Manchester United have made approaches for three central midfielders valued at a total of £200m, while Liverpool look set to miss out on a long-term target after Barcelona signalled their interest, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE THREE MIDFIELDERS IN THEIR SIGHTS
Manchester United have made contact with the agents of three central midfield targets, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.
United boss Jose Mourinho has strongly hinted the club are ready to make a splash in the January market, despite saving their business for the summer in recent seasons.
While Mourinho is keen to add a wide attacker to his ranks, reports on the continent have suggested it is in central midfield that the United boss is most keen to strengthen – especially with Marouane Fellaini seemingly heading for the Old Trafford exit door.
As such, Spanish outlet Don Balon claim United officials have contacted Valencia over their midfield star Carlos Soler, who has long been on the radar of Mourinho. Soler has been in fine form this season as Valencia have returned to the upper echelons of La Liga.
The 20-year-old has risen through the ranks of the club and has a €80million (£71m) release clause in his contract. However, Don Balon claim United have asked Valencia if there is any room for manoeuvre over his fee and could instead look to strike a deal around the €60million (£53.4) mark.
In addition, Don Balon also claim United have spoken with Real Madrid officials over a deal for another long-term target in Toni Kroos. It’s claimed Real are willing to sell the Germany midfielder in order to free up funds for a blockbusting summer move for Neymar.
Kroos would cost United €101m (£90m) given the player is still only 27-years-old and seemingly approaching his peak.
And finally, Il Bianconero claims United are also back in for Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, with the club having asked about a deal for the midfielder. Barcelona are reportedly ready to let Gomes leave for a fee of around £35m-£40million, with the Italian outlet claiming United will battle Juventus for his signature this month.
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has hinted that the Catalan giants will look to bring in new players this month (Barca TV)
Barcelona will go head to head with Inter Milan for Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij after Liverpool ended their interest in the Dutchman (Tuttosport)
Roma have contacted Manchester United over a deal for Matteo Darmian (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus remain favourites to sign Emre Can from Liverpool despite reports in Italy stating Manchester United have made contact with his agent (Corriere dello Sport)
Barcelona are ready to give Samuel Umtiti a new contract to ward off Manchester United and Manchester City interest, who are looking to activate his £54m release clause (Mundo Deportivo)
Eden Hazard is no longer a Real Madrid transfer target with the La Liga champions putting their trust in Marco Asensio (Marca)
West Brom could be set to cancel the loan deal of Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG, with reports in Spain suggesting he may join Getafe on loan instead (Diario AS)
Long-term Spurs target Milan Badelj looks set to join one of AC Milan or Roma if he leaves Fiorentina this month (Calciomercato)
Leicester have vowed to keep Riyad Mahrez amid fresh talk Roma will launch a £30million bid for the Algerian (Gazetta dello Sport)
Paris Saint-Germain are keen to cash in on Goncalo Guedes – currently on loan at Valencia – in the January transfer window (Marca)
Gerard Deulofeu wants to re-join AC Milan rather than sign for either Inter Milan or Napoli should be leave Barcelona this month (Calciomercato)
Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto could be set to join Valencia despite suggestions he had agreed a switch to Sporting Lisbon (AS)
Gigi Buffon has urged Gianluigi Donnarumma to sign for Juventus in the summer and become his heir for club and country (Gazetta dello Sport)
Huddersfield Town are closing on the signing of Holland international Terence Kongolo from Monaco (Telefoot)
Borussia Monchengladbach have launched a £10m bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxford (Kicker)
AC Milan starlet Manuel Locatelli, who has been linked with Arsenal, is expected to leave the club on loan this month – with Fiorentina likely suitors (Corriere dello Sport)
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga should complete a £17.8million transfer to Real Madrid in the next few days (Marca)