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Barcelona, Juventus want Chelsea’s Willian on free transfer

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TOP STORY: Barca and Juve target Willian

European giants Barcelona and Juventus could be set to make a move for Chelsea winger Willian, with the Brazil international’s contract coming to an end this summer, the Mirror reports.

The Spanish and Italian champions will look to make a pre-contract agreement with the 31-year-old in January, but Blues boss Frank Lampard has suggested that he wants Willian to stay.

Chelsea’s No. 10 is now the third-longest-serving player at the club, after Cesar Azpilicueta and Marco van Ginkel.

The former Shakhtar Donetck and Anzhi Makhachkala player remains a key member of Frank Lampard’s squad, starting 12 matches so far this season and scoring three goals.

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09.28 GMT: Tottenham defender Danny Rose has vowed to run down the final 18 months of his contract rather than leave in January.

“My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave the football club then,” he told the Evening Standard. “People [in the media] can save their time ­trying to get stuff ready for January about me being sold. Because I can tell you now: it ain’t happening. I know what people were trying to do in the summer… There were no bids — that was rubbish.”

08.42 GMT: Liverpool are the latest club to show a firm interest in signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, the Daily Mail reports.

Sancho, 19, has been one of Europe’s most coveted young players when he joined Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, and has been a big success in Germany.

However, things have not been going well at the Westfalenstadion this season. He was fined for returning late from England duty after the last international break, and was substituted in the first half of last weekend’s dismal 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s biggest rivals.

The Mail reports that Dortmund are willing to sell Sancho for around £100m, and are already looking for a replacement.

08.00 GMT: The big news from Wednesday night was that Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s tenure with the LA Galaxy has come to an end as the club announced they mutually parted ways.

In his trademark bombastic manner, the Swedish star tweeted a message thanking the club, saying: “You wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan.

“I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans — you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball.”

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a return to Italy with former club AC Milan as well as A-League team Perth Glory and South American powers Flamengo and Boca Juniors.

The 38-year-old scored 52 goals and registered 17 assists in 53 starts for the LA Galaxy and arguably became the marquee player of the league.He was a two-time MLS Best XI selection and won the 2018 MLS Newcomer of the Year.

Ibrahimovic earned $7.2m this past season, according to the MLS players salary database. He made $1.5m in 2018.

PAPER TALK (by Danny Lewis): Silva to follow Iniesta and Villa to Vissel Kobe

David Silva is in line to sign for Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe when his contract with Manchester City comes to an end in 2020, according to El Chiringuito TV.

Andres Iniesta and David Villa have both played for the club, as do Lukas Podolski and Thomas Vermaelen.

It had already been confirmed that the Spaniard would be leaving the Etihad at the end of his contract, having joined the club from Valencia in 2010.

Bayern to reignite interest in Sane

Bayern Munich were put off buying Leroy Sane in the summer when he had surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament, but they are back, the Mirror writes.

The Germany international could cost as much as £90 million, but that figure has not put Bayern off, even after they signed Philippe Coutinho on loan in the summer.

City are still keen on tying Sane to a new contract, with his deal running until 2021.

Tap-ins

– Getafe are hoping to sign Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena this summer, according to Marca. The 21-year-old has played just once for the Catalan giants this season, so they are open to him going out on a six-month loan without an option to buy.

– Inter Miami owner David Beckham has been speaking with players from around the world to join his Major League Soccer side, reports the Sun. The expansion club will play their first home game against Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy, and Edinson Cavani is among those tipped to join him in South Beach.

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