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Jan 12, 2014

Bayern target Jose's Juan

Juan Mata is unhappy at Chelsea; Bayern like Juan Mata -- you do the maths. Elsewhere, Manchester United are looking to Spain in the January window with the Red Devils rumoured to sign Valencia midfielder Ever Banega and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao while Chelsea prepare to battle Arsenal for Atletico Madrid whizz-kid Saul Niguez. Of course, Arsenal just love these 40 million pound transfer offers so after offering 40,000,001 for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez last summer, the Gunners are ready to offer a whopping deal for Schalke’s Julian Draxler. Keep up to date with the latest rumours and deals... 23.00 GMT: And thus concludes today's transfer blog, but fear not: the next edition is just around the corner. Stay safe, our rumour-hungry friends. 22.18 GMT: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted the club have received no offers for striker Papiss Cisse. Sky Sports quote him as saying: "Not that I'm aware of, no. I can't confirm any bid from any club." 21.40 GMT According to Sky Sports, Hajduk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, as well as Serie A duo Napoli and Fiorentina. The 23-year-old has been touted to succeed Stipe Pletikosa as Croatia's No. 1 and is expected to be in their squad for the 2014 World Cup. 20.40 GMT Internacional striker Ignacio Scocco could well be on his way to Sunderland after his father revealed that Wearside is the most likely destination for him. "Today he is more likely to go to Sunderland," he told Radio La Red. "River [Plate] and Newell's [Old Boys] asked for him, but the amount that Inter wants is very high and they do not want him to go on loan. It is understandable. They want to recover the investment that they made and no club in Argentina can pay that money." 20.00 GMT Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Sky Sports that reported West Ham and Besiktas target Joleon Lescott is staying put at the club this month. "No, no. I am not talking about any loan at the moment," he said. "I repeat, when this transfer window is over at the end of January, we will see what happens. At the moment, Joleon will stay here with the team." 18.45 GMT Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has revealed that the club have received an offer for Fredy Guarin from a big club. The midfielder has frequently been linked with a move to Chelsea this month, and Thohir told Indonesian site Liputan6.com: “Guarin is an excellent player and we’d like to keep him, but when there are offers from big clubs you need to take it into consideration. We can’t force him to stay if his heart isn’t in the club.” 17.40 GMT Barcelona are rumoured to be considering a bid for Schalke defender Joel Matip. Football Espana say that the Catalan side have identified the Cameroon international as a long-term replacement for Carles Puyol and could test Schalke's resolve with an 11 million euro offer. Matip has also been a transfer target for Everton in the January transfer window but Schalke are reportedly reluctant to sell the 22-year-old who has a contract at the Bundesliga side until 2016. It is also rumoured that La Liga side Real Betis are keen to take Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on loan. The Romanian recently enjoyed a short spell in the Manchester City net but has since lost his place to Joe Hart. Newly-apppointed Betis coach Juan Carlos Garrido is determined to steer Betis away from the foot of the table and believes Pantilimon will offer a safe pair of hands in goal. 17.20 GMT Speaking after Juventus' 4-1 win at Cagliari, general manager Beppe Marotta has re-iterated that Paul Pogba is not for sale. The France international has been linked with a big-money move away from Italy but Marotta insists that he has no intention of selling the 20-year-old midfield prodigy. "We would listen with courtesy to possible offers, but the answer will always be negative," Marotta told Sky Italia. Marotta also had good news for Juventus fans regarding Andrea Pirlo, saying that he expects the veteran playmaker to sign a contract with the club shortly. "We have always showed optimism for Pirlo, due to the fact the player feels good with us and I think his permanence at Juve is expected." 17.00 GMT Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is reportedly at PSV's Philips Stadion to complete a loan deal from Fulham. The 28-year-old playmaker was informed that he was not in Rene Meulensteen's first-team plans and later granted a request to leave for regular football ahead of the World Cup. Dutch journalist @thijsslegers confirmed on Twitter that Ruiz was in Holland undergoing a medical and it is understood that PSV will pay the Cottagers a one million pound loan fee with view to a permanent transfer. 16.45 GMT Reports in Romania say that Steaua Bucharest have turned down a bid from Sampdoria for their captain Alex Bourceanu. The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season but the Romanian champions are hopeful of keeping the midfielder, turning down an estimated 500,000 euro bid from the Serie A side. New Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is desperate to bring in new faces to the Luigi Ferraris but it seems that he will have to look elsewhere. 