Manchester United have been given the green light to move for an £85m midfield star, while Man City have joined the hunt for a Dortmund star, according to the weekend’s European papers.
PJANIC HOPES ALIVE FOR MAN UTD
Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic due to tension between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, a report claims.
This is according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, who state that Pjanic will leave Juve in January after becoming unhappy playing alongside the Portugal star.
The report suggests that the Bosnia international with Real Madrid as a replacement for Luka Modric, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.
However, it also mentioned that Untied are in for the £85million-rated playmaker, with Jose Mourinho keen on signing a world-class midfielder to help transform his side’s fortunes.
ARSENAL JOIN RACE TO SIGN LYON SENSATION
Arsenal have reportedly joined the queue of clubs who are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The 20-year-old has been in the headlines after some outstanding performances this season and impressed again as the Ligue 1 club held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Indeed Pep Guardiola was very impressed with the young midfielder, leading to speculation that City could be ready to make a move for a player who is also on Liverpool and Chelsea’s radar.
Lyon are already said to have rejected an approach from Maurizio Sarri’s men, while Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been keeping tabs on the player for more than two years.
But L’Equipe now claims that the Gunners want to seal Aouar’s signature as they look for a long-term replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.
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AND THE REST
Man City are set to do battle with both Juventus and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Germany and Borussia Dortmund’s promising midfielder Julien Weigl (Don Balon)
Liverpool are working on a £44m bid for James Rodriguez amid uncertainty over his future (Don Balon)
Andreas Christensen, Diego Llorente, Jorge Mere and Unai Nunez are among those on Barcelona’s shortlist to act as cover for Samuel Umtiti (Mundo Deportivo)
Neymar has no plans to leave Paris Saint-Germain (Canal+)
Real Madrid are set to swoop for Exequiel Palacios and Juan Quintero, both of River Plate (Don Balon)
Tottenham have quoted Real Madrid a €250m fee for playmaker Christian Eriksen (Marca)
Barcelona are ready to do everything they can to ensure they win the race for Matthijs de Ligt’s signature (Sport)
Mario Giufreddi, the agent of Chelsea target Elseid Hysaj, has dropped a hint about the right-back’s potential stay at Napoli (Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli)
Real Sociedad are hoping that Liverpool sign Christian Pulisic so they can move for Reds star Daniel Sturridge (El Gol Digital)
Paris Saint-Germain have joined Real Madrid in the race to sign Manchester City teenager Brahim Diaz (Diario AS)
Barcelona are ready to offer a three-year contract extension to full-back Jordi Alba but there is interest from other clubs (El Mundo Deportivo)
Napoli rejected offers for Marek Hamsik from Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis (Football Italia)
AC Milan starlet Alen Halilovic is not reportedly looking to leave the rossoneri in the upcoming January transfer window (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fulham have expressed interest in Inter winger Antonio Candreva, with Claudio Ranieri keen to bolster his squad with experience for the second half of the Premier League season (Tuttomercatoweb)
Would-be Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta is reportedly ready to give stiff competition to his former side Juventus in an attempt to sign Fiorentina starlet Federico Chiesa (Tuttosport)
Manchester City have emerged as frontrunners to sign highly-rated Benfica midfielder Tiago Dantas (Record)
Reports suggest Milan could sell Hakan Calhanoglu in January, with RB Leipzig and Schalke 04 interested, but he’d cost at least €15m (Tuttomercatoweb)
Giovani Lo Celso says his future is with Real Betis after impressing at the Andalusian club on loan from Paris Saint-Germain (Marca)
Serie A giants AC Milan and Roma are reportedly set to go head to head in an attempt to acquire Ajax’s Donny van de Beek and Sao Paolo defender Rodrigo Caio (Corriere dello Sport)