Massimiliano Allegri is without a club since leaving Serie A champions Juventus at the end of 2018-19.

However, Allegri could be nearing a return to management sooner rather than later.

The Italian is believed to be interested in taking charge of Manchester United.

 

TOP STORY – ALLEGRI WANTS UNITED JOB

Massimiliano Allegri is interested in becoming Manchester United manager as pressure mounts on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Daily Mail.

Allegri has been rumoured to be of interest to Bayern Munich after leaving Serie A champions Juve at the end of last season, while the Italian was also linked to Arsenal prior to Mikel Arteta's appointment.

However, he is reportedly holding out for the United job should Solskjaer be sacked. Ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also believed to be monitoring the situation.

 

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- ElDesmarque claims MLS duo Inter Miami and LA Galaxy are ready to vie for the signature of Real Madrid's Gareth BaleChelsea, though, have also been linked with the former Tottenham star.

- The race is heating up for Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek. Struggling for goals and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at San Siro, the Poland international is wanted by Tottenham, reports The Guardian and Calciomercato. Spurs want to boost their attacking options following Harry Kane's injury. Aston Villa have also tabled a bid for Piatek, but Calciomercato claims he is holding out for a bigger club.

- While Piatek could prove a difficult signing, Villa are closing in on Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Calciomercato, Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttomercatoweb say former Liverpool keeper Reina has agreed a contract with the Premier League side until the end of the season.

- The Mirror reports United are in the market to sign a defender on loan after Harry Maguire's injury. Maguire – the world's most expensive defender – is facing a spell on the sidelines due to a muscle tear.

United are also weighing up a move for Ajax and Netherlands star Donny van de Beek, reports The Telegraph. With Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba injured, the Red Devils are in need of midfield reinforcements. Van de Beek has previously been linked to Real Madrid.

- AS claims Atletico Madrid are looking at Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik as an alternative to Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani. Out of contract at season's end, Cavani is reportedly poised to make the move to Atletico, however, United and Arsenal are also interested.

- Gianluca Di Marzio says Inter winger Matteo Politano has agreed to join city rivals Milan. Struggling for game time with the Nerazzurri, Politano's agent met with Milan's management on Wednesday as a shock switch nears.

Chelsea are preparing a £40million bid for West Ham defender Issa Diop, according to the Express. London rivals Tottenham are also reportedly interested.

Inter are seemingly nearing an agreement with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, reports say.

The Denmark international is out of contract at the end of the season and has also been linked with a move away from Spurs in January.

Inter are among the clubs reportedly interested in Eriksen and it seems the Serie A high-flyers are close to a deal.

 

TOP STORY – INTER IN ADVANCED TALKS WITH ERIKSEN

Inter are in advanced talks with Eriksen for a move ahead of the 2020-21 season, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira.

However, he reports Spurs are looking to sell Eriksen in January for at least €20million (£17m).

Amid uncertainty over his future, Eriksen has made just nine Premier League starts for Tottenham this season.

 

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- Staying at San Siro, multiple reports suggest Inter are eyeing Manchester United veteran Ashley Young. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports Inter and United are in advanced talks regarding the 34-year-old.

- Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a surprise move from Liverpool, with his contract expiring in 2021. However, Sky Sports reports the Netherlands international is happy at the European champions and wants to stay as long as possible.

- Arsenal are looking to strengthen in January, but the Premier League club are considering loan deals. Goal reports Arsenal are unlikely to make any permanent signings this month, unless an opportunity is too good to turn down.

- In a Premier League relegation battle and with injuries mounting, Aston Villa have held talks with Milan over possible deals for forward Krzysztof Piatek and goalkeeper Pepe Reina, according to the Daily Mail. Villa lost Wesley and Tom Heaton for the rest of the season to begin the year.

- Wilfried Zaha still looks set to leave Crystal Palace. The star's agent is said to have held preliminary talks with Bayern Munich, although a move to the Bundesliga giants is unlikely, according to Sky Sports. The Mirror reports Zaha's new agent, Pini Zahavi, is also trying to get the attacker to Tottenham.

- There continues to be talk about a possible move to Tottenham for Thomas Lemar. The Independent reports Spurs are considering making a loan approach for the Atletico Madrid midfielder, with a £51million (€60m) option to buy.

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is expected to be out for at least three months after undergoing knee surgery.

