Transfer rumours: Mbappe, Ronaldo, Sancho, Dybala, Wilson, Torres

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Chelsea were keen on a move for AC Milan’s Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 21, before signing 28-year-old Senegal international Edouard Mendy from Rennes – and could still try to tempt him to Stamford Bridge when his contract expires next summer. (Calcio Mercato – in Italian)external-link

Borussia Dortmund are not prepared to sell 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho, who was linked with Manchester United during the summer, in the January transfer window. (Sport Bild, via Mail)external-link

United captain Harry Maguire, 27, will not ask manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a break, despite a difficult start to the season for the England defender. (Mail)external-link

Arsenal want to beat Manchester United to the £35m signing of 23-year-old Villarreal and Spain defender Pau Torres in January. (Express)external-link

Chelsea have identified Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 22, as a potential transfer target. (Tutto Mercato Web – in Italian)external-link

And Chelsea were willing to pay Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 33, £1m a week in a £225m transfer in 2014 – and the Argentine had agreed to join them. (Sky Sports)external-link

Middlesbrough are attempting to sign DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie, 31, on loan from Everton. (Sky Sports)external-link

Championship side Swansea City want £18m from Tottenham Hotspur for 22-year-old Wales centre-back Joe Rodon. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 26, has denied criticising manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team-mates when they were thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham before the international break. (Sport TV, via Metro)external-link

Derby County owner Mel Morris says manager Phillip Cocu will not be sacked if the Rams lose to Watford on Friday as he also denied reports linking their ex-England striker Wayne Rooney with replacing the Dutchman. (Talksport)external-link

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and defender Gerard Pique, plus Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, were all “very, very close” to signing for Arsenal when they were teenagers, says former Gunners scout Francis Cagigao. (Guardian)external-link

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