When it came to Paul Pogba during the transfer window, Real Madrid and Juventus were the teams on everyone's lips.

Manchester United star Pogba was reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge.

However, another team were apparently poised to lure Pogba from the Theatre of Dreams…

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR STOPPED PSG FROM SIGNING POGBA

Neymar prevented Manchester United midfielder Pogba from moving to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Calciomercato.it.

PSG and United reportedly had an agreement in place for the transfer of Pogba, however, the Ligue 1 champions and their inability to offload Barcelona target Neymar stopped the deal.

The report says PSG were ready to pay €150million (£134m) for Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-record fee of €105m (£89m).

 

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Real Madrid have an agreement with Chelsea for midfielder N'Golo Kante. DefensaCentral claims Los Blancos have the first chance to buy the France star should he be made available at Stamford Bridge.

- In-demand Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo wants to leave the Croatian club in January or at the end of the season, according to Fichajes.net. The 21-year-old was linked with Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Valencia during the transfer window.

Juventus have not given up on signing Fiorentina and Italy forward Federico Chiesa, according to Calciomercato.it. The Serie A champions were keen to bring in Chiesa during the off-season but were unable to lure him from Florence.

- Sport says Paris Saint-Germain are beginning their remodelling job, with Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani facing uncertain futures. Silva and Cavani – who has been linked to incoming MLS outfit Inter Miami – are out of contract at the end of the season and are no guarantees to renew their contracts. Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingThomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa are available at the right price in January.

- Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has turned down a move to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Mandzukic was linked to Manchester United prior to the transfer window closing.

LA Galaxy suffered a late 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids as the MLS play-off chasing outfit's winless streak continued.

Nicolas Mezquida converted an 85th-minute penalty to condemn Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Galaxy to their fourth consecutive league match without victory.

It was a wild finish in Colorado, where all three goals were scored in the final 11 minutes at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday.

The Rapids broke the deadlock via Cole Bassett, whose glancing header put the home side ahead in the 79th minute.

Colorado's lead was short lived, however, after Giancarlo Gonzalez's header restored parity three minutes later.

But the Rapids had the last say as Mezquida scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Andre Shinyashiki with five minutes remaining.

There was late drama when Galaxy's Cristian Pavon was shown a straight red card deep into second-half stoppage time after trying to win the ball near the corner flag, however, VAR and the referee reversed the decision to yellow.

The result left the Galaxy eighth in the Western Conference, a point adrift of the seventh and final play-off spot occupied by Dallas, while the Rapids are 10th and six points further back.

Real Salt Lake moved up to second in the west and level on points with third-placed Seattle Sounders thanks to a 1-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes.

Eastern Conference leaders New York City – three points clear atop the table – played out a 1-1 draw at home to Toronto as they extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Meanwhile, Houston Dynamo snapped a seven-game winless streak in the league by defeating Minnesota United 2-0.

David Beckham and Inter Miami have set their sights on Lionel Messi.

Messi, 32, has regularly been linked with one day switching to MLS and it appears Inter are making their move.

Beckham seems to be trying his best to land the Barcelona superstar.

 

TOP STORY – BECKHAM IN TALKS WITH MESSI OVER INTER MIAMI MOVE

Beckham has spoken to Messi about joining Inter Miami, according to Catalunya Radio.

It comes in the wake of reports the forward can leave Barcelona at the end of any season, regardless of when his contract runs until.

The economic bid for Messi would be "brutal", the report said, as Inter look to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

 

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- Inter Miami may not stop there. The MLS club, due to begin playing in 2020, are also eyeing Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, according to AS. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has previously said he is open to coaching Inter Miami.

- After the latest transfer saga ended with Neymar staying at Paris Saint-Germain, it is set to come back to life in January. PSG sporting director Leonardo wants the Brazil international to leave the Ligue 1 champions, according to Tuttosport, and a move could happen in January, with Barcelona and Real Madrid sure to again be linked.

- Barcelona are already looking ahead and are set to track Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz throughout this season, Mundo Deportivo reports. Fabian joined the Serie A side from Real Betis for a reported €30million in July last year.

- Expecting their transfer ban to be cut, Chelsea have identified Nice defender Youcef Atal as a target, according to The Sun. The Algeria international is also wanted by Valencia, Calciomercato.com reports.

- AC Milan have identified Stade Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga as a player to follow, according to Calciomercato.com. The 16-year-old made seven Ligue 1 appearances last season.

- Gonzalo Higuain is continuing to turn around his career at Juventus. Calciomercato.com says the forward – linked with a move away throughout the close season – will start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo when the Serie A champions face Fiorentina on Saturday.

Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract is making headlines.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed Messi has a get-out clause in his deal.

