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Transfer news and gossip: Pogba plans January Man United exit, Arsenal eye £30m-rated Lille star, Man City rule out Mbappe move


Here’s the top transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers and online…

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s teen superstar Kylian Mbappe(The Independent)

Paul Pogba has told team-mates he will leave Manchester United in January if Jose Mourinho is still manager. According to reports, the 25-year-old is fed up of arguing with the boss and has told people close to him that he is better off not playing in a Mourinho team. (The Sun)

Barcelona are confident they have the financial resources to sign the France World Cup winner in January, but the Catalan club’s board of directors are divided on whether to bring the midfielder to the Nou Cam. (ESPN)

Meanwhile, United scouts fear players will not want to sign with the club in the current climate, which could leave Mourinho’s plans for a January shake-up dead in the water. (Daily Express)

Relations between Pogba and the Manchester United boss are at an all-time low

Arsenal have been keeping a close eye on Lille winger Nicolas Pepe and are considering a January bid for the 23-year-old, who has impressed with five goals in eight matches this season. (Daily Mirror)

However, the Gunners could face competition both at home and abroad, with Everton already sending scouts to watch the £30million-rated Ivory Coast international, while Barcelona and Sevilla are also tracking him. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are considering Napoli midfielder, and former Liverpool target, Piotr Zielinski as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, according to reports in Italy. (Sportmediaset)

Real Madrid have reportedly joined a group of clubs interested in Wales midfielder Ramsey, 27, who could leave the Gunners in January or hold off to leave on a free when his contract expires in June. (Teamtalk)

Danny Drinkwater is in no rush to leave Chelsea, despite not yet featuring under new manager Maurizio Sarri. It is understood Drinkwater is prepared to wait until the end of the season to find the right move if one does not come up in January, having not yet even appeared on the Blues’ bench. (Daily Telegraph)

Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Arsenal boss Unai Emery

Chelsea are said to be leading the race for 15-year-old Dutch star Sam Lautenschutz. The Volendam midfielder has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Tottenham, Leicester and Charlton, as well as Dutch giants Ajax. (The Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out ever managing Barcelona, because his links rivals Espanyol make a move “impossible”. (Evening Standard)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is planning to take a break from international football to prioritise his club future, after turning down a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad. The 19-year-old is said to be keen to switch over to the England team, but will put those plans on hold to focus on the Hammers. (The Times)

Declan Rice has impressed with a number of mature performances for West Ham this season

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring Italian defender Francesco Vicari to St James’ Park from Serie A side SPAL in January. The 24-year-old is being closely followed by the Premier League club after impressing at the start of this season. (Sportmediaset)

Man United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has extended his Lazio contract until 2023. The 23-year-old Serbia midfielder was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Wolves are plotting a January bid for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, having sent scouts to look at the 21-year-old last weekend in the Dons’ 1-0 win over Motherwell. (Scottish Sun)


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