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Transfer Talk! Alaba to Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool? Arsenal eye Eriksen

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elcome back to our LIVE rolling coverage of all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours with the January window fast approaching.

While Covid-19 has had a huge impact on clubs’ finances across the world, big money was still spend in the summer window and will no doubt change hands once again as we enter 2021.

There will also be the chance to land some big players on pre-contract agreements for the summer, with Lionel Messi unlikely to sign a new deal at Barcelona following his extraordinary fallout with the club.

Manchester City look odds-on to land the Argentine legend with Pep Guardiola in charge, but a reunion with Neymar at PSG is also a distinct possibility.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are struggling for creativity in midfield and could turn to an unlikely source: Christian Eriksen. The Danish playmaker’s move from Tottenham to Inter Milan hasn’t quite worked out, and Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Gunners could make a January move for the former Spurs hero.

Meanwhile, Jack Grealish is a wanted man amid suggestions Man City will rival Man United for the Aston Villa captain’s signature.

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Grealish a top target for Premier League’s elite

Manchester United were put off signing Jack Grealish by Aston Villa’s £80m valuation in the summer – and that figure is unlikely to have dropped since then with the Villa captain starring this season along with earning his first England cap.

The Mirror reports that Villa are expecting United to be back in for Grealish in January, with their noisy neighbours Man City also interested in a deal in the new year.

Liverpool are said to have distanced themselves from a bid – though that could change if Mo Salah decides his future lies elsewhere – so United and City seem the frontrunners. It’s very, very unlikely Villa will sell Grealish in January, so any talk next month could be positioning ahead of a summer battle.

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On the move? Jesse Lingard

The 28-year-old is out of a contract this summer, and has been linked with a loan move in January to Sheffield United.

Lingard has been limited to just two appearances this season, both in the Carabao Cup in October.

However, the midfielder was already being left out towards the end of last season where he made only two post-lockdown Premier League appearances.

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On the move? Paul Pogba

Although Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said the midfielder is unlikely to leave Old Trafford in January, he has also stated that the France international was unhappy at the club and was open to a change.

Pogba posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had no intention of going anywhere soon, although his form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been far from consistent and he made just 22 appearances last season.

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On the move? Dele Alli

The 24-year-old has not started a Premier League game for Tottenham since the opening day of the season, but came off the bench in recent league games against Crystal Palace and Liverpool and could be involved in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Stoke.

The England international has been limited to just 10 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, compared to 38 last term, and has scored just two goals, both in the Europa League.

With the Euros coming up this summer, Dele could look to move to improve his bid for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

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On the move? Mesut Ozil

Ozil is the highest-paid player in Arsenal history, but was omitted from manager Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads this season.

Ozil was a mainstay of the team when Arteta first took charge, but has not played a minute for the Gunners since March 7.

Although his contract at the Emirates lasts until the end of the campaign, the former Germany international said earlier this season he was disappointed to have been left out of the squad and that his loyalty to the club had not been reciprocated, so could push for an earlier move to get some much-needed playing time.

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Moyes on West Ham’s January plans

David Moyes believes West Ham’s owners are ready to spend in the January transfer window, but has warned Hammers fans not to expect much in the way of signings.

Following West Ham’s fine start to the season, Moyes said: “As far as the January transfer window goes, we don’t have any real big intentions of making signings but if we need it, the owners have said they would help if we require it.

“Obviously that would be to do with injuries or anything else that crops up, so overall if we need it, we will try to go and get it, but we’re talking about January and it is not always a great market.”

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Eriksen back to north London?

It’s fair to say that Christian Eriksen’s move to Inter Milan is not going to plan, with the Nerazzurri already keen to shift on the Danish playmaker.

Not many players end up featuring for both north London clubs, but Eriksen could be one of them – according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

With Eriksen looking for regular football ahead of the Euros next summer and Arsenal needing creativity on a tight budget, a loan deal may suit all parties before Eriksen and Inter seek a solution to the situation after the Euros.

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Big clubs set for Alaba battle

One of the biggest names we will be hearing about during the January transfer window is David Alaba.

The Austrian all-rounder is a certified Bayern Munich legend, but his future is unclear with his contract up next summer.

Should Alaba feel he has won all there is to be won in Munich, there will be no shortage of suitors lining up.

The Mirror reports that Manchester United are interested – so interested that they’ve made formal contact with Alaba’s advisors in a bid to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the punch.

However, The Sun suggests that Liverpool – who signed Alaba’s former Bayern team-mate Thiago Alcantara in the summer – and Chelsea will also be in with a shout, so the defender will have his pick of clubs and lucrative offers to sift through.

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Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE transfer news coverage with the January window fast approaching.

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Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE transfer news coverage with the January window fast approaching.


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