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TOP STORY: Kante not interested in Real Madrid
N’Golo Kante has no intention of leaving Chelsea — despite rumours consistently linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
The French midfielder, who has been little short of sensational at Chelsea since making the switch to West London from Leicester City, says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for life.
In an interview with Telefoot, Kante downplayed speculation that he could be tempted by a move to La Liga by insisting that he potentially wanted to end his career with Chelsea.
Kante has been instrumental in Chelsea’s fantastic start to the season under Frank Lampard and appears to be enjoying his football again after a mixed spell under Antonio Conte. And he told the French outlet that things are going so well that any thoughts of him moving to Madrid may already have gone up in smoke.
23.26 GMT: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!
23.07 GMT: One big one to close the evening’s journal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Real Madrid.
Spanish outlet El Desmarque claims that Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez had identified the club’s biggest weakness as its attack and that he wants to bring the Gabon international to the Bernabeu. The report adds that Auba would cost Madrid €80 million (£69m) but that the club could also offer James Rodriguez to Arsenal in an attempt to lower the price.
The clubs, who recently did business on a loan deal for Dani Ceballos, are no strangers to one another, Mesut Ozil having moved from Madrid to London back in 2013. The key in any Aubameyang to Madrid deal? Arsenal’s end of season finish, as if the Gunners qualify for the Champions League Aubameyang, 30, would probably be happy to stay at the Emirates.
22.18 GMT: Frank Lampard and Chelsea have shown they are more than willing to let the kids play, with Christian Pulisic (21), Mason Mount (20), Tammy Abraham (22), Fikayo Tomori (21), Callum Hudson-Odoi (19) and Reece James (19) all currently playing significant roles at Stamford Bridge.
90mins reports that Celtic phenom Karamoko Dembele, 16, could be the next young talent to Stamford Bridge, with the report claiming that Chelsea hope to bid on the youngster whenever they permitted to. Dembele, 16, is regarded as one of the top youngsters in European football, having made his Under-20 debut for Celtic at 13 and his senior debut last season at 16.
Chelsea are hoping to have their transfer ban lifted in January and if does get lifted, the Blues could make an audacious bid for the young Celtic whizkid.
21.32 GMT: Big news out of MLS…
Darwin Quintero has revealed via Twitter that Minnesota United have decided to decline his option and thus he will no longer be a Loon.
After two years of living great experiences in @MNUFC I want to inform you that the technician and the club made the decision not to validate the renewal option. I want to thank you for all that was lived, were two years of much learning .My best wishes and thanks for everything pic.twitter.com/X9jjz7iuLb
— darwin quintero (@darwinJR3) November 11, 2019
The move comes as a bit of a surprise as the 32-year-old winger was Minnesota’s best player and one of the best in the entire league during his two years with the club. In 64 games with the club, Quintero scored 27 goals and added 20 assists, while being named an MLS All-Star in 2018 and leading the Loons to a maiden playoff appearance in 2019.
The club declined to comment when asked by mlssoccer.com and there remains a possibility that Quintero could be traded within the league.
20.49 GMT: Wolves got a good look at impressive Slovan Bratislava goalkeeper Dominik Greif last Thursday in the Europa League.
According to Football Insider, they weren’t the only English side impressed by the ‘keeper, as Brighton and Crystal Palace also had scouts at the Molineux. The Slovakian ‘keeper, 22, made six saves on the night, some of them of the spectacular variety, keeping the match goalless until the final minutes.
Are there more special nights in England ahead from the 6’6″ Greif? Only time will tell…
20.02 GMT: Cardiff City have announced that they and manager Neil Warnock have “mutually agreed” to part ways.
The Bluebirds currently sit 14th in the Championship and were relegated from the Premier League last May. The well-travelled Warnock’s three-year tenure will be remembered very positively by supporters, as he not only led the club to a surprising promotion in 2018 but also handled the tragic death of Emiliano Sala and difficulties that came with that with such grace and reverence.
Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that manager Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual agreement and with immediate effect.
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) November 11, 2019
The 70-year-old had the following to say about his departure:
“Today I am leaving my beloved Bluebirds after over three years of which have been some of the best days in my long football career. I would like to thank Vincent Tan and Ken Choo for their support; Victoria my secretary who has had to look after me over the years; Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson, my ever-faithful sidekicks and friends; and all the backroom staff on both the coaching and the medical sides who have worked tirelessly to help us achieve the success we have had. A special mention also to all of my players, past and present, who have given me everything. Thank you, you’re a great bunch.
