Man Utd eye Goncalo Guedes, Man City chase Sane, Real Madrid to axe 10
TOP STORY: Man United after Guedes, Madrid to axe 10?
The "next Cristiano Ronaldo" is what The Independent are calling Manchester United's latest target -- Benfica's 19-year-old winger Goncalo Guedes. The Portugal international has scored four goals in 19 appearances this season but United did not do well with the last former Benfica winger they bought. United fans will hope he's more Ronaldo than Angel Di Maria.
A day after they were linked with Real Madrid's Isco, Manchester City are reported to be interested in 19-year-old German international Leroy Sane. The Guardian claims City have made the forward a target but are not prepared to pay the €40 million asking price
Meanwhile, Sport insists that Real Madrid could sell TEN players to fund a new £200m spending spree. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Jese, Isco, Alvaro Arbeloa, Keylor Navas and Denis Cheryshev are all potential departures.
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22.25 GMT: Manchester United are weighing up a bid for Everton's in-form striker Romelu Lukaku, according to the Mirror.
21.44 GMT: Arsenal are awaiting a work permit before finalising a move for Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.
21.22 GMT: Chelsea are prepared to pay Basel £20 million for the services of Breel Embolo, according to the Metro. The West Londoners are expected to shed one of Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao -- or both -- and if they do, they could well be motivated to beat Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona and Juventus to the striker's signature.
21.00 GMT: Chelsea are still at an impasse with Major League Soccer over Didier Drogba as the West London club negotiate to bring the Ivorian back to the club as an assistant to Guus Hiddink, reports the Telegraph.
20.38 GMT: According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, Chelsea are favourites to land Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain at 11-4.
20.16 GMT: Read the full story on Juan Iturbe's loan move to Bournemouth right here.
19.53 GMT: Celtic manager Ronny Deila has put a damper on speculation that Everton winger Aidan McGeady could return to the Glasgow club, as the Merseysiders search for a party interested in the Irish international.
"It has to be players who want to come to Glasgow and play for Celtic, like Carlton Cole," Deila is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner. "He went down a lot in salary. We would not be able to pay the salary that the likes of McGeady are on."
19.31 GMT: Middlesbrough are considering an approach for Fulham striker Ross McCormack, according to the Northern Echo. The West London club may be forced to sell the man they paid £11 million for just 18 months ago in order to finance other business as the Championship club stare down relegation to England's third tier.
19.09 GMT: Ajax manager Frank de Boer has dropped a rather transparent come-and-get-me plea to Swansea, who've been under the stewardship of interim boss Alan Curtis since Dec. 9.
"First you have to see what the plan is at a club and what I and the people I would take with me could add to it," De Boer is quoted as saying in the Star. "The last club I was linked with was Swansea City, I have had no contact with them at this time.
"But what if these people paint me a pretty picture that they are in that category of clubs with which I could do something beautiful? Those are the sort of clubs with which you would want to work. But the most important thing would be the feeling I get."
18.43 GMT: DONE DEAL Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Roma attacker Juan Iturbe on a six-month loan with an option to buy, subject to FA approval and the Argentine securing a work permit.
18.21 GMT: Newcastle are aiming to make Henri Saivet their first signing of the January window. The Shields Gazette reports that the Magpies are in advanced negotiations with the Bordeaux midfielder over a £3.5 million move, but will need to see off competition from Everton and Southampton.
17.59 GMT: Chelsea are locked in a battle to sign "the new Angel Di Maria" with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. French outlet Le10 Sport reports that the West London club are readying a €10 million bid for Giovani Lo Celso of Argentine club Rosario Central.
17.34 GMT: As the Premier League nears embarking on a coaching carousel of epic proportions, with Chelsea certain to have a vacancy and potentially Manchesters United and City, too, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is learning English in preparation for a move to England, according to the Mirror.
17.12 GMT: With Ander Herrera finding minutes difficult to come by at Manchester United, it's only natural his name come up in these January rumours. Less predictable: that Manchester City, should they appoint Pep Guardiola in the summer, would be the ones keen on rescuing the Spaniard from Old Trafford. So says the Express.
16.39 GMT: Arsenal are plotting a £15m bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot, according to The Express.
16.23 GMT: Leicester City fans received a late Christmas present when Claudio Ranieri announced Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are set to stay, but Watford fans received one too. The latest news out of Vicarage Road is that Odion Ighalo isn't going anywhere fast, telling BBC Sport that he doesn't want to leave the London club.
16:07 GMT: Spurs are set to make a move for Barca striker Sandro Ramirez to help supply some more firepower to their front line alongside Harry Kane. The Mirror are reporting the two clubs have already met to discuss the deal.
15.20 GMT: The 'next Cristiano Ronaldo' is what The Independent are calling Manchester United's latest target -- Benfica's 19-year-old winger Goncalo Guedes. One to keep an eye on...
15.07 GMT: And it's not just West Ham who are looking down the divisions for talent as Liverpool have recalled their youngster Ryan Kent from his loan spell at Coventry City.
14.28 GMT: West Ham are delving into the lower leagues of English football as they seek to bolster their squad in this January transfer window. They've got their eye on highly rated Leeds United prospect Sam Byram, according to The Telegraph.
14.03 GMT: Loic Remy is ready to consider a move away from Chelsea after failing to break into the first team, according to The Mirror. The striker's aiming to gain a place in France's Euro 2016 this summer and is attracting attention from Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Monaco.
