AC Milan will reportedly compete with Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus outcast Mario Mandzukic in the New Year.

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The Croatian has been deemed surplus to requirements under Bianconeri boss 
Maurizio Sarri
and he has yet to make an appearance in any competition.





Earlier last month, reports claimed that United had struck a verbal agreement with the Serie A holders for the marksman but Tuttosport claims that the deal is far from finalised.





The same outlet suggests that the Red Devils could face competition from the Rossoneri, who are desperate to bring an experienced striker into their ranks.




Krzysztof Piatek
has struggled to make a difference upfront for the San Siro outfit and he has managed just three goals from 12 appearances in the Serie A.





As a result, the club are languishing in the bottom half of the standings  and they are already 11 points off the Champions League spots after just 12 games into the campaign.





The Bianconeri wanted £14.5m for Mandzukic over the summer but that price is expected to reduce to around £8m with the Croatian playing no part for the club this season.





 




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Manchester United face fresh competition for Juventus star

Man City ‘set for £100m January transfer spree’ to replace Aguero and David Silva as they look to keep up with Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a winter splurge as they aim to keep pace with Liverpool.

The Citizens are nine points behind their title rivals following their 3-1 defeat at the weekend and questions have been asked of their squad depth.

 Sergio Aguero is the wrong side of 30 although he is still banging in the goals
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David Silva, 33, is set to leave at the end of the season, while a long-term replacement for 31-year-old Sergio Aguero is also needed.

The Daily Mail reports that Etihad chiefs will fork out at least £100million to land two new players to take over from Silva and Aguero.

As well as signing attacking reinforcements, Pep Guardiola knows his side are seriously hampered by the injury to Aymeric Laporte in September.

The Frenchman still faces at least another three months on the sidelines and his absence has exposed the weaknesses of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi at the back.

Vincent Kompany is yet to be replaced after leaving in the summer and City's defence was ruthlessly taken apart on Sunday.

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Midfielder Fernandinho has been drafted in as an emergency defender, while Rodri failed to offer the same protection the Brazilian usually affords in front of the back four.

Guardiola is ready to address the issue by spending big once again on another central defender, with Benfica's Ruben Dias an option.

City will hope to bounce back from their weekend defeat when they face in-form Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday 23.

 David Silva is set to leave Man City at the end of the season
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Watch Liverpool boss Klopp jokingly run away from Man City chief Guardiola when they meet at Uefa elite managers bash

JURGEN KLOPP left reporters in stitches after he ran away from Pep Guardiola at a Uefa coaches summit in Switzerland.

The pair both attended the Elite Club Coaches Forum the day after Klopp's Liverpool beat Guardiola's Manchester City 3-1 in a game full of major talking points.

 Liverpool boss hilariously ran away from Pep Guardiola at the Uefa Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon
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Guardiola was fuming with referee Michael Oliver after the match where he could be seen sarcastically shouting "Thank you so much, thank you so much" to him.

Speaking after the game, he said: "Ask the referees, don't ask me. Ask Mike Riley and the guys in VAR.

"I would like to talk about our performance, it was so good. It was one of the best performances we have played."

But Klopp stated that the duo have no problem with each other in a hilarious interview that saw him legging it away from the ex-Barcelona gaffer.

The German was asked by a reporter, "Did you speak with Pep?", but didn't understand his question after the journalist mispronounced the Spaniard's first name.

JU MUST BE JOKING

Klopp replied by saying: "Pepe? Who is Pepe?"

After the confusion was cleared, he laughed and said: "Of course we spoke, why shouldn't we speak?"

At that precise moment he spotted the 48-year-old coming round the corner and whispered: "Pep Guardiola is coming!"

He then jokingly ran off camera much to the amusement of the reporters around him.

Both Klopp and Guardiola were in agreement at the summit in Nyon where they stated that VAR is not working.

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Klopp said: "With VAR, handball, offside, it is clear there is a process where we have to keep on improving. There were good ideas from Uefa how we can sort things from the referees, so everybody is in on it.

“There is still space for mistakes. These things are done by human beings and none of us is perfect. But it is about improving it. Nobody is asking for perfection, you just want to have the right decisions.”

When Guardiola was asked whether VAR could be made right, he simply commented: "I don't know."

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