The France international suffered medial collateral ligament damage in the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Southampton on January 1 and missed the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough last Sunday.

Spurs expect the 30-year-old to be unable to resume training until the beginning of April.

"Following a clinical assessment and scans, Moussa Sissoko has today (Tuesday) undergone surgery to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee," Spurs said in a statement.

"The France international sustained the injury in our fixture against Southampton, resulting in him missing our recent FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.

"Our medical staff will monitor Moussa's recovery before he commences rehabilitation with a view to returning to training in early April."

Sissoko has made 26 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season, scoring in the league wins over Bournemouth and Burnley.

His injury could make him a doubt for Didier Deschamps' France squad for Euro 2020, with the world champions beginning their campaign against Germany in Munich on June 16.

The loss of Sissoko could also impact Spurs' plans during the January transfer window, with three other midfielders linked to moves away from north London.

Christian Eriksen is reportedly a target for Inter, while Harry Winks is said to be of interest to Manchester City and Manchester United and Victor Wanyama had been expected to leave after making just four appearances all season.

However, head coach Jose Mourinho could be reticent to let too many midfielders leave while Sissoko is unavailable, unless at least one replacement can be brought in.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has been heavily with a move to Inter but Giuseppe Marotta insisted there has been no contact between the clubs.

Eriksen's contract at Spurs will expire at the end of the season, but it has been reported Inter are willing to part with €20million to sign him in January.

Barcelona's Arturo Vidal is also understood to be a target for the Nerazzurri and chief executive Marotta confirmed they are keen to add a midfielder and a winger in the transfer window.

However, Marotta denied Inter are in talks with Spurs over the Denmark international.

"Inter are often linked with players of great quality, and that is flattering, but we have not had any contact with Tottenham," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"Eriksen is a talented player, I don't need to tell you that, and he will be a free agent in June.

"I think many clubs are interested, he is an interesting player, but I will not stand here and tell you that we are in negotiations with his club or agent."

When asked about Vidal, Marotta said: "We are having various contacts with agents and clubs to increase the quality level of a squad that is already doing extraordinary things.

"We've not yet reached a conclusion, as we want to take it calmly and make the right decisions, even if that should mean no signings at all.

"I prefer not to name names, but we are very active in the transfer market. Who we get depends also on those who exit.

"Right now, we are seeking a midfielder and a winger. If players should ask to leave, we will try to make them happy, but so far we have not received any such pressure from our players."

Manchester City will continue their FA Cup defence at home to Fulham, while Liverpool must travel to Bristol City or Shrewsbury Town.

After beating Port Vale 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, City were pitted against Fulham – 2-1 victors against Premier League Aston Villa – in the draw for the fourth round on Monday.

A youthful Liverpool side beat Merseyside rivals Everton 1-0 to progress and their reward will be a clash with whoever wins the replay between Bristol City and Shrewsbury.

If Manchester United get past Wolves at the second attempt, they face a trip to Watford or Tranmere Rovers.

Chelsea were given a trip to Hull City, while Tottenham must go to Southampton if they emerge from their replay with Middlesbrough triumphant.

The winner of Arsenal's meeting with Leeds United on Monday will head south to Bournemouth.

 

FA Cup fourth round draw in full:

Watford or Tranmere Rovers v Wolves or Manchester United
Hull City v Chelsea
Southampton v Middlesbrough or Tottenham
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth v Arsenal or Leeds United
Northampton Town v Derby County
Brentford v Leicester City
Millwall v Sheffield United
Reading or Blackpool v Cardiff City or Carlisle United
West Ham v West Brom
Burnley v Norwich City
Bristol Rovers or Coventry City v Birmingham City
Manchester City v Fulham
Rochdale or Newcastle United v Oxford United
Portsmouth v Barnsley
Bristol City or Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool

Tottenham and the Metropolitan Police have closed their respective investigations into the alleged racist abuse of Antonio Rudiger, the club announced on Monday.

Chelsea defender Rudiger told Cesar Azpilicueta he was subjected to racist chants during their 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22.

The Germany international was allegedly targeted shortly after Spurs' Son Heung-min was sent off for kicking out at his opponent.

Referee Anthony Taylor called for an announcement to be made over the stadium's public address system to warn fans against making abusive chants.

The findings of Tottenham's initial probe were "inconclusive" and having passed all materials gathered to the authorities, the police found no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.

