Bruno Fernandes has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

The Manchester United midfielder this week denied reports he had a bust-up with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their 6-1 loss to Tottenham. 

While that rift has been denied, it has seemingly put LaLiga’s giants on alert. 

 

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID, BARCELONA LOOKING AT FERNANDES

Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to battle for Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, according to The Sun. 

Fernandes only arrived at Old Trafford in January, signed in a deal worth €80million (£67.6m) from Sporting CP. 

Contracted until 2025, the Portugal international has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists in 17 Premier League games. 

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- Staying at Old Trafford and the Manchester Evening News reports Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension to Paul Pogba's contract, keeping the midfielder at the club until 2022.

- Giovanni Reyna, 17, is catching the eye at Borussia Dortmund. ESPN reports the teenage midfielder is on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid after a stunning start to the Bundesliga season. He has scored once and provided three assists in three league games.

- Contracted at Arsenal until next year, Mesut Ozil's future remains a talking point. The Daily Express says manager Mikel Arteta has given the playmaker two months to prove himself at the Premier League club.

- Crystal Palace reportedly tried to land Watford attacker Ismaila Sarr on Friday. Sky Sports says a £25m bid from Palace for Sarr was rejected by the Championship club. Sarr has been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United previously.

- In MLS, Robbie Keane could be set for a return to the LA Galaxy. The Sun reports Keane has agreed to replace Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who is under pressure with the Galaxy bottom of the Western Conference. Keane played for the Galaxy between 2011 and 2016 and is the club's second highest goalscorer.

Freddy Adu was once a teenage prodigy tipped to become the next big thing in world football - now he has a new home in the Swedish third tier with Osterlen.

The former United States international is back in the game after a two-year break and looking to make an impact at a modest level.

Adu, now 31, rose to prominence when making his debut as a 14-year-old with DC United way back in 2004 and scored his first professional goal at the same age in April of that year.

Such was his potential, Adu had a trial with Premier League giants Manchester United, but despite that early promise he never scaled the dizzying heights he was once tipped to reach.

Benfica and Monaco are among the plethora of clubs Adu can count on his footballing resume and the latest venture in Sweden gives him a 15th different team he will have represented.

Adu has not played professionally since being released by Las Vegas Lights of the USL Championship at the end of the 2018 season.

Posting on Twitter about his new venture, Adu wrote: "Missed this sport so much and just happy to have the opportunity to be playing again. One step at a time.

"Skipped a lot of steps in the past but now I get a chance to do it right. I’m excited and never been more ready!

"Being around these kids every day and seeing the light in their eyes honestly brought back my love and hunger for the sport and I'm really excited to have that opportunity again."

Caden Clark made MLS history as New York Red Bulls and high-flying Toronto drew 1-1, while it was a bad day for both Los Angeles teams.

Clark – aged 17 years, four months and 18 days – became the youngest player to score in his first two MLS appearances on Wednesday, per Opta.

Hours after joining the Red Bulls, Clark capped his debut with a goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Atlanta United.

Clark became the youngest player to score his maiden goal for the Red Bulls since Jozy Altidore in 2006.

He continued where he left off against Toronto, netting the equaliser with 13 minutes remaining midweek.

Following Alejandro Pozuelo's 23rd-minute penalty, Clark earned the visiting Red Bulls a point by firing a shot into the top corner of the net from outside the box.

The Red Bulls are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto – already play-off bound – remain top through 18 games.

Elsewhere, reigning Supporters' Shield holders Los Angeles FC and struggling LA Galaxy were beaten.

Lucas Cavallini's brace lifted Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory against fourth-placed LAFC.

Canada international Cavallini has now scored in back-to-back games after finding the net just twice in his first 11 MLS matches for the Whitecaps, who climbed up to eighth in the standings and in the play-off positions.

As for the Western Conference's bottom side – the Galaxy – they were swept aside 4-0 by San Jose Earthquakes in the Cali Clasico.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez was substituted early in the second half, with the Galaxy only managing four goals in the 652 minutes 'Chicharito' has been on the pitch this season.

It was a sixth consecutive defeat for the slumping Galaxy as the Earthquakes moved within a point of LAFC in the west.

Wednesday's scheduled Minnesota United-Chicago Fire fixture was postponed due to a suspected coronavirus case among Minnesota's team delegation.

