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Transfer Talk: Manchester United target Jadon Sancho in £100m January spree

The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.

TOP STORY: Manchester United to back Mourinho in January

There has been plenty of speculation about Jose Mourinho's future -- but there are no doubts among the Manchester United hierarchy, according to the Guardian.

It reports that they will back Mourinho to strengthen his squad in the winter if the right deals can be struck, with "more than £100 million potentially available."

The United boss, frustrated in his summer search for another centre-half, wants a defender and a forward and "will be supported should a player who can improve the squad become available."

Although he had been interested in Leicester's Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, moves did not materialise "because the board did not believe that either was an upgrade" on the defenders already at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, the Mirror says United are "shock favourites to sign former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho" as the Borussia Dortmund player attracts interest from around Europe.

Sancho has produced a succession of outstanding performances since arriving in the Bundesliga, earning a call-up to the most recent England squad.

The Mirror adds that despite City having a buy-back clause in the deal that took Sancho to BVB, United are the likeliest leaders in any race for the 18-year-old.


16.55 BST: Sandro Ramirez endured a torrid time at Everton, scoring just one competitive goal for them in what is likely to be his only season for the club.

This year, he joined Real Sociedad on loan, and the Spain forward said his move to Goodison Park failed because of the style of play, he told El Desmarque.

15.45 BST: Looks like Bayern Munich are looking forward to the January arrival of Alphonso Davies...

15.25 BST: TuttoMercatoWeb write that Chelsea have "taken the first steps" in a bid to sign Milan winger Suso.

The former Liverpool man has been one of the star performers at the San Siro for a number of years, and has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham.

14.52 BST: Reports have claimed in recent days that Loris Karius could return to Liverpool as Besiktas are unhappy with his performances while on loan.

However, sources have told ESPN FC that this is not the case, and that Besiktas are happy with Karius' displays.

13.34 BST: Leeds United are interested in signing Alaves winger Ibai Gomez in January, according to AS.

Gomez, 28, has scored three goals in 10 league starts for Alaves, who he joined from Athletic Bilbao in 2016. Out of contract in June, Gomez had been linked to a summer return to Athletic, with Real Sociedad also reportedly interested.

12.10 BST: Bayern Munich expect to have Alphonso Davies in their matchday squad fairly regularly once he joins the club in January.

Davis, 17, signed for Bayern on a €19m transfer over the summer, and with his MLS campaign over, he'll fly to Germany after the international break to begin training with the first team.

"When you spent that much money on a player, you will certainly not park him in the reserves," coach Niko Kovac said at a news conference on Monday.

11.39 BST: It's clear why Jadon Sancho left Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund, as he told Sport Bild.

"You can see that right now: I get a lot of playing time," he said. "That's important for young players to develop. You never know what happens in the future, but right now I am happy here."

As noted, Sancho, who earned his first England call-up earlier this month, has drawn plenty of interest around Europe for his performances, though Dortmund are not willing to let him go.

"I am convinced that Jadon will play here for quite some time -- and there are reasons for it," said sporting director Michael Zorc.

11:00 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have signed Dele Alli to a six-year deal, tying him to the club through the 2023-24 season.

Alli, 22, joined Tottenham in 2015, has scored 48 goals in all competitions across four seasons and has won 31 caps for England.

09.55 BST: Barcelona sent scout Ariedo Braida to Italy two weeks ago in order to watch Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo and Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cancelo moved to Juve from Valencia for €40m in July, making it unlikely that they would move on from the defender so quickly.

Piatek, meanwhile, has scored nine goals in nine appearances since joining Genoa from Cracovia in July for €4m, and his agent told Calciomercato that Genoa "will not give up Piatek in January."

09.06 BST: On-loan Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson downplayed the chance of a permanent move to Hoffenheim despite having scored four goals in seven appearances.

"At the moment, I'm very happy here," Nelson, 18, told the Bundesliga website. "I'm playing [and] I'm scoring, but I'm an Arsenal player at the end of the day, so I have to stay and do my job here, then wherever football takes me, I'll go."

08.27 BST: The agent of River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios denied reports that Real Madrid will pay €20m for his client in January and said he is in talks with Inter Milan.

"I haven't spoken to Real Madrid and there is no concrete offer," Palacios' agent, Renato Corsi, told Ole. "We've only had talks with Inter but nothing was agreed. Inter are monitoring the player."

Palacios, who won his first cap for Argentina in September, would remain at River until the end of the Superliga season before arriving at Madrid in June, according to Marca.


Battle for Chelsea target Tonali hots up

Maurizio Sarri's hopes of signing Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali could be in the balance after Inter Milan sent scouts to watch him, the Sun reports.

Sarri wants to bring in Tonali, but Inter are stepping up their interest in the Italy under-19 international amid reports that Chelsea are ready to pay up to £20 million.

The Londoners scouted Tonali -- who has been compared to Andrea Pirlo -- against Padova earlier this month, but a number of other clubs remain interested.

AC Milan, Juventus, Monaco and Roma have all been linked, but Sarri "is a long-term admirer who wanted Tonali when he was coaching Napoli, and a big offer would put Chelsea at the front of the queue."


-- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he wants new players, with TalkSport reporting that goalkeeper Andre Onana could be one of them.

Cameroon international Onana was a target for Marseille in the summer only for Ajax to refuse to let him leave -- and they, along with unnamed clubs from Spain, could also move for him.

-- New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith wants Villa old boy Barry Bannan to return to the club and is prepared to pay Sheffield Wednesday £8 million for him, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Smith "has identified Bannan as the player who can provide the extra creativity he feels Villa need in the middle of the park" and has made him his top target.

-- Premier League and Championship clubs are monitoring Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis, who has starred in his team's rise to the top of League One -- but he is unlikely to leave Fratton Park soon.

Brighton, Leeds and Derby are reported to be among those watching the Republic of Ireland under-21 international, but the News suggests Pompey will not let him go.


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