There are 5 matches in the Premier League kicking off at 3pm today, involving clubs at both ends of the table. Here are the facts you need to know:
Premier League clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle it out for the signature of £50 million-rated Ajax star Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.
United sent scouts to watch de Jong play for Holland in their recent Nations Cup tie against France earlier this month, The Sun reports. Manager Jose Mourinho is said to be a fan of the midfielder, who can also play in defence, and could prepare a bid in January for him.
An unnamed United source quoted by The Sun said: “Jose and the staff like the look of him. He can play in a few different roles and looks comfortable wherever.”
Tottenham are also believed to be interested in de Jong. After a summer where manager Mauricio Pochettino signed no players, he may look for reinforcements in January – and the 21-year-old may well fit the bill.
Barcelona are also thought to be keeping tabs on the player.
Manchester City are thought to have had a £50 million bid for de Jong turned down in the summer, but it is not known if they will revive their interest again.
The Premier League is back after the international break, and the first match sees Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool at Wembley Stadium. Both sides are looking to build on good starts to the season. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* The first goal today will be the 150th in this fixture in the PL era.
* Spurs have won 8 of their last 9 home matches – the exception being a 1-3 loss to Manchester City.
* Liverpool have won their first 4 matches this season – they haven’t won the first 5 since 1990/1.
* Spurs thumped Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley Stadium last season. It ended 2-2 at Anfield.
* Spurs lost last time out to Watford, but haven’t lost successive PL matches since the end of the 2015/16 season.
Italian champions Juventus are plotting to make a move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial – but are prepared to wait to get him on a free transfer next summer.
France international Martial, 22, is in the final year of his current deal with United, and has yet to make a commitment over his future.
United bosses have offered Martial a new long-term deal and the club are hopeful of convincing him to put pen to paper. This is despite his largely bit-part role at Old Trafford in the past year and rumours of a fractious relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
Juventus will watch the negotiations carefully, mindful that from January the former Monaco man will be able to sign a pre-contract to join another club in the summer, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.
However, they are not the only club interested in signing him. In the summer, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were interested, but United made it clear they would not sell him to a Premier League rival. Bayern Munich are also said to be monitoring his situation.
Should Martial sign, then any potential suitor will have to pay a hefty transfer fee for him – certainly north of £50 million in the current inflated market.