In other results, New England Revolution edged Montreal Impact 3-2, FC Cincinnati were 2-1 winners over Columbus Crew, Orlando City and New York City drew 1-1, Atlanta saved a 1-1 draw at Inter Miami, Sporting Kansas City fell 1-0 to Dallas, DC United and Philadelphia Union shared the points in a four-goal clash, Real Salt Lake trumped Portland Timbers 2-1 and Nashville accounted for Houston Dynamo 3-1.

Sergio Ramos could reportedly leave Real Madrid for Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, while Paul Pogba is being linked to Barcelona.

Madrid captain Ramos, 34, has been at the LaLiga giants since 2005, but his contract is expiring at the end of the season.

And his situation is catching the eye of two European giants.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS, PSG EYEING RAMOS

Juventus and PSG have tabled contract offers for Madrid star Ramos, according to El Chiringuito.

Ramos is out of contract in June next year, leading to fresh speculation over his future.

The Spain international has won five LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues among numerous other trophies with Madrid.

 

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- Amid a difficult financial position, Barcelona could also be looking at players coming out of contract. Mundo Deportivo reports Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Bayern Munich defender David Alaba may become targets.

- Inter reportedly offered Bayern Munich and intriguing exchange during the transfer window. Sky Germany says Christian Eriksen was offered to Bayern by Inter, who wanted Jerome Boateng, but the Bundesliga champions turned down the deal.

- Sergio Romero wants out of Manchester United. The Sun reports the goalkeeper has begged the Premier League giants to let him leave amid apparent interest from MLS.

- Harry Wilson could be set for another loan spell away from Liverpool. After spending last season at Bournemouth, Wilson is being offered to Swansea City, according to The Sun.

- Danny Welbeck may stay in the Premier League. The Daily Mail reports the forward, who was released by Watford earlier this month, is attracting interest from Brighton and Hove Albion.

- West Ham's move for Brentford forward Said Benrahma has stalled, according to The Telegraph, and Aston Villa may make a move for the 25-year-old.

Toronto became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2020 MLS play-offs, while Los Angeles FC recorded an impressive win.

Patrick Mullins' first-half goal saw Toronto edge FC Cincinnati 1-0 on Sunday to book a spot in the play-offs.

Mullins produced a side-footed finish from inside the area after a Richie Laryea cutback just before the half-hour mark.

Toronto are top of the Eastern Conference and three points clear of Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphia won six straight home regular-season matches for the first time in their history, as per Opta, thanks to a 2-1 win over Montreal Impact.

Danny Musovski scored a double as LAFC enjoyed a 3-1 victory against Seattle Sounders.

LAFC are fourth in the Western Conference, which the Sounders top.

Erik Hurtado scored a spectacular volley to see Sporting Kansas City edge a 10-man Nashville 2-1.

Hurtado produced a wonderful finish from Amadou Dia's lofted pass to earn Sporting three points.

New England Revolution beat New York City 2-1, Chicago Fire were 2-1 winners over DC United and Jaroslaw Niezgoda netted twice as Portland Timbers claimed a 3-0 victory against San Jose Earthquakes.

Inter Miami edged Houston Dynamo 1-0 to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive, while New York Red Bulls won in controversial fashion.

Lewis Morgan converted a 57th-minute penalty as Inter Miami defeated Houston in Fort Lauderdale, where the match was delayed for 48 minutes due to pouring rain on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty on debut for Inter Miami last month and team-mate Morgan stepped up to the spot and scored following a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.

Morgan has been directly involved in four of Inter Miami's last five goals – three goals and one assist – per Opta.

Back-to-back wins have Inter Miami just one point outside the qualification places for the playoffs after 17 matches in the Eastern Conference, while Houston are ninth in the west and outside of the top eight on goal difference.

The Red Bulls also won 1-0 after topping Atlanta United thanks to a goal from teenage debutant Caden Clark.

Clark scored a sensational game-winning goal in the 47th minute – the youngest player to net his maiden goal for the Red Bulls at 17 years, four months and 13 days since Jozy Altidore (16 years, 10 months and 10 days) in 2006.

The goal, however, was controversial after Atlanta claimed New York's Daniel Royer was in an offside position and in the line of sight of goalkeeper Brad Guzan, but the goal stood following a VAR review.

