Rumour round-up: Man United defender set for exit, Chelsea boss has board confidence, Spurs chase Real Madrid star

Antonio Conte.
Antonio Conte.
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Inter Milan want to snap up a frozen out Manchester United star, Liverpool flop backed to net 20 goals this season and Tottenham are keen to sign which Real Madrid midfielder?

Here's your daily rumour round-up.

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Isco. The deal is lined up for next summer but could even happen in the winter window (ESPN).

Inter Milan have made a £13.5m bid for Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian (Eurosport).

Despite speculation suggesting he was close to the sack, Antonio Conte is understood to have the trust of the Chelsea board (Sporting Life).

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he wants to become club president after he hangs up his boots (El Pais, via TV-3 - in Spanish).

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has accused Martin O'Neill of "killing" James McCarthy. The midfielder, who has just returned from injury, played two games for the Republic of Ireland in the international break (Daily Mirror).

Second tier Nottingham Forest are on the verge of being bought by an American consortium for around £50m (Daily Telegraph).

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has backed Mario Balotelli to net 20 goals this season. The Italian flop left Liverpool in the summer for French side Nice (L'Equipe).

Ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was so determined not to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid that he tried to arrange a move to Barcelona instead (AS).

Chelsea forward Willian will miss Saturday's home game against Leicester City following the death of his mother (Daily Mail).

Midfielder N'Golo Kante has not had the impact many expected at Chelsea, according to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp (London Evening Standard).

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Micah Richards could still have a future at Aston Villa under new manager Steve Bruce (Daily Mirror).

Bruce has been promised he will be given more money to improve the Villa squad in January (Daily Telegraph).