Joan Laporta's campaign to return as Barcelona's president took a theatrical turn on Tuesday when he unveiled a giant poster of himself next to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.  

Laporta posted two images of the poster, placed on a building under construction within view of the stadium of Barca's arch rivals, on his Twitter account with the caption "Hello Madrid".

The poster features an image of Laporta and bears the caption: "Looking forward to seeing you again."

After months of speculation, Laporta confirmed his bid to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu and return as president of Barcelona in November. 

The 58-year-old held the post from 2003 to 2010, overseeing Barca's resurgence as LaLiga's top side and a challenger in Europe.

Barca won 12 trophies during Laporta's presidency, including four LaLiga titles and two Champions League crowns, under coaches Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola.

Bartomeu and the board of directors resigned in October just days before a planned vote of no confidence in the president.

 

Ronald Koeman is anticipating a "beautiful and open" game against Real Sociedad, who he believes have enough quality to win LaLiga.

La Real are top of LaLiga having collected 26 points from their first 13 games – their highest tally at this stage of the season since they amassed 29 points early in the 2002/03 campaign and ultimately finished second.

Barca are nine points back in eighth after a difficult start, but they can take comfort from a wonderful record against the Basque side at Camp Nou.

Victory on Wednesday would be their 23rd consecutive triumph against Sociedad on home soil, equalling their longest winning run against them in LaLiga, achieved between 1929 and 1961.

Koeman praised the work of counterpart Imanol Alguacil and acknowledged his own Barca side – who squeezed past Levante 1-0 at the weekend – will have to be at their best to get anything out of the game.

"I think it will be an open game," Koeman told a media conference. "Last year it was open. They are two teams that want to have the ball and put pressure on. I expect an open and beautiful game."

Asked if La Real could win LaLiga, Koeman said: "At the moment, yes. It's a very good team. You can tell that they have been together for several seasons.

"I like how they play. I understand that we have to be very good, with confidence and with the ball to hurt them.

"It's down to the coach. He has a game system, he has very good players with the ball and the team's structure, wanting to play from behind and wanting to push, is good.

"They have many things that I like, but so do we. Their trajectory is not from just now, it comes from previous years. They are doing a great job."

Barca have now won their last three LaLiga games at home – their best run under Koeman – after claiming victory in just two of their previous six at Camp Nou in the competition.

While the Dutchman says the win over Levante gives his side some breathing space, he concedes their form this season has been far from acceptable.

"In general, we cannot be happy with our trajectory in the championship," Koeman added. "We have lost when we should not lose, but you have to see the team, how it works.

"The other day we got a very important result, in a very difficult game. We lacked things, but the attitude was good. Those three points give us peace of mind for tomorrow.

"Of course, I want the team to play better and get better results. We have had things go against us, like injuries to important people.

"There are always outside factors, but I think we have to be more consistent. We cannot train a lot because the calendar is very tight and affects freshness."

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge has categorically denied meeting with Paris Saint-Germain officials.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's future has been a hot topic of debate since trying to secure a move away from Camp Nou in the close season.

Barca blocked Messi's exit but he is due to become a free agent at the end of the campaign and has been strongly linked with the likes of Manchester City, Inter and PSG.

Spanish outlet El Chiringuito claimed on Monday that PSG are the frontrunners to sign the 33-year-old after holding talks with Jorge at the Qatari consulate in Barcelona last week.

Jorge hit out at similar suggestions in November and was quick to dismiss the latest reports in an Instagram post.

"False. Yet another invention," he posted over a screenshot of the transfer rumour. "I've been in Argentina since September. #Fakenews."

Argentina international Messi scored as Barcelona returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Levante in LaLiga on Sunday.

That took Messi to 449 goals in the Spanish top flight and he is one shy of becoming the first player to reach 450 with just one club in the top five European leagues.

However, he has yet to assist a goal and has scored just five times in 11 LaLiga outings this term - three of those from open play - at a rate of a goal every 189 minutes.

That compares to a goal every 115 minutes last season (25 in 33 games), on top of 21 assists - the most of any player in the division, Real Sociedad's Mikel Oyarzabal being next highest with 11.