Now, a move across the pond could be on the cards for the Argentina superstar…

 

TOP STORY – MESSI CONSIDERING MLS

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi could leave Camp Nou for MLS, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Messi has an annual exit option in his deal and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could swap Spain for the United States.

It comes as the Catalan giants look to offer Messi – who has been linked to David Beckham's Inter Miami franchise – a lifetime contract.

 

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- Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is set to sign a new contract, reports Il Messaggero. The Serbia international midfielder – contracted until 2023 – was linked to Manchester United, Inter, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain during the transfer window. However, Lazio are looking to include a release clause of at least €100million.

- Tuttosport, meanwhile, says Inter are targeting Milinkovic-Savic and Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa.

- According to AS, Real Madrid are lining up Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek for the 2020-21 season. Van de Beek was heavily linked to Madrid prior to the transfer deadline but a move did not materialise.

Manchester City continue to be linked to Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar. Tuttosport says Pep Guardiola wants to sign the star defender in January following Aymeric Laporte's knee injury.

- Corriere dello Sport claims Dries Mertens could move to China, Belgium or the USA on a free transfer when his Napoli contract expires at the end of the season.

- According to the Daily Star, Adidas played a crucial role in keeping Paul Pogba at Manchester United. Reports linked Pogba to Real Madrid and Juventus but the Frenchman remained at Old Trafford.

New York City moved top of the Eastern Conference with a thrilling win in MLS, while Los Angeles FC were held on Saturday.

City rallied against the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium and dramatically claimed victory thanks to a 96th-minute penalty from Jesus Medina.

Juan Fernando Caicedo opened the scoring for New England in just the second minute, but the visitors were down to 10 men moments later when Antonio Mlinar Delamea saw red.

Domenec Torrent's City finally equalised with 20 minutes remaining, Medina getting on the end of a cross from Anton Tinnerholm from the right.

And there was late drama, Medina stepping up to put away a penalty in the 96th minute to send City top of the table on the back of their fifth straight win.

Los Angeles FC's winless run stretched to three games after a 2-2 draw at Orlando City.

Nani cancelled out Adrien Perez's opener and Benji Michel had Orlando ahead before Diego Rossi's 78th-minute equaliser.

Despite their winless run, LAFC are still 17 points clear atop the Western Conference, while Orlando are ninth in the east.

Elsewhere, Toronto thrashed struggling Cincinnati 5-1, Andre Shinyashiki's brace lifted the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers came from behind late to edge Sporting Kansas City 2-1.

The transfer window may be closed but the rumours do not stop!

Christian Eriksen was unable to secure a move away from Tottenham prior to Monday's deadline.

Since then, the likes of Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Inter have been linked to the Spurs star.

 

TOP STORY – ATLETICO PREPARING JANUARY MOVE FOR ERIKSEN

Atletico Madrid are set to return for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January, according to AS.

Eriksen was linked to the likes of Atletico, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United but a move did not materialise.

Now, Atletico, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring the situation as Eriksen prepares to become a free agent at the end of the season.

 

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- According to the Mirror, Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is set to be offered a chance to move to the Premier League. The Croatian veteran was linked to Manchester United but a move failed to transpire prior to the transfer window closing.

- LaLiga pair Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao are keeping tabs on Chelsea and Spain full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, reports the Mirror. It comes amid concerns the Spaniard could lose his spot in the Chelsea XI to Reece James.

- Brazilian side Flamengo are interested in signing free agent Claudio Marchisio, says Gazzetta dello Sport. Former Juventus star Marchisio is without a club since leaving Zenit. Flamengo were also close to luring Mario Balotelli before he opted for Brescia.

- The Daily Mail claims Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new defender in January. The report comes after Aymeric Laporte's knee injury left City with just two fit centre-backs – John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

- David Beckham's Inter Miami are set to sign River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios, according to TNT Sports. The expansion franchise – who are backed by the former Manchester United star and will enter MLS in 2020 – have also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

Mason Toye scored twice as Minnesota United shocked league-leading Los Angeles FC 2-0, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to prevent LA Galaxy from losing late at Seattle Sounders.

Toye's first-half brace saw Western Conference and Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC surprisingly beaten at home for the first time this MLS season on Sunday.

LAFC had gone 13 league matches unbeaten at Banc of California Stadium in 2019 but that streak came to an end in the absence of star Carlos Vela, who missed the match after suffering a hamstring injury against the Galaxy last time out.

Toye stole the show for visiting Minnesota, who silenced the Los Angeles crowd in the 25th minute when the forward found the back of the net from an acute angle.

He doubled the lead just four minutes later after producing a stunning long-range strike to beat LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega.

Minnesota moved up to third in the Western Conference, 17 points adrift of high-flying LAFC after 28 matches, and a point behind second-placed Seattle.

