Manchester United have hatched a plan that could help bring Erling Haaland to Old Trafford.

The Premier League side are reportedly contemplating a compromise that will curry favour with Salzburg, the young star's present employers.

Considered the favourites in that chase, United also appear set to jump the queue for another of Europe's most admired teenage talents.



Manchester United are prepared to consider loaning Erling Haaland straight back to Salzburg if a deal can be struck in January, such is their determination to land the sought-after striker.

According to ESPN, United could allow Haaland to stay in Austria until the end of the season in an attempt to defuse a potential bidding war.

Spanish newspaper AS suggest the Red Devils are "pushing the hardest" for the 19-year-old, who has been valued at €100million – a figure that might price even Real Madrid out of the market.



United are unlikely to stop at Haaland when the transfer window reopens. The club are weighing up whether to bring forward a planned end-of-season approach for Jadon Sancho in order to capitalise on uncertainty over the winger's Borussia Dortmund future, reports The Guardian.

Juventus are becoming concerned about the increasing level of interest from Spain and England in highly rated Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, according to Calciomercato. The Serie A champions could be forced to make a move sooner rather than later as his suitors gain in number and his price tag rises above €40m.

- That sum, Calciomercato claims, is the minimum Juve will demand for out-of-favour defenders Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral. Both players have been linked to Arsenal.

Boca Juniors are eyeing another showpiece signing. Argentina-based football journalist Martin Castilla told CNN Deportes the South American giants are keen on luring Luis Suarez away from Barcelona. San Lorenzo vice-president Marcelo Tinelli expressed interest in the 32-year-old earlier in the week.

- Returning to Serie A and it looks like Wojciech Szczesny will be staying in Turin. Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio says the Polish goalkeeper has agreed a contract extension with Juve through to 2024.

Kylian Mbappe continues to be linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool are seemingly well in the race.

Mbappe, 20, has starred for PSG since arriving in 2017, but is reportedly a target for LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

However, Champions League winners Liverpool could also make a move for the France international forward.



Liverpool are set to battle Real Madrid for Mbappe, according to El Desmarque.

The report says the Premier League leaders have the funds to sign Mbappe after a quiet transfer window ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Mbappe remains the main target for Madrid despite being contracted at PSG until 2022.



- Bayern Munich are looking for a coach to replace Niko Kovac and Arsene Wenger may, or may not, be a target. Bild reports the Bundesliga giants have spoken to the former Arsenal manager, while The Athletic says Bayern do not want Wenger.

- There could also be a coaching change coming at Barcelona. LaLiga's champions look set to part ways with Ernesto Valverde at the end of the season, with Marca reporting Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is the top target to take over at Camp Nou.

- Back at Anfield and Liverpool could be lining up a move for Genk midfielder Sander Berge. Norwegian newspaper VG claims Jurgen Klopp told Berge he was a "very interesting player" after Liverpool's 2-1 Champions League win over Genk on Tuesday.

- Napoli are well off the pace in Serie A and it could see Carlo Ancelotti make a January exit. FOX Sports reports Boca Juniors are interested in the Italian tactician.

- Chelsea look set to make changes to their squad in January. The Premier League side are open to listening to offers for Olivier Giroud and Pedro in early 2020, according to The Telegraph.

- Amid a lack of playing time, Nemanja Matic is considering a Manchester United exit in January, according to the Manchester Evening News. Matic has made just two Premier League starts for United this season.

Marcelo Gallardo was overwhelmed with pride after River Plate eliminated Boca Juniors to reach the Copa Libertadores final for the second straight season.

River prevailed 2-1 on aggregate in the Superclasico semi-final despite slipping to a narrow second-leg defeat at La Bombonera following Jan Hurtado's 80th-minute goal.

The holders will now face either Flamengo or Gremio in their bid to win South America's top continental competition for the fifth time.

River defeated their bitter rivals in last season's final, the second leg of which was moved to Madrid following an attack on the Boca bus.

"It is hard to analyse this match because I cannot deal with all this happiness," Gallardo said.

"It is hard for me to analyse the game and its development. I feel hugely happy for my players. I am so full of joy and happiness for our fans, who must feel really happy because we are going to play another Libertadores final, eliminating Boca once more.

"I cannot deal with all this happiness I feel right now, so I will give my insights about this game later, when I get able to do it more calmly."