Messi will be looking to improve on those figures when Barca host leaders Sociedad, having been involved in 14 goals in 10 home league meetings with Wednesday's opponents, including four goals and two assists in his last five such outings.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will do battle in a repeat of their memorable Champions League last-16 tie from three years ago, while holders Bayern Munich were drawn against Lazio in Nyon on Monday.

LaLiga giants Barca became the first team in the competition's history to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit when they famously defeated PSG 6-1 in the return tie at the same stage in the 2016-17 season.

Neymar scored twice and assisted Sergi Roberto's last-gasp winner on that occasion but his status to face his former club with PSG may be in doubt after the Brazil superstar sustained a serious-looking ankle injury in Sunday's 1-0 loss at Lyon.

Barca also defeated PSG in the quarter-finals en route to treble glory in 2014-15 and in the last eight in the 2012-13 campaign.

PSG were runners-up in a competition delayed by the coronavirus pandemic last term, and their conquerors Bayern were paired against Serie A side Lazio.

Barcelona may face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Memphis Depay.

Depay, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to the LaLiga giants, where his former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman is in charge.

But his impressive displays for Lyon have unsurprisingly caught the eye of their Ligue 1 rivals.

 

TOP STORY – PSG INTERESTED IN BARCELONA TARGET DEPAY

PSG are interested in Lyon star and Barcelona target Depay, according to Le Parisien.

The report says Depay is appreciated by PSG's players, particularly stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Depay, who has scored six goals in 14 games for Lyon this season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

 

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- Staying at PSG and they could seemingly also compete for the signature of another Lyon star. RMC Sport reports PSG are still interested in midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has been heavily linked to Arsenal.

- Isco's future looks to be away from Real Madrid. Marca claims the LaLiga giants are pushing the midfielder, who is contracted until 2022, out amid links to Arsenal and Everton.

- Everton are also linked to Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. The Daily Star reports they are ready to make a loan move for Alli – who has struggled for game time this season – in January.

- After being thrashed by Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund sacked coach Lucien Favre. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Bundesliga club already have an agreement in principle with Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose to take over ahead of 2021-22.

- Papu Gomez's Atalanta career appears to be over. Sky Sport reports the attacker, who has been at the club since 2014, could leave in January amid a tense relationship with coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona if he does not accept a pay cut, according to presential candidate Emili Rousaud.

Messi's future remains an important topic at embattled LaLiga giants Barca after the superstar captain handed in a transfer request following a tumultuous 2019-20 campaign.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was tipped to join Premier League powerhouse Manchester City before opting to remain in Spain, though he has since been linked to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Inter.

Rousaud, who is in the running for the presidential election which takes place on January 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation in October, discussed Messi's future amid the coronavirus pandemic

"We'll have to sit down with Messi and ask him to make a salary cut,' Rousaud told ARA.

"Right now, with things as they are, it's unsustainable.

"We'll ask him to make the sacrifice. If there's no agreement, then Messi will leave."

Rousaud added: "Messi has written the most brilliant pages in the club's history. We have to honour our legends, but the reality is what it is.

"I believe that things have to be said as they are. We can't fool our members. We'll make every effort to ensure he stays, but always with the interests of the club first."

Messi scored as Ronald Koeman's Barcelona returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Levante in LaLiga on Sunday.

After losses to Juventus in the Champions League and Cadiz in LaLiga, Barca bounced back courtesy of Messi's 76th-minute winner to move within nine points of Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.

Messi has been involved in 37 goals in his LaLiga career against Levante (22 goals and 15 assists), more than against any other team in the competition.

The 33-year-old has scored 449 goals in LaLiga and he is just one shy of becoming the first player to reach 450 with just one club in the top five European leagues.

Ronald Koeman felt his Barcelona side showed fighting spirit to get their LaLiga campaign back on track with a 1-0 victory against Levante.

Barca looked set for another sapping result in a dreadful week, after a 3-0 Champions League loss at home to Juventus followed a 2-1 LaLiga setback against Cadiz.

But a familiar hero stepped forward on Sunday, with Lionel Messi dispatching Frenkie De Jong's throughball 14 minutes from time.