The Sounders consolidated their place in the standings thanks to Sunday's thrilling 4-3 victory at home to Ibrahimovic's Galaxy.

Trailing 2-0 after 55 minutes, Ibrahimovic's goal in the 66th minute triggered a comeback as the Galaxy equalised through Uriel Antuna with 15 minutes remaining.

Seattle quickly restored their lead via Jordan Morris two minutes later, only for Jorgen Skjelvik to make it 3-3 in the 81st minute.

But the Sounders had the final say in a wild showdown as Cristian Roldan – who gave Seattle a 2-0 lead – netted his second of the match at the death.

Philadelphia Union moved clear in the Eastern Conference after blitzing reigning MLS champions Atlanta United 3-1, despite Josef Martinez extending his goalscoring streak.

Atlanta star Martinez scored in his 13th successive league match but Frank de Boer's side still lost to Philadelphia in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash.

Martinez broke the deadlock in the second minute of first-half additional time – the Atlanta forward combining with Darlington Nagbe before finding the back of the net in front of a sell-out crowd at Talen Energy Stadium.

However, the Union scored three unanswered goals in the second half to beat Atlanta, who claimed the US Open trophy during the week.

Brenden Aaronson equalised in the 61st minute before Union pair Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos scored during the final four minutes in Philadelphia.

The Union clinched a play-off spot in the process as they moved top of the east on 51 points, a point clear of New York City and three ahead of Atlanta.

New York booked a post-season berth thanks to a 3-1 win at lowly Vancouver Whitecaps.

DC United are fourth in the Eastern Conference thanks to their 3-0 victory over Montreal Impact in the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney, with New York Red Bulls slipping to fifth following a 2-0 loss to Colorado Rapids.

Elsewhere, Chris Wondolowski scored twice as San Jose Earthquakes accounted for Orlando City 3-0, Real Salt Lake went down 1-0 against Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City edged Houston Dynamo 1-0, Dallas defeated FC Cincinnati 3-1, New England Revolution and Toronto played out a 1-1 draw, while Columbus Crew drew 1-1 with Chicago Fire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give him a call if he is serious about returning to Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in an impressive first season at United in 2016-17 and said this week he would be happy to re-join the club if given the opportunity.

The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have left Solskjaer short of attacking options and Ibrahimovic, who has spent the past year and a half in MLS with LA Galaxy, opened the door for a second spell at Old Trafford.

"I could still play easily in the Premier League," said the 37-year-old. "If United need me, I'm here. But right now ­Galaxy have me and that's what I'm concentrating on."

Solskjaer responded by stating he would be happy to speak to Ibrahimovic - whose time at United was cut short by a serious knee injury - only to then pour cold water on the prospect of a sensational comeback because of concerns over the veteran striker's age. 

"Zlatan had a great time here and he's still doing well," Solskjaer said at Friday's news conference. "It's unfortunate he got his injury here when he did.

"Who knows? He knows my number! If he's serious, I'll always speak to Zlatan."

But further probed about the chances of Ibrahimovic being brought in later this season, Solskjaer added: "I don't think that'll happen. If he was 28 and not 38 [in a month] ... it's a big difference.

"I think he's had his time at the club."

Anthony Martial has been ruled out of Saturday's trip to Southampton with a thigh injury, leaving United with only Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood as their recognised centre-forward options.

Solskjaer stands by his decision to offload Lukaku and Sanchez to Inter, however, with the latter's season-long loan move finalised on Thursday.

"I think Alexis needed to go because he's been here for 18 months and it's not really worked out for him," he said. 

"For him as well to restart and get himself playing regularly, get himself scoring goals, that will only benefit everyone in the end.

"For us we are going to watch every weekend now to see Romelu and Alexis playing together."

Montreal Impact climbed into seventh in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS on Wednesday.

Maximiliano Urruti's 37th-minute goal proved to be the match-winner at Stade Saputo in Quebec, boosting Montreal's play-off chances.

Vancouver, bottom of the Western Conference, had taken the lead through Yordy Reyna in the 17th minute.

Reyna had a chance to double the Whitecaps' lead eight minutes later, but he saw his penalty pushed away by Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Instead, a Doneil Henry own goal brought Wilmer Cabrera's Montreal level in the 35th minute before Urruti's goal.

Urruti took down a cross at the back post before firing past Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from inside the area.

Montreal are seventh in the Eastern Conference but level on points with eight-placed Toronto, who have played two fewer games.

Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela was drinking pina colada on holiday when he discovered Barcelona were interested in securing his services.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Arsenal, was linked with a loan move to Camp Nou at the turn of the year after impressing for LAFC in his debut campaign in the MLS.