16.30 GMT Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to be plotting the signing of Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Metro say that Rodgers is keen to add more creativity to the Liverpool midfield and has identified the PSV captain as his preferred candidate. Wijnaldum has scored 39 times in 105 appearances since joining PSV from Feyenoord in 2011 and the 23-year-old could be available for nine million pounds. 16.18 GMT Sunderland fans, are you concerned that your club are scouting League Two players? The Sunday People report that the Premier League strugglers are lining up bids for Hartlepool centre-back Jack Baldwin and Rochdale forward Scott Hogan after manager Gus Poyet reportedly sent scouts to Victoria Park yesterday to watch the two sides. Twenty-year-old defender Baldwin has been recently compared to Liverpool legend Alan Hansen while Rochdale are said to have turned down a bid from Peterborough for top goalscorer Hogan earlier this month. 16.02 GMT Sky Sports are reporting that Celtic have expressed an interest in highly-rated Port Vale goalkeeper Sam Johnson. The 6-foot-7 shotstopper has earned rave reviews at Vale Park this season and it is believed that Bhoys officials have scouted Johnson on a number of occasions. Johnson's arrival could pave the exit for Celtic No.1 Fraser Forster who has attracted interest from a number of European clubs. 15.50 GMT Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Manchester United midfield Anderson. As ESPN reported earlier today, David Moyes is happy to allow the Brazilian to leave the club as part of his re-building plans. Anderson has made only two league starts for the Premier League champions this season and could be set for a move to Florence after six-and-a-half years at Old Trafford. "Anderson is a player who Fiorentina likes and is following, but this certainly applies to many other players," Prade told Sky Sport Italia. "If the right opportunity comes, we will seize the moment but it is useless to talk about an individual name as we have many targets, and many of these have not come out." 15.35 GMT That will bump up his price tag a little more! Claudio Marchisio has come off the bench to put Juventus ahead against Cagliari with a stunning strike. David Moyes has been pictured at the Sant'Elia and is rumoured to be scouting the Italy midfielder along with Cagliari defender Davide Astori. I imagine he will be pretty pleased with what he has seen. 15.23 GMT Torino star Alessio Cerci has dismissed speculation that he will leave the club this January but admits that he could move at the end of the season. The Italy winger has been in fantastic form for the Granata this season, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in 19 Serie A appearances. Cerci has been linked with a number of European sides in the transfer window, notably Juventus, but insists a move to the Italian champions is unlikely. "I will certainly remain in January. In June I don't know, we'll see," he told reporters after Torino's 0-0 draw with Fiorentina. "I am a professional and I know nothing of the interest of Juventus. It is difficult for me to go there, in fact I think that I will not go but football is unpredictable and you never know what might happen." 15.08 GMT Manchester United defender Patrice Evra could be on his way out of Old Trafford at the end of the season. The France left-back is out of contract in the summer and according to the Guardian, the 33-year-old is considering a move abroad with former club Monaco rumoured to be interested. The news will come as a further blow to David Moyes who earlier this week heard Nemanja Vidic's agent say that his client was reluctant to enter contract negotiations at this current stage. Should Evra leave the club, it is expected that Manchester United will re-ignite his interest in Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw. 14.50 GMT Sports Direct News claim Benfica could move for Tottenham's Sandro if Nemanja Matic returns to Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese side seem resigned to losing their Serbian star to Chelsea but hope to reinvest part of his sale into signing Tottenham's Brazilian midfielder. Sports Direct News also say that Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland who could be available for 15 million pounds. The 21-year-old has been in superb form this season, contributing seven goals in 16 Bundesliga matches although Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation. 14.30 GMT Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini says he is confident of making quality signings as his side look to catch up in the Turkish title race. Galatasaray are currently eight points behind leaders Fenerbahce while they face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16. Mancini has already completed the 3.5 million euro signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Izet Hajrovic from Grasshoppers but still hopes to add a few more faces. "It's hard to get good players in January transfer window but I'm sure that we will find what we are looking for," the 49-year-old told a press conference. 14.15 GMT DAVID MOYES HAS BEEN SPOTTED! The Manchester United manager is currently in Italy to watch Cagliari's home match against Juventus. It is rumoured that Moyes could be scouting Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori but BT Sport speculate that he is also keeping an eye on Bianconeri midfield pair Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. Are Manchester United poised to make their first move of the January transfer window?

