Paper Talk: Man Utd linked with free-transfer swoop; Juve serious about Can

Date published: Wednesday 27th December 2017 9:14

Lassana Diarra: Midfielder wanted by Prem duo

Juventus want to offer a player in exchange as they try to lure Emre Can to Turin, while Antonio Conte has set his sights on a Chile star, all in the papers.



Juventus are reportedly trying to use Marko Pjaca in the prospective deal to get Liverpool’s Emre Can to Turin.

Can as been a Juve target since the summer, when they failed to get the German on board, but with Can’s contract due to expire next summer, the German appears to be slipping through the net at Anfield.

Can wants a new contract, with a release clause, but Liverpool are refusing to bow to pressure from the 23-year-old.

The Italian champions can officially approach Can next month regarding a pre-contract agreement. And Tuttosport claims Pjaca will be used as bait in the deal.

The 22-year-old left winger arrived from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2016 for £20million and has just recovered from a cruciate knee injury.

Hardly the man Liverpool will want to replace Can, but they may not have much choice with Can set to walk away for free.



Jose Mourinho has been tipped to to be reunited with Lassana Diarra, who is available on a free after leaving Al Jazira (Sport Witness)

Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn is a target for Leeds, Norwich, Preston and Sunderland who all want to sign the Wales striker on loan. (The Sun)

Manchester United and Chelsea target Alex Sandro has been warned he must “repay” the faith shown in him by Juventus. (The Sun)

Barcelona have five bargain players on their radar heading into the January transfer window – and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is one of them. (Express)

Manchester United have reportedly slapped a £35m price-tag on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (The Sun)

Liverpool and Arsenal are battling it out for £42m Mexican striker sensation Hirving Lozano. (Daily Star)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, is top of Barcelona’s transfer targets but the La Liga giants are looking at making five signings in the January transfer window. (Marca via Daily Express)

Marouane Fellaini is holding out for £170,000 a week as he mulls over his future at Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton have finally admitted defeat in keeping hold of star defender Virgil Van Dijk, 26, but will not sell for less than £70m. (Sun)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce does not believe Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud will be moving to Goodison Park in January as the striker’s wife does not want to move north of Watford. (Liverpool Echo)

But the Toffees have shown an interest in Besiktas’ German-born Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun, 26. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are ready to hand 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere a new long-term contract. (Sun)

Jose Mourinho wants to add a number 10 to his Manchester United squad in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is yet to sign a new deal with the Serie A club, with Real Madrid interested in the 24-year-old. (Calciomercato, via Daily Express)

West Ham are interested in Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 29, but face competition from Arsenal and Everton. (Sun)

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has emerged as a managerial target for Swansea City, as they refuse to rush their decision on replacing Paul Clement. (Wales Online)

Marouane Fellaini, 30, is unsure whether he will stay at Manchester United even if he is offered an improved contract. (Humo)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has to make some decisions on where some of his youngsters, who are currently out on loan, will spend the rest of the season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with Arturo Vidal next summer. (La Cuarta)

Midfielder Yaya Toure’s agent says the 34-year-old midfielder will not leave Manchester City in January. (Sky Sports)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has warned it will take an “astronomical” bid to sign striker Moussa Dembele, 21, in January with Brighton, West Ham and Everton all keen. (Daily Mirror)

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, 34 has received offers of legal advice in his bid to overturn a court ruling set to leave him homeless in the wake of his divorce. (Mirror)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard says Lionel Messi is the “best player in the world” – despite Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or. (Express)

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