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Transfer news and gossip: Mesut Ozil linked with shock Arsenal exit, David Beckham plots Lionel Messi swoop, Liverpool to sign Italian starlet?

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Monday’s national newspapers and online…

Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal to team-up with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in January, according to stunning reports. (Daily Express)

David Beckham is said to be eyeing a spectacular move to bring Lionel Messi to Major League Soccer with his new Inter Miami franchise. It is claimed the former England captain is hopeful of persuading the Barcelona superstar to join the club in 2020, when he will be 33 and near the end of his contract at the Nou Camp. (The Times)

Arsenal and Tottenham could be set for a January transfer battle over Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to reports. The Ivory Coast centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford this season and the London rivals are both said to be tracking him. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United FC news: Jose Mourinho reveals bizarre reason for not picking Eric Bailly
Eric Bailly has been relegated to the United bench by manager Jose Mourinho this season

Tottenham, Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus are all reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the French giants, putting the clubs on alert to a possible free transfer next year. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are plotting a January move for Italian under-21 international Nicolo Barella, with Jurgen Klopp looking for more options in midfield due to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-term knee injury. However, the Reds may have to be prepared to battle Tottenham for the 21-year-old. (Metro)

Liverpool midfielder and vice-captain James Milner has been branded ‘the best pound-for-pound footballer in the Premier League’ but former England international Stuart PearceFULL STORY

Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has claimed the Cherries front-three of Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King are as good as Liverpool’s trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool’s Firmino, Salah, and Mane are one of the Premier League’s most celebrated attacking trios – but is Bournemouth’s front line on par?

Chelsea are keeping tabs on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of the January transfer window, following the 24-year-old’s impressive start to the 2018 campaign  – scoring four goals in five appearances for the promoted club. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he feels guilty about the limited game time he has given to 18-year-old England youth midfielder Phil Foden this  season. (Manchester Evening News)

City star Kevin de Bruyne is hoping to return from injury in time for the first Manchester derby of the season on 11 November, having stepped up his recovery from a knee injury. (Daily Star)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has denied claims that summer signing Lucas Perez refused to warm up during Sunday’s Premier League win at Everton. (London Evening Standard)


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