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Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United are ready to fast-track attempts to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in January having originally planned to move for the Sweden international next summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

– Victor Lindelof would be a “perfect” signing for Manchester United and could go on to be as good as Rio Ferdinand, Jesper Blomqvist has told the Manchester Evening News.

– Manchester United will not consider any loan enquiries from West Ham United for either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

– Marouane Fellaini is ready to stay at Manchester United, with sources telling ESPN FC that manager Jose Mourinho is reluctant to lose the Belgium midfielder during the January transfer window.

– Zlatan’s Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has said that there is a “big chance” that the Swede will play a second year at Manchester United — and that the striker has “killed” his doubters.

TRANSFER TALK: Manchester United are keen to start negotiations over a £60 million deal for Antoine Griezmann, according to The Sun.

ARSENAL: Arsenal are tracking Standard Liege’s Belgian goalkeeper Guillaume Hubert, sources close to the North London club have told ESPN FC.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich have confirmed that U.S. international forward Julian Green will join second-tier club Stuttgart in the January transfer window.

– Uli Hoeness has been back in the hierarchy less than a month but already the newly elected president’s vision of Bayern Munich parading a team jam-packed with German internationals is taking shape, Mark Lovell writes.

ATLETICO MADRID: Diego Simeone has said that it is far from certain he will move clubs when his contract ends in June 2018, and he could yet extend that contract with the Liga outfit.

MAN CITY: Yaya Toure says he wants to help Manchester City become even “bigger” than rivals Manchester United.

– Claudio Bravo says he pays no attention to the critics after coming under fire since his summer move from Barcelona.

– Altinordu goalkeeper Berke Ozer has caught the attention of Manchester City scouts, sources have told ESPN FC.

– Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said Pep Guardiola is unlike any other coach.

VIDEO: The ESPN FC crew ask whether David Silva is Pep Guardiola’s most important player.

BARCELONA: Barcelona have vowed to make Lionel Messi the best-paid player in the world as they prepare to begin talks over extending his contract in the New Year.

WATCH: ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti discusses how hard it will be for Barcelona to renew Messi’s contract.

– Sergi Roberto feels fortune has favoured Real Madrid so far this season as they go into the Christmas break with a three-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

REAL MADRID: Rennes will not make a loan move for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard in January because they do not believe he is ready for top-flight football, president Rene Ruello has said.

CAMEROON: Cameroon have threatened to take action against Liverpool’s Joel Matip, West Bromwich Albion’s Allan Nyom and five other European-based players for refusing to join their African Nations Cup squad. 

BUNDESLIGA:  Borussia Dortmund drew their third game in a row as they were held 1-1 by Augsburg in Tuesday’s Bundesliga action, while U.S. international Bobby Wood scored the decisive goal as Hamburg beat Schalke.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH: Gladbach have sacked head coach Andre Schubert after a 2-1 home defeat to Wolfsburg saw them drop to 14th in the Bundesliga. 

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Thomas Tuchel was critical of his team after he said they “lost the plot” in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Augsburg. 

– Julian Weigl has extended his contract with Dortmund by two years until 2021, the Bundesliga club announced on Tuesday. 

PSG: The agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has not ruled out his client moving to Inter Milan — a club he says could afford to buy any player they so desired — and confirmed there have been offers for the Italy international.

LEICESTER: Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has described the decision to reject Jamie Vardy’s appeal against his red card as “unfair.”

BURNLEY: Joey Barton is set to re-join Burnley on a free transfer after leaving Scottish Premiership club Rangers. 

– Barton’s return to Turf Moor is a perfect early Christmas present for Burnley fans, Jamie Smith writes. 

MLS: The Chicago Fire completed a move to sign Hungary striker Nemanja Nikolic from Legia Warsaw on Tuesday. 

– John R. Ingram has emerged as the lead investor of Nashville’s bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. 

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