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KEVIN DE BRUYNE's £6million-a-year wages could almost double as Manchester City prepare to start contract talks with the 26-year-old, the Daily Telegraph says. With other clubs likely eyeing the midfielder, who has made an impressive start to the season, City are looking to make sure the Belgian stays at the Etihad Stadium.

SAUL NIGUEZ AND RADJA NAINGGOLAN are prime targets to replace Michael Carrick when his time ends at Manchester United, reports the Daily Star. The 36-year-old is expected to make this his last season at Old Trafford after more than 10 years at the club. And Atletico Madrid's Niguez, 22, and Roma's Nainggolan, 29, are reportedly among Jose Mourinho's top choices to take up the midfield spot.

Leicester have fought off interest from both Bournemouth and Tottenham to hold on to England Under-21 winger DEMARAI GRAY, according to the Daily Mirror. Gray, currently on a £25,000-a-week contract, appears to have been swayed to stay at the Foxes by a bumper long-term contract. After making a minimal number of starts last season, the Foxes now seem keen to make the 21-year-old a bigger fixture in the team. With more talks expected, Gray could sign the deal this week.

DELE ALLI will become one of Tottenham's top earners after the player opened talks with the club over a pay rise, the Sun reports. Despite only agreeing to new terms last year, Spurs want to ensure their star midfielder is happy and are willing to pay more than £100,000 a week to keep the player tied to the club for the longer term, the paper says. The rise would put him in line with team-mates Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ is on the radar of Real Madrid, according to Spanish news group Don Balon. Come the January transfer window, the Arsenal star could be swapping his red shirt for white, reports say. Questions remain over where any possible move would leave Karim Benzema in the Spanish giants' team.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

ROMELU LUKAKU - The Manchester United striker has impressed former player Ruud van Nistelrooy. The club veteran told the Sun he is certain the 24-year-old will continue scoring goals, likening the Belgian to himself, saying he is a "pure No 9".

ANDRIJA ZIVKOVIC - The 21-year-old is being tracked by scouts on behalf of Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho, the Sun reports. The Serbian winger is making waves for Benfica and is seen as one of the best young talents in the Portuguese league, having already impressed in Serbia when he became the youngest captain in Partizan Belgrade's history at just 17.

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