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LIVE Transfer Talk: Sancho's Dortmund future up in the air after Champions League snub

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TOP STORY: Clubs on red alert as Dortmund drop Sancho

Top-flight clubs throughout Europe have been given a further boost in their attempts to sign Jadon Sancho after Dortmund dropped the England star from Wednesday night's starting line-up in Barcelona, the The Sun has reported.

Dortmund boss Lucien Favre conceded that Sancho was "not fully focused" on the Champions League clash amid speculation that he is set to leave the club in January, with the player strongly linked with Barca, as well as a whole host of Premier League clubs. Sancho had the last laugh, however, coming off the bench to score Dortmund's only goal in the 3-1 defeat.

According to the paper, Sancho has been left feeling "victimised" since he returned to the Westfalenstadion from international duty this month, and Wednesday's revelations are the latest in a series of events that have left the forward at "rock bottom."

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22.20 GMT: Real Madrid have signed 21-year-old midfielder Fede Valverde to a new deal, reports Marca, but that's not the real news here. The Spanish outlet has also revealed that the talented Uruguay international has been slapped with an incredible £640 million release clause, which is £20m more than the price tag Barcelona have placed on none other than Lionel Messi.

21.38 GMT: South American and Brazilian champs Flamengo have opened discussions with Atletico Madrid about bringing Diego Costa to the Maracana as a possible replacement for star striker Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa, according to Goal.

Gabigol led the impressive Rio de Janeiro giants to continental and domestic success this season but is no guarantee to stay at the club once his loan deal from Inter Milan expires at the end of December, and Costa as seen as the best option to step in should he leave, with the club said to be using former Atletico left-back Filipe Luis as an intermediary for discussions.

20.50 GMT: Edinson Cavani's PSG future will depend on the club and not the player, according to his agent.

Reports have linked the Uruguay international to LA Galaxy but Walter Guglielmone told the Italian media his client is capable of excelling in Europe.

"It will depend on the club's project,'' Guglielmone said. "Edi has at least three more years to play at the highest level. He can play for any major team in Europe.''

19.40 GMT: Burnley manager Sean Dyche is uncertain whether midfielder Danny Drinkwater has a long-term future at the club.

The Chelsea loanee has only made one appearance for Burnley this season, and suffered injuries after he was attacked outside a nightclub in Manchester.

"We haven't really seen him," Dyche told a news conference. "Of course we know him, we know what he does in training we've seen that but it's the games, everyone gets judged on the games, I think he's just part of that thinking.

"But it's the bigger picture, we're not going to push someone who's not quite there, we're not going to force anything upon them, I wouldn't with any player here whether they are on loan or one of my players who's under contract.

18.10 GMT: Chivas have confirmed the signing of youngster Uriel Antuna from Manchester City.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with MLS side LA Galaxy during the 2019 campaign, providing six goals and five assists in 31 appearances.

17.25 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler has said he is prepared to commit his long-term future to the club despite being played out of his preferred position.

The Germany international has only made seven appearances for the French champions this season.

"I am aware I do not have the same role with PSG that I had with Schalke or Wolfsburg," he told Spox. "Of course, I would like greater responsibility and to not ask myself if I will play in important games or not. However, at the same time, you have to be realistic -- you must be one of the five, six, or seven best players in the world to be an undisputed starter for PSG.

"For two years, I have not been playing in my preferred role -- out wide. I am now a No. 8 and I played some Champions League matches as a No. 6 with Marco Verratti last season.

"I became a completely different player. The coach gives me the feeling that my qualities are appreciated. I feel at home with the club and in this city. I am under contract until 2021 and it is possible that I extend that deal with PSG."

16.19 GMT: Liverpool are "seriously considering" a move for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to La Nazione, via Calciomercato.com.

The 22-year-old has also been linked with a host of Italian clubs, including Inter Milan and Juventus.

15.22 GMT: River Plate's Exequiel Palacios is set to join Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in a €15m deal, according to Argentine journalist César Luis Merlo of TyC Sports.

Midfielder Palacios had been a reported target of the likes of Real Madrid and Ajax, but the Argentine looks set for a move to Leverkusen where he'll link up with fellow Argentine Lucas Alario

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14.48 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has played down speculation he will look to sign Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on loan in January, suggesting he would not be able to guarantee the England youth international an adequate amount of gametime.

"He's a good player, there's no doubt about that," Hodgson told a news conference. "The only thing that would concern me there is that I don't know quite how many guaranteed games, so if I was going to speak to Jurgen and he was going to talk to me and say he wanted Rhian Brewster to go out on loan and play some matches, I'm not 100% certain I could guarantee him that he would be the first name on the teamsheet.

