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Manchester City transfer news: Odds slashed on Pep Guardiola signing Wolves superstar Ruben Neves

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.

Ruben Neves in action for Wolves in the Premier League.
 

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.

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Harry Kane could flourish in La Liga – Sergio Ramos

Source: bbc.co.uk/football

Spain captain Sergio Ramos believes England counterpart Harry Kane has the ability to succeed in La Liga – and sees him as the dangerman in Monday’s Nations League match in Seville.

Tottenham’s Kane, 25, has gone six games without an international goal.

But, asked whether any England players would flourish in Spain, Ramos replied: “Harry Kane is physically a fantastic striker but also technically.

“He can surprise you – but not me as we have prepared for him.”

Spain are in pole position in their Nations League group after back-to-back victories – including beating England 2-1 at Wembley last month.

But Ramos, who is set to win his 160th cap, has been impressed by the Three Lions, who finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia.

“There are always very technical players in the England team that are dangerous but I can assure you we have been watching them,” said the 32-year-old Real Madrid defender.

“We know the level of difficulty will be very high. We know we have a fantastic national team in front of us, and even though we played a great game at Wembley there are things we can improve.

“England had a fantastic World Cup. They have a lot of personality despite being very young, and offensively they are very dangerous.

Harry Kane is a very good player. We have to keep his scoring drought going because that will be a good sign for us.”

After England’s 0-0 draw with Croatia on Friday, Kane dismissed suggestions he needs a rest, saying he does not think his “game has dipped”.

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.”

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Everton transfer news: Marco Silva considering shock move for former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri is being lined up for a shock move to Everton once his drugs ban expires.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor in January and keen to return to the Premier League.

Marco Silva is reportedly lining up a shock move for Nasri
 

He is currently one month away from the expiration of his 18-month drug ban for taking supplements on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list whilst receiving intravenous treatment at an LA clinic in 2016.

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.

With former club Besiktas keen on taking Tosun back on loan in January, extra funds will likely be reserved to sign a proven goalscorer – meaning a cheap free transfer for Nasri could suit all parties.

The 31-year-old spent nine trophy-laden years in England with Arsenal and Manchester City
 

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.

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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)

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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Soccer Football – Real Madrid vs Manchester City – International Champions Cup – Los Angeles, USA – July 26, 2017 Manchester City’s Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala before the match REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson – RTX3D2KO

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Why Jose Mourinho desperately needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at Manchester United

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.

Source: ESPN

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Rangers transfer news: Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent willing to complete permanent Ibrox transfer

Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent would consider joining Rangers on a permanent deal having impressed since agreeing a loan switch with the Ibrox club.

21-year-old winger Kent penned a temporary deal with the Gers in July as Steven Gerrard used his Liverpool connections to raid his former club’s youth team.

Kent has been praised by Gerrard for putting in some fine performances for Rangers
 

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.”

Kent has not played for Liverpool since making his debut in January 2016
 

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.

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Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Spurs linked with shock move for Chinese Super League star Cedric Bakambu

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.

Bakambu has enjoyed a successful stay in China since moving to Beijing Guoan in February
 

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.

Bakambu made his name by impressing in La Liga with Villarreal
 

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.

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Manchester United are considering making a bid for Barcelona and Spain defender Jordi Alba, 29. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mirror)

Manchester United are considering making a bid for Barcelona and Spain defender Jordi Alba, 29. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mirror)

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