Messi has been involved in 37 goals in his LaLiga career against Levante (22 goals and 15 assists), more than against any other team in the competition.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored 449 goals in LaLiga and he is just one shy of becoming the first player to reach 450 with just one club in the top five European leagues.

"It's true it was a very complicated game today. We created a lot of chances and we did improve as the game went on," Koeman told LaLiga TV after Barca cut the gap between themselves, and Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid at the summit to nine points.

"We were better in the second half because we pushed higher up the pitch and won a lot of balls back. We still created as well.

"But we still struggled to take the lead. I think it's a deserved victory and very hard-earned victory as well."

Levante gave a shaky Barcelona defence plenty to think about during the first half, with Jorge de Frutos and Dani Gomez each spurning good chances,

"We weren't expecting a game where they pressed us as much as they did but we knew that could happen, especially with so many balls being played around the midfield area," Koeman said.

"There were moments where we played well but we do have to admit that they had two very clear chances in the first half.

"During the game we did change our formation and pushed a little bit higher and I think we were better in the second 45."

The former Netherlands coach has been criticised by some sections of the Barcelona fanbase and media for the perceived conservatism of his 4-2-3-1 setup.

Throwing on an extra centre-back in Samuel Umtiti in place of Antoine Griezmann for the closing minutes invited further mirth from his detractors but Koeman felt the ends justified the means.

"If there's little bit left in the game and the opponent is throwing players forward, it's better to shore up the defence, particularly from set plays," he added, with a crunch midweek clash versus Sociedad at Camp Nou next on the agenda.

"It was very important for us to win. We had to win and hopefully this helps us with our confidence."

Lionel Messi stepped up to salvage something from the wreckage of Barcelona's nightmare week as he fired a 76th-minute winner in a 1-0 win over Levante.

Juventus comprehensively beat Barca 3-0 in midweek to deny them top spot in their Champions League group - a reverse that came on the back of a 2-1 LaLiga loss at Cadiz.

Despite ceding possession as expected for long periods, Levante looked set to hold out for a result to pile further pressure on embattled head coach Ronald Koeman.

Plenty of questions over the Dutchman's stewardship of Barcelona will remain, but Messi surging onto Frenkie De Jong's perfectly weighted throughball for an assured finish will buy him a little breathing space.

Koeman opted for experience at a time of adversity, recalling Sergio Busquets and Philippe Coutinho to his starting line-up, and the latter blazed over from Sergino Dest's first-minute cross.

Barca's vulnerabilities were on show soon enough, as Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved with his feet to thwart former Real Madrid youngster Jorge de Frutos.

Ter Stegen's opposite number Aitor Fernandez denied maligned forward duo Martin Braithwaite and Griezmann, although Roger Marti again unpicked the hosts as Dani Gomez thrashed over.

Clement Lenglet should have scored when Fernandez parried Griezmann's header from Messi's 21st-minute free-kick, with the Levante goalkeeper's finest work of the first half coming five minutes before the interval.

He reacted sharply when Griezmann volleyed through a crowd of players on the end of Messi's chipped cross.

Mickael Malsa got back to make a vital sliding challenge as Messi's old link-up with Jordi Alba almost bore fruit and Levante were increasingly pegged into their own box during the early stages of the second half.

There were few clear chances to show for that dominance, with Fernandez frustrating Messi twice more at close quarters.

Only when De Jong carved out space for Messi to run in behind a tiring Levante backline was the duel decisively settled.

What does it mean? One down, three to go

Koeman labelled Barcelona's three consecutive home games this week as must-win encounters. A more emphatic statement here would have been helpful, but another three points at the expense of surprise leaders Real Sociedad would make things look a lot rosier in the title race.

Barcelona go eighth, nine points shy of Imanol Alguacil's pacesetters and Atletico Madrid, who lost to Real Madrid in El Derbi on Saturday. Atleti and Barca have each played two games fewer than La Real.

What's next

Valencia visit Camp Nou next Saturday after Barcelona's midweek appointment with Real Sociedad, who are also the next LaLiga opponents for third-bottom Levante. First, Paco Lopez's men must tackle Racing Murcia in the Copa del Rey.

