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Real Madrid join Coutinho pursuit; Barcelona scouting Tottenham's Winks

With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here.

Real Madrid eye Coutinho

Barcelona face stiff competition from La Liga rivals Real Madrid to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report states that Madrid are ready to muscle in on Barcelona's "Operation Coutinho," after enquiring about the Brazilian's availability with Liverpool.

Coutinho has been lined up for a January move to the Nou Camp, but Madrid are happy to wait until next summer to finalise a deal should the 25-year-old remain at Anfield.

Paris Saint-Germain also are monitoring Coutinho's situation, as his value looks set to hit the €150 million mark.

For their part, Barca have drawn up a four-man short list should they fail to sign Coutinho. Schalke duo Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer both feature on the list of targets, along with Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt and Monaco's Thomas Lemar.

Barcelona chase Winks

Barcelona are tracking Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks with a view to making an offer in the summer, claims The Sun.

The Catalan giants sent scouts to check in on Spurs' home and away matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League and received glowing reports of Winks' performances.

It's thought that Christian Eriksen was the main interest for Barca, but Winks' displays were so impressive that the 21-year-old was singled out by sporting director Robert Fernandez.

Tottenham have reportedly offered Winks a new contract as he looks to build on his England debut against Lithuania.

Can to Man City?

Following reports that Emre Can will leave Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer, Manchester City have emerged as serious contenders for his signature.

According to Calciomercato, the Premier League leaders will duke it out with Juventus for the Germany international, who has been offered around €4.5 million a year to move to Turin.

Can seems destined to leave Anfield after Liverpool refused to include a release clause in his contract.

The 23-year-old also is being tracked by Bayern Munich, who could be light in midfield if they lose Arturo Vidal to Inter Milan.


- New Leicester boss Claude Puel has hinted that he would be interested in reuniting with playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa in January. The duo previously worked together at Nice, where Ben Arfa contributed 17 goals and six assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances.

- Edinson Cavani has set his sights on returning to Napoli, claims Football Italia. The 30-year-old is enjoying a fine season at Paris Saint-Germain, but doubts remain over his long-term future in Paris, following his spot-kick dispute with Neymar.

- Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United could have to pay up to €89m to sign Dayot Upamecano, according to The Sun. The RB Leipzig centre-back's release clause is set at that amount, with the German club unlikely to accept any lower offers for the 19-year-old.

Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger


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