A Spurs statement read: "The club and the Metropolitan Police have now exhausted all avenues of investigation following the reported incident at our home fixture against Chelsea on 22 December.

"We carried out extensive reviews of CCTV images and footage, working with professional lip readers. All materials and reports have now also been reviewed by the police who have carried out their own investigation.

"The police have notified us today that, having reviewed and investigated, they have closed the crime report as they can find no evidence to support the allegation of racial abuse.

"We fully support Antonio Rudiger with the action that he took - however there is no evidence to corroborate or contradict the allegation and as such neither ourselves nor the police are in a position to take any further action.

"We are fiercely proud of our anti-racism work and our zero tolerance of any form of discrimination. This is one reason why we have attributed so much time and resource to investigating this matter.

"Had we identified anyone guilty of this we were intent on issuing them with a lifetime ban from our stadium as they would have no place among our proud, diverse fan base.

"If any new information comes to light, this will be fully investigated."

Jose Mourinho said neither Lucas Moura nor Son Heung-Min are adequate replacements for injured striker Harry Kane after watching his Tottenham side draw 1-1 at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

Lucas scored a second-half header to level the match at the Riverside Stadium, where an Ashley Fletcher strike had put Middlesbrough ahead in a game that left Mourinho "frustrated".

Tottenham are without a win in their last three games in all competitions and Mourinho said injuries to Kane, Tanguy NDombele, Hugo Lloris and Danny Rose were hampering his side's progress.

After starting the game with Son as a lone striker and later moving Lucas up alongside him in a front two, Mourinho told reporters: "We have what we have and we stick with them. The boys did what they can.

"You cannot transform Lucas or Son in a number nine like Harry Kane."

"We changed things and took our risks. Our team in the last 30 minutes we didn't even have a midfield player," added Mourinho, referring to his decision to replace Harry Winks and Ryan Sessegnon with Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela.

"We played with six attacking players without a striker. We took our risks."

Tottenham are sixth in the Premier League despite having lost three and drawn one of their last seven games in the competition, and Mourinho admitted the cup brought little respite on a frustrating afternoon.

Away form is a particular problem for the Portuguese coach, whose side have won two of their seven games on the road since he took charge on November 20, and he said earning a replay on home turf against Middlesbrough was no disaster.

"Sometimes the same way players are frustrated on the pitch, I was frustrated on the touchline," said Mourinho. "Everyone in the stadium had a real cup match.

"It was a difficult match. If football was about how many times you arrive in scoring positions, we would win by a huge score.

"1-1 is not a disaster. We take the game home. We are in trouble with so many injuries. I took the players today that are available."

Lucas Moura spared Tottenham an FA Cup upset by scoring a second-half equaliser in his side's 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

Jose Mourinho's side have been in erratic form in the Premier League and they showed little improvement at the Riverside Stadium, where Ashley Fletcher scored his fourth goal in five games to give Boro the lead early in the second half.

Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate's hopes of claiming a Premier League scalp against one of his former teams were dented as Lucas headed Spurs back on terms 11 minutes later, but the Championship club's supporters will not begrudge him a grand day out at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the replay.

A troublesome afternoon for Mourinho saw midfielder Harry Winks suffer a suspected ankle injury, but it is defensive lapses and an apparent lack of confidence that should most concern the Spurs boss.

Christian Eriksen kept his place in the Tottenham team amid reports linking him with a transfer to Inter and he went close to scoring after seven minutes, his shot from 20 yards hitting Boro keeper Tomas Mejias in the chest.

Tottenham were on top until Dael Fry's powerful downward header produced a goal-line save by Paulo Gazzaniga, Middlesbrough's counter-attacks proving more threatening than Spurs' periods of pressure against a packed home defence.

The second half was five minutes old when George Saville's chipped pass put Fletcher in behind the Tottenham defence and the former West Ham forward clipped the ball over Gazzaniga, who got a hand to it but could not keep it out.

However, the equaliser provided a reminder of Boro's defensive frailties, Serge Aurier crossing to the far post where the diminutive figure of Lucas was allowed to head into the net unchallenged.

Fletcher stung Gazzaniga's palms with a side-footed drive from the edge of the box as Spurs wobbled in the last 20 minutes, while substitute Erik Lamela and Lucas both had shots well saved by Mejias at the other end, but neither side could force a winner in a tense finish.