Juventus are planning their move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba's future is again a major talking point after his agent, Mino Raiola, said the France international wanted to leave Old Trafford.

A return to Juve has been touted, and the Serie A champions are seemingly ready to make it happen.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS HOPING FOR POGBA LOAN DEAL

Juventus want Pogba to return to the club from Manchester United on loan next month, according to the Mirror.

The report says the move would include an obligation to buy Pogba, who is contracted until 2022, ahead of next season.

Pogba joined United from Juve for a reported £89million (€105m) fee in 2016.

 

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- Barcelona are still eyeing Georginio Wijnaldum. Mundo Deportivo reports Ronald Koeman wants the Liverpool midfielder, who is out of contract at season's end, but a deal in January appears too difficult.

- Also set to become a free agent is Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. Marca reports Real Madrid are strongly considering the Austria international, who wants to join the LaLiga giants.

- Struggling for game time at Tottenham, Dele Alli looks set for an exit. The Telegraph reports the midfielder will be allowed to leave in January, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be interested.

- Oleksandr Zinchenko is also battling for minutes at Manchester City. The Daily Star reports Wolves are ready to renew their interest in the defender.

Ronald Koeman admits he is worried about Barcelona as the cash-strapped, out-of-form, ill-at-ease Camp Nou giants approach the end of a dismal year.

With an interim president in place after Josep Maria Bartomeu walked, the club's finances dealt a shattering blow by the pandemic, and the upcoming January elections perhaps the defining moment that will shape captain Lionel Messi's future, Barca are in a state of dizzying flux.

Koeman could be battling for his job before long too.

Results on the pitch have been far from what Barcelona expected this season, with Koeman's team losing four of their opening 10 LaLiga games.

As the presidential candidates scramble for popularity, retaining the status quo on the playing side of the club might not be the biggest vote-winner.

Koeman knows there is frustration among the fans, and he said: "I understand them. They have been winning titles and at the top for a long time and now they see us lose to Getafe or Cadiz.

"The situation is complicated at the club and may change in January with the new president.

"Until then, we'll try to get the most out of the team. I don't need support, I accept that the culprit is the coach when there aren't good results. No problem."

Koeman at least believes he has the backing of the players.

"I think so, because I couldn't work without their trust," he said. "I feel comfortable.

"Of course I'm worried about the trajectory. We try to improve, and there is time to react.

"We are in a difficult time at the club, and not only because of the sporting issue. We are looking for the best in every way and I see that the squad are eager and know where we have to go."

Barcelona have been highly erratic so far in 2020-21, and no teams have higher numbers than their total of errors leading to shots (6) and errors leading to goals (3) so far in LaLiga.

They have had more possession than any other side in the Spanish top flight - 63.45 per cent across their games so far - but have failed to put it to efficient use.

Koeman's team have created 111 chances, beaten only by Sevilla (120) and Real Madrid (119), yet the flaws in their game are more conspicuous than the achievements.

Koeman claimed his team had carved out the most opportunities, but Opta data shows that is not quite the case.

The Dutchman, one of Barcelona's finest players in his day, has a thin squad and he pointed to pushing youngsters into action out of necessity bringing stresses and strains.

However, he sees no reason to bring a psychologist into the club. Many teams and individuals across a wide range of sports have benefited from taking such steps, but Koeman feels it would be a bad fit at Barcelona.

"The team have enough personality and experience," said the former Everton and Netherlands boss, whose team play Levante on Sunday.

"I don't believe in psychologists and mental things. If you are at Barca you have to overcome the pressure."

Andrea Pirlo wants Juventus to move on quickly from their impressive Champions League win at Barcelona, although says the Serie A champions must repeat their Camp Nou performance in the coming weeks.

The standout result of Pirlo's tenure so far saw Juve win 3-0 at Barca on Tuesday to top their group despite previously losing the home match when Cristiano Ronaldo was absent with coronavirus.

Ronaldo netted a pair of penalties and Weston McKennie added a stylish volley as the Bianconeri produced a clinical display.

But European competition is on hold now until the new year, meaning Juve's focus must return to their domestic title defence at Genoa.

