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Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal to raid Spain for £47m striker with bargain second deal for Juventus star closing in; Man Utd target Barcelona man with £430m exit clause

Mouctar Diakhaby, Ferran Torres, Valencia v Barcelona in LaLiga game at Mestalla

Arsenal are looking to sign a Barcelona attacker, while a brilliant coup for a Juventus man also on their radar, Manchester United want to sign a teenager with a £430m release clause, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Newcastle are hoping to secure a world-class star on a free transfer.

FERRAN TORRES TOPS ARSENAL’S JANUARY WISHLIST

Arsenal are exploring a possible raid on Spain amid claims Barcelona are ready to cash in on the forward.

Torres moved to the Nou Camp in January 2021, sealing a move from Mancheter City for £47m (€55m). In that time, he has six goals and four assists in 31 LaLiga appearances.

However, he has never quite convinced Xavi in that time with the signing widely known to be one made by president Joan Laporta.

And with Xavi preferring a front three of Robert Lewandowski, Raphina and Ousmane Dembele, reports in Spain claim they are ready to cash in.

Indeed, they are seemingly seeking their £47m investment back for Torres, which has led to links to Arsenal.

The Gunners are seeking to sign a new wideman in January with Mykhaylo Mudryk their No 1 target. And while talks are progressing nicely for the Ukrainian, he may yet prove too costly.

That’s not the case with Torres, though, who does fall within their budget.

Torres can play off either wing and also centrally, which covers their demands with Gabriel Jesus facing three months out.

And the 22-year-old, who was part of Spain’s World Cup squad that crashed out in the last 16, has also worked with Mikel Arteta before at City.

As a result, the Gunners are reportedly giving serious thoughts to his signing from Barcelona.

Arsenal want Adrien Rabiot as well as Ferran Torres

Arsenal are also emerging as strong favourites to sign Adrien Rabiot, per reports in Italy.

The midfielder falls out of contract at the end of the season and has seemingly no intention of renewing his deal. Furthermore, he also recently made clear his wish to play in the Premier League.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle are among those reportedly keen – but it seems the strongest move is being made by Arsenal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is also desperate to sign a new central midfielder in January to cover and compete with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

As such, Calciomercato reports that Arsenal are strongly pushing to get his signing over the line.

They report the Gunners plan to either sign Rabiot on a pre-contract agreement that will see him move on July 1. However, they want his signing wrapped up sooner. To that end, the Gunners are reportedly readying a bid of around £12m to secure his signing in the January window.

Calciomercato reporter Daniele Longo rates the chances of a deal being done, with Juve looking to cut costs amid mounting legal disputes.

MAN UTD PUSHING TO SIGN ALEJANDRO BALDE

Man Utd are pushing to sign Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde, who has just 18 months left on his deal. Balde has become Barca’s first-choice left-back this season, and currently has a £430m exit clause in his deal. (Mundo Deportivo)

Tottenham are emerging as favourites to sign Inter Milan defender Stefan De Vrij on a pre-contract agreement. Atletico Madrid are also in the mix to sign the Netherlands defender. (Mundo Deportivo)

Brighton have no intentions of selling Alexis Mac Allister in January amid reports claiming Tottenham were planning a move. (Fabrizio Romano)

Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes insists his side remain relexed despite confirming Man Utd interest in Jeremie Frimpong. (Sky Deutschland)

Leicester City are hopeful of securing a deal for Jeremie Boga with Atalanta ready to cash in on the winger. (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid are looking elsewhere after turning down the chance to sign Ilkay Gundogan in January. (various)

Liverpool are considering their options after learning Fiorentina have no intentions of allowing impressive Morocco star Sofyan Amrabat leave in the January transfer winow. (Fiorentina.it)

MEMPHIS DEPAY TRANSFER OPTION FOR ERIK TEN HAG

Manchester United are strongly thinking about a move for Memphis Depay with the Barcelona winger costing a fraction of the price needed to sign Cody Gakpo. (Sport)

Arsenal have learned Inter Milan have no interest in swapping Takehiro Tomiyasu for Denzel Dumfries in January. (Fabrizio Romano)

Inter Milan remain extremely keen on a move for Leeds’ Tyler Adams, with his World Cup displays reinforcing their long-term interest in the USA midfielder. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal are ready to join the list of clubs looking to poach Joao Felix following claims he can leave Atletico Madrid in January. (AS)

Barcelona are planning a January move for Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi after his starring role for Morocco at the World Cup. (Mundo Deportivo)

Salernitana are in talks over a deal to sign 36-year-old Napoli goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. (Football Italia)

The Brazil Football Federation plan to ask Pep Guardiola if he would consider an offer to become their next coach. (Sport)

Liverpool will be without Luis Diaz until March with the Colombian needing more surgery on a knee ligament tear. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leeds United are ready to challenge Wolves for the £26m signing of Matheus Cunha in January – and may well have the transfer edge thanks to Jesse Marsch. (The Athletic)

NEWCASTLE TARGET INCREDIBLE MILAN SKRINIAR SWOOP

Newcastle are pushing to sign Milan Skriniar on a blockbuster free transfer with the defender yet to agree fresh terms at Inter Milan. (Calciomercatoweb)

AC Milan’s move for Hakim Ziyech is on the brink of collapse with the Chelsea winger seeking £130,000 a week. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Xavi plans to use Jules Kounde at right-back for the rest of the season, much to the Barcelona defender’s annoyance. (Sport)

Bologna are closing on the signing of Athletico Paranaense defender Luan Patrick. (Lance)

Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun insists he has no regrets at signing for Everton, saying he would repeat the move if the time came again. (Sporx)

Roma are preparing to sell Matias Vina in January, with Galatasaray keen on the Uruguay international full-back. (Nicola Schira)

Juventus are ready to move on Weston McKennie, Adrien Rabiot and Leandro Parades to secure to signing of Mason Mount. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United are stepping up efforts to sign Josko Gvardiol – but must match Man City’s bid amid claims they are willing to spend £86m on the World Cup sensation. (Foot Mercato)