Today’s Football Titbits

Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut says the situation over the club’s potential signing of Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, will become clearer “in the coming days”.

Lionel Messi, 33, has told Neymar he is planning to leave Barcelona in the summer and join Paris St-Germain , with the Argentina striker also a target for Manchester City .

Manchester City are close to signing ‘mini Messi’ Dario Sarmiento. The 17-year-old Argentine winger currently plays for the country’s Primera Division side Estudiantes.

Manager Steve Bruce is keen for Newcastle to sign an English trio of Manchester United players on loan this month and has spoken at length with his former club over left-back Brandon Williams, 20, defender Phil Jones, 28, and midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28.

The Magpies have also contacted Monaco about French full-back Djibril Sidibe, 28.

Tottenham are in a strong position to land RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 26, but it is unlikely to happen this month.

Former England Under-20 midfielder Marcus Edwards, 22, has ended West Ham’s hopes of signing him in January by renewing his contract at Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes with a £45m release clause.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has called for fast-tracked coronavirus vaccinations in football, with the money saved on testing being diverted to the NHS.

Leeds have identified three signings in the January transfer window and have the funds available to bring in new players, but their clubs are reluctant to sell.

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek should be banging on the door of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the club’s former striker Dimitar Berbatov. The 23-year-old has started just two league games this season, having signed for £35m in September.

United’s Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, is expected to return to the club next week as discussions over his future continue.

Shrewsbury Town face having to forfeit their place in the FA Cup after their third-round match against Southampton was postponed following a number of positive coronavirus tests.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has donated Stamford Bridge’s hotel rooms to NHS staff again.

Egyptian side Al Ahly have ruled out a move for Aston Villa full-back Ahmed Elmohamady, 33.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz has told his players to “fight like animals” during Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

Juventus have been dealt a blow in their search for a new striker with Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, 37, ruling out a return to his former side.

Source: BBC Sport

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