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Manchester United are expected to be busy in January, while Liverpool could bring in defensive reinforcements
The January transfer window nears ever closer with plenty of subplots bubbling ahead of what could be a more active month than we are used to.
Mino Raiola and Paul Pogba want out of Manchester United as soon as possible, but whether they can secure the mega move they want midseason remains to be seen.
Jose Mourinho, despite leading Tottenham impressively, has several stars who may seek pastures new.
Harry Winks though has been told he won’t be allowed to leave, even on loan, but Dele Alli could move away.
Liverpool opted not to sign a centre-half in the summer, a decision that has cost them with Virgil van Dijk absent.
While Arsenal in contrast did bring in several faces but it hasn’t helped their cause with Mikel Arteta’s side struggling massively.
A new injection may be required to lift them away from the relegation zone.
Arsenal target Porto star
Fabio Vieira has emerged as a shock target for Arsenal, with the club reportedly ‘positioning themselvres’ to strike a £27million deal.
Th 20-year-old only made his professional debut for the Portuguese giants in June after impressing for their B team.
The midfielder has been touted as a potential star for the future and Record via Sport claim the Gunners are in the running.
They suggest that Pini Zahavi is one of the agents representing the youngster and he has strong connections with bosses at the Emirates.
Vieira has a £27m release clause and although a move in January may be too soon, they are said to be interested in a summer raid.
Man Utd handed blow over Calhanoglu
Manchester United transfer target Hakan Calhanoglu is reportedly on the verge of signing a new deal with AC Milan.
The news will be a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after it was thought United were weighing up a swoop in the January transfer window.
Attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has scored five goals and five assists so far this season for Milan, who are top of Serie A after an unbeaten start to their league campaign.
The Turkey international’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season, and United were said to be targeting a pre-contract agreement with him next month.
However, according to reports from Italy, the 26-year-old is now close to signing an improved contract with Stefano Pioli’s side.
Torreira has no interest in January Arsenal return
The agent of Lucas Torreira says the midfielder has no intention of returning to Arsenal in January despite recent reports.
According to reports from Italy, Atletico boss Diego Simeone has seen enough from Torreira to convince him he does not want to make his season-long loan a permanent transfer – and could even send Torreira back to Arsenal to make room in his squad.
But Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur has denied his client is considering cut short his time in Spain.
Man Utd receive Coman blow
Bayern Munich will not let Kingsley Coman leave in the January transfer window.
That’s according to Sky Sports, which adds Manchester United have long been keen on a loan move for the France international.
Coman was identified by Red Devils chiefs as an alternative to priority right-winger target Jadon Sancho.
But the player – who scored the only goal in last season’s Champions League final – will not be departing the Allianz Arena in the near future.
Leeds eye Chelsea’s Tomori
Leeds are weighing up a January swoop for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, reports Football Insider.
Tomori, 22, impressed last season but has found minutes hard to come by recently due to the impressive form of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.
Leeds hope the player will leap at the opportunity of regular minutes at Elland Road, but Chelsea are likely to demand a large sum for the England international.
Messi’s dad rubbishes recent PSG links
Lionel Messi’s dad has rubbished recent speculation linking the Barcelona superstar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and PSG have been touted as a potential destination for the Argentine. Reports in Spain claimed Jorge Messi, who acts as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s agent, even met with PSG chiefs at the Qatari consulate in Barcelona last week.
But Jorge has taken to social media to disprove such reports.
Saints eye Man Utd’s Williams
Southampton are keen to sign Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams on loan in January, claims Sky Sports.
The Saints wanted to sign the England youth international last summer but failed to bring him to St Mary’s
Southampton are said to be keen on the youngster’s ability to play at both right-back and left-back, while United may be willing to let Williams depart after the arrival of Alex Telles in October.
Bale favours Real Madrid return
Gareth Bale is keen to return to Real Madrid at the end of his season-long loan at Tottenham, reports AS.
The Wales international aims to return to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer in order to see out the remaining 12 months of his contract.
Bale has made nine appearances for Spurs this season, scoring twice.
Lingard may force Man Utd’s hand
Manchester United may be forced to act in the January window if Jesse Lingard continues to push for a move away from Old Trafford, claims the Daily Star
Lingard, 27, has made two appearances this season and is keen on new challenge, while Odion Ighalo is also set to depart at the end of his loan.
The report adds United remain set on signing a new winger and a centre-back.
Solskjaer could turn to academy amid right-back pursuit
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could turn to U23s star Ethan Laird as he searches for a right-back to compete with Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Solskjaer has already shown has no issues with promoting youth and Laird produced an eye-catching display against Manchester City U23 last weekend. Playing at right-back, the 19-year-old played a key role in both of United’s goals in the 2-2 draw.
In a window that promises to be trickier for every major club in Europe, Solskjaer could have another star ready to drive Wan-Bissaka forward.
Ozil’s agent outlines plans
Mesut Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut has reiterated the German’s desire to see out his Arsenal contract as he continues to be linked with a January exit.
Sogut told TMW: “Even one day is a long time in football, you never know. Of course, there are many clubs interested in him.
“This has never changed but his willingness to honour his contract and play hasn’t changed either. Again, he’s a man of his word, loyal, and loyalty is hard to find in these times.”
United plot Eriksen swoop
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting a move for Christian Eriksen to help provide an extra creative element to his United side.
Eriksen is desperate to leave Inter Milan just a year after making the switch from Tottenham.
The Dane has become disillusioned with being in and out of the side under Antonio Conte, and is eager to find a new club in January.
That opens the door for United, but they face competition from both PSG and Arsenal.
According to a report from The Sun, Inter will accept offers in the region of £27million, but are not interested in any swap deals.