DAVID MOYES HERE FOR CAGLIARI-JUVENTUS, EXCLUSIVE PIC: IS IT FOR ASTORI? pic.twitter.com/8xQL1pBI0d

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 12, 2014
14.00 GMT Auxerre president Guy Cotret has announced that the club have received an offer from a Ligue 1 club for in-demand striker Paul Georges Ntep. The pacey Cameroon-born forward has been the subject of interest from a number of European clubs such as Arsenal, Newcastle, Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach. However, it seems that a Ligue 1 side have stormed into poll position for his signature after making an attractive offer. "We have received an offer from an important French club," Cortret told French media. It is believed a deal could be completed "in the next 48 hours." 13.40 GMT Manchester United have reportedly joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid starlet Saul Niguez. The Mirror say that Phil Neville flew to Spain last night to watch the 19-year-old attacking midfielder -- who was in action during Rayo Vallecano's 1-0 win over Getafe earlier today. It is believed that coach Neville could also have been scouting Rayo Vallecano centre-back Alex Galvez who is suposedly a target for Borussia Dortmund. 13.20 GMT Celtic assistant manager John Mjallaby has urged Giorgios Samaras to think carefully about his future. The Greece striker is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to La Liga high-flyers Atletico Madrid. However, Mjallaby, who left Celtic for Levante during his own playing career, has warned Samaras to consider his next club carefully. "It could be difficult for Sami if he signs for a club which isn't competing for titles. He loves it at Celtic where he fights for trophies. It's what football is all about," Mjallaby told the Sunday Mail. "He is well off financially anyway. When he finishes he can look at the prize cabinet and bank account. You'd hope it was a club fighting for the title rather than fighting off relegation." 13.10 GMT Barcelona midfielder Xavi could be the next big name heading to the MLS after admitting that he is unsure of his long-term future. Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio wrote on his official website that Barcelona are in discussions with New York Red Bulls regarding the 33-year-old who has played 458 matches for the Catalan side. He reports that Xavi is likely to say goodbye to his Barcelona teammates and head to the U.S. after the World Cup in Brazil. 12.58 GMT ESPN columnist Raphael Honigstein has dismissed rumours that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could be set for a move to Manchester United. The Germany international scored BVB's only goal in the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich last season and Honigstein insists that Real Madrid is the most likely destination if Gundogan is heading anywhere.

Re Gündogan to Man Utd: Dortmund will not sell in January. If he doesn't renew his contract, Real Madrid most likely destination

— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 12, 2014
12.53 GMT Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons has invited Napoli to make a new offer for his services. The Ligue 1 side reportedly turned down a deal worth an estimated 17 million euros for the 24-year-old and Football Italia say Gonalons has not given up hope of a move to Italy. "When big clubs like Napoli are after you, it makes you ask yourself questions," he told reporters. “The President closed the door despite a great offer. I have to accept it, as I don’t want to light a fire within the club. I’ll continue giving my all for Lyon until the end of the season, then we will see. I’ll stay here, but will work hard to ensure new offers come in by June.” Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has reportedly lost patience with the French side and could now turned his attentions to Brazilian midfielder Jorginho who has been impressive in Verona's return to Serie A. 12.42 GMT Director of football Joe Kinnear has warned Newcastle fans the club will stick to its policy of only doing business if the player and the deal are right, and that could mean no new signings in the January transfer window. The Magpies have been linked with a series of potential targets in recent weeks, and manager Alan Pardew has spoken of his hopes of adding to his squad with another striker a particular focus. "Given the business we did last January and with the addition of Loic [Remy] in the summer, it is our belief that we now have a squad that, in terms of quality and quantity, is stronger than we had in the season we finished fifth, and should enable the manager to deal with every reasonable eventuality," Kinnear said in his programme notes ahead of Sunday afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. "For obvious reasons, in January 2013 we did significant business, but this year we can afford to take a more calculated and considered approach -- if the right player becomes available for the right price and we are sure he can improve on what we have in the squad, then we may do business. If not, then we won't. We will not be rushed or forced into making knee-jerk decisions, which experience tells us more often than not turn out to be costly mistakes." 12.33 GMT Stoke look poised to complete the loan signing of Manchester City wonderkid John Guidetti. The Daily Mail say that Mark Hughes has successfully fended off interest from West Ham, Real Betis and Malaga to sign the young Swedish forward, who impressed on a loan deal for Feyenoord two years ago when he scored 20 goals in 23 games. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen for the 21-year-old to have a sustained run of first-team football as he currently has no place for him in the Citizens' free-scoring attack. 12.25 GMT Toronto-bound striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that it is the right time to leave Tottenham after spending a combined nine years at the North London side. The former England forward scored 143 goals in two spells at White Hart Lane but is set to move to Canada at the end of February after restricted first-team opportunities. "I have had a special relationship with the fans over the years but it's football and players move on," Defoe told Sky Sports. "I only had a year left on my contract at Tottenham. If you have a year left and someone comes in and offers you four, you have to think about it and consider your options. It's as simple as that." 12.17 GMT Real Madrid and Juventus could be set for a transfer merry-go-round in the summer, according to reports in Spain and Italy. It is speculated that Juventus will enter the market for another striker at the end of the season if they sell in-demand midfield maestro Paul Pogba, with Karim Benzema reportedly at the top of their list. Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be tracking the France international who could leave the Santiago Bernabeu should Real Madrid swoop for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his strike force in order to transform Juventus into Champions League contenders and has also identified Mario Mandzukic, Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie and Diego Costa as potential options. However, a deal would only be sanctioned if Juventus cash in on Pogba and Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic. 12.03 GMT Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is hoping to boost his side's survival hopes by using his close ties with Manchester United. The Sunday People say that Meulensteen has identified England U20 international Larnell Cole as a player who can add creativity to his squad and is preparing a bid. Cole has found it difficult to break into David Moyes' plans this season after coming through through the academy system and Meulensteen is optimistic of landing the young attacking midfielder with the promise of first-team football. 11.51 GMT Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs is confident that Kevin De Bruyne will join the club after admitting that they are close to finalising a deal with Chelsea. The Belgian winger is reportedly unsettled at Stamford Bridge and has told Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave Chelsea in search of regular first-team football. "It's not that we can confirm the deal just yet, but we are no longer so far apart with Chelsea that we can't bridge the differences," Allofs told Wolfsburger Nachrichten. 11.43 GMT Milan are currently 17 points off the Champions League places in Serie A and despite already adding Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda to their squad, vice-president Adriano Galliani is keen to add at least one more face. Milan have been linked with a number of central midfielders such as Chelsea's Michael Essien and Valencia's Ever Banega but the Daily Mail say that the Rossoneri have now found their man as they seek to tie up a pre-contract agreement with Porto's Fernando. Everton reportedly came close to signing the Brazilian in the summer as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini but it seems that he could now be heading to the Giuseppe Meazza when his contract expires at the end of the season. However, reports in the Portuguese press today say that Fernando has agreed a contract extension with Porto but could still leave for a fee. 11.32 GMT Despite a resurgence to form under new manager Tim Sherwood, Emmanuel Adebayor could be set for a move away from Tottenham. The Sun say that United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain are plotting a move for the Togo forward if Asamoah Gyan completes a loan move to West Ham. The Middle-Eastern side, coached by former Spain international Quique Flores, have already added stars like Michel Bastos to their squad and are hopeful of luring the former Arsenal and Manchester City forward away from White Hart Lane with an attractive salary. 11.21 GMT It's a tale of two Johnson's at Sunderland. The Sunday People say that Gus Poyet is hoping to bring out-of-favour QPR striker Andy Johnson to the Stadium of Light while Adam Johnson could be shown the exit door. The Black Cats' manager has reportedly identified the Rangers man as the solution to the club's goalscoring problems while Adam Johnson could be made the sacrifice despite scoring a hat trick in the 4-1 win at Fulham yesterday. The winger is reportedly a target for the Cottagers and fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. 11.07 GMT Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has announced via Twitter that his time at St. James' Park is about to come to an end. The Argentine winger has struggled for games under Alan Pardew this season and is reportedly desperate for regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup. Gutierrez told Magpies fans: “It was an honour and a pleasure to play with the Newcastle shirt and to have the support of the Geordies." Norwich are rumoured to be considering a bid for Gutierrez while there is further interest from Spain.

