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Inter Milan eager to take Man United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours.

Inter inquire about Mkhitaryan loan

Life for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United hasn't been going well and Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter Milan are ready to offer him a lifeline to jumpstart his flagging form.

Jose Mourinho has given the Armenia international fewer and fewer chances as the season has progressed, even leaving him out of the squad entirely for some of the team's matches in October and November.

Mkhitaryan's confidence has taken a shot under the United boss, a reality that was on full display in United's 2-2 draw with Leicester when the 28-year-old wasted a chance to put his team two up after Romelu Lukaku had played him close in on goal.

The outlet reports that Man United want £35 million for the attacking midfielder, but that Inter are only willing to take him on loan in the winter window as the club needs to sell players to comply with FFP regulations before they could buy.

Arsenal lead Chelsea in Bailey race

Arsenal are the front-runners in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, claims the Mirror, though Chelsea and Manchester United remain contenders.

The Premier League trio could strike a deal for the Jamaican at £30m after a sensational season to date in the Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old was strongly linked with Hull before moving to Leverkusen in January in a £12.4m move from Genk.

The Blues are already rumoured to have had a £22m offer knocked back by Leverkusen. But after two glowing showing from Bailey in the last week (against Hannover and Borussia Moenchengladbach), the Gunners are thought to be ready to bid more aggressively to strike a deal.

Pep wants Skriniar to strengthen defence

Manchester City are looking to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan with the Express reporting that the Slovakian is Pep Guardiola's No.1 target.

The Nerrazzurri's back four has been transformed since signing the centre-back from Sampdoria for €23m -- conceding just 14 goals in Serie A. With John Stones hurt and Vincent Kompany also an injury risk, money will be made available in January.

The 22-year-old appears to have leaped ahead of Virgil van Dijk as the priority, with Southampton omitting the Dutch international from their squad to face Huddersfield on Saturday.

Luciano Spalletti has steered the Nerazzurri towards a surprise Scudetto challenge, and with Skriniar's contract running until 2022 City will need to pay a huge fee to even tempt Inter into selling.

Further reinforcements at the Etihad, perhaps with a view to bolstering their Champions League bid could come in midfield. ESPN FC sources are also reporting a move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who impressed in a 2-1 win over Guardiola's side earlier this month, could also be in the works.

Spurs plot Barkley and Shaw in January

Tottenham are planning a double January swoop to sign Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw, reports the Express.

The Everton midfielder is only now returning to fitness and having not signed an extension to his deal that expires next summer, a move in January is highly likely.

Chelsea may try to make another move for the 24-year-old with Arsenal and West Ham also keen, while Shaw is likely to be able to choose between Newcastle or reuniting with Mauricio Pochettino.

If United do sell Shaw, they are likely to push ahead with plans to sign Fulham's left-sided super talent Ryan Sessegnon for around £25m.


- Sunderland are hoping to take advantage of Chris Coleman's familiarity with Wales international Ben Woodburn to loan the Liverpool starlet, reports the Mirror.

Leeds are also keen, while the Black Cats could also move for Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes to boost their hopes of survival as they currently sit inside the relegation zone.

- Mauricio Pochettino is a coaching target for Paris Saint-Germain should Unai Emery fail with the Ligue 1 giants this season, according to the Mirror.

The Argentinian has done an outstanding job with Spurs and could find himself in familiar territory after spending two years in the French capital as a player. Daniel Levy's notoriously tough negotiating could make a deal impossible though. That could then turn PSG to approach former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who is currently without a club.

- Manchester United will demand £5m to sell goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, currently on loan at Aston Villa, reports the Mail.

The 24-year-old, who has only 18 months remaining on his deal at Old Trafford, is wanted by West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace.



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