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Sevilla has appointed manager Julen Lopetegui

Wolves are set to appoint former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach within the next 24-48 hours. (Express & Star)

Leicester City and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, is unlikely to be allowed to leave the Foxes in January despite the 25-year-old being able to depart on a free when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Leicester Mercury)

Liverpool are favourites to beat ChelseaManchester UnitedManchester City and Real Madrid to the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund after forging a close relationship with the 19-year-old England midfielder. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira says transfer speculation will not distract Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha. The 29-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer. (Press Association via Mail)

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Barcelona plan to sign a new centre-back in January to replace the retiring Gerard Pique, with Spain and Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez, 31, at the top of their list. (Mundo Deportivo)

Pique’s retirement will also free up the funds for Barcelona to attempt an audacious move for Manchester City and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 28. (Sport – in Spanish)

Manchester United have scouted Porto’s Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, 23, at least half a dozen times this season as manager Erik ten Hag considers his long-term options in goal. (90min)

Ten Hag will not write off Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, saying he knows the 25-year-old can do better. (Athletic)

Inter Milan are battling to keep Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar after it emerged the Premier League’s elite are ready to make a move for the 27-year-old if he decides to leave Inter. (90min)

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Newcastle United will listen to offers for English centre-back Jamaal Lascelles, 28. (Football Insider)

Manchester UnitedArsenal and Southampton all showed interest in signing in-form Miguel Almiron before the 28-year-old Paraguayan midfielder opted to join Newcastle United in 2019. (ABC Cardinal via Manchester Evening News) 

Napoli’s 21-year-old Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, is likely to cost around 100m euros (£87m) and will not be available in January. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea right-back Reece James, 22, is confident he will be fit enough to be picked in England’s World Cup squad following a knee injury. (Evening Standard)

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Chelsea, meanwhile, are keen to end Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria’s loan move early and send the 25-year-old back to Juventus in January. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Manchester City have opened talks with Chelsea’s academy striker Jude Soonsup-Bell, 18, with a view to signing the English teenager when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Evening Standard)

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