Manchester United are reportedly one contact with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representatives about a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Ibrahimovic spent two seasons in Manchester, scoring 29 goals despite a serious knee injury ruling him out for a large chunk of his second season.
He departed for LA Galaxy and the MLS in 2018 and has become a star in that league too – scoring 31 goals in as many games. However, his contract is up in January and it doesn’t look like he will be signing a new contract there.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb has claimed that United could turn to the 38-year-old as a short-term solution to the club’s lack of striking options.
United sold Romelu Lukaku and let Alexis Sanchez leave on a season-long loan – both went to Inter Milan – but weren’t replaced. This has left United light up front, especially when Anthony Martial was injured.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January, but a move for Ibrahimovic would no doubt be popular.
However, United are likely to face competition to sign the Swede. He has been linked with a move to AC Milan and Bologna in Italy recently and others would surely be interested in signing him.
But what Ibrahimovic does will be down to him – as is everything he does – and retirement has not been ruled out either.
La Liga champions Barcelona are reportedly considering making a bid in January for new Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking options, given that Luis Suarez is struggling with injuries and form currently.
Their bitter rivals Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on the Gabon international, as manager Zinedine Zidane continues to refresh his squad.
Aubameyang has been a revelation in an Arsenal side that has struggled for consistency and has missed out on Champions League qualification for the past two seasons. He recently scored his 50th goal for the club in just his 78th appearance.
However, Aubameyang has yet to commit his long-term future to the Gunners and could be tempted to move on if they don’t reach the Champions League again this season.
It has been claimed that Arsenal would listen to offers if Aubameyang decides he wants to leave. However, they would not want to lose their star player who has scored so many goals for them since he arrived in January 2018. If they were to consider an offer, they would certainly want something in excess of £50 million.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making a player-plus-cash deal to try and tempt Manchester City into parting with Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
Sky Sports News has claimed that Real are lining up a bid of £70 million plus Gareth Bale for Sterling.
Madrid officials are understood to be monitoring Sterling’s performances for City and England over the next month before finalising their plans.
Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in Sterling – they met with his representatives in the summer but no bid was forthcoming – and president Florentino Perez is know to be a big fan of the player.
However, it is thought that City boss has little interest in signing 30-year-old Bale. He will also not want to part with a crucial part of his side who is entering the peak years of his career.
While Sterling is on record as saying he would like to play in La Liga at some point, it would likely take a bid of close to if not more than the £198 million record that Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.
Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.
Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.
With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.
Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.
It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.
For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to make another move for Sporting Lisbon’s attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes in January – possibly paving the way for Christian Eriksen’s departure.
Spurs were interested in Fernandes back in the summer but a deal couldn’t be agree with Sporting – allegedly because the club didn’t accept Spurs’ offer of £40 million plus another £18 million in performance related ads-ons.
However, with Eriksen seemingly edging towards the exit door – he is reportedly not happy and wants to leave – Spurs are looking to go back in for Fernandes as a direct replacement.
Fernandes has been in sparkling form for Sporting so far this season, with 7 goals and 5 assists from just 10 appearances. This is the sort of player who could fill the void should Eriksen leave.
Sporting want £65 million for the 25-year-old. Whether Spurs’ notoriously hard bargain driver chairman Daniel Levy will pay that much remains to be seen.
But a deal could mean that Eriksen is sold in January – meaning Spurs would at least get some transfer fee for him – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich said to be interested in a deal.
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