Manchester United prepare offer for Real Madrid star Casemiro, Man City's Yaya Toure set to join New York City FC

David Cooper 23/10/2017
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Manchester United bound? Casemiro.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

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CASEMIRO

Manchester United are poised to offer Casemiro a similar wage packet to Paul Pogba in a bid to convince him to sign for the club, according to the Sun.

The Real Madrid star is top of Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish list and is prepared to make him one of the club’s highest earners in order to secure his services.

The Spaniard is said to be happy at the Bernabeu but a significant salary could entice him to England’s north-west.

He has made six appearances in La Liga this season and featured twice in the Champions League.

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With Fellaini, Herrera and Carrick all out of contract in the summer, Mourinho is likely to go for Casemiro as he looks to bolster his attacking options.

It is believed the Portuguese wants the Spain under-21 international as a long term partner to Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

Casemiro.

Casemiro.

YAYA TOURE

Mancheser City midfielder Yaya Toure could join New York City FC next summer, according to the Daily Star.

The 34-year-old is earmarked as a potential replacement to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo who is set to retire at the season.

Should the Ivorian sign for the Yankee Stadium club it would draw the curtain on a decorated seven year association at City.

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With stiff competition for places in Pep Guardiola’s squad, it looks likely that Toure will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

The Sky Blues’ sister club in the Big Apple are coached by Patrick Vieira, and would welcome Toure’s vast experience around the midfield.

Yaya Toure.

Yaya Toure.

JOSE GIMENEZ

Manchester United will need to fend off Juventus if they want to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to the Express .

Jose Mourinho is interested in the Uruguay international who has a £60 million release clause in his current deal, which runs until 2021.

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Gimenez has struggled to hold down at first team place at Vicente Calderon Stadium and could be tempted by the offer of regular football from a top club like United.

A centre-back may well be on the agenda next summer, with Victor Lindelof yet to prove his class since arriving at Old Trafford in July.

Jose Gimenez.

Jose Gimenez.

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After Tottenham held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League clash, the Spanish giants could be interested in having manager MAURICIO POCHETTINO at the Bernabeu when current boss Zinedine Zidane decides to call it a day at the reigning La Liga champions, according to the Mirror.

YAYA TOURE’s time at the Etihad may be drawing to a close after eight seasons, with the Daily Star reporting the Ivorian will be hopping across the Atlantic to join sister club New York City FC and play in the MLS.

The club are currently coached by former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira.

Sticking with Manchester City, and Lyon defender MOUCTAR DIAKHABY is on the club’s radar according to a report in the Sun, who say the 20-year-old was scouted as Everton took on the French club in the Europa League.

Former Sunderland boss DAVID MOYES is a man in demand according to the Mirror – with Everton eyeing him up to replace Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park after a dismal start to the season.

David Moyes.

David Moyes.

The Scot could also be offered a job replacing Gordon Strachan as coach of the Scottish national team, the paper reports.

Arsenal will be sitting down with representatives of JACK WILSHERE over the next month to ensure the midfielder does not leave on a free in the summer, reports the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old has previously been the subject of interest from Everton and Roma, but the paper reports Chelsea and Manchester City could also be interested if he shows improvements in his fitness.

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ALEX GRIMALDO: The Benfica left-back could be heading to Old Trafford, according to reports in Portugal.

The former Barcelona player now plies his trade at Benfica, but Jose Mourinho is keen on replacing Luke Shaw.

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Ozil's Arsenal deal is up at the end of the season.

Here, we take a look at the transfer gossip dominating the headlines on Friday.

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Arsenal midfielder MESUT OZIL has told his team-mates he will sign for Manchester United, according to The Mirror. The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted they could end up selling him in January. The paper says he is confident he will move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United are keen to secure the long-term future of ANDER HERRERA and are looking to trigger the option of a 12-month contract extension if negotiations over a new deal continue to drag on, The Telegraph reports. The midfielder would otherwise be a free agent next summer and free to talk to foreign clubs in January.

Liverpool will reportedly reject any offers for JAMES MILNER, despite him being monitored by several Premier League clubs. According to The Mirror, manager Jurgen Klopp believes the 31-year-old midfielder still has a significant role to play at Anfield and is not interested in cashing in on him.

GARETH BALE could be set for a return to Tottenham, according to reports in Spain. News site Don Balon says Real Madrid could be ready to sell the Wales star, with the pull of a return to Spurs a tempting prospect.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (C) has a shot blocked by Dortmund's Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki (R) as Dortmund's Turkish defender Omer Toprak (L) watches during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid in Dortmund, western Germany on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

What lies in store for Bale?

Manchester United and Arsenal are said to be tracking Germany international MARCO REUS, but Borussia Dortmund are confident he will re-commit his future to the club, The Sun reports. The 28-year-old sparked speculation on his future last month by revealing he is considering leaving the club when his deal expires.

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LENNY PINTOR: Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the 17-year-old French winger, according to The Daily Mail. Manchester City are also understood to have been impressed by Pintor, who signed his first professional contract with League Two Brest this summer, the paper says.

PIETRO PELLEGRI: Manchester United and Chelsea have joined the race to sign the 16-year-old Genoa star, The Sun reports. A host of clubs are said to be vying for the teenager, which could result in a bidding war. According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, the two Premier League clubs face competition from AC Milan, rivals Inter and Juventus.

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