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LIVE Transfer Talk: Newcastle circling £70m-rated Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic

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TOP STORY: Newcastle eye move for £70m-rated Vlahovic

Newcastle United are on high alert as they look to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in January, according to The Sun.

Many of Europe's biggest clubs have been linked with the Serbia international, including the likes of Juventus and Manchester City. However, with their new Saudi-backed owners, the Magpies are hoping to bring in the striker, who helped his country overcome Portugal to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Newcastle sent scouts to watch that match and Fiorentina could be open to moving on their star man if a fee can be agreed -- largely due to his contract expiring in the summer of 2023 and his decision not to pen new terms.

It will take a big outlay to sign the 21-year-old, but Fiorentina's desired £70 million may be reduced in negotiations.

While Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has been hopeful of bringing in players with Premier League experience, the feeling is that it could be difficult to deal with English clubs, leaving them on high alert when it comes to overseas players.

The club are hoping to bring in two full-backs, a centre-back, a midfielder and a striker, but are aware they will likely be charged a premium by whoever they deal with.

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21.58 GMT: Mundo Deportivo writes that Diego Godin and Cagliari have come to an agreement that stands to benefit both parties. The 35-year-old centre-back has extended his contract by a year, allowing the cash-strapped Italian side to spread the cash owed the former Uruguay international across two seasons. In exchange, Godin is now free to leave the Serie A outfit should he come across an opportunity that excites him, with a return to Atletico Madrid mooted as a possibility.

19.14 GMT: And yet more news on Fiorentina front man Dusan Vlahovic, as Calciomercato reports that amid recently uncovered interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and, yes, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur remain the biggest threat to Juventus keeping the 21-year-old Serbia international in Serie A. The report states that La Viola expect that growing interest in the player will see them collect a transfer fee of between €60m and €70m to sanction the striker's exit.

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16.44 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes isn't getting much game time at the club and is starting to attract interest from Italy, according to Calciomercato.

Paredes, 27, is entering the last 18 months of his contract so he will have options if he doesn't believe he has a future in Paris, with Roma and Juventus front-runners.

The Argentina international moved to the club from Zenit St Petersburg in 2018 but has only played twice this season.

16.00 GMT: Lille striker Jonathan David is on the radar of Inter Milan, according to Telefoot.

David, 21, has 11 goals in 19 games so far this season and the Canada international has impressed for his country as well with seven goals in 12 matches in 2021.

Ligue 1 champions Lille want to keep hold of the striker but Inter are ready to make a move in January.

14.25 GMT: Calciomercato says that Manchester City are looking at AC Milan striker Rafael Leao.

Leao, 22, has a contract until 2024 and has five goals in 17 games so far this season, but the Rossoneri want to sign him up to fresh terms before City swoop.

The Brazilian could get a pay increase and another two years at Milan.

13.22 GMT: Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley could be on the move in January as he has yet to secure a first-team place at the club.

The Daily Mail says that Leeds United could make a move for the 27-year-old England international and would be able to offer him more playing time.

12.15 GMT: Where will Raheem Sterling end up if he leaves Man City?

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11.34 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rejected the opportunity to make changes to his backroom team at Manchester United, sources have told ESPN, despite concerns among some of the club's overseas players that the coaching methods and tactical demands were too one-dimensional and lacking in imagination and new ideas.

United confirmed on Sunday that Solskjaer has left his role as manager, a month short of the third anniversary of his appointment, following a 4-1 defeat at Watford which left the team six point adrift of the Champions League qualification positions.

The loss at Vicarage Road was United's heaviest defeat against a newly-promoted side in over 30 years and the team's seventh defeat in 13 games in all competitions.

Sources told ESPN last month, following the 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, that senior players had lost faith in Solskjaer and his coaches.

And sources have now said that several key players had become exasperated by the ability of Solskjaer and his coaches to make the team better, with one telling ESPN that the players regarded the training as "too British" and unsuited to the requirements of the modern game at the elite level.

11.27 GMT: PSG had been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but El Nacional claims they are set to drop that interest.

Haaland, 21, is available for a €75m release clause in 2022 and PSG are keen to bring in a striker to replace Kylian Mbappe as he looks set to leave for Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.

But the Ligue 1 side have reportedly moved targets from Haaland to 21-year-old Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic. Who, as you can read above, has attracted plenty of interest and could cost around €80m to sign.

10.32 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his position as Manchester United manager, the club have confirmed.

A humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday was the final straw for the club's owners, the Glazer family, with Solskjaer out amid a wretched run of five defeats in seven Premier League games.

The manner of the performance at Vicarage Road warranted fresh discussions between the club's owners, the Glazer family, and executive vice chairman Woodward on Saturday night. Chief negotiator Matt Judge was also involved in talks, which focused on compensation costs for the manager, as well as which of his staff would stay on at Old Trafford in the event of his dismissal. Solskjaer had signed a new contract at United in July 2021, which ran until 2024, with an option for a further year.

10.11 GMT: The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal are interested in signing FC Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi.

Adeyemi, 19, has impressed in Austria and now Europe's top clubs are ready to make a €40m move for the Germany international.

PSG, Barcelona and Liverpool have already been linked, but Arsenal are looking to add a new striker to replace Alexandre Lacazette when his contract expires at the end of the season.

09.35 GMT: Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling wants to move to Barcelona on loan in January, says 90min.

Sterling, 26, has dropped down the pecking order at City and has started just three games this season. The England international is keen for a fresh start at Camp Nou, and Barcelona can only afford to sign him on loan.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that City aren't interested in letting Sterling leave on loan and would only sanction a permanent deal if they can find a replacement.

09.00 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be sacked as Manchester United manager following Saturday's disastrous 4-1 defeat to Watford, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.

One source added that Solskjaer knew he had to win on Saturday and is now expecting the worst.

United thrashed by Watford as Ole gloom grows 11hESPN Despite humiliation at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester City, United chiefs, including co-chairman Joel Glazer and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, were keen for Solskjaer, who signed a new three-year contract in the summer, to at least see out the season.

But the manner of the performance at Vicarage Road and United's fifth defeat in their past seven games warranted fresh discussions between Glazer and Woodward on Saturday night. Chief negotiator Matt Judge was also involved in talks.

Talks among executives late on Saturday focused on compensation costs for the manager, as well as which of his staff would stay on at Old Trafford in the event of his dismissal.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to work on a contract extension for Andreas Christensen to ensure the Denmark international doesn't join Barcelona, as has been reported by El Nacional. The centre-back's deal culminates in the summer of 2022, and Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is said to be interested in bringing him to Camp Nou. Barca president Joan Laporta is also keen to complete a deal.

- While no formal offers have yet been made, Wolfsburg have fallen behind an unnamed top six Premier League side in the race for FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi, as has been reported by MLS journalist Tom Bogert. The expectation remains that a deal will not be completed unless a club comes in with a bid of at least $15m for the USMNT international.

- Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha wants to complete a move to Newcastle United, as has been reported by journalist Ekrem Konur. The Albania international is one of the players heavily linked with the Magpies since their recent takeover, and it seems the interest is mutual.

- Harry Winks is a key target for Newcastle United during the January transfer window, reports the Daily Mail, who add that Howe is desperate for added creativity in midfield, while bringing in Premier League experience. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is looking for more game time than he has been receiving in North London. Juventus' Weston McKennie is reportedly seen as an alternative.

- Southampton are showing interest in signing 17-year-old Ajax goalkeeper Charlie Setford, as reported by TEAMtalk. The England youth international is the subject of interest from other Premier League clubs, having made the Ajax first-team bench, but it is the Saints who are front-runners.