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Veron urged to pick Man City over Utd in transfer tussle

Brazil legend Rivaldo has been handing out transfer advice to highly rated 18-year-old Gabriel Veron, with the Palmeiras youngster urged to favour Manchester City over Manchester United if a move to the North West is to be made.

Two fierce Premier League rivals are said to be readying themselves for another recruitment battle.

Blue versus red has been a common theme in recent windows, with the likes of Fred and Alexis Sanchez favouring Old Trafford over the Etihad Stadium, while various other targets are said to have been lined up on opposing sides of a North West divide.

Veron could be the latest to spark a scramble for his signature, with the teenager’s potential being noted by sides across the world.

Premier League suitors appear to be heading a recruitment queue, with Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to make more additions to their respective ranks that have one eye on the future.

Rivaldo can appreciate why heavyweight outfits in England are falling over themselves to get to Veron, but he feels City would be a more suitable option for the forward than the instability of United.

The 2002 World Cup winner has told Betfair of a promising fellow countryman: “There are strong rumours that Manchester United and Manchester City are chasing Gabriel Veron’s signing from Palmeiras and I think that the Manchester club that wins this particular fight will be properly rewarded.

“If he has the choice between the two clubs, I suggest City because they are the more stable club nowadays, with a solid tactical system implemented by Pep Guardiola, which is not the case with Manchester United, despite also being a fantastic club.”

United and City are locked in a battle for domestic supremacy this season, with the Blues having edged over their neighbours to the top of the Premier League table, but there is just one point separating them heading into the second-half of the 2020-21 campaign and there remains all to play for.

Deulofeu joins Udinese in permanent deal

New York Red Bulls to sign Coronel on loan

New York Red Bulls are in talks to sign goalkeeper Carlos Coronel on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.

Krone reports that a deal is expected to be wrapped up in the coming days.

Altidore in talks to leave Toronto

Jozy Altidore could be on his way out of Toronto FC.

United States coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed the striker will not feature in the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

That is partly because of injury, but there are “a number of teams” showing an interest in the former Sunderland forward, the coach said.

Lautaro eager to sign new Inter deal

Lautaro Martinez has reiterated his desire to sign a contract extension with Inter.

The Argentine has been in talks with the San Siro outfit over a new deal that will last until 2024.

“We are trying to get there,” he said. “I’m happy here and the people have always treated me well. The club and the coach have faith in me and I’m happy.”

Tosun to complete Besiktas move

Lionel Messi’s current contract with Barcelona has a total value of €555 million (£491.5m/$674m), according to El Mundo.

Messi signed the deal in 2017, and it included a bonus of €15.2m (£14m/$18.5m) just for accepting the contract and another €78m (£69m/$95m) payment for “loyalty”.

In additon, Messi has made €138 million (£122m/$168m) per season, which has included bonuses despite Barca’s Champions League failures.

Williams not leaving Man Utd – Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions Brandon Williams could leave Manchester United.

Newcastle and Southampton are reportedly eager to take Williams on loan for the rest of the season, but Solskjaer confirmed: “Brandon will stay. He played for the Under 23’s against Liverpool [on Saturday], he needed the match fitness.

“He has been working really hard. We don’t have any more players that we feel should be going. We need a strong squad.”

Dembele wants Barcelona renewal

Ousmane Dembele wants to commit to a new contract at Barcelona, Sport reports.

The winger has 18 months left on his current deal and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus, but he would rather extend his stay at Camp Nou.

Ramos to leave Real Madrid for Man Utd

Spain legend will make free transfer in summer

Sergio Ramos has hit sights set on a move to Manchester United, says The Mirror.

The centre-back will leave Real Madrid in the summer when his contract expires and a move to the Premier League beckons.

Though the Red Devils are his favourite option, he will not rule out the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Man Utd to move for £60m Kounde

Solskjaer sees centre-back as ideal partner for Maguire

Manchester United are lining up a bid for Sevilla star Jules Kounde, The Mirror claims.

The 22-year-old defender is being monitored by Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid but the Red Devils hope to swoop in ahead of the European giants.

Sevilla are reportedly demanding around £60 million ($82m) for him.

Fulham loan Seri to Bordeaux

Perisic snubs Dortmund return and Hertha Berlin offer

Ivan Perisic has turned down a chance to return to Borussia Dortmund, Sport 1 says.

The German side hoped to lure the winger back to the Bundesliga while Hertha Berlin also swooped in with an offer, but he would only consider leaving Inter for a club in England or Spain.

Arsenal ready Van Aanholt bid

Gunners want full-back as back up for Kieran Tierney

Arsenal are readying a bid for Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt.

The Mirror reports the Gunners want to bring in the Netherlands international to provide cover for left-back Kieran Tierney.

Van Aanholt’s contract expires at the end of the season so Palace could be open to recovering a fee for him by selling before the January transfer window closes.

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