Man City are ready to rival neighbours United for a teenage goal sensation, while Liverpool are favourites to land a young Exeter star, according to Friday’s papers.
MANCHESTER RIVALS TO BATTLE FOR HAALAND
Manchester United are facing competition from Manchester City in the race to land Norwegian hotshot Erling Braut Haaland from RB Salzburg.
The 19-year-old has caught the eye with 18 goals in 11 games for Salzburg this season, prompting links to United as well as fellow European giants Liverpool, Real Madrid , Barcelona.
But according to The Sun, Premier League champions City have now entered the race, sending scouts to watch him in action against their title rivals Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this month.
Haaland did not start at Anfield as he recovered from illness, but he came off the bench and scored the equaliser in an incredible game which ended in a 4-3 defeat for the visitors.
City are said to feel they have a strong chance of signing the teenager, who is the son of their former fan favourite Alf-Inge Haaland.
City chief Pep Guardiola is believed to have kept a keen eye on Haaland, as the club begin plotting a move for a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero.
As for Haaland himself, he recently branded transfer rumours as “boring”, as top sides line up to secure his signature.
AND THE REST
Paul Pogba was spotted meeting with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane – fuelling fresh speculation over the Manchester United star’s future (Daily Mirror)
Christian Benteke has vowed to win over the doubters after being handed a new contract at Crystal Palace (Daily Mirror)
Four Bulgaria fans arrested for subjecting England players to racism have been fined £440 and banned from sports events for two years (Daily Mirror)
Leeds have revealed plans to expand Elland Road to 50,000, should they win promotion back to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)
David de Gea says he is still hopeful of featuring for Manchester United against Liverpool, despite picking up a groin injury whilst on international duty for Spain (The Times)
Sir Alex Ferguson allegedly fixed a Manchester United game with a football agent who rewarded him with a £30,000 gold Rolex, a court has heard (The Sun)
Cristiano Ronaldo is demanding that secret documents related to his Las Vegas rape case be “stricken” from court records (The Sun)
Son Heung-Min says he is lucky to return injury-free from South Korea’s “war-like” derby against North Korea over the international break (The Sun)
Dimitar Berbatov says he wants racist supporters who marred Bulgaria’s clash with England banned for life (The Sun)
Manchester City are furious that they will have to play twice in just 48 hours over Christmas (The Sun)
Liverpool have leapt to the front of the race for Exeter City youngster Ben Chrisene – after bringing him up to Merseyside (The Sun)
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have their eyes on Emanuel Vignato, but they are one of four clubs scouting the 19-year-old (The Sun)
Leeds United are reportedly plotting a January move for Chelsea starlet Reece James (The Sun)
Arsenal have reportedly tabled a bid of around £17.3m for Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez (The Sun)
Jurgen Klinsmann is being lined up for a shock return to management with Ecuador (The Sun)
Manchester United star Nemanja Matic is wanted by Inter Milan during the January transfer window (The Sun)
Aurelio De Laurentiis, chairman of Napoli, has admitted that the club will soon be forced to listen to offers for defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Daily Mail)
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he is not planning on signing any players in January (Daily Mail)
Massimiliano Allegri has intensified speculation he is primed to take over at Manchester United after revealing he is learning English (Daily Mail)
La Liga have suggested El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona should be moved to December 7 (Daily Mail)
Ralf Rangnick is not ruling out taking up a director of football role at Manchester United in the near future, but says the club are making a mistake in changing managers too often (Daily Star)
Manchester City are frontrunners in the race for Hearts defender Aaron Hickey’s signature (Daily Star)
Manchester United were interested in signing former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before David de Gea committed his future to the club (Daily Express)
West Bromwich Albion are in talks with highly-rated defender Nathan Ferguson over a new five-year deal (Daily Telegraph)
Watford have rejected a request from Fluminense to keep Joao Pedro in Brazil until mid-2020. The Hornets have agreed a deal to sign the 18-year-old forward on 1 January (Watford Observer)
Dundee United supremo Tony Asghar insists they won’t sell star striker Lawrence Shankland – no matter what any club might offer during the January transfer window (Daily Record)
Rangers defender Nikola Katic insists he’s desperate to help the club achieve “something special” after signing a new deal until 2023 (Daily Record)
Hibs gaffer Paul Heckingbottom has ruled out an emotional return to Barnsley – despite his struggles at Easter Road (Scottish Sun)
Celtic fans face having their tickets and passports checked three times between the turnstiles and seats for the crunch Europa League clash against Lazio (Scottish Sun)