“I would especially like to thank Mehmet Dalman whom I have said many times has been one of the best Chairman I have had the privilege to work for. His support has been immense, especially in 2019 which for many reasons both on and off the field has been the most challenging period both emotionally and physically that I have ever encountered.
“It is a shared belief that this is the right time for a new voice as we believe this squad of players is more than capable of getting success. Finally, I would like to thank all you supporters for getting behind me and the team. I hope you have all enjoyed the journey. I am proud to leave the club as a united one and long may you all achieve the success that you deserve. Be lucky.”
19.13 GMT: According to a story in the Irish Independent, Championship side Hull City have expressed interest in Shamrock Rovers duo Jack Byrne and Lee Grace.
Byrne, a 23-year-old midfielder, made his international debut for Ireland earlier this fall and was recently named the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland Players’ Player of the Year, while Grace, 26, starred this past season at centre-back for runners-up Rovers.
Byrne, who is expected to play for Ireland on Thursday against New Zealand, has previously had spells in England with Man City (youth), Blackburn, Wigan and Oldham.
18.34 GMT: Man United are linked with seemingly every player under the sun these days and here is another one for ya.
Football Insider reports that United are monitoring Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 23. The report adds that Man United scouts have been “blown away” by the youngster’s performances this season for Leeds and could make a move for him if Leeds fail to win promotion.
Linked extensively with Aston Villa over the summer, Phillips is one for the future and it is believed Leeds have already turned down a £20 million bid for him.
17.58 GMT: Riyad Mahrez became Man City’s record signing when he signed in July 2018 but could the Algerian have landed with another Premier League giant two years prior?
The winger recently revealed to France Football that Leicester blocked him from leaving for two years and that he was close to joining Arsenal after Leicester’s historic Premier League triumph
“I lost two years! Because instead of arriving at City at 27, I could have been there at 24, 25.
“Leicester blocked me. They told me: “You’re not leaving, you’re not leaving”. My agent had spoken to Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016.”
Mahrez sounds like someone who has a bit of a regret at the moment, especially when you consider he’s only started five league games this season for the reigning champions.
17.06 GMT: Host of Premier League clubs to do battle for Ligue 1 ace?
TEAMTalk reports that Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester, Watford, Newcastle and Norwich are all monitoring in-form Metz forward Habib Diallo. The 24-year-old bagged 26 goals last campaign in Ligue 2 to help Metz to promotion and has picked up right where he left off with eight goals in 13 games so far in the French top flight.
The breakout star of the Ligue 1 season, Diallo is valued at around £10 million. Will Metz, who figure to be in a relegation battle in May, hold on to Diallo or look to cash in on the Senegalese while his stock is high?
16.00 GMT: Liverpool are eight points clear atop the Premier League but don’t expect Jurgen Klopp and Co. to rest on their laurels.
The outlet talkSport suggests the Reds are plotting a move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser and are now the frontrunners to sign the Scotland international in January. The 25-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Cherries will likely be forced to sell him once the transfer window reopens.
Alex Crook on talkSPORT revealed Liverpool’s interest on Drivetime, saying: “My understanding is Jurgen Klopp is lining up a surprise move for Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
“He is out of contract next summer and that means effectively Bournemouth will have to sell him in January.
“He has got more assists than any player in the Premier League since the start of last season. You have to caveat that and say he has not been in great form this season. He has been in and out of the Bournemouth team and when he has played he has not been as effective, as productive as in previous campaigns. You just wonder how much of that is down to the contract situation.”
In a deal for Fraser, Bournemouth could look to make Harry Wilson’s move permanent, as the 22-year-old winger has impressed during his loan to the South Coast. Fraser, who has gotten off to a slow start this season, bagged seven goals and 14 assists last season and would be a great option off the bench for Klopp.
14.25 GMT: Inter Milan are targetting multiple future free agents, according to Calcio Mercato.
PSG full-backs Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa are reportedly on Inter’s radar, with both reportedly set to be available as free agents next summer.
Inter are second in Serie A after 12 games, one point behind leader Juventus.
12.03 GMT: Lionel Messi could play for Barcelona for another five years, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Bartomeu said in an interview with SNTV: “The next two or three season, our leader will continue to be Lionel Messi.
