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Manchester clubs go head to head for Monaco star as United legend to go into management: transfer rumours

Manchester United and Manchester City are both eyeing up one of Monaco's star players, according to today's rumour mill.

The rivals are both said to be targeting Monaco player FABINHO, the Sun reports. United have shown interest in the Brazilian before but their offers have never come to pass. But he is now said to be on the radar of Pep Guardiola after putting in impressive performances following a switch from right-back to a more central position.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports' Jim White reports that PAUL SCHOLES could be set to become Oldham Athletic manager. White tweeted that his sources claim there is a 'strong possibility' that Scholes could land the job.

At his old club, JOSE MOURINHO's time at Old Trafford could be extended by another five years, according to the Sun. The manager, who joined United for three years in 2016, looks set to sign a new deal worth £65 million, the paper says. Executives appear to be pleased with United's performance this season so far, with the club currently sitting level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Uncertainty surrounds PHILIPPE COUTINHO's future at Liverpool as Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau said the Spanish club are poised to make another offer for the midfielder in the January transfer window, according to the Guardian. Barcelona previously made three offers for the 25-year-old in the summer but each was turned down by the Reds. Now Grau has said, "We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window," the paper reports.

JUAN MATA seems happy to continue his career at Manchester United after turning down an offer from the Chinese Super League, the Daily Mirror reports. The midfielder rejected a potential £165,000-a-week pay packet to stay in the Premier League. The 29-year-old's contract will come to an end next year but United have the option to extend his current deal by 12 months.

CALUM CHAMBERS has completed a contract extension deal with Arsenal, the Daily Mirror reports. The defender spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough but is said to have impressed Arsene Wenger since his return in the summer to earn a one-year contract extension, meaning he will remain at the Emirates until 2021.

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Motherwell under-20 star ADAM LIVINGSTONE has not gone unnoticed by a number of English clubs, the Motherwell Times reports. The 19-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is said to have caught the attention of Bristol City. His current form has seen him score three goals in eight appearances this season.

JACK WILSHERE is considering his position at Arsenal as he eyes a place in England's Word Cup squad, the Daily Mirror says. With little game time this season, the 25-year-old is said to be thinking about leaving the club in a bid to make the starting XI elsewhere and improve his chances of going to Russia next year.

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