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Emerson opens Chelsea contract talks

Chelsea have opened contract negotiations with left-back Emerson
Palmieri following his impressive start to the season.
The 25-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2022, and Goal can
confirm that the Blues are keen to tie Emerson down to fresh terms
ahead of the January transfer window.


Udinese demands €25m for AC Milan, Atletico target

Udinese have warned AC Milan and Atletico Madrid they will have to pay
€25 million (£23m/$28m) if they want to sign Rodrigo De Paul any time
soon.
The winger joined the Serie A side three years ago for around €3m but
his performances have caught the eye of Milan, Atletico and
Fiorentina.


England battle Wales for youngster

England and Wales are involved in a battle over Nottingham
Forestteenager Brennan Johnson, The Mirror says.
The 18-year-old has already played and scored for both teams at youth
level and is currently part of the Wales Under 21 team, but the Three
Lions are determined to get him to switch to England.


Mertens to leave Napoli next summer

Dries Mertens will not renew his contract with Napoli and could leave
the club at the end of the season.
Although the Belgian star reiterated his commitment to the Serie A
side this week by insisting his future lies at the Stadio San Paolo,
Il Corriere dello Sport says he is considering making this his final
season.


Puel emerges as Sporting candidate

Former Leicester City and Southampton boss Claude Puel could be set to
take charge of Portuguese side Sporting.
France Football reports that the Frenchman is in the running to
succeed Marcel Keizer at the helm, though compatriot Leonardo Jardim
has also been linked to the job.


Phillips to sign five-year Leeds deal

Leeds are set for a welcome boost as star midfielder Kalvin Phillips
is on the verge of signing a new contract.
The 23-year-old had been wanted by Aston Villa and Burnley in the last
transfer window, but Leeds rejected an offer worth £15 million for
him.
The Championship side have offered him a five-year deal and, according
to The Telegraph, he has already agreed to sign it.


Juventus to return for Meunier, January

Juventus are lining up an offer for Paris Saint-Germain right-back
Thomas Meunier, according to Calciomercato.
The Belgium international’s contract expires at the end of the season
and Juve see him as an ideal option to strengthen their defence.
Juventus tried to sign him before the last transfer window closed and
look set to return for him in 2020.


Lyon eye Celtic star, Edouard

Lyon are tracking Celtic star Odsonne Edouard as they consider a move
for the striker, Football Insider says.
The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has impressed in Glasgow since
joining in an initial loan deal in 2017.
And Lyon are considering taking him back to France as they are
watching his progress closely.


Barcelona to offer Messi lifelong contract

Spanish champions in constant contact with Argentina star’s agent.
Barcelona are trying to convince Lionel Messi to sign a contract for
life at the club, Mundo Deportivo reports.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed this week that the
32-year-old can leave the club at the end of the season due to a
clause in his contract.
The Catalan side are determined to keep their star player beyond 2021,
when his contract expires, and are hoping to convince him to sign a
deal that will have no expiration date.


Man City plot January bid for Skriniar

Premier League side tried to buy centre-back in summer window.
Manchester City are preparing a January bid for Inter centre-back
Milan Skriniar, according to the Express.
The Premier League side failed in their attempt to sign him in the
summer transfer window, but their need for a new defender has only
increased since Aymeric Laporte’s injury.
Skriniar is top of City’s list and Pep Guardiola’s team are determined
to strengthen their options when the window opens again in the winter.


Van de Beek keen on Real Madrid move

Real Madrid are expected to rekindle their interest in Ajax star Donny
van de Beek next summer, AS reports.
The Spanish side considered buying the 22-year-old midfielder in the
last transfer window, but backed out because coach Zinedine Zidane
only wanted Paul Pogba.
Madrid decided to postpone the move for a year and are confident they
will see the move all the way through.

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