1. Barcelona 'plan to watch Paul Pogba in every game for rest of season' after failing to sign Manchester United star in the summer
Pogba had attracted heavy interest from the La Liga giants during the summer transfer window amid reports of his fractious relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho.
However, according to the Mirror, Barcelona are still very keen to acquire his services and are set to keep a close eye on him in every single match until the end of the campaign.
Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has come under the spotlight recently and it was reported that he told Ed Woodward and his United team-mates that he wanted to leave after signing for a then world-record £89m only two years ago.
However, Mourinho has since handed Pogba the captain's armband when Antonio Valencia has been missing from the squad.
Meanwhile, Pogba and his United colleagues take on Wolves at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
2. Manchester United set to battle with Barcelona and Tottenham for £50m-rated Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong
Manchester United have joined Barcelona and Tottenham in the race to sign Ajax's £50million-rated starlet Frenkie de Jong, after sending scouts to keep an eye on the 21-year-old.
The Red Devils sent personnel to watch the midfielder in Holland's recent Nation's League fixture with France in Paris, according to The Sun.
Following a low-key summer with regards transfers, United are keen to delve into the market in January in order to bolster their squad.
Manager Jose Mourinho expressed his dissatisfaction in the summer, after outlining that the club had been unable to deliver the transfer targets he set down.
Barcelona are also believed to be monitoring the player, though De Jong is said to admire the Premier League and prefer a move to England.
Tottenham saw an offer in the region of £45million knocked back by the Dutch club, though retain an interest in De Jong.
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Reports in Spain, however, carry a confidence that Barca will land the player in the summer window after being quoted a lower price by Ajax.
3. Aston Villa are still interested in signing James Collins after Ipswich drop out of the hunt for the defender
Collins has been without a club since leaving West Ham in the summer but has kept himself in shape and Steve Bruce has been in talks over a short-term contract.
The 35-year-old centre-back has been invited to train at Villa by Bruce but a minor muscle injury needs working through first.
Collins won 51 Wales caps - playing in the semi-final of Euro 2016 - and has performed in the Premier League for the previous 14 seasons.
Ipswich have been in the hunt for his signature but manager Paul Hurst admitted on Thursday that potential deal is 'dead and buried'.
Collins, who played for Villa between 2009 and 2012, was at Bodymoor Heath this week for further discussions and is keen on a return.
Bruce has been searching for reinforcements to his defence and explored the possibility of a comeback for John Terry.
But Collins emerged as a less costly choice for an experienced head at the back.
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