Wednesday’s gossip: Phillips, Palhinha, De Jong, Musiala, Inacio, Casemiro, Lindelof

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Newcastle United are preparing a bid for Manchester City’s 27-year-old England midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Mail)external-link

Bayern Munich have spoken to Manchester City about Phillips’ situation, but Fulham’s Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 28, remains Bayern’s top target. (90 Min)external-link

AC Milan are interested in Manchester United’s 30-year-old England defender Harry Maguire. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United could bid for Crystal Palace’s 23-year-old England defender Marc Guehi in January. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester City’s Argentina forward Julian Alvarez, 23, is a target for Barcelona. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona sporting director Deco has contacted Frenkie de Jong’s agents to discuss renewing the 26-year-old Netherlands midfielder’s contract. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Deco says it will be difficult for Barcelona to add to their squad in January because of their financial position. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs interested in 20-year-old Germany forward Jamal Musiala, whose contract at Bayern Munich runs until 2026. (Sport Bild – in German)external-link

Liverpool sent scouts to watch 22-year-old Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio in Portugal’s 5-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday. (90min)external-link

Liverpool are monitoring Schalke’s 17-year-old German midfielder Assan Ouedraogo. (Sky Sports Germany)external-link

Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 29, expects Manchester United to trigger a one-year extension clause in his contract, with 12 months left on his current deal. (90min)external-link

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 35, thought he would have to retire because of injuries last season before returning to Manchester United in the summer. (90min)external-link

Former Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is favourite to become sporting director at Manchester United, putting current football director John Murtough’s job at risk. (i)external-link

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