Jose Mourinho wants to add a familiar face to his Manchester United squad, while Liverpool are ready to swoop for an Argentinian whizz-kid, according to Monday’s papers.
JOSE PLANS PEPE REUNION
Jose Mourinho has expressed an interest in joining forces with central defender Pepe once again in January, according to The Sun.
The Manchester United boss, who is set to be handed a stadium after his second FA charge in less than a week, wants to bring players he knows he can trust in a bid to prevent the Red Devils from any further slumps in the second half of the season.
Mourinho already has doubts over Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, while stand-out performer Eric Bailly is not due back until the New Year following a combination of injury and the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament.
Pepe, 33, is the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu and the prospect of a two-year deal on the table at Old Trafford could tempt him to reunite with his former manager.
The duo worked together at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 where they won the La Liga title together, but Mourinho does reportedly face competition from Juventus who are also keen on adding more experience to their back-line.
Liverpool and West Ham have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign highly-rated Argentine forward Naza Bazan Vera.
The Sun claims that the two clubs have both made initial enquiries about the 17-year-old Velez Sarsfield striker, who has been compared by scouts to Juventus ace Paulo Dybala.
Vera is already training with the first team and has already been capped by Argentina at U20 level.
The youngster holds a European passport, so no British club would currently have any problem in securing a work permit should they firm up their interest with an official bid in January.
AND THE REST
The Football Association has offered former England midfielder and MLS duo Steven Gerrard, 36, and Frank Lampard, 38, a fast-track into coaching, so the pair can help the national team (Sun)
Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, trained alone, a day after being left out of Manchester United’s squad to play Burnley (Daily Mail)
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 30, could be in line to start England’s next two international games against Scotland and Spain (Daily Telegraph)
Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, 23, is another player who could be in line for an England call-up (Daily Mail)
Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes, 16, is attracting the attention of scouts with Barcelona interested in the English attacking midfielder (Manchester Evening News)
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, will get over his goal drought, according to Manchester United team-mate Ander Herrera (Daily Star)
Sunderland’s on-loan Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 21, says the Black Cats gave up too easily in their 4-1 defeat by Arsenal (Chronicle)
Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 29, says there are no egos in the Barcelona team (Sun)