MORNING, FOOTY FANS
Manchester City will ‘block’ a January move to Barcelona for winger Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
Sterling’s current deal is set to expire in 2023, and he wants assurances over his playing time before penning a new one.
But according to ESPN, City do still consider him a key man and aren’t open to letting him go mid-season.
The same news outlet states that the Citizens will also test Tottenham’s resolve of Harry Kane in the New Year should Daniel Levy lower his £150million asking price.
Meanwhile, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has been pictured in London after jetting into the UK to kick off talks that could see him named Rangers manager.
The former Feyenoord boss is the short-priced favourite to replace Steven Gerrard following his departure for Aston Villa.
Video footage posted by The Ibrox Channel Twitter account confirms SunSport’s exclusive story that the Dutchman was jetting in for key talks.
In other news, Norwich are set to appoint Dean Smith at Carrow Road on a deal until 2024.
According to The Athletic, the ex-Aston Villa gaffer has verbally agreed to take charge of struggling Canaries.
Former Leicester and Villa assistant Craig Shakespeare is expected to come in as Smith’s No2.
And finally, Xavi wants to bring back another former Barcelona player to the club in the shape of Liverpool’s Thiago, according to reports in Spain.
And Sport are reporting the Spain midfielder would ‘welcome’ a return to the Nou Camp.
He could be the second player to return to Barca under new boss Xavi after the club announced they have re-signed 38-year-old Dani Alves.