What does it mean? No win in three for Mourinho

Whether or not Spurs embark on a lengthy cup run, they must address an erratic run of form that has seen them win just one of their last five games in all competitions.

For long periods Tottenham were matched by a team that endured a 10-game winless Championship run between September and November, and the improvement the Premier League's sixth-placed team eventually delivered did little to gloss over their shortcomings all over the pitch.

Fletcher keeps spirits high at the Riverside

Boro are one of the Championship's form teams and Fletcher's goals have been key to their resurgence after a torrid start to the season. The 24-year-old furthered his already glowing reputation with a cool finish and a first-rate performance here.

Captain Howson not quite the finished article

Jonny Howson's conversion from midfield to defence has added composure to the rearguard but he was guilty of slack marking when Lucas drifted in to score.

What's next?

Boro will hope to extend their four-game Championship winning streak when they entertain Derby County on Saturday, while Tottenham attempt to put the brakes on Liverpool's title charge as the Premier League leaders travel to North London.

Jose Mourinho selected Christian Eriksen from the start for Tottenham's FA Cup match at Middlesbrough despite reports of interest from Inter.

Eriksen is out of contract at the end of the season and has long been linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Manchester United and Real Madrid mooted as suitors in the past.

Sunday's FA Cup clash at the Riverside came amid fresh talk of a transfer, as Inter were said to be willing to part with £20million for the midfielder in January.

The visitors were captained by Jan Vertonghen, who is also in the final months of his Spurs deal.

Tottenham were without Harry Kane - their previous stand-in skipper - following his hamstring tear against Southampton on Wednesday but could call again on Son Heung-min, who was suspended for their past three games after a red card at home to Chelsea before Christmas.

Real Madrid are said to be close to signing yet another rising Brazilian star.

Zinedine Zidane's side have reportedly agreed a fee for Flamengo's Reinier, who could move to Spain this month.

Chelsea, meanwhile, may have to wait until after the season has finished until their top targets become available.

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID TO SIGN REINIER FOR €30M

According to widespread reports, Real Madrid are close to finalising a deal to sign Flamengo's Reinier.

The 17-year-old could move to the Spanish capital in January and spend the rest of the season with Raul's Castilla team.

Reinier, who turns 18 on January 19 and will therefore become an easier deal to complete, will apparently cost €30m plus potential add-ons.

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 - Chelsea want to sign Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner, but the Premier League club know they are likely to have to wait until the end of the season to complete the deals, according to Goal.

- Elsewhere in London, Sky Sports say West Ham have held talks with Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, a reported target for Manchester United. David Moyes said of the club's interest: "He is a name mentioned alongside many."

Inter are the latest team to be interested in Christian Eriksen, say Tuttomercatoweb. Directors Giuseppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio want to close the deal quickly but Tottenham's £30m asking price is a problem.

Nikola Kalinic has been offered to Newcastle United as he has struggled for football since joining Roma on loan from Atletico Madrid, say Marca.

- Still with Marca, Real Madrid have apparently earmarked three Lille players as potential signings for 2020: Boubakary Soumare, Victor Osimhen and Gabriel.

- Sky Sports claim Jan Vertonghen is now more likely to join Napoli from Tottenham this month, as Ajax have apparently cooled their interest in their former defender.

- David Beckham's Inter Miami are set to appoint a new coach in the form of Anthony Pulis, the son of ex-Stoke City boss Tony. Pulis will work as assistant to Diego Alonso, say The Telegraph.

Harry Kane suffered a tear to his left hamstring in the New Year's Day defeat to Southampton, Tottenham have confirmed.

A short statement on Spurs' website did not provide an update on the severity of the tear or a timescale for his recovery.

The club added that medical staff will continue to monitor the injury and that treatment is ongoing.

Speaking to the media prior to Tottenham's FA Cup third-round clash with Middlesbrough, head coach Jose Mourinho said he feared the worst over the injury.

"I am more on bad news than good news, that's my feeling," he said.

"What the player felt, Harry Kane leaving a match, the way he did it, he didn't think twice, it didn't take him two seconds to realise the severity of the situation, some opinions from the medical department before the test results. I don't think we're going to have good news.

"I'm not great on grades. I'm great on experience and feelings, and again I'm not expecting very good news.

"I think we're going to lose him for some period and because I am totally convinced of that I can anticipate that I don't want to here with you crying in every press conference now.

"Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club.