thanks for the messages. I enjoy my 5 years at the club, I hope the club finish the highest this season and the best to my team mates.

— jonas gutierrez (@elgalgojonas) January 11, 2014
10.56 GMT Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen to bring Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton to Villa Park. The Mirror say that Tottenham are willing to allow the former England under-21 full-back to leave for around three million pounds and Lambert is reportedly eager to team up with Naughton once again, after taking him on loan during his spell as Norwich manager. Lambert is also expected to make a new bid for Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan after the Canaries rejected an initial offer. 10.44 GMT Stoke boss Mark Hughes has insisted that no players will be leaving the Britannia Stadium until he has brought in reinforcements. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is reportedly hoping to raid his former club as he looks to strengthen the Eagles' survival bid with Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters all being linked with a move to Selhurst Park. "For out-and-out strikers we only have two –- Crouchy and Kenwyne. So to even contemplate them going before being anywhere near bringing anyone in is not the way we’re thinking," Pulis told reporters. “We have to make sure, if anybody does leave, we are stronger as a consequence. There’s no way I will weaken the group by letting players go." 10.31 GMT Everton completed the signing of Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow yesterday and the club's official twitter account has posted a photo of the 27-year-old holding up the famous Toffees' jersey.

PHOTO: New boy Aiden McGeady gets his hands on the Blue shirt #EFC pic.twitter.com/uCBP0TzrTK

— Everton (@Everton) January 12, 2014
10.25 GMT Football, it runs in the family. That's why Manchester United are reportedly eager to sign 16-year-old Jordan Larsson, son of former Celtic, United and Barcelona striker Henrik. The Daily Mail claim that United are keeping tabs on the attacking-midfielder who currently plies his trade with Swedish fourth-tier side Hogaborgs BK. Jordan spent time in Barcelona's youth academy when his father was playing at the Camp Nou and has recently been training with top-flight side Helsingborgs. 10.15 GMT Everton are ready to activate Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi's seven million pound release clause, the Mirror report. The Belgian has attracted interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund but it seems that Roberto Martinez is closing in on the 20-year-old after preparing a seven million pound bid. “The situation is simple. If a club triggers his release clause, he can sit down and start negotiating with them," said Batshuayi’s agent Christophe Henrothay. Batshuayi’s arrival would pave the exit for Hull target Nikica Jelavic. 10.02 GMT Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has lashed out at a number of his players who are becoming too lazy and unprofessional. The Sun say that Etienne Capoue is in Sherwood's firing line and could be sold just five months after joining the North London club if he does not show quick signs of improvement. The France midfielder has recently lost his place in the Spurs lineup to 19-year-old academy star Nabil Bentaleb and now faces a fight for his Tottenham future. 09.52 GMT Liverpool and Napoli could be priced out of a move for Yann M'Vila after Rubin Kazan slapped a 15 million euro price tag on the French midfielder. Reports in Russia say that new Rubin coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov is determined to hold onto the 23-year-old as he aims to steer the Russian side back into the European places.

#Rubin want €15m for Yann M'Villa but neither #LFC nor #Napoli are ready to pay that. The Frenchman obviously wants to leave.

— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) January 12, 2014
09.45 GMT According to the Daily Star, Manchester City are hoping to tempt Juventus into selling midfield prodigy Paul Pogba by offering Stevan Jovetic as part of an exchange deal. The former Manchester United player has been receiving interest from a number of European clubs and City anticipate that the France international could be available for as little as 30 million pounds. Juventus reportedly had a loan proposal turned down for Jovetic earlier in the transfer window but Manuel Pellegrini could offload the injury-plagued Montenegrin to the Old Lady in the summer to sweeten the deal. 09.33 GMT West Ham could be set to lose out on landing Joleon Lescott as Manchester City want to keep hold of the 31-year-old defender until January 20. The Daily Telegraph say that the Hammers have agreed to pay Lescott's 90,000 pound weekly salary on a three-and-a-half year deal but are desperate for the move to go through this week. Sam Allardyce has a severe lack of defensive options following Guy Demel's suspected broken elbow and James Tomkins' red card in the 2-0 win over Cardiff yesterday. It is also believed that Lescott could be holding out on offers from speculated admirers Tottenham and Newcastle. 09.17 GMT: Manchester City are preparing to break the bank for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and are considering a £30 million bid for the youngster, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Could Saints really resist such an offer? 09.00 GMT: Goat curry is what makes Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse tick, but evidently he wants to leave the Toon in order to move to Qatar in search of more. He needs goals too and, according to the Sun on Sunday, Qatar is the place to get them. 08.45 GMT: Anderson used to be good. I remember when he was linked with some of the best clubs in the world and then joined Manchester United for around £30m. Now the Premier League champions are trying to get rid of him and Fiorentina seem keen to take him to Italy, according to the Daily Mail. 07.52 GMT: The Daily Telegraph also claim that Chelsea are ready to spend £21m on a player they previously had at the club: Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. GMT 06.50: The Telegraph is reporting that West Ham United have agreed to sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott. However, the deal, a three-and-a-half year contract worth 90,000 pounds a week, could come unstuck with City refusing to release the England international until after January 20. GMT 05.40: Bayern Munich are targeting Chelsea schemer Juan Mata. According to the Mirror, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola wants to steal the Spain international away from his bitter rival Jose Mourinho. The 25-year-old Mata has had a difficult season under Mourinho and may welcome a move to the reigning European champions. GMT 04.00: A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers have denied reports that midfielder Aaron Mooy has handed in a transfer request, according to the theworldgame.com.au. GMT 01.40: Manchester City are winning the race for the ‘Nigerian Neymar’ -- Musa Yahaya. According to Goal, the 16-year-old was being tracked by Tottenham and clubs in Spain and Portugal, but Manchester City are rumoured to be in deep discussions with the player’s agent, Babawo Mohammed. Arsenal have identified Schalke striker Julian Draxler as the man to shoot them to this season’s Premier League title. The German international has been in strong form for his club this season, especially in the Champions League, where his four goals helped shoot the Bundesliga club into the knockout stages. And with the Gunners currently experiencing an injury crisis in the striking department, Arsene Wenger has identified the 20-year-old as the man to fill the gap. The Daily Star reports that Draxler has a 40 million pound buy-out clause and should Arsenal miss out this transfer window, then they will be back in the summer. Manchester United could be in for a busy January transfer window with the Old Trafford outfit rumoured to be chasing Valencia’s Ever Banega and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao. According to the Mirror, Valencia midfielder Banega has piqued the interest of United boss David Moyes after the 25-year-old told the La Liga club that he wanted to leave. Banega is rated at 12.5 million pounds and could solve the Red Devils’ midfield woes. Meanwhile United continue their long chase of defender Coentrao with The Telegraph reporting that the Portuguese international is close to signing a loan deal for the remainder of the season. Finally, the Mirror is reporting that Chelsea are set to battle London rivals Arsenal for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. The 19-year-old midfielder has been a star on loan with Rayo Vallecano this season, scoring once in 16 appearances. However, the Premier League is firming as a likely destination for the Spain Under-21 international with the Gunners rumoured to already have had talks with Niguez’s representatives. But Chelsea are not giving up the chase with Stamford Bridge club sending their top spy to watch the youngster in action in action against Getafe on Sunday.

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