Football rumours from the media

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Juan Mata is eager to return to Spain and head back to Valencia if he leaves Manchester United this summer, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says a report in France indicates the Spaniard, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is waiting to see if Valencia get in touch before speaking to other clubs.

Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on Sampadoria defender Joachim Andersen. The Mirror says reports in Italy suggest United scouts were watching the 22-year-old at his club’s defeat by Torino last weekend. Sampdoria chairman Massimo Ferrero is reportedly unwilling to listen to any offers below 30million euros (£26million).

Paul Pogba
Juventus are said to be in constant contact with Paul Pogba’s agent (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Leon Bailey: Manchester United and Chelsea are continuing to monitor the Bayer Leverkusen star, according to talkSPORT. The site claims the clubs are leading the English charge after his impressive form, despite the Bundesliga side insisting he will not be sold in January.

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