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Uncertainty over Paul Pogba’s future continues.

The future of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba continues to be the subject of speculation following reports that he wants to leave Old Trafford. The Sun says the France international is desperate to play under his idol Zinedine Zidane in the future – with the former Real Madrid coach having been touted as a possible replacement for Jose Mourinho should he be sacked. But the paper also claims Barcelona are interested in trying to bring Pogba to the club and could make a fresh bid in January.

What the papers say

Arsenal are said to be considering launching a bid for former Chelsea full-back Filipe Luis in January. The Daily Mirror says Gunners boss Unai Emery is reportedly keen on the experienced left-back, who is out of contract at Atletico Madrid next summer.

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Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis has been linked with a move to England (John Walton/PA)

The Gunners are also said to be keen to land rising Lille star Nicolas Pepe – but could face competition from Lyon, Seville and Real Betis. The Daily Mirror says reports in France have linked the Ivory Coast winger, who impressed for the French side last season, with Arsenal as well as the Spanish clubs and Lyon.

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West Ham would face having to fork out almost £15million if they sack Manuel Pellegrini, according to The Times. The paper says it understands that the club did not include a termination clause in his contract when they recruited him in the summer. However, Sky Sports report that the Hammers are not considering sacking the 64-year-old, who took charge in May, despite a winless Premier League start.

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West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has come under fire following a poor start to the season (Nigel French/PA)

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Players to watch

Lucas Hernandez: Mourinho is reportedly monitoring the Atletico Madrid star. The Daily Express says reports in France suggest the Red Devils are interested in the 22-year-old, who played at left-back during France’s triumphant World Cup campaign but is also capable of playing in central defence.

James Rodriguez: Arsenal could be eyeing up the Real Madrid player, according to reports in Spain. The Colombia international was linked to the Gunners ahead of the summer transfer window, but Spanish outlet Don Balon says the Premier League club could be planning a new swoop for the 27-year-old in January, with an offer of about 50million euros (£45million).

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