AC Milan target Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Liverpool’s Divock Origi

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Italian side AC Milan are turning their attention to signing Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford after admitting defeat in their attempts to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to the side on loan in January.

Milan had been in negotiations to bring Ibrahimovic in on loan during the MLS off-season, but the parties failed to agree terms.

As a result, manager Gennaro Gattuso is turning his attention elsewhere – and to Rashford, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

However, prizing him away from Old Trafford may be difficult. Rashford has been a regular starter under Jose Mourinho this season, making 18 appearances in all competitions and scoring 3 goals. It is hard to see United considering any bid for the 20-year-old.

With that in mind, Gazzetta added that another potential target could be Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi. However, Origi has recently forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and so this may lessen the chances of him being sold or let out on loan in January.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur set to battle it out to sign Romanian star Dennis Man

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Premier League clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are considering bidding for FCSB and Romania attacking midfielder Dennis Man.

Man has caught the eye this season for FCSB – the club formerly known as Steaua Bucharest – scoring 7 goals in 22 appearances. The 20-year-old has also broken into the Romanian national side this year, making his debut in March.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sent a scout to watch Man, who can play attacking midfield or on the right wing, recently, according to The Sun.

Continental European clubs are also said to be interested, with Italian side Roma and Turkish giants Fenerbahce said to be keen – although it has been denied that the latter has already tabled a £2.5 million bid for the player.

It is thought that it will take a substantially higher bid than that to get FCSB to part with one of their rising stars. Man is contracted to FCSB until 2022 but if a bid in the range of £15-20 million came in, they may be tempted to sell.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona chase £90 million rated Tanguy Ndombele

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A host of top clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing £90 million-rated Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.

Ndombele has been a star for Lyon in Ligue Un and in the Champions League and club president Jean-Michel Aulas has said they have already turned down bids in excess of £45 million for the 21-year-old.

France Football has claimed that United are leading the race to sign the France international, although it is also said that uncertainty over the future of manager Jose Mourinho could put him off.

But, given the amount of interest, Lyon may decide to sell to the highest bidder. Aulas has previously said Lyon would want a fee around that United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba – a then-record £89 million.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised him recently after he played against City for Lyon in the Champions League.

While £90 million is well within the compass of United, City and Barcelona – although the fee would be a transfer record for either Manchester Club – it may well put off Spurs, who have never splashed out such a fee on a player.

Ndombele himself has remained coy on his future, saying he could have left in the summer but decided to stay, and has not regretted the decision.

“I don’t imagine how my career will go, I live it instead,” he told Canal Football Club recently. “”Of course, they are big clubs, I don’t close the door to anyone.

“When I was young I didn’t dream of being in this or that club, whether it is Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, I have never dreamed of being in a specific club like that.”

All the factz on the December 8 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are 5 Premier League matches kicking off at 3pm today. As we head into the busy Christmas period, clubs know that a good run now can set them up for a productive second half of the season. Here are the factz you need to know:

Arsenal v Huddersfield Town 

* Arsenal did the double over the Terriers last season, including walloping them 5-0 at the Emirates.
* The Gunners are unbeaten in 20 matches in all competitions, winning 15 of those.
* Huddersfield have lost their last two matches.
* Arsenal have both scored and conceded in each of their last 8 matches.

* Huddersfield have won just 1 of their 7 away matches this season, losing 4.

Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion 

* Last season both matches ended in 0-0 stalemates.
* The Clarets haven’t won in 8 matches, losing 6.
* Brighton’s away form is improving: 2 wins from their last 4 matches.
* The Seagulls have also scored in 8 successive PL matches.

* Burnley have lost their last 3 matches at Turf Moor, conceding 9 goals in the process.

Cardiff City v Southampton

* Cardiff have won 3 of their last 4 PL matches.
* All three of those wins have seen Cardiff come from behind to take all 3 points.
* Meanwhile Saints haven’t won in 13 matches in all competitions (7 defeats).
* The Bluebirds haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 12 PL matches.

* Saints have won just 4 of their last 40 PL matches – although 3 of those wins have come away from home.

Manchester United v Fulham

* United have a great record against Fulham – they have beaten them 18 times in 26 PL matches, losing just 3.
* The Red Devils have drawn their last 3 PL matches – they haven’t drawn 4 in a row since 1992.
* Fulham have lost their last 6 away matches.
* The Cottagers also have the worst defence with 36 goals conceded. Only Barnsley have conceded more at this stage of a PL season.

* A win for United today will be their 50th under Jose Mourinho.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace 

* Both matches ended all square between these two sides last season: 1-1 at the London Stadium and 2-2 at Selhurst Park.
* West Ham have won their last 2 matches – they haven’t won 3 in a row since January 2016.
* Palace have won just one of their last 9 PL matches, losing 6.
* They have also lost 4 of their last 5 away matches, conceding 10 goals.
* West Ham have scored 7 goals in their last 3 home matches.

All the factz on Manchester United v Arsenal, including which TV channel its on

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Two of the Premier League’s biggest rivals face off at Old Trafford tonight as Manchester United play Arsenal. United have stuttered of late, while Arsenal have been in form – but which team will prevail? The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:

  • United are unbeaten against Arsenal at Old Trafford since 2006 in the PL – a run of 11 matches. They have won 8 of those.
  • The main problem for United is defence – they have conceded 23 so far this season – only the bottom 5 clubs have let in more.
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in 12 PL matches (9 wins) and 19 in all competitions (15 wins).
  • United are without a win in 3 matches but have only lost once at Old Trafford in the PL this season.
  • Expect goals tonight – both sides have kept just 2 clean sheets each in the PL this season.