Transfer Updates – Smalling set for new deal, Gotze to Liverpool and Matic’s act of kindness

Transfer Updates (September 24) – Smalling set for new deal, Gotze to Liverpool and Matic’s act of kindness

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is set to sign a new deal at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old England international has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract. (Star)

Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 26, has been urged to join his former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool(Sky Sports)

David Beckham has held preliminary talks with former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane about managing his Inter Miami side in the MLS. (Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez hopes Magpies owner Mike Ashley “will be ready to do something to help” after watching the side’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace. (Telegraph)

Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze

Manchester United’s attempts to find a winner in their draw against Wolves on Saturday “was just like watching Wimbledon in the 80s”, says former Celtic and Blackburn striker Chris Sutton. (Mail)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, wants the team to be allowed to be more attacking in their play. (Mail)

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 30, is set to sign a new deal with the Spanish champions. (ESPN)

Chelsea and Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 27, says he feels “200% fit” despite being rested by manager Maurizio Sarri in midweek. He returned to the Blues’ starting line-up in Sunday’s goalless draw with West Ham. (Sky Sports)

Besiktas‘ 25-year-old German goalkeeper Loris Karius – who is on loan from Liverpool – says he is taking inspiration from former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn after his Champions League final nightmare. (Bild – in German)

Matteo Guendouzi

Everton players think they are doing too much preparation for Premier League games under boss Marco Silva. (Sun)

Arsenal defender Matteo Guendouzi, 19, says fellow Frenchmen and Gunners legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira made him “fall in love” with the club. (L’Equipe – in French)

Spanish giants Real Madrid have announced plans for a £500m redesign of the Bernabeu. (Mail)

West Brom want to bring Northern Premier League Hednesford Town’s English forward Lewis Archer, 20, to The Hawthorns as they aim to discover the next non-league star. (Express & Star)

Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett believes Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal against Everton should not have stood as he was “clearly offside” and highlights a failure by assistant referees to make a “big call”. (Telegraph)

Nemanja Matic

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has been revealed as the anonymous donor who gave €70,000 so that a four-year-old from his native Serbia could receive treatment for a rare cancer. (Mirror) 

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