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Transfer rumours: Haaland, Dembele, Phillips, Lingard, Cavani, Pepe, Mitrovic

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Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland’s preferred destination if he leaves Borussia Dortmund next year is Real Madrid, although the 21-year-old has yet to make a decision on his future. (Goal) 

Newcastle United are leading the chase to sign France winger Ousmane Dembele, with Manchester United also interested in the 24-year-old whose contract with Barcelona runs out next summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United will turn to Ajax coach Erik ten Hag in the summer if they fail to lure Mauricio Pochettino from Paris St-Germain. (Mail)***
Barcelona are desperate for attacking reinforcements in January and are considering moves for Manchester United’s 28-year-old England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard and 34-year-old Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. (Mundo Deportivo, via the Sun)
Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 25, will reject a move to rivals Manchester United next summer to remain at Elland Road. (Star)

Manchester United are close to appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season and the German will be involved in the process of choosing his permanent successor at Old Trafford. (Star) 
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres is a target for Barcelona and the Nou Camp club have agreed a deal with the 21-year-old Spain international but have yet to come to an arrangement with the Premier League club. (Marca)
City are also said to have made contact with Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema, 33. (Mirror)***
Scotland boss Steve Clarke says he will call his England counterpart Gareth Southgate before their World Cup play-off with Ukraine in March. (Times – Subscription required)***
Mikel Arteta has emphatically denied Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for 26-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe in January. (Metro)
Aston Villa will prioritise signing a centre-back and defensive midfielder in January as manager Steven Gerrard looks to strengthen his side. (Football Insider)
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte, whose side suffered an embarrassing loss to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, says he is making “evaluations” about his players before speaking with the club. (Mirror)
Fulham’s Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 27, has been lined up for a dream move to Juventus. (Tuttosport, via the Sun)
English midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka, 18, will not sign a new contract at Aston Villa, putting the Premier League’s biggest clubs on alert, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. (Guardian)