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Manchester clubs battle for Milinkovic-Savic; Wilshere a target for Palace

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.

Chase on for Milinkovic-Savic

Manchester City are set to launch a bid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with Manchester United and Juventus also monitoring the Lazio attacking midfielder, reports Calciomercato.

Milinkovic-Savic has been in fine form this season, claiming four goals and two assists to help Lazio climb to fourth in Serie A and progress from the Europa League group stage with two matches to spare.

Standing at an impressive 6-foot-4, the Serbian is thought to be a top target for Pep Guardiola, who could make his move in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old moved to Italy from Belgian side Genk in 2015.

Arthur on Man United shortlist

Milinkovic-Savic isn't the only midfielder Manchester United are chasing, with Brazilian starlet Arthur also linked to Jose Mourinho's side by the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old is the next big thing to come out of Brazil and has been tipped to make Tite's World Cup squad after leading Gremio to the Copa Libertadores final.

United face stiff competition for the youngster, however, as Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all continue to track his progress.

Following his first call-up to the Brazil seniors in October, United hope Arthur will choose to follow in former midfielder Anderson's footsteps, heading to Old Trafford after starting out at Gremio.

Palace want Wilshere

Jack Wilshere leads Roy Hodgson's shortlist at Crystal Palace as the beleaguered Eagles boss searches for January reinforcements, reports the Telegraph.

Wilshere has made steady progress at Arsenal since returning from injury, but doubts remain over his long-term future with the Gunners ahead of his contract expiring next summer.

The 25-year-old is desperate to make England's World Cup squad and is reportedly keen to move when the transfer window opens to prove himself to Gareth Southgate.

West Ham, Swansea and Real Betis are also interested, but Hodgson could be the perfect manager to get Wilshere back in the Three Lions setup.

MLS moves begin to mount

The MLS season is over for all but four teams still in the playoffs, and the offseason moves are already starting to mount.

The biggest target for foreign clubs this winter is clearly Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron. The club have already rejected offers for the 23-year-old Paraguayan in the range of $15-20 million, an MLS source confirmed to ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle.

Fredy Montero's future with the Vancouver Whitecaps is also uncertain after his loan from Tianjin Teda expired. Vancouver wants him back, but he said he expects to return to China, while a new loan elsewhere could be waiting.

On the incoming side, The Sun reports Orlando City are interested in bringing in former Real Madrid star Robinho, who is now 33 and playing in his native Brazil. Orlando certainly have money to burn after parting ways with Kaka and Antonio Nocerino, and the Lions also expect a modest fee for Canadian striker Cyle Larin, who is still with the team but has said he wants to seek other challenges.


- Javier Mascherano has hinted that he is keen to end his career at former club River Plate after struggling to hold down a regular place at Barcelona this season, reports The Sun. The 33-year-old has a contract until 2019 but could return to Buenos Aires if Barca deem him surplus to requirements.

- David Moyes could sell Marko Arnautovic in January just four months after he became West Ham's record £25 million signing, according to the Daily Mirror. Moyes has been told he can cash in on the Hammers' underperforming stars, with the potential sale of Arnautovic funding a move for Bournemouth's Harry Arter and Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.

- Real Madrid will prioritise a move for Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga over Manchester United's David de Gea, claims The Sun. Still only 23, Arrizabalaga is regarded as one of the brightest young goalkeepers in Spain, and has been backed for a move to the Santiago Bernabeu when his contract expires at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Arrizabalaga and will look to rival Real Madrid and Juventus for his signature.

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


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