Kick-off in Buenos Aires was delayed by 15 minutes due to excess confetti on the pitch but there was otherwise none of the fan trouble that marred last November's matches.

Gallardo saluted both sets of supporters for keeping the occasion free of trouble.

"I think we should appreciate it," he said. "This should be something natural to happen. As far as I know, there were no incidents to regret, either on the pitch or inside the stadium.

"This coming after the last time and all the damage it caused on us as a society, we must appreciate it.

"It should be normal, it should be natural. Achieving this game without any incidents is something we welcome. It means we learnt from it."

River Plate are on track for back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles after reaching the final at the expense of bitter rivals Boca Juniors.

Boca edged Tuesday's second leg 1-0 but it was not enough as defending champions River prevailed 2-1 on aggregate in the Superclasico.

Jan Hurtado gave Boca hope with his 80th-minute goal, but the hosts were unable to find a second goal to force penalties at La Bombonera.

River carried a 2-0 lead into the return leg of a rematch of the 2018 all-Argentinian Libertadores final, which had to be rearranged and moved to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu in December after the match was twice suspended in November due to an attack on Boca's team bus by supporters.

Kick-off in Buenos Aires was delayed by 15 minutes due to excess confetti on the pitch as leaf blowers were brought out to clear the field.

When play finally got underway, Carlos Tevez's Boca found the back of the net in the 22nd minute but it was ruled out for handball.

A stunning goal-line block to deny River approaching half-time threatened Boca, though another offside call eased the pressure on the home side.

Enzo Perez almost turned the ball into his own net moments later, however, River goalkeeper Franco Armani produced a fine reflex save to prevent embarrassment.

With time running out, Boca refused to surrender and gave themselves hope when Hurtado found the back of the net following a set-piece 10 minutes from the end.

Another free-kick almost saw Boca level with two minutes remaining, however, River were not to be denied bragging rights as Flamengo or Gremio await in the final.

River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo insists nothing can compare to last year's Copa Libertadores final triumph over Boca Juniors as his side prepare to face their bitter rivals once more in the semi-finals of this season's competition.

River claimed continental glory in unforgettable style last year – winning 3-1 after extra-time at the Santiago Bernabeu for a 5-3 aggregate triumph in a second leg that was moved to Madrid after Boca's team bus was attacked en route to El Monumental for the originally scheduled return fixture.

There were no such unsavoury scenes ahead of the semi-final first leg this month, although it proved a painful experience on the field for Boca as they went down 2-0.

Rafael Santos Borre opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Ignacio Fernandez embellished River's advantage in the 70th minute and Boca's Nicolas Capaldo was sent off in stoppage time.

A comeback from such a position at a fervent Bombonera would arguably go some way to expunging the pain of last season's final for the Boca faithful, a match Gallardo ranks as a career high that will never be topped.

"The match of my life already happened last December in Madrid," he told a pre-match news conference.

"That's the match of my life, my sports life, right? This is a very important match, a new challenge. But, that's it."

Boca have not tasted victory in any of the past six Superclasicos across all competitions but Gallardo, who will field the same XI that won the first leg, feels it counts for little ahead of the short trip to the south of Buenos Aires.

"For me, 'statistics' don't matter," he said. "We don't think about statistics or recent things.

"We live in the present time, our team is focused on this match, we don't think about what happened previously.

"It's a new challenge for us, to play for a new Copa Libertadores final qualification."

Colombia playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero, a hero of the Bernabeu clash thanks to his pivotal and spectacular goal in extra time, is in line for a place on the bench having recently returned to action from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

"Quintero is fine, he's good," Gallardo added, having introduced the 26-year-old from the bench during River's past two outings against Almagro and Arsenal de Sarandi.

"Technically he is intact and is very much looking forward to it. We saw in these last games, in which he entered in the last minutes, that he is well intact.

"You have to see what the moments of the game are that are favourable to a player of his characteristics."

Nicolo Zaniolo has earned a recall to the Italy squad, but injury appears to have ended Daniele De Rossi's hopes of an incredible return.

Zaniolo broke into the senior Azzurri set-up last season after impressing for Roma following a move from Inter as part of the deal to take Radja Nainggolan to San Siro.

The 20-year-old earned two caps but was left out of Roberto Mancini's squad in September.

However, having made eight appearances in all competitions at club level this season, scoring once in the Europa League, Zaniolo is back in the fold for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Liechtenstein.

