Transfer Talk: Pogba and Zidane meet amid new Madrid links

Man United ready to splash the cash in January (1:22)

Gab Marcotti identifies areas of Manchester United's squad that need strengthening in January. (1:22)

The transfer windows in Europe's top leagues are closed, but it's never too early to look forward to January. Click here to view the latest transfers, and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.

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TOP STORY: Why did Pogba meet with Zidane?

The Mirror is reporting that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba met with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane during the international break.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the Red Devils over the past year or so, with Real Madrid believed to be one of the leading contenders in the race for his signature alongside his former club Juventus.

Pogba has been in Dubai recovering from an ankle injury, and during his time in the Middle East, the World Cup winner met with Zidane, who was in the area for a conference. The Real boss, who is on the record as saying he wants Pogba at the Bernabeu, attempted to sign him this past summer but United made it clear that he wasn't for sale.

Napoli owner admits Koulibaly for sale at right price

During a recent interview with Sky Sport Italia, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed that the club would listen to offers for star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegal international has been turning heads on the European stage for a few years now, with Premier League side Manchester United being one of the clubs most interested in acquiring his services. After managing to hold onto him this past summer, it seems as if the time has finally come for them to listen to offers.

"I loved Koulibaly the man so I refused €105 million, but a time will come when I'll have to sell him. Whoever says we didn't improve our defence is wrong," De Laurentiis said.

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Tottenham not set for January business

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he doesn't expect the club to do too much business in the January transfer window.

The Argentine's side have had a tricky start to the new campaign, slipping up in the Premier League, Champions League and even the Carabao Cup. The expectation was for them to go out and get some business done in the winter, but it doesn't appear as if that'll be the case after all.

He said: "No, I don't believe. Really. I believe in the players we have, I believe in the players that are at Tottenham today".


- Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is ready to renew his contract with the club, Calciomercato reports. The 25-year-old was heavily linked with potential moves to both Tottenham and Manchester United this past summer, but neither came to fruition. Now, the Argentine is prepared to extend his current deal, which was set to run through until 2022.

- More from Calciomercato, which reports that Turkish side Besiktas are interested in the possibility of signing Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho. The former Manchester City star was once considered to be one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League, but now the youngster needs to reignite his goal-scoring touch -- and a move abroad could help to facilitate that.

- Italian champions Juventus will go all-in on trying to secure new contracts for two members of the first-team squad this January, says Calciomercato. Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado will both see their current deals expire during next year's summer transfer window, with Juve planning to avoid any dramatic last-minute showdowns over terms at the end of the season.