Meanwhile, Lucas Cavallini's 75th-minute goal helped Vancouver Whitecaps rally past Real Salt Lake 2-1.

The Colorado Rapids-LA Galaxy fixture was postponed after one new confirmed case of coronavirus among Colorado's squad.

Gonzalo Higuain will have a familiar figure alongside him at Inter Miami after the MLS franchise signed the Argentine superstar's older brother Federico.

They will be the 18th pair of siblings to play together in the league, Inter Miami said, after securing a deal to bring in Federico Higuain from DC United.

The 35-year-old only joined DC United in March, taking on a player-coach role after ending an eight-year association with Columbus Crew.

Inter Miami brought in 32-year-old former Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in September, and they hope the brothers can bring success to the newly established team, who are contesting their debut season.

Inter Miami are owned by a group that includes former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham.

Sporting director Paul McDonough said: "Federico has been a great player in this league.

"We were thrilled to add more attacking depth, experience and playmaking ability to our roster when this opportunity presented itself."

An attacking midfielder, Federico Higuain has scored 61 goals and had 68 assists in 217 MLS games.

Inter Miami will send $50,000 in 2021 general allocation money to DC United as compensation for the deal.

Dayot Upamecano is a player in demand.

The 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender and France international is wanted by some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Could he find himself playing for Liverpool or Manchester United?

 

TOP STORY – PREMIER LEAGUE GIANTS WANT UPAMECANO

Premier League champions Liverpool and rivals  Manchester United will go head-to-head to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, according to Bild.

Upamecano was linked to the likes of Liverpool, United, Real Madrid , Paris Saint-Germain , Barcelona Arsenal and Bayern Munich before re-signing with Bundesliga side Leipzig in July.

However, Liverpool and United are expected to return at the end of the season as they look to bolster their defences.

 

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- Marca claims Luka Modric is prepared to take a wage cut in order to extend his Madrid contract. The 35-year-old midfielder is set to become a free agent at season's end. He has previously been linked to Milan .

- United goalkeeper Sergio Romero wants to move to MLS , says the Daily Mail. Romero, who is behind David de Gea and Dean Henderson at Old Trafford, was reportedly close to joining Everton on loan before Monday's deadline.

- Calciomercato reports Milan are prepared to make another attempt to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare in January.

Atletico Madrid are weighing up a move for Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia following Thomas Partey's switch to Arsenal, according to Cadena Ser.

Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for Inter Miami and it was one to remember, while LA Galaxy were routed 6-3 by Portland Timbers in MLS.

Higuain converted an 81st-minute free-kick and it proved to be the winner as Inter Miami defeated New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Wednesday.

The former Argentina international, who joined David Beckham's Inter Miami from Serie A champions Juventus, missed a penalty on debut last month.

In his third appearance for Inter Miami, Higuain earned a free-kick with nine minutes remaining and stepped up to beat Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen with a powerful shot into the top corner.

Higuain's first MLS goal came via a direct free-kick after not scoring a set-piece in 428 matches during his time in the top five European leagues, per Opta.

"That's my role," Higuain said in a post-match news conference. "I've been playing in the best leagues in the world and that's my main function, to score."

The Red Bulls had led through Omir Fernandez's 53rd-minute opener, before Matias Pellegrini equalised two minutes later in New Jersey.

Inter Miami are 12th in the 14-team Eastern Conference with 14 points from 16 games, while the Red Bulls are six points better off in seventh.

The visiting Timbers defeated the struggling Galaxy in a wild nine-goal showdown in Carson, California.

Portland led 2-1 at half-time before scoring another four goals in a thrilling encounter at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Felipe Mora and Jeremy Ebobisse each finished with braces as the Timbers scored a joint-club record six goals for the second time in four matches, having not scored more than five times in any of their first 337 MLS matches, via Opta.

The Galaxy have lost five matches in a row to sit bottom of the Western Conference, while the Timbers are second and three points adrift of leaders Seattle Sounders – who edged Real Salt Lake 2-1.

Elsewhere, New York City eased past DC United 4-1, Eastern Conference leaders Toronto downed New England Revolution 1-0 and Philadelphia Union were too good for FC Cincinnati 3-0.

Dallas lost 2-0 to Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City were 1-0 winners over Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes beat nine-man Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, Montreal Impact topped Columbus Crew 2-1, while Atlanta United and Orlando City played out a goalless draw.