Sunday's trip is the first of four matches remaining before the mid-season break and Pirlo's men are six points behind leaders Milan, prompting the coach to discard further reflection of a stunning midweek victory.

"If we still have [Barcelona] in mind, let's forget about it," Pirlo told Juventus TV. "We have to turn the page and have continuity.

"It must not be only this match against Barcelona, ​​we must continue with this desire and pace, because now there is the championship and we must be at our best in these four games.

"These matches [like against Barca] bring great awareness of our improvements, so it can be a big confidence boost for the final matches before the break.

"We must have the same desire, the same concentration, because without this desire we face nasty surprises, so we concentrate to play great matches."

Juve have kept three clean sheets in their past six games in all competitions - conceding three goals - after a run of five matches without one.

But Pirlo believes his side's work going the other way has relieved the pressure on his defence, rather than seeing a vast improvement at the back.

Asked about the defence, the coach replied: "The desire to move forward is growing.

"When you go forward and attack, the opposition also have fewer opportunities to come and play in front [of your defence].

"So we have to be in the opposing half of the field, trying to have offensive pressing, then in the defensive phase, even when we are in our own area, we must be aggressive, not passive. We are growing."

Ronald Koeman dismissed the suggestion Barcelona may have hit "rock bottom" as they head into a critical three-game run at Camp Nou.

Successive home games against Levante, Real Sociedad and Valencia will test Barcelona's resolve to salvage their season from the tightening grip of failure.

On Sunday they tackle a Levante side who have lost on all 14 of their previous LaLiga trips to Barcelona's home.

Yet nothing feels off the table heading into that game, given Koeman's side have been a shadow of Barcelona teams gone by during the opening months of the season.

A 2-1 defeat at Cadiz last Saturday was followed on Tuesday by a 3-0 home loss to Juventus in the Champions League, a result that saw the Italians snatch top spot from Barca in Group G.

Barcelona sat ninth in the table heading into this weekend, albeit with games in hand over several of the teams above them.

It led to Koeman admitting a defeat for pace-setters Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid in the derby on Saturday night would be a good result for the Blaugrana.

When it was put to him in his pre-game news conference that Barcelona may have fallen as low as they can possibly go, Koeman said: "The team is inconsistent. Hitting rock bottom is worse than we are.

"We had a great game away against Juventus and the same thing happened to us at home. If we improve the details we will win the games."

Barcelona's 2-0 win at Juventus came six weeks ago, but the home defeat to the Italians led to concerns rising about Koeman's side.

The head coach knows himself how important home comforts could prove over the coming week.

He predicts Levante will look to "squeeze" Barcelona, adding: "It is an important week with three games at home and we have to win all three."

Asked about Saturday night's Madrid derby, Koeman said: "Looking at the table, it's better for Atletico to lose."

Koeman frowned on claims that the Barcelona players are unhappy with his style of play and preferred 4-2-3-1 setup.

"The other day it came out that the dressing room wanted a different system and it's not true, because I would know it," the Dutchman said.

Barcelona have lost two of their past five LaLiga games against Levante (W3), double the number of defeats they suffered against them in their previous 23 matches in the competition, which yielded 18 wins, four draws and a solitary reverse.

At home, Barcelona have scored 48 goals and conceded just nine in their 14-game winning streak against Sunday's visitors.

Only Granada, who have lost on all 24 LaLiga visits to Camp Nou, have a worse record at Barcelona.

Yet Levante are unbeaten in six, albeit drawing five of those games before beating Getafe 3-0 last time out. They last reached seven unbeaten games in LaLiga between January and March in 2014, when they extended that to eight without defeat (W4 D4).

They sat 18th going into the weekend and Koeman's side should have enough to take the points, particularly if Lionel Messi steps up.

Barcelona's record scorer has been involved in at least one goal in each of his previous nine appearances against Levante in the league - registering 12 goals and 10 assists in that period.

Should Messi and Barcelona miss out this time, the cold chill of rock bottom will feel an awful lot closer for Koeman.

Erling Haaland continues to dominate headlines.

Haaland's exploits for Borussia Dortmund has reportedly attracted interest from Europe's elite.