While a current Roma star is included, a former Giallorossi icon misses out, with De Rossi absent following reports he was set to return almost two years on from his international retirement.

The 36-year-old midfielder picked up a hamstring injury with club Boca Juniors last month and is not involved.

The only new face in the group is Napoli right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo, although he was involved in a training camp in April.

Forwards Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone and Andrea Pinamonti are all in the under-21 squad.

Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but have six wins from six in Euro 2020 qualifying to sit top of Group J.

With third-placed Armenia nine points behind and only four matches to play, Mancini's men could secure their place at the finals in the coming international break.


Italy squad: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino); Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma); Nicolo Barella (Inter), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma); Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

Marcelo Gallardo ridiculed Boca Juniors' complaints following River Plate's comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final tie at El Monumental.

The reigning South American champions took a big step towards defending the trophy thanks to Rafael Santos Borre's early penalty and a well-worked Ignacio Fernandez goal in the 70th minute.

Referee Raphael Claus consulted VAR to award the spot-kick for River's opener and technology also played a part in the stoppage-time red card shown to Nicolas Capaldo, who had initially been booked for a foul on Enzo Perez.

Boca striker Ramon Abila criticised the performance of the match officials, while coach Gustavo Alfaro accused the hosts of persistent diving.

"We know the River players are always throwing themselves and seeking penalties," Alfaro said.

But his counterpart Gallardo dismissed the protests, insisting the comments were designed to deflect from the quality of River's victory.

"Whoever wants to talk about the referee is hiding from what happened," he said.

"We won because we were superior."

Capaldo wasted a glorious chance for Boca before his dismissal but River otherwise spent long periods in control as they closed in on a date with either Gremio or Flamengo in the final.

"I think we saw a winning team," Gallardo added. "We are a team that takes on the risks of being the protagonists. Sometimes we are rewarded and sometimes not.

"River demands a lot from you and we feel comfortable with the demands. The key is not to relax, because what we give the River fans is a very nice feeling. The football world sees a River that plays well."

River beat bitter rivals Boca 5-3 on aggregate in last season's two-legged final, the second instalment of which had to be rearranged and moved to Madrid following fan violence.

River Plate moved a step closer to back-to-back Copa Libertadores titles after defeating bitter rivals Boca Juniors 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final clash.

Defending champions River and Boca are going head-to-head in a rematch of last year's controversial final, which the former claimed 5-3 on aggregate.

The second leg of the all-Argentinian 2018 decider had to be rearranged and moved to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu in December after the match was twice suspended in November due to an attack on Boca's team bus by supporters.

Pitted against each other in the semis, hosts River drew first blood thanks to Rafael Santos Borre's seventh-minute penalty and an Ignacio Fernandez goal in the 70th minute on Tuesday.

Boca's woes were compounded by a stoppage-time red card to Nicolas Capaldo, who was initially shown a yellow before the referee consulted VAR in the 97th minute.

River made a bright start at El Monumental in Buenos Aires and they were rewarded when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after consulting VAR following a goal-mouth scramble in the third minute.

Boca – playing without Daniele De Rossi – had taken the ball up to the other end as play continued when the referee eventually viewed the replay for the incident involving River, with Borre converting the penalty four minutes after the initial scramble.

A stunning long-range effort from Alexis Mac Allister in the 17th minute almost restored parity for Boca, but River goalkeeper Franco Armani produced a great save at full stretch to tip the ball over the crossbar.

River were in control of the first half and Borre came close to doubling the lead, however, his volley was saved by Esteban Andrada approaching half-time.

For all of River's dominance, they nearly conceded three minutes later but Capaldo wasted a gilt-edged opportunity – the midfielder somehow blazing over after being played in by Ramon Abila following a great counter-attack.

River almost made it 2-0 out of nothing, with Gonzalo Montiel's mis-hit cross leaving Andrada scrambling as the 55th-minute delivery came back off the bar.

Some desperate defending prevented River from scoring again following a low cross into the six-yard box – the ball deflecting agonisingly wide of the post on the hour.

But River got in behind Boca's defence again and they finally managed to double their lead with 20 minutes remaining after Fernandez and Matias Suarez combined superbly as the former tapped home.

German Esmerado, Omnisport's Latin America Editor, assesses the landscape ahead of a massive semi-final clash between the two biggest clubs in Argentine football.

