Newcastle interested in Werner, Coutinho, Madrid to sign Rudiger in January

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Timo Werner has been in fine form for Germany in the World Cup qualifiers
Timo Werner has been in fine form for Germany in the World Cup qualifiers

Newcastle’s new Saudi owners plan to look to Germany in an attempt to mirror the success of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in England. Chelsea’s Germany striker Timo Werner, 25, is a top target, along with Bayern Munich and Germany centre-back Niklas Sule, 26, Barcelona’s Brazilian midfield flop Philippe Coutinho, 29, and a German manager such as ex-Dortmund boss Lucien Favre. (Bild – in German)

The Magpies have contacted the representatives of Leicester City’s French centre-back Wesley Fofana about the possibility of making a move for the 20-year-old in January. (RMC Sport – in French)

Juventus’ France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has also been linked with Newcastle, with the Serie A club open to selling the 26-year-old in January to help fund potential bids for Monaco’s France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni or Manchester United’s Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Monaco have put a price tag of 60m euro on 21-year-old Tchouameni, with Real Madrid, as well as Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool keen on the player. (Marca – in Spanish)

Barcelona are keen to offload Coutinho in the January transfer window and Liverpool are open to bringing the 29-year-old back to Merseyside. (El Chiringuito TV, via Express)

Philippe Coutinho in a tight embrace with Lionel Messi

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is Newcastle’s top target if the club’s new owners decide to sack boss Steve Bruce. (Sky Italy via Mirror)

Foxes boss Rodgers, however, is said to be “totally committed” to the East Midlands club. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, 28. The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season and would add experience to the Spanish side’s back four. (Marca in Spanish)

Phil Foden is poised to sign a contract with Manchester City that is worth nearly £50m, with the 21-year-old England midfielder’s new six-year agreement set to see him earn £150,000-per-week. (Mirror)

Mahrez, Foden seal Man City victory over Dortmund to reach semis
Phil Foden and Riyad mahrez

Arsenal are preparing a 30m euro bid for Club Bruges’ 22-year-old Dutch winger Noa Lang. (Voetbal24 – in Dutch)

Manchester United could revive their efforts to sign Sevilla’s 22-year-old France centre-back Jules Kounde, who also remains a Chelsea target. (Fichajes, via FourFourTwo)

Barcelona are in advanced talks with Spain midfielder Pedri about a new deal, with the 18-year-old ready to agree a contract that will run until 2026 and includes a release clause of more than 600m euro. (Goal)

Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender Mats Hummels, 32, has warned Erling Braut Haaland, 21, he may not find “the grass greener” if he leaves the club. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all thought to be interested in signing the Norway forward. (Bild – in German)

Paris St-Germain could make a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic as a potential replacement for France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, who is out of contract at the end of the season. PSG, however, face competition for 21-year-old Serbia international Vlahovic, with Tottenham, Juventus and Bayern Munich all linked with the player. (Le 10 Sport – in French)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone attempted to sign Lionel Messi, 34, in the summer and has detailed how he tasked striker Luis Suarez with sounding out his former Barcelona striker partner before the Argentine moved to Paris St-Germain. (Ole, via Mail)