Paper Talk: Man Utd and Man City close on transfers

Date published: Thursday 31st December 2015 9:44

Felipe Anderson: Lazio midfielder linked with Manchester United

Manchester United and Manchester City are in talks over January transfers, while a high-profile manager has set his sights on the Premier League.


Manchester United are close to the £35million signing of Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson, according to The Sun, as they look to add creativity to their side in the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail reports that United also hold an interest in Sadio Mane, but Southampton are unwilling to sell one of their key men midway through the season, leaving the Red Devils to re-open talks over the possibility of signing a player Louis van Gaal identified as a target back in the summer.

The Sun, however, say United officials have already been to Rome to discuss terms with Lazio for Anderson, who has a £35million release clause in his contract. United are trying to agree a deal that would see them spend ‘close to that’ on the 22-year-old Brazilian, the newspaper adds.


With United looking to spend when the transfer window re-opens, Manchester City are also keen to strengthen their squad and are preparing a £32million bid for Real Madrid forward Isco, also according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old, who played for Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, is said to be unhappy with his bit-part role at the Bernabeu, with City chief executive Ferran Soriano reported to have met Madrid counterpart Jose Angel Sanchez in the last few days to discuss the details of a possible deal.

The tabloid adds that, while Barcelona star Lionel Messi remains a target for the summer, City also have Real’s Karim Benzema and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on their shopping list and could let Wilfried Bony move on if they land either player.


Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is already learning English having set his sights on either the Manchester United or Chelsea job in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

Allegri is on Chelsea’s list of potential candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge if Guus Hiddink is not kept on beyond the end of the season, but Van Gaal could also be out of work by then if United do not get their campaign back on track.

Allegri will have only one year remaining on his contract at Juve in the summer and could be ready for the new challenge if he can lead the Turin club to another Serie A title.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, like United chiefs, fear Pep Guardiola has already decided to join Manchester City, leaving Allegri in the running alongside Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Italy boss Antonio Conte for the job at Stamford Bridge.


Mathieu Debuchy is set to leave Arsenal after talks with Arsene Wenger, with Roma and Lyon interested (Daily Mail)

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink does not want to loan Loic Remy to Aston Villa (The Guardian)

Liverpool are pushing to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, but a deal is unlikely in January (Daily Mail)

Leicester City are finally set to offer Jamie Vardy a new contract in an effort to kill off interest from Chelsea and Manchester City (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester have targeted Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic after the Ukraine club intimated they would sell him in January for £16million (Daily Mail)

Everton have opened talks with Grasshopper Zurich over a £3million deal for young striker Shani Tarashaj, who will be loaned back to the Swiss club for the rest of the season (Daily Mail)

Sunderland are weighing up a bid for Stoke utility player Marc Wilson (Daily Mail)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is ready to cut short the season-long loan of QPR defender Steven Caulker (Daily Mirror)

Watford strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney will be handed bumper pay-rises to keep them at the club (Daily Mirror)

Juan Iturbe has begun training with Bournemouth after a £1.1million season-long loan fee was agreed (The Sun)

Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for the latest non-league hidden gem, Hitchin Town right-back Kane Smith, 19 (The Sun)

Norwich City have made enquiries for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia and are willing to pay £7million (Daily Mail)

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