Sunday’s gossip: Phillips, De Bruyne, Zubimendi, Guehi, Itakura, Neves, McTominay, Musiala

Manchester City have set an asking price of £50m for England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, and are determined to make a profit on the 27-year-old after paying Leeds United £42m in 2022. (Mirror)external-link

Clubs from Saudi Arabia plan to offer Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 32, a significant salary package in 2024. (Football Insider)external-link

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen on Real Sociedad’s Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi, 24, while Real Madrid and France player Aurelien Tchouameni, 23, is also of interest. (Mirror)external-link

The Gunners have identified Crystal Palace and England defender Marc Guehi as a target, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea also linked with the 23-year-old. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 26-year-old Japan defender Ko Itakura. (Fichajes – in Spanish)external-link

Al-Hilal’s Ruben Neves, 26, “dreams” of securing a January move to Newcastle United, who will target the Portugal midfielder following confirmation of Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban. (O Jogo, via Sporting Witness)external-link

Newcastle will replace Tonali with a loan signing in January, with Fulham’s 28-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, Everton and Belgium’s Amadou Onana, 22, and Manchester United and Scotland player Scott McTominay, 26, among those being considered. (Football Insider)external-link

West Ham United are eyeing a move for Feyenoord and Mexico forward Santiago Gimenez, but will face competition from Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle for the 22-year-old. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester City and Liverpool are monitoring the situation of Bayern Munich’s 20-year-old Germany forward Jamal Musiala, who will push for a January move if he does not get enough game time. (Football Insider)external-link

City also remain interested in Paris St-Germain’s 17-year-old French midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery. (Sport Zone, via TeamTalk)external-link

Arsenal’s January transfer plans could depend on the severity of the injury sustained by Portugal forward Pedro Neto, 23, in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ draw with Newcastle. (Football.London)external-link

The Gunners will consider recalling Brazilian winger Marquinhos, 20, from his loan spell with Nantes in January. (Mirror)external-link

Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, has played down suggestions that he intends to leave Napoli amid reported interest from Liverpool. (Mirror)external-link

Neil Warnock could return for a third spell at QPR after the club sacked manager Gareth Ainsworth, while former Luton Town and Southampton manager Nathan Jones is also keen on the position. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Andrea Pirlo is under mounting pressure following another defeat for his Sampdoria side in Serie B, with former manager Marco Giampaolo being considered as his replacement. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

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