgate.
“I really like Gareth Southgate as a manager,” he said. “Maybe historically England haven’t always been playing possession football but Southgate likes to play with possession and he is someone I have always followed with curiosity.
“I really like the way he interprets football. I hope he won’t be lucky against us but I wish him luck every game after that.”
However, the two-time Premier League winner will be able to train with clubs from next month and Marco Silva is reportedly eyeing up Nasri as cover to talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson and summer signing Richarlison.
According to the Daily Mail, the struggles of £27million signing Cenk Tosun have caused concern amongst Silva and the rest of his Toffees staff.
The former France international arrived in England back in 2008 and initially struggled to make a massive impact at the Emirates after being billed as the next Zinedine Zidane.
It was in the 2010-11 season where the playmaker began to show is best form, resulting in Manchester City swooping in. He left in 2017 after his sole season on loan with Sevilla, before the drugs ban came into account.
Everton are considering a move for former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 31. The France international’s doping ban ends next month. (Daily Mail)
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If the rumours doing the rounds in Manchester’s football circles are to be believed, Jose Mourinho is considering a move to take Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Manchester United in January.
While the United manager has yet to confirm or deny his interest, there are many reasons for him to do all he can to get the Swedish forward back to Old Trafford, even if only for a couple of months.
From a purely footballing perspective, the tail end of Ibrahimovic’s United career in 2017-18 — when he scored just once in seven appearances after returning ahead of schedule following a cruciate ligament injury — suggests that his impact on the pitch would be minimal if he returned to the Premier League during the MLS off-season.
Ibrahimovic is also 37 years old. But 21 goals in 25 games for the LA Galaxy since he headed out to California in March offers proof that there is still life in the former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain forward.
Yet the value of him returning to Old Trafford would not be measured in goals by Mourinho. The true worth of Ibrahimovic to the under-pressure Mourinho would be the Swede’s influence in in the dressing room.
To some at United, it is not a coincidence that disharmony within the squad has become an issue since Ibrahimovic moved away.
It is no secret Mourinho is struggling to reassert his authority on some members of the squad, with sources telling ESPN FC last month many senior players have grown angry and frustrated with the manager because of his treatment of teammates, tactical decisions and negative demeanour around the training ground.
Ibrahimovic would not provide a miracle cure for the discontent, but his presence within the group during his 18 months at United was significant, with all players, young and old, regarding him as a leader. Even more importantly, Ibrahimovic acted like a buffer between the dressing room and Mourinho because of his longstanding relationship with a manager he had previously worked under at Inter Milan.
Since Ibrahimovic left United — with the departure of Wayne Rooney to Everton during the previous summer another important loss for the cohesion of the dressing room — sources have told ESPN FC that disparate groups have formed, with no player able to fill the void left by Ibrahimovic and Rooney.
Paul Pogba is the most high-profile player in the United squad, but he has so far not been able to gain the respect that Ibrahimovic earned instantly because of his persona and career achievements. Alexis Sanchez, United’s highest-paid player, is regarded as a remote figure, lacking Ibrahimovic’s charisma, while others have formed small groups based on shared nationality or language.
Ibrahimovic also led by example, inspiring the club’s youngsters with his humility and dedication, as well as leading from the front when speaking to the media.
He was looked upon as the “cool older brother” at United, even by the likes of Pogba — the two players are both represented by agent Mino Raiola, so were already close — and his departure has created a void unforeseen by Mourinho.
United have learned how to cope without Ibrahimovic on the pitch, with Romelu Lukaku‘s goals last season replacing those scored by Swede, but the ripple effect of his move to MLS is now being felt off the pitch.
If Mourinho remains in charge of United by the time January arrives (which is by no means certain) a move for Ibrahimovic would not be the craziest idea. In fact, it could be just what the manager needs to turn his squad of malcontents around.
He has caught the eye north of the border, turning out 17 times in all competitions and chipping in with two goals and one assist.
Kent has only ever made one senior appearance for his parent club – he started a 2-2 draw with Exeter in the FA Cup in 2016 – and the majority of his last few years at Anfield have been spent away from Merseyside on loan.
It is unlikely he has a part to play in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team set-up, even if he continues impressing for Rangers, and the youngster has admitted he would be open to returning to Ibrox on permanent terms.
Asked about continuing his career with Rangers, Kent said: “It’s something I’d consider. The fans are great here.
“Rangers are an amazing club, but that’s a conversation they need to have with Liverpool, not me.”
Rangers have won just half their eight league matches to date to sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership. They remain without a defeat in every other competition though, progressing through the Europa League knockout rounds to reach the group stage, and making it to the semi-finals of Scotland’s League Cup.
Tottenham are interested in signing Beijing Guoan forward Cedric Bakambu, according to reports.
Bakambu, the DR Congo international, has enjoyed a prolific spell in the Chinese Super League since swapping Villarreal for Beijing earlier this year, going on to net 19 times for the club in just 23 appearances.
He’s helped Beijing Guoan into fourth in the CSL, and currently sits fifth in the competition’s scoring charts.
However, Bakambu’s Chinese adventure could be coming to an end when the European transfer window reopens in January.
According to L’Est Republican, Tottenham have already ‘laid the groundwork’ to secure a deal for Bakambu in the ‘very near future’.
Earlier this year, Spurs became the first team to not sign a single player in the summer since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, but there are suggestions Mauricio Pochettino could dip into the market in the winter.
The reported interest in Bakambu comes as Spurs are linked with signing a new centre-forward to play back-up to Harry Kane, following the struggles endured in north London by the players previously and presently tasked with playing that role, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente.
27-year-old Bakambu started his career with Sochaux in his native France, before playing in Turkey then Spain, where he enjoyed a productive two-and-a-half year spell with Villarreal.
Beijing Guoan completed the signing of Bakambu for a reported £35.4million on February 28, one day before the 2018 CSL season got under way.