Manchester City target Philippe Coutinho to replace David Silva
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TOP STORY: Man City target Coutinho
Jurgen Klopp hasn't even been installed as Liverpool manager yet, but he has already got a major problem on his hands. According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are preparing for life after David Silva, and they see Philippe Coutinho as the perfect heir to the Spaniard's place in the club.
Silva may turn 30 in January, but he still has three-plus years remaining on his contract. Those details coupled with City's £104 million summer outlay on Raheem Sterling -- who was also brought in from Anfield -- and Kevin De Bruyne make it difficult to imagine where Coutinho could fit into the Mancunian side.
The Mirror reports that City could be prepared to spend up to £50m on the Brazilian, but would that be enough? Especially in the face of countryman Neymar fluttering his eyelashes in Coutinho's direction on behalf of Barcelona?
Galaxy fear Gerrard departure
As Liverpool cross all the T's and dot the I's in Klopp's contract, there has been speculation that the German would be wise to add some local flavour to his backroom staff. Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard have been the two names on everyone's lips, and the latter is worrying LA Galaxy, according to reports from the Mirror.
The British publication makes clear that the Merseyside club have yet to make contact with their former captain over a coaching role, however it reports that the Galaxy are fearful that Gerrard may find a return to Liverpool too tempting to pass up. Gerrard began his 18-month contract in MLS in July.
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Pjanic not short of suitors
Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has an abundance of admirers. According to Gazzetta dello Sport reports, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in signing the Bosnian.
The Italian publication reports that Roma are desperate to hold on to their talisman, as they feel he is the centrepiece of their growth. If Pjanic's head is turned, though, the capital club could demand €50m for a player they signed from Lyon in 2011 for just €11m.
Pjanic still has two-plus years remaining on his current contract at the Stadio Olimpico.
Man United fear Mustafi's popularity
As Manchester United continue to scout the earth for a central defender, they're becoming concerned about all the buzz surrounding primary target Shkodran Mustafi, reports the Star. United reportedly attempted to land Mustafi in the summer, only for Valencia to stand firm over their valuation.
Now the Mancunian side face competition from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Valencia have reportedly inserted a £37m buyout clause in the German international's contract that runs through 2018-19.
The Star cites Spanish publication AS as reporting that Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer and intends to bring Mustafi to Munich in the new year.
- Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Alexandre Pato in the January window, according to reports from Fox Sports Brazil.
- Valencia have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for Lazio's holding midfielder Lucas Biglia, TalkSport reports.
- Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in extending their loan of Manchester City defender Jason Denayer for another season before purchasing the Belgian for £7.3m, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News. The MEN writes that City won't allow the 20-year-old centre-back to leave for anything short of £30m.