The Colorado Rapids-Los Angeles FC clash was postponed after one new confirmed case of coronavirus among the Rapids staff.

Nashville SC missed an opportunity to close the gap in Major League Soccer’s playoff race in a stalemate 0-0 draw with Minnesota United.

Alex Muyl and Alan Winn spurned golden chances to claim all three points for the Tennessee-based outfit ahead against a Minnesota side that have won only one of their last six matches.

Fans returned to Nissan Stadium for the first time since February and Nashville almost gave their supporters a goal to cheer when Derrick Jones dragged a fifth-minute attempt off the outside of the post.

Ethan Finlay threatened for the Loons, lashing off target from the edge of the penalty box, but the visitors’ goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair kept United level with a point-blank save from Muyl at close range.

Adrian Heath’s side upped the tempo after the interval with Emanuel Reynoso firing over before Finlay finally recorded the away side’s first shot on target on 65 minutes but could not convert a close-range dink.

Only Cincinnati has scored fewer goals than Nashville this season and their profligacy cost them, as substitute Winn squandered a chance to net a winner when clean through on goal with an embarrassing air shot.

A share of the points means Nashville climb to eighth in the Eastern Conference, while Minnesota's third straight clean sheet keeps them fourth in the West.  

Gerhard Struber has left Barnsley to become head coach of New York Red Bulls after the Major League Soccer side paid a "significant" fee to trigger his release clause.

The 43-year-old earned praise for masterminding Barnsley's escape from relegation last season, but his side had taken just one point from their first four matches in the Championship this term.

Struber, appointed last November, recently questioned the ambition of Barnsley's owners after it emerged a formal approach for his services had come in from the United States.

And the Austrian's move Stateside was announced on the Red Bulls' official website on Tuesday, with an undisclosed sum - reported to be in the region of $2.36million (£1.82m) - being paid to Barnsley.

"I am looking forward to getting to know my new team, hopefully very soon," said Struber, who is awaiting the receipt of his United States work visa.

"We want to pursue very ambitious goals together and develop steadily. The challenge of working in MLS makes me proud and gives me massive motivation for a big opportunity."

Struber, who worked in various roles with Red Bull-backed Salzburg for a decade, becomes the first Championship manager to leave his position in the 2020-21 campaign.

A statement from Barnsley read: "Whilst the club are extremely disappointed to be losing Struber, the New York Red Bulls have met a significant contractual release clause after several European clubs expressed interest.

"Gerhard's close ties to the Red Bull family made the decision for him in the end."

Diego Rossi and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored as Los Angeles FC ended their road woes with a 3-1 victory at Real Salt Lake in MLS.

LAFC claimed their first away win of the season after seeing off RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, having lost four games on the road in 2020.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as RSL became the 21st different team the English forward has scored against in his MLS career, per Opta.

Rossi doubled the lead five minutes later to score his MLS-leading 12th goal of the season after capping a swift counter-attacking move.

LAFC's Brian Rodriguez made it 3-0 approaching the hour-mark when the Uruguay international glided by two opponents before finding the back of the net.

An Eduard Atuesta own goal gave RSL hope five minutes later but LAFC were not to be denied maximum points.

Reigning Supporters' Shield holders LAFC are fifth in the Western Conference after 15 games, six points behind leaders Seattle Sounders, while RSL are three points further back.

 

 

Toronto recorded an impressive win in MLS on Saturday, while the LA Galaxy's struggles continued.

Alejandro Pozuelo's fine run of form continued as Toronto came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in Connecticut.

Sergio Santos' delicate chip had put Philadelphia ahead in the fifth minute, but Toronto fought back in the second half.

Ayo Akinola headed in a Tony Gallacher cross from the left approaching the hour-mark to bring Greg Vanney's side level.

Pozuelo scored what proved to be the winner in the 76th minute, heading in at the back post following a corner.

As Toronto won for the 10th time in their past 13 meetings with the Union, Pozuelo has been directly involved in 10 goals since the MLS regular season resumed in August, as per Opta.

Toronto joined Columbus on 31 points atop the Eastern Conference after the Crew were held to a 2-2 draw by Dallas.

LA Galaxy are bottom of the Western Conference after slumping to a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico.

The Galaxy seemed on track when Sebastian Lletget put away the opener after Javier Hernandez hit the post, and goalkeeper David Bingham saved Chris Wondolowski's 12th-minute penalty.