"If I was Jurgen Klopp or Rhian Brewster I'd think I'd want to be going somewhere where I was the first name on the teamsheet and I could guarantee that between January and May I'd be playing 20 matches."

Palace, who are the joint-second lowest goalscorers in the Premier League this season, look increasingly likely to target a striker in the upcoming transfer window.

13.49 GMT: David Beckham is keen to install Patrick Viera as the first head coach of his new MLS franchise Inter Miami, report the Daily Telegraph.

The former Arsenal captain, who is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, has experience of managing in MLS having coached New York City FC for two-and-a-half years.

Beckham's franchise will make their MLS debut when the new season begins in March, and the club have been considering a range of managers to take charge of their maiden campaign. Belgium's Roberto Martinez and River Plate's Marcelo Gallardo have both been considered for the role, but Viera is the man the MLS newcomers want.

12.46 GMT: The war of words over Kylian Mbappe's PSG future is continuing, with former Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev telling Le Parisien it is "inevitable" that the Frenchman will one day join Real Madrid.

"Yes, Kylian will join Real Madrid," Vasilyev said. "I do not know when, but it seems inevitable.

"The club is very important to him. Real's offer in 2017 was more interesting for Monaco than PSG's. However, he told me: 'Vadim, deep down, I feel it is too early. I have only played for one year in my country. I am Parisian, I do not want to leave my country like that. I want to become a great player here. Real will wait.'

"It is proof of Kylian's great intelligence. He is now PSG's star, with Neymar. He is the best French player. Financially, PSG are armed to keep hold of him."

11.20 GMT: Manchester City are keen on bringing Italian wonderkid Sandro Tonali to the Etihad, as per Fichajes.net.

19-year old Tonali, who already has three Italy caps to his name having made his debut for the national side last month, has been a star turn in Brescia's midfield after helping the club earn promotion to Serie A last season, earning him comparisons with Andrea Pirlo.

Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan are also interested in the youngster.

10.31 GMT: AC Milan outcast Fabio Borini looks likely to leave the San Siro in January, and he could return to the Premier League with a move to Crystal Palace on the cards according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The former Liverpool and Sunderland striker joined the Rossoneri in 2017, but he has only made two appearances in Serie A so far this season.

09.38 GMT: Bayern Leverkusen's Kai Havertz is set to be a man in demand in January, and according to reports in SportBild, Manchester City are the latest to register their interest in the 20-year-old German international.

City could well face stiff opposition for his signature though with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all interested in Havertz.

The Daily Mirror report Leverkusen are looking for a fee of around £111m to prize Havertz away from the club.

08.30 GMT: Could the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Tottenham see Toby Alderweireld sign a new contract? The Belgian's deal expires in the summer, but he told talkSPORT this week: "I feel lucky to work for him, so I'll just do my best like I always do."

PAPER ROUND: Matic nears Old Trafford exit

Nemanja Matic's future at Manchester United has been thrust into even further doubt after the Serbia international spent just 24 minutes at the club's famous Carrington training complex on Tuesday, according to The Sun.

The rest of United's first-team squad took part in a light training session before flying out to take on Astana in the Champions League on Thursday. Matic, 31, has fallen out of favour with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and has been the subject of seemingly endless transfer speculation in recent weeks.

On Monday, the experienced midfielder -- who hasn't made a league appearance for the Red Devils since Sept. 22 -- failed to join the rest of his teammates at a club charity event, with a January exit looking increasingly likely.

Tap-ins

- Everton are keen on two of Flamengo's Copa Libertadores heroes -- striker Gabriel Barbosa and manager Jorge Jesus -- along with another finalist, River Plate's Rafael Santos Borre. The Liverpool Echo says that the Toffees are planning moves for all three, but may be unwilling to meet the Santos Borre's €30 million release clause, with the striker also believed to be happily settled in Argentina.

- AC Milan want to bring Juventus defender Merih Demiral to the San Siro as Stefano Pioli looks to bolster his defensive options, Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting. Milan are 12th in the Serie A table following a string of poor defensive displays, but a deal may be hard to come by with the Bianconeri reluctant to sell.

- Elsewhere in Italy, Inter Milan are keen to sign full-back Robin Gosens from Serie A rivals Atalanta, according to Calciomercato. The Nerazzurri are reported to have been monitoring the 25-year-old -- who has four goals and two assists to his name this season -- for some time, with the defender's impressive attacking stats believed to have caught the eye of Inter boss Antonio Conte.

- Napoli are plotting a swoop for Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla in January. That's according to Corriere Dello Sport, who report that the Partenopei are ready to make their move with sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli said to be a big fan of 19-year-old, with the club also linked with Kumbulla's teammate Sofyan Amrabat.