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Friday's Transfer Talk Update: Kevin De Bruyne, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic

Friday's Transfer Talk Update: De Bruyne, Mandzukic, Rakitic
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Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.

With all eyes fixed on the January transfer market, clubs around the UK and Europe are already lining up potential mid-season moves.

Friday morning's headlines:

The latest news snippets from across the footballing world, including a new deal for Newcastle starlet Matty Longstaff, Vincent Kompany's verdict on the Man City defence and an update on Fraser Forster's Celtic future. Read more.
Mario Mandzukic remains an option for Manchester United but will not train with the club next month, according to a report. Read more.
Atletico Madrid hope to complete a £34m deal for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic in January, according to a report. Read more.
Benfica defender Ruben Dias emerges as a January target for Manchester City, according to a report. Read more.
The agent of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says that his client is attracting interest from Italy's top flight. Read more.
Bayern Munich reportedly join several top European clubs in the race to sign Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland. Read more.
Arsenal reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez likes a post on social media calling for manager Unai Emery to be sacked. Read more.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma admits that Olivier Giroud is frustrated with his continued omission from Frank Lampard's starting XI. Read more.
Joshua Kimmich admits that he would love to see Pep Guardiola return to Bayern Munich as manager. Read more.
Genk sporting director Dimitri De Conde confirms that Liverpool will closely monitor the progress of midfielder Sander Berge. Read more.
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj's agent confirms that Chelsea made an unsuccessful bid worth £43m for the player in the summer of 2018. Read more.
Juventus are reportedly willing to hear offers from other clubs for the signature of Manchester United target Emre Can over the January transfer window. Read more.
Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly set to do battle for the signature of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez next summer. Read more.
Newcastle United reportedly join AC Milan in the race to sign former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka ahead of the January transfer window. Read more.
Arsenal are allegedly contemplating whether to reignite their interest in Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu. Read more.
AC Milan and Inter Milan are reportedly ready to join the race to sign Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman, who is also attracting interest from West Ham United. Read more.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly keen to reunite with Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, who he previously managed at Molde. Read more.
Inter Milan are reportedly ready to make an official approach to sign Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window. Read more.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is reportedly tempted to make the switch to newly-formed MLS side Inter Miami next year. Read more.
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is reportedly set to start training at Manchester United in December ahead of a transfer in the January window. Read more.
Napoli may reportedly feel the need to sell Kalidou Koulibaly and Dries Mertens if the club do not improve their poor run of form in Serie A. Read more.
Arsenal are reportedly contemplating a move for Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala during one of the upcoming transfer windows. Read more.
Tottenham Hotspur are allegedly fearful that three more players could choose to run down their contracts in order to become free agents. Read more.
Winger Jadon Sancho is reportedly ready to request an exit from Borussia Dortmund during the summer transfer window. Read more.
Midfielder Lucas Torreira allegedly asks Arsenal to consider offers for his signature during the upcoming transfer windows. Read more.
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