River Plate and Boca Juniors face each other again in a crucial stage of the Copa Libertadores, but the atmosphere is vastly different from the build-up to the 2018 final.

That historic showpiece, which incredibly ended up being decided in Madrid after the incidents that occurred before the second leg at the Monumental Stadium, is still very present in the minds of both sets of supporters. 

But this time the climate between the fans is calmer. Both sides learned anxiety must be lowered, and the reality is this is, by comparison, a tie of minor importance. A semi-final played just one year after an historic final, inevitably loses some value, although neither team wants to lose it.

There will be more than 2,000 police officers guarding both the streets surrounding the Monumental Stadium and the Boca Juniors bus, the windows of which have been shielded following the events of last year. The rain of stones that ended up injuring players and executives not only took the final to Madrid, but also saw the team's security chief fired amid accusations of negligence.

The authorities do not want a repeat of the scenes of 12 months ago and River fans want to see the game in their stadium, after being denied that chance last year. The fact that it is the first leg decreases the likelihood of unsavoury incidents. 

Beyond the off-field concerns surrounding the Superclasico, there will be a football match played on Tuesday, and it is expected a great tactical battle between two coaches who know how to manage these encounters and who tend to take care of even the smallest details.

A month ago River and Boca contested a prequel in the Superliga, and it produced a pattern of play that will likely be repeated in the first leg. River had the ball for most of the game and Boca sat deep, were well organised and tried to convert on the counter-attack, though they remained primarily focused on defensive duties in a hard-fought goalless draw.

Boca are the Superliga leaders, with a very solid defence protecting a goalkeeper, Esteban Andradra, playing at a high level. However, River are the favourites, not just because of recent history but because of the current makeup of the team.

River's midfield boasts a great blend of experience and youth. When River play well, they are unstoppable, and they proved as much recently in an emphatic 6-1 away victory against reigning Argentine champions Racing.

Coach Marcelo Gallardo has the tendency to spring a surprise but River's approach is clear. The man known as 'El Muneco' has had great success with the 4-4-2 and his team is comfortable playing in that formation.

Enzo Perez is the team's clock, the one that sets the pace and the one that pulls the strings, while Ignacio Fernandez, perhaps the best player in Argentine domestic football, excels at finishing things off. 

The question is whether the Uruguayan Nicolas De la Cruz can perform on this stage. He has earned his place in the team through a string of impressive performances and adds a touch of quality and dynamism to a midfield that also features Exequiel Palacios, one of the top prospects in Argentine football. In the attack, with Lucas Pratto only just returning from an injury, the pairing of Rafael Santos Borre and Matias Suarez are expected to start.

Boca coach Gustavo Alfaro was satisfied with the Superliga stalemate and is likely to implement a similar system, with Ramon 'Wanchope' Abila playing as a lone striker in front of a midfield five, in which Ivan Marcone and Nicolas Capaldo will occupy central positions.

Former Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio's recovery from injury will be key for the Xeneize. He will play on the right if fit, if not, his replacement would be Franco Soldano. Emanuel Reynoso is likely to start on the left wing while Alexis Mac Allister should slot in ahead of Marcone and Capaldo. Mauro Zarate would be the favourite to partner Abila should Alfaro elect to go with two strikers.

One other factor to consider will be the weather. The pitch will be heavy due to the heavy rain and strong winds expected throughout Tuesday, though the field at the Monumental typically holds up well in wet conditions.

October is set to be a month defined by highly charged atmospheres in Argentina. The second leg takes place on October 22, five days before presidential elections that will be held amid severe economic difficulties. The hope is that, after the disappointing events of last year, it can be a month of celebration for football and democracy.

River Plate entertain arch-rivals Boca Juniors in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final on Tuesday, but the defending champions have hardly set the tournament alight in 2019.

Marcelo Gallardo has already led River to two Libertadores titles - last year's coming after a Superclasico final against Boca - and is hoping to make them the first team to successfully defend their crown since a Boca side inspired by Juan Roman Riquelme in 2001.

However, Los Millonarios have won just three of their 10 matches en route to the final four – the joint-fewest of any semi-finalist to have taken part in the group stage.

With the help of Opta, we look at the teams that reached the penultimate round with the same amount of victories.


