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TOP STORY: Barca beat United to Laporte

The rumour mill has been running overtime for the past 18 months trying to determine just which centre-back Manchester United simply can't do without. For so long it was Mats Hummels, and then it was Sergio Ramos, or was it actually Nicolas Otamendi?
The latest such name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Athletic Club's Aymeric Laporte, reports the Mirror. The French under-21 international has been drawing interest from Europe's biggest clubs ever since he made his debut for the club as an 18-year-old.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the now-21-year-old has attracted the attention of Barcelona. The Mirror reports that Laporte has agreed to join the European champions in a £35 million deal in the summer, some six months after the club's transfer ban is lifted.
Italian sides interested in Jese

Italian clubs have jumped to the head of the queue for the services of Real Madrid attacker Jese, according to Spanish outlet AS. The Spanish under-21 international has played just 132 minutes for Los Blancos this season, and agent Gines Carvajal has said that if his client can't get any further minutes in the Spanish capital, he'll be forced to look for opportunities elsewhere.
Inter and Napoli have quickly emerged as potential destinations for Jese, although AS had no further details on the Italian clubs' levels of interest.
One other club reportedly eager to sign Jese is Aston Villa. The Midlands club reportedly were keen to sign the Spaniard over the summer, and perhaps will find better luck in January.
Madrid need Marcelo cover

With both first-team right-backs Danilo and Dani Carvajal both out injured, Real Madrid are quickly assessing the rest of their squad to determine if they may be in similar trouble elsewhere soon. And they could be, if left-back Marcelo were to pick up a knock.
Madrid have no natural cover at the position, and have been exploring their options in the market, reports Marca. Of course, Madrid may not be in this position had Fabio Coentrao not been offloaded or Rafa Benitez not reportedly halted the club's search for a replacement.
Nonetheless, Madrid are in the market. They had initially sounded out Alex Sandro, who eventually wound up at Juventus in the summer; Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell, whom the report suggests came closest to joining -- or may still join -- the club; and Layvin Kurzawa, who's since landed at Paris Saint-Germain.
Bale to ax his agent?

Gareth Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, had a few interesting things to say about his client and his client's relationship with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Feelings were hurt, apologies were made, and now Bale's money man may be out of a job.
Allow Sid Lowe to explain.
Tap-Ins

- Barcelona are delaying contract talks with Neymar until they can secure stronger commercial deals in the new year, reports Goal.
- Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has admitted his interest in moving to the Premier League, mentioning Jurgen Klopps' Liverpool in particular.
"A move abroad excites me. England would for sure be an interesting destination," Howedes told Bild. "English football is very fortunate to have someone like Klopp in the league, Liverpool is a club with great tradition and values."
- Speaking of Klopp, the Mirror reports that the new Liverpool boss is keen to bring Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia to Anfield as his first signing to help shore up the Reds' suspect defence.
- Frank Lampard has ruled out a January loan move away from MLS side New York City FC. "I need the rest to be fully fit next year for the club," he's quoted as saying in MLSsoccer.com.