Transfer rumours: Dembele, Skriniar, Haaland, Nagelsmann, Pochettino
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Barcelona are ready to sell five players in January, including Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele, the 23-year-old France striker. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)external-link

Liverpool are interested in signing Inter Milan‘s 25-year-old defender Milan Skriniar as cover for the injured Virgil van Dijk. The Slovakian is also a target for Tottenham.(ESPN)external-link

Manchester United target Erling Braut Haaland, 20, has a verbal agreement to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2022, but Real Madrid are favourites to sign the Norway striker. (AS)external-link

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is another contender, in addition to ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, to succeed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the under-pressure Norwegian leaves Old Trafford. (ESPN)external-link

Meanwhile, Pochettino has rejected Barcelona twice so that he can take the job at Manchester United. (Star)external-link

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has told Solskjaer that the pressure he will be feeling at Old Trafford is greater than any other job in football. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelsea trio Olivier Giroud, the 34-year-old France striker, Italy defender Emerson Palmieri, 26, and Spain full-back Marcos Alonso, 29, remain on ex-Blues manager Antonio Conte’s radar for Inter Milan. (Football Italia)external-link

Real Madrid reportedly sold left-back Sergio Reguilon, 23, to Tottenham this summer because of a disagreement between the Spain international and Rayo Vallecano’s French goalkeeper Luca Zidane, 22, the son of manager Zinedine Zidane. (El Confidencial, in Spanish)external-link

Arsenal’s interest in Red Bull Salzburg and Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 20, has been confirmed by his agent. (Index, in Hungarian)external-link

Marseille have pulled out of the race to sign Strasbourg‘s 20-year-old French defender Mohamed Simakan, who is also a target for Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Former Watford boss Nigel Pearson says some of the Hornets players knew about his departure from the Vicarage Road helm before he did. (Times, subscription required)external-link

Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell says Celtic tried to sign his 20-year-old English striker son, Tyrese, in January, but Stoke boss Michael O’Neill convinced him to stay with the Potters.(Football Insider)external-link

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has warned that Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, will have to take a pay cut to extend his current contract. (Goal)external-link

Pep Guardiola believes seven teams could yet be involved in this season’s Premier League title race, but the Manchester City boss insists Liverpool are the favourites to retain their crown. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Wolves are “understood to be relaxed” on reports suggesting new Fifa agent regulations could highlight a conflict of interest between the club and agent Jorge Mendes. (Express and Star)external-link

Tottenham have applied for permission for their former Park Lane ticket office, housed in the former Corner Pin public house, to be returned to its former use as a pub with beer garden. (Football London)external-link

Manager Jurgen Klopp admits feeling “mixed emotions” leaving Melwood – Liverpool’s training base for more than 60 years – but believes the club have taken the right decision to move to their new £50m Kirkby home. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Aston Villa and England defender Tyrone Mings revealed how his mother penned letters to every club in the Football League asking them to give him a trial after he was released by Southampton as a teenager. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

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