Cerro Porteno (1993)

After starting their campaign with back-to-back draws against Paraguayan rivals Olimpia and Newell's Old Boys, Cerro got off the mark with a 2-1 victory over River when Leonardo Astrada put through his own net. Another 2-1 triumph, this time against a Newell's side including Gerardo Martino and Mauricio Pochettino, helped send Cerro through top of their group, though their only other victory before the semi-finals came against Cobreloa in the last 16. They defeated Olimipia on penalties after a pair of draws in the quarter-finals but lost to eventual champions Sao Paulo 1-0 on aggregate in the final four.

Junior (1994)

In the heyday of Colombian football, Junior claimed group-stage wins over Cerro and Independiente Medellin, the former 3-2 after throwing away a two-goal lead in Barranquilla. Despite being reduced to 10 men after a red card for Alexis Mendoza, Junior scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a second straight last-16 draw against Colo Colo, who they beat on penalties. Carlos Valderrama notched as Junior booked their final-four spot with a 2-0 victory over Medellin, and although they beat Velez in the first leg of the semi-finals to take their tally of wins for the tournament to four, they were beaten in a shoot-out by the eventual champions.

Emelec (1995)

A single victory over fellow Ecuadorian side El Nacional got Emelec out of Group 4 behind a Palmeiras team boasting Rivaldo and Edmundo and Luiz Felipe Scolari's Gremio. Wins against Cerro in the last 16 and Sporting Cristal sent them into a semi-final clash with Gremio, who advanced 2-0 on aggregate and went on to win the title. It remains Emelec's best run in the competition.

Racing Club (1997)

Just one point from their first four Group 2 games left Racing in a precarious position, but they closed out the stage with 2-0 triumphs over El Nacional and Emelec. Two-time Copa America-winning coach Alfio Basile's side were consequently pitted against River in the last 16 and advanced on penalties after a pair of draws – Enzo Francescoli missing the crucial spot-kick for a Los Millonarios team that included Gallardo as a player. Racing beat Penarol 1-0 in the second leg of the quarter-finals – a game that saw third-minute red cards for Mauro Navas and Gonzalo de los Santos – and again needed a shoot-out to advance. Although they claimed a 3-2 first-leg victory over Cristal in the semis, they lost 6-4 on aggregate.

River Plate (2015)

River kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 loss at altitude against Bolivians San Jose and drew four straight games against UANL Tigres and Juan Aurich before beating San Jose at home. Juan Aurich falling to a 5-4 loss to Tigres in the final Group 6 match sent River through to the last 16 by the skin of their teeth. As the bottom seed they faced the tournament's best team from the group stage: Boca. They won the first leg at El Monumental 1-0 and advanced when the second leg was abandoned after a Boca fan targeted River players with a pepper spray-like substance as they emerged from the tunnel. Their third victory came in the second leg of the quarter-finals to get them past Cruzeiro 3-1 on aggregate and they added two further triumphs against Guarani and Tigres to clinch the title for the first time in 19 years. It remains the joint-fewest wins for a team that have played over seven games en route to glory, with LDU Quito also triumphing on just five occasions in their 2008 success.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to join Boca Juniors and the move could still happen, according to one of the club's directors.

The LA Galaxy star's agent, Mino Raiola, recently rubbished rumours he was attempting to arrange a transfer for the well-travelled 37-year-old.

But Boca board member Jorge Anro claims Ibrahimovic's interest in a move to the Bombonera is real and insists a deal remains a possibility.

The former Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United striker has spent the past 18 months in the United States, scoring 50 MLS goals.

"It is true that Ibrahimovic wants to play for Boca and it is true that we are in a position to bring him in," Anro told Mundo Boca Radio, as quoted by AS.

"The club is in a very good moment institutionally. It is so good financially that it can afford those luxuries.

"We would be able to pay Zlatan's contract."

Boca made a splash in July when they lured Roma great Daniele De Rossi to Buenos Aires on a free transfer.

Ibrahimovic is contracted to Galaxy for the rest of the 2019 MLS season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not been offered to Boca Juniors, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Reports in Spain have claimed LA Galaxy striker Ibrahimovic is a target for the Argentine giants. 

Boca have already landed former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi, with newspaper AS suggesting Ibrahimovic could follow from Galaxy when his contract expires in December.

Raiola, however, used social media to refute claims he is trying to engineer a move to the Copa Libertadores semi-finalists for Ibrahimovic.

