What the papers say
The managerial merry-go-round is set to start again this season, with the Daily Mail reporting that Slaven Bilic is to be relieved of his duties at West Brom. The Baggies notched up a point against Manchester City and sit 19th in the table having only won one game all season. The paper says Sam Allardyce is set to take over at the Hawthorns.
However, the Daily Star says Nigel Pearson, Mark Hughes and Eddie Howe are in the running for the job.
Houssem Aouar, who was subject of interest from Arsenal in the summer, has caught the eye of Paris St-Germain who could look to strike a deal with Lyon for the 22-year-old winger, says the Sun.
Manchester City have been given the go-ahead to make an approach for Lionel Messi, with the club looking to reunite the number 10 with former manager Pep Guardiola, says the Daily Star. Messi, also wanted by Paris St-Germain, has only seven months remaining on his contract at Barcelona.
Manchester United may miss out on landing midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, the Sun reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were keen on the AC Milan man but he looks set to sign a new deal at the club.
Social media round-up
Arsenal blow as Dominik Szoboszlai ‘snubs them to join RB Leipzig in £18.25m deal' https://t.co/2aVEwj3ucV
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) December 15, 2020
Pressure is growing on Arteta at @Arsenal
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) December 16, 2020
Players to watch
Neymar: Barcelona are keen on reuniting the Brazilian with Leo Messi but will not be able to sign the 28-year-old before his contract is up at Paris St-Germain, says AS.
Fabio Vieira: The Porto midfielder has caught the eyes of both Arsenal and Marseille, according to Record.
Mesut Ozil: The German midfielder will shun a January move and see out his contract at Arsenal, reports Tuttomercato.