Manchester United showed an interest in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini during the summer. The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in the past and may well emerge as a United transfer target when the window reopens in January. Pellegrini rejoined Roma in 2017 from Sampdoria having started his professional career in the Italian capital. (Calciomercato)
Leonardo Bonucci was ‘surprised’ not to start in Juventus’ win over AC Milan on Sunday night. It would have been the veteran defender’s first time facing his old club after an unsuccessful one-year spell at the Rossoneri last season. “To be honest, I was surprised too when the coach gave the line-up,” the 31-year-old said. Juve beat Milan 2-0 to move six points clear in Serie A, with Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo getting on the score-sheet. (Sky Sport Italia)
Milan, meanwhile, are hoping to bolster their ranks in January by signing at least one big-name player. While the club are currently working to bring in Leonardo Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg, the Rossoneri are also exploring the possibility of pursuing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who incoming chief executive Ivan Gazidis knows well from his time at the Emirates. (Corriere dello Sport)
Serie A trio AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sampdoria are chasing Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The 26-year-old has struggled for goals at St Mary’s of late, with just five in 33 games last season and one in 10 appearances in the current campaign. (Calciomercato)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tried to keep news of Paul Pogba’s injury secret ahead of the club’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. The Portuguese boss knew the World Cup winner would not be available for selection after sustaining a knock in the win over Juventus. Both Mourinho and Pogba are ‘pessimistic’ about the injury, placing doubt over the 25-year-old’s potential involvement with France during the international break. (L’Equipe, via Sport Witness)
Juventus are plotting a possible reunion with Arturo Vidal. The Chilean, who won four Serie A titles in as many years in Turin, is reportedly unhappy after a difficult start to life at Barcelona. Vidal moved to the Camp Nou from Bayern Munich in the summer but has struggled to nail down a spot in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI with just two La Liga starts to his name. (Le10Sport)
Under-fire Monaco manager Thierry Henry admitted there was a gulf in quality between his side and Paris Saint-Germain after falling 4-0 at home to the runaway Ligue 1 leaders. Edinson Cavani completed a hat-trick before Neymar’s penalty completed Henry’s misery, leaving the Arsenal legend winless after six games in charge. Monaco are second from bottom with just seven points. They travel to fellow strugglers Caen following the international break. (L’Equipe)
Real Madrid have identified a trio of key transfer targets as the club continue their recovery from a tumultuous start to the season. Caretaker boss Santiago Solari has led Los Blancos to four straight wins, steadying the ship, as the work continues behind the scenes. Santos star Rodrygo is one player expected to arrive at the Bernabeu and he could be joined by River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios. Real are also keeping close tabs on defender Mario Hermoso, who has impressed for Espanyol this season. (Marca)
Meanwhile, Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has praised Solari’s work as caretaker boss after overcoming Celta Vigo 4-2 on Sunday. “The truth is that we are very happy with him,” Butragueno said. “There is no doubt that he came at a very particular moment and has been able to achieve very good results.” Having revived Madrid’s season, the Argentinian is now firmly in contention to get the job on a permanent basis. (Marca)
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has been told to improve his attitude after being dropped for turning up late for training. The Frenchman was dropped from the squad for Barca’s defeat to Real Betis on Sunday, leading club director Guillermo Amor to criticise the player’s attitude. “All the professionals have to give extra. They have to live the profession and work hard every day to play. At Barcelona, you have to prove yourself every day, in matches and in training.” (Sport, via Sport Witness)
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery was involved in a physical altercation with a French journalist following the club’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The 35-year-old clashed with TV reporter Patrick Guillou following the game and looks set to be sanctioned by the Bundesliga champions.
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