"I have never offered Ibrahimovic to Boca Juniors or to anybody else. Total #fakenews," Raiola wrote on Twitter.

Ibrahimovic, 37, has thrived in MLS since leaving Manchester United, scoring 49 goals in 53 games for Galaxy.

Despite his outstanding form, Galaxy are fourth in the Western Conference, 17 points behind rivals Los Angeles FC, having missed the playoffs last season.

After requesting a move away from Paris Saint-Germain, who would have thought Neymar could be in line to sign a contract extension?

Neymar was determined to return to LaLiga champions Barcelona but a deal did not materialise prior to the transfer window closing.

Now, Neymar's long-term future could be in Paris…



Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful of signing superstar Neymar to a new contract, reports Le10Sport.

LaLiga champions Barcelona were in talks to re-sign Neymar from PSG after the Brazilian's world-record €222million transfer in 2017, however, an agreement could not be reached.

Neymar, though, has reportedly held talks with PSG over extending his contract in the French capital.



- The Sun says Manchester United will target Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic in January. The 33-year-old Croatian was linked with a move to Old Trafford before the window shut. But with United facing a crisis following injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial after Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez's exits, the Red Devils are believed to be weighing up Mandzukic.

AC Milan turned down the chance to sign Chelsea sensation Tammy Abraham, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The 21-year-old has already scored seven Premier League goals this season. However, Milan reportedly pulled the plug on the deal due to his apparent inexperience at the top level.

United and Juventus are reportedly scouting Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, a United scout was in attendance for Tuesday's Serie A clash between Brescia and Juve. Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly eyeing the 19-year-old.

Napoli are in talks with centre-back Nikola Maksimovic over a new long-term contract, reports Corriere dello Sport.

- Sky Sports claims Atletico Madrid are tracking Boca Juniors sensation Agustin Almendra. LaLiga rivals Sevilla and Valencia have also reportedly inquired about the 19-year-old.

Ernesto Valverde is facing a big week at Barcelona.

Valverde is under pressure early in the season after Barca slumped to a 2-0 loss at Granada to be left with just seven points from their opening five games of the LaLiga season.

Now, the next week is shaping as crucial for Valverde.



Several Barcelona players have started to lose confidence in Valverde, according to ESPN.

With seven points from five league games, Barcelona have made their worst start to a season since 1994-95.

Monday's cover of Sport says Valverde needs an urgent reaction, with his side hosting Villarreal on Tuesday and visiting Getafe four days later.



Barcelona are keeping an eye on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz. Barca's sporting director Eric Abidal was present as Fabian scored in Napoli's 4-1 win over Lecce on Saturday, according to Calciomercato.

AC Milan want to strengthen at right-back and are considering Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, according to Sportmediaset, amid suggestions Andrea Conti is struggling to impress.

Jose Mourinho has had chances to return to management and the former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss apparently turned down a surprise opportunity last year. Fichajes reports Boca Juniors tried to convince Mourinho to take over, but the Portuguese tactician said he was not yet ready to leave Europe.

Everton have made a slow start to the Premier League season and are assessing ways to strengthen their attack. The Daily Express reports they are interested in signing Yussuf Poulsen from RB Leipzig. The Denmark international scored 15 Bundesliga goals last season.

River Plate will face bitter rivals Boca Juniors in a rematch of last season's Copa Libertadores decider after the defending champions overcame Cerro Porteno in the quarter-finals.

Thursday's 1-1 draw away to Paraguayan side Cerro Porteno was enough for River to reach the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

River – seeking back-to-back titles – carried a 2-0 lead into the second leg thanks to goals from Ignacio Fernandez and Rafael Borre in Buenos Aires.

Cerro Porteno sparked hope of a comeback in the eighth minute when former Borussia Dortmund forward Nelson Valdez put the home side ahead on the night.

Valdez – a 77-time Paraguay international – glanced a header past River goalkeeper Franco Armani.

But Cerro Porteno's hopes were dashed when River midfielder Nicolas De La Cruz scored seven minutes into the second half with a ferocious volley.

River will now go head-to-head with Boca in a blockbuster all-Argentinian Libertadores semi-final.

It comes after River claimed the 2018 trophy with a 5-3 aggregate win over Boca in their controversial two-legged showdown.

The second leg had to be rearranged and moved to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu in December after the match was twice suspended in November due to an attack on Boca's team bus by supporters.

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