"His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn't play we miss, so every match that he doesn't play we're going to miss him."

Kane posted a tweet shortly before Spurs' statement, which merely read: "Head up. Tough times don't last, tough people do."

A grade one tear would typically result in an absence of three weeks, but a more severe grade two injury could see Kane miss around two months of action.

The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances this term for a Spurs side who sit sixth, six points adrift of the top four, having followed up a 2-2 draw at Norwich City with a 1-0 loss to Saints on New Year's Day.

Harry Kane suffered a tear to his left hamstring in the New Year's Day defeat to Southampton, Tottenham have confirmed.

A short statement on Spurs' website did not provide an update on the severity of the tear or a timescale for his recovery.

The club added that medical staff will continue to monitor the injury and that treatment is ongoing.

Jose Mourinho said Tottenham must "go with everything they have" to end a near 30-year wait for FA Cup glory and lamented the loss of "irreplaceable" Harry Kane.

Not since 1991, when Terry Venables' side memorably beat Nottingham Forest to lift the cup, have Spurs landed the trophy.

That was their third triumph in 11 years, yet they have not reached the final since.

On Sunday, Spurs take on Middlesbrough in the third round of the competition, with preparations hampered by news of talisman Kane suffering a hamstring injury.

Winning league titles and Champions Leagues may have been the Mourinho stock-in-trade, but at Tottenham it is domestic cup success that looks a more realistic target, at least in the short term.

"The FA Cup for me is very important," said Mourinho, who guided Chelsea to their 2007 triumph in the competition.

"When I say for me, I say for Jose, for me as Tottenham head coach and as a representative of the Tottenham supporters as that's what I am at the moment.

"I think the FA Cup is very, very important. The FA Cup is the only competition when where you start you have the same chance of winning as everyone else.

"Of course, we are miles away from the Wembley semi-finals or final, but we go to this first match and we have to go with everything we have."

Just as Gary Lineker was such a key figure in the 1991 team, so Kane is the fulcrum of the current Spurs side, which makes his absence for the Middlesbrough tie and beyond all the more painful.

Mourinho will look to find a way for Tottenham to function without Kane, and the head coach appeared to intimate that despite the transfer window being open, rushing out to bring in another forward may not be the prudent option.

"We have what we have. That's the squad that started pre-season, that's the squad we have for the season," Mourinho said.

"Everybody knows the importance of Harry in the squad. I think irreplaceable. But we have to try solutions with the players we have."

On the possibility of doing business in the transfer window, Mourinho added: "The market is open until the end of January. Everybody in the club wants to give the team the best conditions but at the same time the world doesn't end at the end of this season.

"We have a few months until the end of the season to fight for results obviously but nothing ends at the end of the season. The end of the season is just the end of the first period."

One thing Mourinho seems sure of is that 17-year-old Troy Parrott, for all his potential, is not yet ready to step up and take on Kane's role.

Parrott has made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland this season, but for Tottenham he has just one start, against Colchester in the EFL Cup, and a brief appearance off the bench against Burnley in the Premier League.

Mourinho said it was "too soon" to throw in Parrott as a regular starter, although he intends to keep him involved in the first team.

Son Heung-min returns from suspension and looks well placed to take over from Kane, while Dele Alli also has experience of playing in a front two.

Christian Eriksen could start a third successive match this weekend, but the Danish midfielder's future remains unclear.

Previously linked with Real Madrid among several of the Europe's top clubs, Eriksen is due to reach the end of his Tottenham contract at the end of the season.

Mourinho said he did not know whether Eriksen would leave - either in January or during the close season - or agree a new Spurs deal, adding: "In this moment he is here, he is our player."

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expects striker Harry Kane to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The England captain suffered the blow in the defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day, when he had to be substituted in the second half.

Final results on the seriousness of the injury have yet to reach Mourinho, but he cannot see a scenario where it would be positive.

"Maybe later today we have news, but if you ask me my feeling, good news or bad news, I am more on bad news than good news," Mourinho said on Friday.

"Kane leaving a match the way he did it, he didn’t think twice, it took him two seconds to realise the severity of his situation."

Record signing Tanguy Ndombele also came off against Southampton, with a hip injury his problem.

Like Kane, Ndombele will miss the FA Cup third-round match at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Midfielder Eric Dier could return after recovering from a virus, while forward Son Heung-min has completed a suspension.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expects striker Harry Kane to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

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