13.40 GMT: The Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea are preparing an £11m bid for 18-year-old Bologna prodigy Amadou Diawara.
13.29 GMT: Rest assured Leicester City fans, Claudio Ranieri has said Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are committed to staying with the club and is adamant that neither will be sold in January.
13.16 GMT: Struggling Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa could be on his way back to Ligue 1. French media outlets beIN Sports and L'Equipe are both reporting that Marseille have made the Mexico international a priority in this transfer window as they anticipate that current keeper Steve Mandanda is a target for either Liverpool or Aston Villa.
13.07 GMT: Valencia manager Gary Neville will not panic buy this January transfer window despite failing to win since he took charge last month, according to The Daily Mail.
12:55 GMT: Both Manchester clubs are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Isco. According to The Sun, City are already preparing a £32m bid after chief executive Ferran Soriano met with Madrid's Jose Angel Sanchez in the last few days to discuss the move.
MARCA Cover | Isco's Case •Benitez rarely depends on him •Sub in last 3 matches, 0 mins played in the last 2 pic.twitter.com/vWSsUqOzah- RMadridHome (@RMadridHome) January 1, 2016
12.42 GMT: Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is being pursued by both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent. The Italy winger is drawing interest from both clubs after scoring seven goals and adding five assists in 17 league games so far this season.
12.15 GMT: One player who will not be leaving the principality, according to Le Parisien, is Portugual international Joao Moutinho. Zenit Saint Petersburg are thought to be keen on the ex-Porto midfielder, who has been at Monaco since 2013.
12.01 GMT: Le Parisien says Stephan El Shaarawy, 23, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco, is set for a return to AC Milan.
11.52 GMT: L'Equipe says Aston Villa are interested in signing versatile Montpellier defender Daniel Congre. The former France under-21 international, 30, is out of contract in June.
11.43 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United have recalled Will Keane from his loan spell at Preston North End. The striker, who has scored twice in 22 games, will return to Old Trafford after scoring twice in 22 games for the Championship club.
11.25 GMT: Reports suggest Everton are ready to pounce for Scotland keeper David Marshall, with the Toffees hopeful a fee of around £5m will be enough to tempt Cardiff City to sell their captain.
11.05 GMT: Arsenal and Barcelona are interested in signing Celta Vigo forward Nolito, according to the Daily Mail. The 29 year old has a release clause of £12.5m written into his current deal and has alerted interest from elsewhere after telling his club that he will not sign a new contract until the details are resolved.
10.46 GMT: Yahoo Sports are reporting Atletico Madrid have signed Celta Vigo midfielder Augusto Fernandez for the rest of the season plus the next three. The Argentine international has signed for an undisclosed fee with the deal expected to be officially completed once the window opens tomorrow.
10.31 GMT: Newcastle are in the hunt for a new striker, according to Sky Sports. With Papiss Demba Cisse visiting a London specialist for a second opinion on his groin injury and Emmanuel Riviere only just back after his knee problem, rumours have emerged that the north east club could be back in for Charlie Austin. Will the £15m price tag still be too much?
10.12 GMT: Villarreal president Fernando Roig has dismissed the possibility of Denis Suarez leaving the club during the January transfer window. He was being linked with Barcelona.
09.47 GMT: Le Parisien says Paris Saint-Germain are not planning to sign anyone in the January transfer window but if they do end up making a move it could be for Partizan Belgrade winger Andrija Zivkovic. The Serbian international, 19, is also being tracked by Manchester City.
09.29 GMT: Liverpool don't really need him, but it seems Aston Villa don't want him either. What to do with Tiago Lloris?
09.08 GMT: Real Madrid may be getting rid of a bunch of players, but L'Equipe says on loan midfielder Lucas Silva, 22, could return to Real from Marseille this winter. The Brazilian joined the French club in the summer on a season-long loan deal but he lost his starting place in November.
09.00 GMT: Le Parisien says MLS side Columbus and Mexican club America are keen on signing Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao. The Colombian international, 29, has already been linked with a return to Monaco, who are hoping he returns to form so that they can offload him in June.
Man City in Sane chase
A day after they were linked with Real Madrid's Isco, Manchester City are reported to be interested in 19-year-old German international Leroy Sane.
The Guardian claims City have made the forward a target but are not prepared to pay the €40 million asking price which, it is believed, Schalke would demand for Sane. The German club's general manager Horst Heldt has been quoted by Bild as saying: "We don't want to sell him and Leroy doesn't want to leave the club. Even Man City haven't got that much money."
PSG unlikely for Mourinho
Despite leaving Chelsea hovering just above the Premier league relegation zone, there has been no shortage of speculation linking Jose Mourinho with new jobs.
The Portuguese manager has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and there has even been talk of a return to Real Madrid, where he was in charge from 2010-13.
Another possible destination was thought to be Paris Saint-Germain but The Mail reports that that is unlikely, with the Ligue 1 champions set to give current boss Laurent Blanc a new contract.
Still, at least Mourinho knows he has at least one job offer on the table...
Elneny needs Arsenal work permit
Mohamed Elneny has moved a step closer to becoming an Arsenal player after successfully completing a medical and agreeing personal terms. However, before his €10m move from Basel can be finalised, the Egyptian must secure a work permit.
The Guardian reports that Elneny's case is complicated by the fact that his national team has slipped out of FIFA's top 50. However, given that the midfielder has featured regularly for Egypt in recent years, an appeal is likely to see special dispensation granted.
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