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Transfer news: £72m Chukwueze chase, Upamecano, Grealish, Messi, Christian Eriksen and more

Chukwueze chase

Samuel Chukwueze has been one of the players to impress as Villarreal have launched a top-four charge in Spain.

Unai Emery’s side stayed third with a draw against Real Madrid on Saturday, and are top of their Europa League group with nine points from a possible nine.


Chukwueze, a 21-year-old winger, has a goal and two assists in 11 appearances for his club this season and scored for Nigeria in the last international break.

According to La Razon (via Sport Witness), United are one of six English clubs keen on the youngster and are prepared to ‘push harder’ than fellow suitors Real Madrid if they are unable to seal a deal for Jadon Sancho.

Chukwueze has a release clause of €80m, and the report claims Liverpool could rival United for his signature while Leicester City, Everton, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been named as interested parties.

Dayot Upamecano to Liverpool

Liverpool's hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano have received a major boost as the centre back will leave RB Leipzig next summer, reports the Mirror.

The Premier League champions have been tracking the in-demand France international following a recent spate of defensive injuries


Guardiola want Grealish

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is targeting Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish as his next marquee signing to help spark their revival.

The England international, 25, is currently enjoying an impressive season at Villa Park, having contributed five goals and six assists so far in just nine games this campaign.


Barca want to Give Messi 'Job for Life'

Barcelona will look to offer Lionel Messi a job for life to stop him signing for Manchester City.

Barca presidential candidate Victor Font wants Messi, whose contract runs out in the summer, to be part of a "winning project" for "beyond the days he is on the pitch."

“What Messi needs in order to stay at the club is a competitive project," Font said. "He wants to win - obviously the lack of a project in recent times has affected the way we compete.

“For us, the association between Barca and Messi is very strategic. He's been at the club since he was 13 and we believe that this association needs to go even beyond the days that he's on the pitch.


Arsenal have been linked with a transfer for Christian Eriksen who has fallen out of favour at Inter Milan


Eriksen was known for his goals and assists in England, but he’s failed to really get going since his move to Italy, with just four goals and three assists in 33 games for his new club.

He has quickly fallen out of favour under manager Antonio Conte, and speculation has begun to swirl that Mikel Arteta could take a plunge on the 28 years old in what would be one of the most controversial deals of the year.

Such reports are now gaining momentum, with ESPN claiming Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Eriksen for less than the £16.9million Inter paid for him earlier this year.


Wayne Rooney says he is ready for Derby county manager role

Interim Derby boss Wayne Rooney has insisted he wants the job on a full-time basis.

“I wouldn’t be sat here if I didn’t think I was ready to take it on," said Rooney ahead of his side's clash at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

"There’s a lot more to the role than preparing the team. I have to do a lot of things behind the scenes and I am comfortable and fine doing that.”


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