Football rumours from the media

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The manager’s job at Real Madrid is in the spotlight, with Zinedine Zidane coming under increasing pressure to keep the job and Mauricio Pochettino mentioned as a potential replacement. Marca says the former Spurs and Southampton boss is ahead of Real’s reserve team coach and former playing star Raul as the leading candidate to replace Zidane if he is sacked. Poccettino, however, is said to be keen on possibly replacing Thomas Tuchel at Paris St-Germain, Talksport reports. ESPN says Zidane has the backing of the Real board and players at present, but that could change in the club’s next three matches.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar could be sold to Tottenham next month, The Sun reports. Spurs were linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the summer but Jose Mourinho opted for Swansea’s Joe Rodon instead. But with Inter reportedly prepared to sell Skriniar for a relatively low £45million, the north London club are said to be back in the reckoning to sign him in January.

Liverpool v Ajax – UEFA Champions League – Group D – Anfield
Ajax’s Perr Schuurs, battling here with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane on Tuesday night, says he is happy not to switch sides just yet (Peter Byrne/PA)

Leicester could be in the market to buy Portugal midfielder William Carvalho in January, according to Portuguese outlet La Razon. While the Foxes have been linked to the 28-year-old before, his club Real Betis are planning to cash in on him to strengthen other areas of their squad. Leicester are keen to bolster their ranks as their Europa League campaign continues.

Tottenham Hotspur v Maccabi Haifa – UEFA Europa League – Play-Off – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli. Manager Jose Mourinho remains non-committal about the midfielder’s future at the club (Clive Rose/PA)

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Milot Rashica: Aston Villa are keen on the Werder Bremen midfielder in January but his current club has ruled out selling him, according to the Birmingham Mail.

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Manchester United’s Brandon Williams is a target for Newcastle (Nigel French/PA)

Houssem Aoaur: Arsenal may still have designs on the 22-year-old midfielder but he says he is happy he stayed at Lyon despite attention from the Gunners last summer, RMC Sport reports.

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