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Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among clubs in scramble to sign German wunderkind Kai Havertz

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A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.

Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.

German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.

Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.

It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.

It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.

However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.

Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.

Real Madrid plotting bid for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

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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.

All the factz on Manchester City v Aston Villa, including which TV channel its on

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The early kick-off in the Premier League today sees Manchester City take on Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

City can close the gap to Liverpool to 3 points with a win today, meanwhile victory for the Villains would take them into the top half of the table.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:

* City’s recent record against Villa is enviable – they’ve won their last 9 home matches against them.
* City also haven’t lost consecutive he matches since February 2016.
* Villa have hit some form, winning their last two. They haven’t won 3 in a row in the Premier League since 2010.
* Aston Villa have also scored at least twice  in each of their last 4 matches.
* City’s strike force is on fire: Gabriel Jesus has scored in each of his last 7 appearances while Sergio Aguero is second in the PL goalscoring charts with 8 strikes – one behind Jamie Vardy.

Arsenal and Manchester City on alert as Isco set for Real Madrid exit

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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.

All the factz on Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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After both sides played in Europe in midweek, it is back to domestic priorities for Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they meet at the Etihad Stadium.

Both sides want a win – City to close the gap to Liverpool, Wolves to get away from the relegation zone.

The match kicks off at 2pm, but it isn’t on TV in the UK. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Manchester City have won 19 of their last 21 PL matches. Their only defeat was against Norwich City.
* Wolves won last time out against Watford, but that was their first league win of the season. They’d drawn 4 of their opening 6 matches.
* City have scored 27 goals in their first 7 matches – the most at this point in the season since Everton 35 years ago.
* Wolves aren’t great away from Molineux – they’ve won 1 of their last 10 on the road, losing 5.
* City have scored in 43 of their last 44 PL matches at the Etihad Stadium. The only team to keep a clean sheet? Huddersfield Town.