Football gossip: Eriksen, Defoe, Fernandinho, Solskjaer

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Bayern Munich could rival Real Madrid for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and make a move for the 27-year-old Denmark international in January. (Sport1, via Mirror)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that on-loan former England striker Jermain Defoe, 37, could be given a player-coach role at Ibrox next term. (Daily Record)

Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, 34, out of contract at the end of the season, is in line for a new 12-month deal. (Sun)

Former Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is in pole position to become the new Sunderland manager. (Star)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to use a Spanish consultancy service to help with the club’s recruitment drive. (Mail)

Manchester United are expected to have up to £300m to spend over the next two summers but former captain Bryan Robson says it was a mistake to lose big names including Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, without replacing them. (Star)

Mel Morris is holding out for a stunning £60m before he sells Derby, having already received a £50m offer from an American consortium. (Sun)

Newcastle are monitoring QPR’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Ryan Manning, 23. (Football Insider)

West Ham’s Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 34, is expected to be sidelined for three months after having surgery on his hip injury. (London Evening Standard)

Wolves have been linked with Galatasaray’s Congo defender Christian Luyindama, 25 – a former transfer target of Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says he still struggles to deal with the part the media played in his dismissal from the national team. (Times – subscription required)

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, currently chief executive at Ajax, has revealed that would like to one day return to

Mason Greenwood
Greenwood has scored two goals in nine appearances in all competitions this season

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2023.

The 18-year-old England Under-21 international, a product of United’s academy, made his first Premier League start against Cardiff in May.

The deal has the option to be extended by a year.

“Having grown up as a Manchester United fan, playing for the first team is a real dream come true,” said Greenwood.

“I know that, when I play for this club, I represent the whole academy and I want to repay the faith that my coaches have shown in me with my performances on the pitch.

“I am learning all the time from the manager and his coaching staff and I know that this is the perfect club to help me reach my potential.”

Greenwood is one of 12 academy products to feature in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s matchday squads this season.

He signed his first professional contract at United in October 2018.

“Mason has progressed through our outstanding academy and we are delighted with the progress he has made,” said Solskjaer.

“At such a young age, he already has great pace and intelligence and he is such a natural finisher.

“Since he came into the first team, he has really impressed everyone with his drive and attitude. He has all the attributes to become a top player.

“Mason is learning every day in training and, with his work ethic, there is no doubt that he has an excellent future ahead of him.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has featured in three of Arsenal’s four games this season but has only started once

Roma have reached an agreement with Arsenal to sign midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan deal.

Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners from Manchester United in January 2018 in a swap deal involving Chile forward Alexis Sanchez.

He has scored nine goals in 59 appearances for Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan featured as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 north London derby draw with Tottenham, but has now travelled to the Italian capital to finalise his move.

His playing time at Emirates Stadium was likely to be limited this season and Arsenal boss Unai Emery plans to use his departure as a chance to give more minutes to young players.

The Premier League club also remain open to letting defender Shkodran Mustafi go before Monday’s transfer deadline – but it looks unlikely the 27-year-old German will leave.

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