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Friday’s transfer rumors – Bayern Munich leapfrog Man United in race for Bundesliga star

Denis Zakaria - Borussia Monchengladbach
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Bayern Munich leapfrog Man United in race for Bundesliga star

The Bavarians are set to step up their long-term interest in Denis Zakaria to beat Manchester United to signing the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder on a free transfer.

Despite Zakaria entering the final six months of his Gladbach contract, Manchester United’s interest has allegedly cooled. Therefore, Bayern could become the new frontrunners.

The German giants rate Zakaria’s ability to play in midfield and part of a back three. They view the 25-year-old Swiss as an ideal replacement for Corentin Tolisso, who is out of contract this summer. [Sky Germany – in German]

Real Madrid ‘very close’ to Mbappe deal

Los Blancos are ‘very close’ to signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has just six months left of his PSG contract, making him available as a free agent in the summer. [ESPN]

Jose Mourinho rules himself out of Everton job

Martial alternative for Sevilla revealed

While the Spanish side still want to sign Anthony Martial on loan, they have lined up Lyon forward Moussa Dembele as an alternative.

Sevilla’s priority is Martial, but talks for a loan deal with Manchester United have not progressed. If things fall through, they’ll pursue Dembele as their ‘main alternative’. [Marca]

Tottenham consider transfer offer for Kessie

Antonio Conte’s side are considering a January move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

While the 25-year-old Ivorian is available for a free transfer in the summer, Tottenham are wary of competition. Therefore, in order to stop a bidding war, Spurs could try to sign him this month. Doing so would require them to pay AC Milan a transfer fee. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Arsenal star Pablo Mari completes Udinese loan move

Dembele responds after being shown the Barcelona exit door

Ousmane Dembele has taken to Instagram to fire back at Barcelona, describing attempts to force his exit as ‘blackmail’.

The club’s director of football, Mateu Alemany, has said Barca will try to sell Dembele this month, after it became clear that the Frenchman does not intend to sign a new contract.

Read the full story here on Ace Football.

Lingard could seal permanent Manchester United exit in January

Manchester United will allow winger Jesse Lingard to leave Old Trafford permanently this month.

The Red Devils would prefer to sell Lingard now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer. Newcastle are interested in doing a transfer deal for the 29-year-old Englishman.

That said, United won’t sell Lingard to their Premier League top-four rivals West Ham and Tottenham. [Sky Sports]

Hugo Lloris closes in on new Tottenham contract

Watford confirm interest in Nigerian winger

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed the Hornets want to sign Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux.

The Premier League strugglers are ready to pay £3 million to sign Kalu. The 24-year-old will help bolster their options out wide, having lost Ismaila Sarr to injury. Ranieri is also interested in Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips. [Evening Standard]

Arsenal make transfer offer for MLS goalkeeper

The Gunners have launched a £5 million offer to sign USA goalkeeper Matt Turner from MLS side New England Revolution.

Amid potential interest from Newcastle, Bernd Leno could leave Arsenal this month. Therefore, Mikel Arteta is looking for a new goalkeeper. The manager wants to bring in an experienced shot-stopper, who can compete with Aaron Ramsdale for the No.1 jersey. [Daily Mail]