“No doubt that it is Leo Messi. He is still young, he is still strong, he is still ambitious. So Leo Messi will play with us for the next two, three, four, five years, I don’t have any doubt about this.”
10.11 GMT: Inter Milan are hoping to snap up Napoli forward Dries Mertens on a free transfer next summer, according to Calciomercato.
Mertens, 32, has less than a year to run on his Napoli contract, and talks over a new deal at the Stadio San Paolo have reportedly stalled.
The Belgium international has scored seven goals in 15 club appearances this season, including three in the Champions League.
If Napoli cannot convince Mertens to stay, then the chance of joining up with international teammate Romelu Lukaku could help Inter entice him to join Antonio Conte’s side for next season.
09.29 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar‘s desire to leave the club and return to Barcelona is in the past, according to his teammate Marco Verratti.
Neymar’s potential return to Barca two years after making his world-record €222m move to PSG was the biggest saga of this year’s summer transfer window. Sources told ESPN FC that all three parties were trying to make the deal happen, but could not get it over the line before the window closed.
The Brazil striker missed his national team’s victorious Copa America campaign and the start of this season through injury, and in all he has missed more than 50% of PSG’s matches since joining them in 2017.
“Neymar is fine,” Verratti told TF1. “He is certainly happier when he is on the pitch. However, he is working well. At one point, he wanted to leave. He had some difficult moments. In the end, he stayed and he is training better than ever. He really wants to return as soon as possible to help the team to go far.”
08.47 GMT: Manchester United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are among Europe’s leading clubs monitoring Rennes wunderkind Eduardo Camavinga, according to L’Equipe.
Camavinga turned 17 years of age on Sunday, but despite his tender years he has been an ever-present for Rennes in Ligue 1 this season, starting all 13 of their matches.
The midfielder, who was born in the Angolan-controlled exclave of Cabinda but recently gained French citizenship, is the most promising young player to emerge from the Rennes youth system since Ousmane Dembele, who now plays for Barcelona.
Camavinga is valued at around €30m, although the L’Equipe report adds that he is will not push for a move at this early stage in his career.
08.00 GMT: Arsenal remain behind manager Unai Emery, sources have told ESPN FC, amid reports claiming former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique could replace him.
Emery has come under increasing pressure at Arsenal after losing 2-0 to Leicester on Saturday. That result leaves the club eight points behind Manchester City in fourth place having played a game fewer, and nine points behind Leicester in second place.
Sources have also told ESPN FC that Luis Enrique would not consider a return to coaching right now after leaving the Spain job for personal reasons in June. They added that he likes to build projects and would not like to arrive at a club mid-season.
ESPN FC reported a week ago that Arsenal continued to back Emery, a three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, despite giving up a two-goal lead to draw against Crystal Palace.
That stance has not changed after the defeat to Leicester, and he is unlikely to be sacked this season unless things deteriorate considerably.
Higuain set to sign new deal at Juve
Speaking of Chelsea, former Blues striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to sign a new deal with Juventus, according to Sky Sport Italia. Juve director Fabio Paratici spoke in the run-up to their league win over AC Milan — Higuain’s former club — and confirmed that the striker is set to sign a new deal with the Old Lady.
The Argentina international struggled at Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge earlier this year. But he has hit form with Juve under Maurizio Sarri, once again showing why he is one of world’s most respected strikers.
“He is playing very well and in my view has always been one of the top three centre-forwards in the world,” says Paratici. “He’s doing what we expect of him, he’s a lovely guy as well as a great player and we are very happy with him.”
Despite his struggle in the Premier League it seems that Higuain is most definitely back. And having hit form once more, Juve are in no mood to let him slip through their fingers.
– Danny Drinkwater (remember him?) could be in line for a return to Stamford Bridge in January in the midst of a sleepy loan spell at Burnley. The Sun says Burnley are ready to pull the plug on the failed loan, which has seen Drinkwater make just one appearance for Sean Dyche’s side this season.
– Juventus are preparing to do some serious business in the January transfer window, with Italian full-back Mattia De Sciglio catching the eye of PSG, reports Calciomercato. The French giants apparently keen on offering two of their own in return for his signature including Thomas Meunier, the Belgian international, and French full-back Layvin Kurzawa, as makeweights in the deal.