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TOP STORY: Mourinho to offer Bale Spurs return
Spanish publication AS claims that the Real Madrid star is on Mourinho’s shopping list, which could potentially see Bale make an emotional return to North London, six years after his initial exit. The media outlet states that 30-year-old Bale could be the perfect signing for Mourinho, with the Portuguese gaffer keen to make his mark at the club from the onset.
AS also quotes Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, who claims that his client would not be leaving in the winter market, with the player instead preferring a summer move next year.
Regardless of where he goes, Bale’s days in Madrid seem numbered, with the Wales international reportedly angering Los Blancos with this little stunt after his country’s Euro 2020-clinching win over Hungary on Tuesday.
Mandzukic edges closer to Juve exit
The 33-year-old has played an instrumental role in Juventus’ recent domestic success, but a change in management has also brought a change in fortunes for the powerful striker. Calciomercato says that Mauricio Sarri’s appointment as Juve boss in the summer has led to Mandzukic finding himself on the sideline all too often for the player’s liking.
With the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund both reportedly keen, the Italian publication claims that a January move might now finally be on the cards.
Aubameyang holding out for potential Barca move
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still not renewing his contract with Arsenal, Sport is claiming that Barcelona interest could be the key reason why. The Gabon striker, who has a deal until 2021, knows of the Catalan club’s interest and is thought to be ready to explore the idea of a move, should the possibility present itself.
Reports in the UK have suggested that Aubameyang’s contract decision ultimately hinges upon whether Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League, and that a final call will be made only once the club’s fate is known.
The Spanish publication claims that the Arsenal forward is viewed as possible competition for Luis Suarez, with his goal-scoring ability reportedly seducing the Catalan giants.
– Former United States star Claudio Reyna is leaving his post as sporting director of New York City FC to take a similar position for expansion team Austin FC, The Athletic reported Wednesday, and Austin officials didn’t deny that something is in the works. Reyna, 46, has built an expansion team from scratch before. He became NYCFC sporting director in 2013 and prepared the franchise for its debut 2015 season.
– Newcastle United could be set to rival the likes of Celtic and Leicester City in the race to sign Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra, according to The Daily Star. The 20-year-old has featured 16 times for the French outfit so far this season, netting on three occasions.
– Another from Major League Soccer here, as the Houston Dynamo announced that they acquired Victor Cabrera from the Montreal Impact in exchange for Romell Quioto and $100,000 in allocation money.
– Another from The Daily Mail, which reports that Wolves are preparing a January move for England youth international Danny Loader. The Reading forward is seemingly a player in demand, with Manchester United also said to be tracking the 19-year-old. The Mail claims that Wolves first expressed interest in Loader in August, but a move ultimately failed to materialise.