Lindelof availability complicates Man United plans as Chelsea chase Verratti
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Mourinho may not get his No. 1 target
Jose Mourinho's admission that Manchester United may not make any signings in the January transfer window could stem from the unavailability of Victor Lindelof due to Champions League commitments with Benfica, according to the Mirror.
Benfica are unwilling to sell one of their top performers while they are still competing in Europe. But the 21-year-old Sweden international is said to be Mourinho's No. 1 target as he looks to reinforce a defence that is actually the joint-third best in the Premier League.
Chelsea confident of signing PSG playmaker Verratti
Chelsea are confident of signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti and will firm up their interest next month, according to the Mail. The French champions want more than £30 million for the highly rated Italy international, but Chelsea hope to broker a deal for less than £40m.
That kind of figure may not be a problem for the Premier League leaders if Oscar's proposed move to Shanghai SIPG goes through.
Verratti, who is contracted to PSG until 2021, is likely to have been identified specifically by Antonio Conte, whom Verratti played for with the Italy national team.
Van Dijk to take his pick from top Prem League clubs
Virgil Van Dijk could take his pick of the top Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, with Chelsea, Manchester City and possibly Arsenal interested in signing the Netherlands international, according to the Herald.
However, Southampton hope to put off suitors by putting a £50m asking price on the defender. That tactic has already worked with Liverpool, who are believed to have dropped out of the running for the 25-year-old.
Having signed a six-year contract with the Saints in the summer, they are able to command a hefty fee for a player they originally signed for a reported £13m in September 2015.
-- Manchester United's Memphis Depay could complete a permanent transfer to Everton in the January transfer window rather than just a loan deal, the Manchester Evening News reports. The 22-year-old Netherlands international is out of favour under Mourinho at Old Trafford and is set to be one of a number of players moved on next month.
-- Borussia Dortmund are taking interest in Julian Weigl seriously enough that they will offer the midfielder a new contract until 2021, according to the Mirror. Weigl, 21, has caught the eye of Manchester City and Bayern Munich, while Real Madrid have also been linked recently. The Germany international's new deal will see him triple his wages from £20,000-per-week to £60,000-per-week.
-- West Ham United seem likely to cut short the loan spell of Simone Zaza in the Premier League, after just nine appearances and no goals. The player's agent, Vincenzo Morabito, in quotes from Juvenews reported by the Guardian, claims a return to parent club Juventus will "definitely" happen, adding that if Zaza is not needed by the Bianconeri "there are plenty of other options."
-- Stoke City want to re-sign Asmir Begovic on a six-month loan deal from Chelsea to reinforce their goalkeeping options since No. 1 Jack Butland is injured and stand-in Lee Grant is set to return to Derby County. The Mirror reckons that with Chelsea out of the EFL Cup and not playing in Europe this season, there is a chance the Bosnian could return to his former club on a short-term deal.