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Man United to battle Real Madrid for Sporting starlet Gelson Martins

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Top Story: Man United battle Real Madrid for Sporting starlet

Manchester United are monitoring Sporting Lisbon’s outstanding young wingerGelson Martins, though Real Madrid are also lurking for the 21-year-old, according to Portuguese outlet Record.

Martins grabbed the wider attention of European football when he produced a sparkling display for the Portuguese giants in their 2-1 defeat of Los Merenguesin the Champions League. The Portuguese paper is reporting that Sporting’s president, Bruno de Carvalho, wants to extend the player’s contract.

“In Portugal there is no one like him,” Sporting manager Jorge Jesus said about the speedster.

Saints skipper Fonte future in doubt

Portugal international Jose Fonte refused to commit his future to Southampton, opening up the possibility of Manchester United reigniting their interest, writes the Mirror.

Fonte has quashed reports that he is set to sign a fresh deal worth £70,000 per week.

“There’s nothing on the table, so I’m waiting,” Fonte is quoted as saying in the Mirror. “I’ll see what happens. I’m just focusing on performing and we’ll see what happens.”

Chelsea and Arsenal firm up Kessie interest

Franck Kessie has been one of the revelations of Serie A this term, with his fine form — including four goals — at Atalanta catching the eye. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reports that both Chelsea and Arsenal are prepared to rival Juventus and Inter for the talented Ivorian’s signature.

The report states Chelsea will not be put off by the 19-year-old’s poor discipline, after he received a red card in the 3-1 win over Crotone last weekend, and may make a move as early as January.

Tap-ins

– Norwich’s highly rated twins Jacob and Josh Murphy are set to bank fresh £15,000-per-week deals as the Canaries bid to ward off interest from rivals, reports the Mirror. The talented England under-20 wingers have burst on the scene this season and attracted interest from Everton and a host of other clubs.

– Liverpool and AC Milan are waiting on Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Coric after the attacking midfielder was left out of the Croatian side’s squad for their Champions League match with Juventus, writes Calciomercato. Coach Zeljko Sopic has reportedly fallen out with Coric, leaving the player disheartened, and now the report suggests the Reds could rival the Rossoneri for his signature.

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