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CRISTIANO RONALDO: No, We’re Not Bringing Him Back — R. Madrid, We Want Him, Ready to Make the Move — Saudi Club, Al-Hilal

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Abiala Dahunsi

Chelsea are ready to open talks with Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, whose contract at Brighton expires next summer. (Football Insider)

Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to sign Portugal and former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid say it “would not make sense in our sports project” to bring Ronaldo back to the club for a second spell. (AS – in Spanish)

Brazilian side Flamengo are looking at whether they would be able to sign Ronaldo. (Veja – in Portuguese)

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva believes Portugal team-mate Ronaldo has proved that he can still play at the top level after making World Cup history. (Mirror)

Ronaldo and Argentina’s Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi, 35, could work together at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid, with the current tournament in Qatar expected to be their last. (Mirror)

Amancio Ortega, the owner of the Inditex empire that owns the fashion chain Zara, is interested in buying Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Technology giants Apple are also interested in buying United for £5.8bn. (Star)

Former Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been approached by groups seeking to buy the club, asking him to act as a consultant. (Mail)

Inter Milan will extend the loan spell of Chelsea’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 29, by another year. (Sky Sport – in Italian)

Chelsea are interested in signing Porto keeper Diogo Costa, who has a release clause of 75m euros, while Manchester United are also monitoring the 23-year-old Portugal international. (Relevo – in Spanish)

Arsenal are concerned about keeping hold of their Spanish manager Mikel Arteta, 40, because Barcelona have set their sights on making their former youth player their future coach. (Sport – in Spanish)

France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, says the World Cup can help him earn a new contract at Juventus, where his current deal expires in the summer, or a move elsewhere. (La Repubblica – in Italian)

A growing number of clubs believe Germany striker Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, is ready to leave Borussia Dortmund when his contract expires at the end of the season. (90 min)

Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Sevilla’s Morocco international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, 31. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid’s Brazil forward Rodrygo, 21, may have to pay a termination clause of 7m euros (£6m) after splitting from his agent Nick Arcuri. (Sport – in Spanish)

Barcelona are shifting their focus from new signings to contract negotiations with the club’s most talented young players at the turn of the year. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Newcastle United will rival Barcelona for the signature of Vasco da Gama’s 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos. (Sport – in Spanish)

Championship side QPR are expecting manager Michael Beale to leave the club to take over as the new boss of Scottish club Rangers. (Talksport)

Paris St-Germain are considering leaving the Parc des Princes and potentially moving to the Stade de France. (Bloomberg)

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