Top stories and transfer rumors from Sunday’s press…
Crystal Palace star Michael Olise says he wants to move to Manchester United rather than Chelsea, with both Premier League giants interested in signing him.
Chelsea could disrupt Newcastle and Arsenal’s plans to land Everton ace Amadou Onana if they sell Conor Gallagher to Tottenham.
Liverpool face the prospect of a tough competition for their top contenders to replace Jurgen Klopp, whose shock announcement that he is to step down as manager is expected to lead to an exciting summer season.
German sources say Xabi Alonso will feature prominently in Bayern Munich’s squad if they decide to replace Manchester United target Thomas Tuchel, as well as Roberto De Zerbi, should Erik ten Hag be sacked.
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Erik ten Hag has refused to reveal whether he will discuss a new contract with Sir Jim Ratcliffe, although the Manchester United manager admits he is being sued like any other big club.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is in talks to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab.
Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes is leaving as Liverpool’s sporting director in the summer.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi is the favorite to take Xavi to Barcelona.
Brighton and Hove Albion have made a bid for Leicester City midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
Crystal Palace have reportedly completed an £8.5m move for right-back Daniel Munoz from Genk.
Sevilla have released Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri and have released a kind statement, saying the ‘boy’ needs to ‘commit’.
Burnley have stepped up their interest in signing Montpellier defender Maxime Esteve, offering £10.2m plus a 15 per cent sell-on.
Kasper Schmeichel has emerged as an option for Nottingham Forest if they can sign the goalkeeper in January.
Burnley defender Connor Roberts is attracting interest from Brentford, Feyenoord and Leeds United in the final week of the transfer window.
Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab are keen to chase Miguel Almiron from Newcastle United.
Liverpool will take a data-driven approach to their search for a new manager, as they try to emulate the factors that led to their appointment of Jurgen Klopp.
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The fan took action from the stands and played in the Bundesliga clash between Wolfsburg and Cologne after suffering an injury.
Marcus Rashford was out in Belfast that night before declaring he was too ill to attend Manchester United’s game on Friday.
Ivan Rakitic has said goodbye to his Sevilla team mates as he joins Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab.
Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hip injury that could require surgery.
Former Forest Green Rovers boss Troy Deeney threatened to punch the manager before calling him a “weasel” during December’s League Two defeat at Swindon Town.
Xavi has announced that he will step down as Barcelona head coach at the end of the current campaign.
Casemiro has put an end to talk of a move to Manchester United – insisting he wants to bring more trophies to Old Trafford.
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Former Lazio sporting director says Manchester United paid £85m (€100m) for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Steven Naismith is confident Lawrence Shankland will remain at Hearts when the transfer window closes – as Rangers scouts were at Tynecastle to watch the Jambos’ 2-0 win over Aberdeen.
David Martindale has admitted he is ready to accept defeat if Livingston officials believe he has given his best to the team.
Rangers want Jefte’s loan club have said they hope the defender’s deal at Ibrox will go through soon.
Scotland defender David Bates looks to be on the verge of a move to Turkish side Konyaspor.
Neil Lennon met with representatives from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) on Friday with a view to becoming manager of the national team.