Football fans in the morning
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Liverpool want Jude Bellingham – while Manchester United and Newcastle are eyeing Ajax chief Eric ten Hag.
The mega-wealthy magpies not running their own business are reportedly willing to pay the 51-year-old £6m after tax.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (£21m) and Liverpool president Jurgen Klopp (£15m) are the only two Premier League managers currently earning more.
Under fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to take charge of United at Tottenham.
But the Norwegian is still the bookmaker’s favorite to be the next sacked Prem president.
And although Ten Hag is reluctant to leave Ajax, United are said to be very impressed with his four-year reign in the Netherlands.
On the transfer front, Dortmund admit there is a “huge interest” in England midfielder Bellingham – but will struggle to keep him.
Chelsea are considering a double whammy for centre-backs Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Conde.
That is in the event that Antonio Rudiger and/or Andreas Christensen leave when their contracts expire next summer.
Finally, in last night’s Carabao Cup, defending champions Manchester City reached West Ham on penalties, and Leicester reached the quarter-finals on penalties – against their guest, Brighton.
Superb second-half finish by Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi sank Preston 2-0 for a Liverpool that has changed a lot.
Substitute Lucas Moura headed the only goal as Tottenham won 1-0 at Burnley.
Brentford beat Stoke City 2-1, as brilliant striker Evan Toni scored a assist and a goal.