But Marcos Lopez drilled in a wonderful equaliser before half-time, and Andres Rios made no mistake with San Jose's second spot-kick of the game in the 82nd minute.

Orlando City continued their fine season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

The club's tally of 29 points from their first 15 matches is five more than they have ever had through the same number of games in any previous campaign, according to Opta.

Gonzalo Higuain's Inter Miami fell to a 3-2 loss to New York City, while Atlanta United crushed DC United 4-0.

Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire drew 2-2, Alan Pulido scored a brace as Sporting Kansas City edged Houston Dynamo 2-1 and Minnesota United enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati.

Western Conference leaders the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, while the clash between the New England Revolution and Nashville finished goalless.

Former Liverpool full-back Emiliano Insua hopes LA Galaxy can end their MLS title drought this season.

The Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with five trophies from nine finals appearances, though they have not tasted glory since 2014.

Last season saw the Galaxy reach the Western Conference semi-finals thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 31 goals, though the ex-Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain striker has since departed for Milan.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto's Galaxy are 11th in the 12-team Western Conference, with 15 points from 13 games – three points behind eighth-placed Real Salt Lake, who occupy the final qualifying spot amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After leaving Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart at the start of the MLS season, Insua was asked if he was confident of the Galaxy ending their six-year wait and the 31-year-old told Stats Perform News: "Hopefully.

"The MLS is a tournament that you can start not so well but little by little, you can grow and at the end you can get the trophy.

"We have to try to reach the playoffs as soon as possible because at the moment we are very inconsistent. We won four in a row but after that, now we aren't in a good moment. But of course we will come back and be sure that we are in the playoffs. Then, it's about one game and we have to be ready for the moment."

Insua, who spent four years at Premier League powerhouse Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, ended his five-year association with Stuttgart as he swapped Germany for California in 2020.

"I'm enjoying it a lot. This year of course has been special for everyone," said the five-time Argentina international, who has teamed up with ex-United and Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez at the Galaxy.

"But since the beginning I feel really good here in the club, with the staff and players. Now, I'm enjoying more because we are playing.

"Little by little, I'm feeling better and better and I'm trying to help my club and team-mates grow so we can be successful this year."

Insua, responding to the arrival of countryman Gonzalo Higuain at David Beckham's MLS rivals Inter Miami from Serie A champions Juventus, added: "It's a tournament where you can see every team can beat everyone. Every club have a budget to spend and almost the same money, so the league is really stable.

"In other leagues, you have teams who are ahead of the others and it's difficult to play against them. But here it's good in this way.

"We are a big team, we have to show this every game. Every team when they come here want to show us that they are playing against the big team. Every game is difficult."

The Seattle Sounders claimed an impressive win over LA Galaxy in MLS, while Gonzalo Higuain endured a tough debut on Sunday.

Cristian Roldan inspired Seattle to a 3-1 win over the Galaxy in California.

Roldan opened the scoring in the 12th minute, completing a fine team move by getting on the end of a Jordan Morris cross.

Morris doubled the lead seven minutes before half-time, finishing after a lovely pass from Nicolas Lodeiro.

Roldan produced a clinical finish from a Joao Paulo pass to make it 3-0 just after the hour-mark, with Seattle winning despite Sebastian Lletget's late goal for the LA Galaxy.

It marked Roldan's third multi-goal game in MLS, and two have come against the Galaxy.

Seattle are top of the Western Conference, equal on points with the Portland Timbers, who recorded a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

After joining Inter Miami following his Juventus release, Higuain had a tough debut in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Higuain hit the outside of the post with a bicycle kick and later put a penalty over the crossbar.

Anthony Fontana, Ilsinho and Brenden Aaronson scored for Philadelphia, who are second in the Eastern Conference.

Higuain, meanwhile, has failed to convert his past four penalties in all competitions.

Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew fell to a 3-1 loss to Toronto.

The New York Red Bulls thrashed the Montreal Impact 4-1, the New England Revolution beat DC United 2-0 and Chicago Fire overcame Atlanta United 2-0.

Minnesota United played out a goalless draw with Real Salt Lake, while Dallas' clash with Orlando City also finished 0-0.

The San Jose Earthquakes ended a nine-game winless run by beating Los Angeles FC 2-1.

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