Manchester United could make move for Chelsea defender David Luiz in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is monitoring David Luiz’ situation at Chelsea, and could make a move for the defender in January.

Luiz has had a bust up with Blues manager Antonio Conte, having questioned his tactics when Chelsea were beaten 3-0 at Roma. Conte was also unhappy with Luiz’ reaction to being substituted in that match. In response, Conte dropped Luiz from the squad for Chelsea’s next Premier League match.

It is believed that Luiz is still angry about being dropped – seeing it as a humiliation. Conte has not said that Luiz will be back in the team either, with Danish defender Andreas Christensen impressing in his place.

Mourinho is now monitoring the situation and if the pair haven’t patched up their relationship by January, he may be prepared to come in with a bid for Luiz, according to a report in the Daily Express.

This would represent a thawing of Mourinho’s own relationship with Luiz. He managed Luiz at Chelsea for a season in 2013/14, but often preferred to play John Terry and Gary Cahill in central defence and sold him to Paris St-Germain. Luiz later taunted Mourinho after his PSG side beat Chelsea in the Champions League.

If Chelsea were to sell, the would want to recoup the £34 million they paid PSG for him. It is also likely that Conte would seek a replacement for him.

Chelsea could sell Willian in January to fund move for PSG’s Lucas Moura

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Chelsea could be prepared to sell Brazilian midfielder Willian in the January transfer window to help fund a move for Paris St-Germain’s Lucas Moura, according to a report in France.

Willian has only started six games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, with manager Antonio Conte preferring Eden Hazard and Pedro as part of a front three alongside striker Alvaro Morata. That said, he is still very much part of Conte’s plans as he has come on as a substitute in 5 more matches.

French news site Le10 Sport reports that Chelsea are keen on making a move for Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, who could be available for £27 million. The 27-year-old could be open to a move as he hasn’t been a regular in the PSG side – he hasn’t started a league match for them so far this season – although he has scored 4 goals in all competitions.

Le10 Sport speculate that Willian could go to the Chinese Super League – following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilians Ramirez and Oscar – although it would be likely that clubs in Europe would also be interested in signing the 29-year-old.

Arsenal line up £60 million Nabil Fekir transfer

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Arsenal are said to be in discussions to sign Lyon’s French international playmaker Nabil Fekir for £60 million in January.

The Gooners are apparently lining up 24-year-old Fekir as a replacement for either Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez – both of whom are in the final months of their deals at the Emirates and look likely to leave the club, either for a cut-price in January or for nothing in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

A move would also see Fekir, who can play as a striker or in the whole, reunited with erstwhile teammate Alexandre Lacazette. He has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Lyon – currently 3rd in Ligue Un – so far this season.

However, talk of Arsenal concluding a deal in January may be premature, as Lyon will be reluctant to sell one of their star players mid-season as they are still competing for honours domestically and in Europe. He would also be cup-tied in Europe if he moved to Arsenal.

Not only this, but other clubs are known to be coveting Fekir, not least Spanish giants Barcelona, who could see him as an alternative, should Liverpool continue to refuse any overtures from them for Philippe Coutinho.

All the factz you need to know on the England v Brazil friendly tonight

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England take on Brazil at Wembley tonight. The match kicks-off at 8pm and it is live on ITV1. Here are the factz you need to know:

• This is the 26th occasion that England have played Brazil – England have only emerged victorious on 4 previous occasions. Brazil have won 11 times.
• However, Brazil haven’t beaten England since 2009 – when a Nilmar goal was enough to see off the Three Lions in a friendly played in Qatar. In the two matches since, England have won one and the other was a draw.
• The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in June 1977 in a friendly at the Maracana.
• Brazil have scored in their last 10 consecutive matches against England – a run stretching back to March 1990, when England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from TV presenter and crisp seller Gary Lineker.
• Joe Hart will win his 75th cap for England tonight – putting him equal 2nd on the all-time list of appearances by goalkeepers for England with David Seaman. Peter Shilton leads the way with 125 caps.
• Angus Gunn has been called up to the England squad, but his father, Bryan, played internationally for Scotland (6 caps).
• Only three members of this England squad are in their 30s – both Joe Hart and Jamie Vardy are 30 and Ashley Young is 32.
• Only 5 members of the England squad have scored an international goal – and of those, Young has the most, with 7 strikes.
• Brazil striker Neymar has 53 goals for his country in 82 appearances. He is catching up Pele, who still holds the all-time record, with 77.
• Seven members of the Brazil squad play their football in England: four play for Manchester City – Ederson, Fernandinho, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus; two for Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho, and Willian of Chelsea.

Eric Dier to retain England captain’s armband for Brazil match

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier will retain the captain’s armband for England’s friendly match with Brazil on Tuesday, manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

Dier took the captaincy for the first time in the 0-0 draw against Germany on Friday night. Harry Kane, Joe Hart and Jordan Henderson have taken on the role in recent internationals, but none were involved in that match. Southgate has opted not to have a permanent captain since Wayne Rooney retired from international football earlier in the year.

Explaining the decision, Southgate said in a news conference: “It’s a good experience for him.

“On the pitch is one element and showing leadership the rest of the time we’re in camp is another. The level of responsibility is important to learn.

“We want some of the younger lads to feel that responsibility and the way Eric trains, understands the game is good.

“For me as a coach he’s good when you want to have discussions about solving tactical problems on the pitch. I like to throw that to the players sometimes and listen to what they’re thinking.

“He’s somebody who’s upbringing at Lisbon was different from some young players in terms of being given problems to solve during games.”

England play Brazil tomorrow at Wembley, kick-off is at 8pm.