Will he decide between the two Manchester giants?

 

TOP STORY – HAALAND WANTED IN MANCHESTER

Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City are set to go head-to-head to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland , according to the Daily Mail.

Haaland is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, linked with Real Madrid , Liverpool , Barcelona , Bayern Munich , City and United.

The Norway international snubbed United for Dortmund in January but the Red Devils remain interested, while City view Haaland as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero .

 

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- The Guardian reports Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai  is poised to join sister club RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Arsenal , Milan , Inter and Napoli have all been linked to the 20-year-old, but Leipzig are set to pay his €25million release clause in January.

Inter are interested in Udinese duo Rodrigo De Paul and Juan Musso , claims Calciomercato. Musso is seen a long-term replacement for Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, while the Nerazzurri must raise funds if they are to prise De Paul from Udinese.

- Marca says Bayern star David Alaba is edging closer to a move to Madrid . Alaba is out of contract at season's end, with the likes of Barca , City , Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain targeting the Austria international.

- Bild reports United midfielder Paul Pogba is putting pressure on agent Mino Raiola to find a new club, otherwise he will seek a new representative. Former club Juventus are reportedly favourites to lure Pogba back to Turin amid speculation of a swap deal involving either Paulo Dybala or Cristiano Ronaldo . Madrid are also a possible destination.

Kevin-Prince Boateng urged Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to join Napoli as a tribute to club and Argentina great Diego Maradona.

Maradona – arguably football's greatest ever player – died at the age of 60 after suffering heart failure last month.

Napoli renamed their stadium to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in honour of the 1986 World Cup winner, who guided the Serie A side to their only Scudetto triumphs in 1987 and 1990 after arriving from Barca in 1984.

Messi removed his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell's Old Boys jersey emblazoned with Maradona's famous number 10 after scoring in last month's 4-0 LaLiga rout of Osasuna.

But former Barca team-mate Boateng wants six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi – who has been heavily linked to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – to do more to pay tribute to his countryman.

"I often hear of the comparison between Messi and Maradona and therefore I'll make a proposal to Leo," Boateng, who now plays for Serie B outfit Monza alongside Mario Balotelli, told ESPN.

"He should go to Napoli after his contract with Barcelona expires. It would be great if he himself called [president Aurelio] De Laurentiis and said: 'I'm coming'.

"Even if they have retired the No 10 shirt, 'I would like to honour Maradona's No 10 and come and play for a year or two at Napoli', without thinking about money, just the heart.

"Maybe then he manages to win a championship and then it would be the apotheosis, a movie story.

"If I were him, I would think about it. By now, he has won everything at club level, closing in a legendary way would be incredible."

Erling Haaland will reportedly cost a suitor €75million next year, while Dele Alli could be set for a Tottenham exit.

Haaland is linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund after dominating with the Bundesliga giants.

And the 20-year-old could be available for an affordable fee next year.

 

TOP STORY – HAALAND AVAILABLE FOR €75M NEXT YEAR

Haaland can leave Dortmund for €75m next year, according to Esport3.

Real Madrid have been most heavily linked with a move for the forward, while Manchester United and Liverpool are also credited with interest.

Haaland, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, has scored 33 goals in 32 games since arriving at Dortmund from Salzburg in January.

 

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- Struggling for game time at Tottenham, Dele Alli could make a move in January. The Daily Mail reports Paris Saint-Germain are set to make another loan bid for Alli next month. Alli has played just 67 Premier League minutes this season.

- Amid inconsistent form and with injury worries, Barcelona may also be looking to strengthen in January. Sport reports Eric Garcia wants to join the club from Manchester City but may have to wait until the club's presidential election, which is due to be held on January 24. Garcia and Lyon star Memphis Depay feature on the cover of Mundo Deportivo, which says Ronald Koeman wants signings in January for Barca, who are ninth in LaLiga.

- Manchester United are considering their defensive options. The Manchester Evening News reports United are huge admirers of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White, who is among their options alongside Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

- A player who could exit Manchester United is Marcos Rojo. The Sheffield Star reports Sheffield United are interested in the defender.

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