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Simon Mignolet’s days at Liverpool could be numbered with Patrick Vieira’s Nice interested.
Mignolet, 30, is playing second-fiddle to £65million summer signing Alisson.
The Belgian international hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this campaign – making his one and only appearance in the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.
Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg claim Nice want to secure Mignolet’s signature doing the January transfer window.
And that’s because Arsenal legend Vieira isn’t satisfied with his current options of Yoan Cardinale and Walter Benitez.
Unai Emery’s hopes of signing Lille star Nicolas Pepe in January have taken a knock.
Yesterday, The Sun reported that Arsenal were targeting the £45m-rated winger following Danny Welbeck’s devastating injury.
But Lille president Gerard Lopez has staunchly denied that Pepe will leave in the winter market.
“What if Barcelona gives me €100million (£87m) by Pepe? He will not leave this winter. I want him to continue here, we want him to stay, he wants to stay,” Lopez said.
Vice-president Marc Ingla provided a similar response: “We do not think about it before the summer. In principle not (even for €50m or €60m), because we are in the logic of going at least until the end of the season.
“When we talk about it with him, we feel that he is in a mission with LOSC this season, and not thinking about transfers until the summer. It is true that he is a very sought-after player.”
Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven teenager Heritier Deyonge.
That’s according to French newspaper L’Equipe, who claim the European heavyweights will fight PSG for his signature.
Deyonge, 16, joined PSV in 2012 and is reported to have made rapid progress with the club’s Under-17 side.
PSG are loosely thought to be favourites after Deyonge told French website FootMercato: “I like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe,” in a recent interview.
After a week in which Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele failed to show for training and the spotlight on his apparent lack of discipline increased further, Gerard Pique said it was time to teach the Frenchman that football is a 24-hour job.
Dembele was not included in the squad for Barca’s 4-3 defeat at home to Real Betis on Sunday after not turning up to training on Thursday and, according to local media, not informing the club of his whereabouts for 90 minutes.
“We were also young and we have also committed mistakes,” Pique told reporters. “From experience, we have to help him to understand that football is a 24-hour job and he has to live accordingly. I’m convinced that he’s going to improve in this respect and that decisions like the one the coach took will help him.”
The 21-year-old has struggled to fully adapt at Barca since signing from Borussia Dortmund and has been linked with Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months.
Manchester United are considering a January pursuit of Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini.
Express Sport understands the Portuguese will be handed a £100m war chest.
And, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Pellegrini is being monitored very closely.
The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Roma last term with a series of eye-catching displays in midfield.
Calciomercato add that Pellegrini has a tantalising £26m release clause that Roma are desperately trying to raise with a bumper new deal.
Roma transfer guru Monchi has no interest in joining Manchester United.
Monchi arrived at Roma from Sevilla in 2017 having contributed to 11 trophies and secured bargain signings like Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Ramos.
Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with Monchi in recent months.
But the Roma chief, who has brought exciting talents Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert to Rome, dismissed the claims.
“I’m happy to work here and I want to stay for many years because I have a lot of confidence in the club,” he explained.
“I hope the rumours of my departure stop. I don’t want to leave, my goal is to work in the best way that I can. As long as there is trust, I will stay here. My only idea is to stay here.”
Manchester City are prepared to spend a fortune to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
De Jong, 21, has forged a reputation as one of the most promising midfield talents in Europe since making his senior debut in May 2015.
He’s scored twice in 19 appearances for Ajax this campaign and his exploits have attracted attention from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
But the Daily Mail claim City expect to beat their challengers with a £50million bid next summer.
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