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Brendan Rodgers has been contacted by Manchester United after today’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils are prepared to pay £8million in compensation to his current club, Leicester.

That is on top of a £7.5million payoff for Solskjaer.

Ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers has a clause in his contract letting him speak to certain clubs if they come knocking — and United are one.

Sacked Solskjaer believes whoever takes over MUST win the Premier League.

He said: “Well, as I’ve said many times in interviews, I’ve been backed.

“The board and the owners have backed me in [terms of] bringing good people in, good players in and I think, or I know I leave this club with a better squad.

“The environment is fantastic, it’s an environment I’m proud of leaving because you have to enjoy coming in here working.

“I don’t want to pre-empt anything but the two times I’ve left Molde, they’ve won the league the year after.

“So all the best to whoever takes over – that’s the expectations!”

Mikel Arteta is eyeing a rebuild at Arsenal, and RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi is someone the Spaniard is interested in.

According to the Mirror, the Gunners are interested in signing the 19-year-old as a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.

Ligue 1 descended into chaos yet again as Dimitri Payet was struck in the head by a full bottle of water thrown from the stands leading to the match being abandoned.

Payet, 34, headed over to take a corner for Marseille just four minutes into their clash away at Lyon on Sunday night.

But as he prepared to take the kick, a thug in the home end hurled the plastic bottle.

Leeds United are reportedly targeting Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley, who has only played 126 minutes of Premier League football this term.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds are monitoring Barkley’s situation at Chelsea ahead of a possible January transfer.

Barkley has only played 126 minutes this term in the league, failing to register a goal or an assist.





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