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Today’s Headlines: Frank Lampard could face the sack, Costa to Juve? Marcelo to Monaco and other top football stories

Chelsea are ready to sack Frank Lampard if they lose to Leicester on Tuesday, claims talkSPORT. The Blues legend has come under pressure this season after seeing an expensively-assembled squad struggle for consistency, with a positive result now needed against fellow title hopefuls.

Erling Haaland would be a dream signing for Manchester United, says Luke Chadwick, with the Borussia Dortmund striker considered to possess the ability that would carry the Red Devils over a title-winning line. Chadwick told CaughtOffside: “If you look at the volume of goals he’s capable of scoring he’d be someone to take the club over the line and win the Premier League.”

Bayern Munich are set to send Douglas Costa back to Juventus this month – according to Gazzetta Dello Sport. The Brazilian moved to Allianz Arena on a season-long loan last summer, but has struggled for regular playing time under Hansi Flick. Juve are planning to send Costa out on loan to another club when he returns, with Wolves and Manchester United among those who have been linked with his services in the past.

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo is the subject of interest from Monaco – according to AS.
The French outfit are willing to offer the Brazilian a three-year contract at Stade Louis II worth €6 million per season. Marcelo, 32, has been on Madrid’s books for 14 years, but his current contract expires in 18 months and he is no longer a regular in Zinedine Zidane’s line-up.

Frank Lampard says that he believes personal issues have set Danny Drinkwater’s Chelsea career back, while adding that he hopes the midfielder plays as much as possible at Kasimpasa. The 30-year-old was signed from Leicester in a £35 million ($47m) deal in 2017, but has gone on to play only 12 Premier League matches for Chelsea. After that, he went on two loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa and played only a further five times last season. For the last six months, he has been training with Chelsea’s Under-23s team.

Dele Alli is confident that he will seal a move to PSG this month, reports The Sun. The midfielder is expecting to rejoin former manager Mauricio Pochettino on loan before the February 2 deadline. Alli has made just one league start this season, and he believes that Spurs now understand his desire to leave the club on loan to earn first-team football elsewhere.

Real Madrid believe the best time to sign Kylian Mbappe will be this summer, reports Brujula del Deporte. Madrid will not make any overtures without talking with PSG as they eye a big-money move for the French star. PSG sporting director Leonardo said on Monday that he “will not beg” Mbappe or Neymar to stay, with the two stars’ contracts set to expire in 2022.

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