Vela scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists in 2018 and concedes he would dearly have loved a January switch to the LaLiga giants, who instead opted for Kevin-Prince Boateng.

"It was really close," he told BS The Podcast. "My second month for holidays, I was there with my pina colada and my agent called me to say 'look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months then you can go back to LA'. 

"I said just say yes, I don't care about the money or nothing. I'm going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. 

"Barcelona, Real Madrid you can't say no... If it was only my choice, for sure, I'd take it."

Vela has built on last year's impressive return with a further 27 goals already this season and he outlined his intention to see out his playing days with the American franchise.

"It's not only the things I want, football is a business and you know how it works. But, if I have everything, I want to be here for the rest of my career," he said.

"I'm really happy here, playing in LA. I want to be here."

Wayne Rooney will miss a second DC United match after having his suspension for violent conduct extended by MLS.

The 33-year-old was sent off during United's 2-1 defeat to New York Red Bulls when a VAR review focused on an off-the-ball incident involving Rooney and Cristian Casseres Junior.

Rooney was adjudged to have made contact with Casseres' face and he served the first game of his ban while United lost 3-1 to Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

With MLS opting to increase the ban, Rooney, who has scored 11 goals in 25 league appearances for United this season, will now miss Saturday's trip to Montreal Impact as well.

There are just five games left in the regular MLS season schedule, and United are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

The former England striker will leave United at the end of the year as he heads to Derby County, where he will assume a player-coach role.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as LA Galaxy played out a thrilling draw with Los Angeles FC, while Dallas claimed a big win in MLS on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic struck twice in the opening 15 minutes as Galaxy drew 3-3 with Los Angeles in their derby clash at Banc of California Stadium.

In an enthralling start, Ibrahimovic produced a brilliant left-footed finish after being played in by Cristian Pavon in just the second minute.

Latif Blessing headed in an equaliser for LAFC before Ibrahimovic restored Galaxy's lead.

Galaxy took a 3-1 lead in the 16th minute, Pavon getting on the end of a Favio Alvarez pass before finishing.

Blessing scored again before half-time and LAFC were level eight minutes after the break, Carlos Vela netting his 27th MLS goal of the season.

Vela was replaced shortly after the hour-mark with a suspected hamstring injury, neither team able to find a winning goal as Galaxy stayed unbeaten against their rivals.

Los Angeles are 19 points clear atop the Western Conference, while Galaxy moved into fourth.

Elsewhere, Zdenek Ondrasek scored a brace as Dallas thrashed Houston Dynamo 5-1.

Gyasi Zardes was the star for Columbus Crew, who ended a four-game winless run by beating Cincinnati 3-1 thanks to the forward's brace.

Philadelphia Union moved level on points with Eastern Conference leaders and reigning MLS champions Atlanta United thanks to a 3-1 win over slumping DC United.

Kacper Przybylko starred as the Union heaped further misery on visiting DC, who suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday.

Przybylko opened the scoring in the fifth minute and assisted two other goals for Brenden Aaronson and Ilsinho in the first half at Talen Energy Stadium.

Luciano Acosta pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half as DC – who were playing in the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney – were left with just three wins in their last 17 MLS games.

Philadelphia and Atlanta are level on 48 points in the race for top spot in the Eastern Conference, though the latter are ahead on total wins. DC, meanwhile, are fifth and nine points off the pace.

Elsewhere, Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic scored in Montreal Impact's 2-1 loss to Toronto.

Krkic – who arrived after leaving Stoke City – broke the deadlock with a 25-yard stunner four minutes into the second half.

However, hosts Toronto emerged victorious thanks to Marco Delgado and Justin Morrow at BMO Field.

In other results, New York City defeated rivals New York Red Bulls 2-1, San Jose Earthquakes came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, Real Salt Lake scored two last-gasp goals to trump 10-man Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Chicago Fire lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

Josef Martinez continued his incredible form to lead Atlanta United to another win in MLS, while the Seattle Sounders climbed the table on Friday.

Martinez scored in a 12th straight MLS game to see Atlanta to a 1-0 victory over Orlando City in Florida.

The Venezuela international exchanged passes with Ezequiel Barco and curled an effort into the bottom corner on the hour-mark.

It continued Martinez's amazing run and was his 22nd goal in MLS this season, Atlanta winning a fourth straight league game and pulling three points clear atop the Eastern Conference.

The Sounders jumped into second in the Western Conference courtesy of a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers in Oregon.

Cristian Roldan tapped in the opener midway through the first half before Raul Ruidiaz side-footed in a Jordan Morris cross in the 47th minute.

Diego Valeri's deflected 54th-minute free-kick brought Portland back into the derby clash, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Portland are seventh in the Western Conference.

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