Liverpool on cusp of Virgil van Dijk deal, Marouane Fellaini to leave Man United

David Cooper 25/12/2017
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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 the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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VIRGIL VAN DIJK

Liverpool have finally reached an agreement with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk, according to the Sunday World .

The Reds spent much of the summer trying to lure the star defender to Anfield, but the move failed to materialise.

Chelsea and Man City have also been interested in securing the Dutchman’s services, but Jurgen Klopp side’s are reportedly closest to getting the deal over the line – near to Southampton’s £70 million asking price.

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It’s not all that surprising to see Liverpool linked with the centre-half after shipping goals for fun recently but they face stiff competition for his signature from Chelsea.

The Reds have attempted to prize the 26-year-old away all summer and the hope from Anfield is that he will join the club despite the fiasco during the summer where the Saints accused Liverpool of an illegal approach.

Liverpool are confident that this deal will get over the line.

MAROUANE FELLAINI

Marouane Fellaini is prepared to leave Manchester United as he refuses to sign a new deal, according to Express Sport .

The midfielder has reportedly rejected a new contract, and is set to leave after failing to hold down a starting place in the team.

With the World Cup fast approaching, the 30-year-old is being lured away by the potential of game-time – having started just four games this season.

Fenerbahce are interested in signing for the player, with a China-based club also wishing to acquire his services.

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Several United fans have wanted to see the back of Fellaini almost since his arrival. However, over the last few years, many have come to appreciate him for what he offers in terms of effectiveness and the dedication he shows to the team’s cause.

It is understood that Jose Mourinho wants the board to renew his contract at all costs, but the Belgian has wants to leave Old Trafford due to a lack of game-time.

The 30-year-old is also being drawn away by the potential of more game-time with the World Cup less than seven months away.

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Inter Milan eyeing loan move for Man United's Mkhitaryan, Tottenham set to swoop for Barkley

David Cooper 24/12/2017
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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 the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Sunday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

Inter Milan are interested in signing Manchester United Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .

The Serie A club are unlikely to be able to sign the Armenian on a permanent deal, but feel a loan move is more feasible.

Inter face stiff competition from his former club Borussia Dortmund with Mkhitaryan currently out of favour at Old Trafford.

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Although he is considered a popular figure at the club, Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order after a disagreement with Jose Mourinho earlier this season.

The player is believed to be considering a move away from Old Trafford as he knows his place in the Red Devils’ starting XI is not guaranteed.

A move to the Bundesliga seems more likely as Mkhitaryan spent three seasons at the Westfalenstadion from 2013-2016 – and it could be a chance to rediscover his old glittering form.

ROSS BARKLEY

Tottenham are set to swoop for Tottenham Hotspur star Ross Barkley, according to the Express .

The Whites are considering a £25 million bid – half of what Everton valued him at during the summer.

The England international has not featured yet this season as he continues to step up his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Mauricio Pochettino will face stiff competition with Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham all interested in acquiring Barkley’s services.

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Spurs have identified Barkley as a long-term replacement to the injury prone Mousa Dembele, but no concrete deal has been submitted yet.

With Chelsea seriously considering a move for the Everton academy product, a bid will need to be tabled soon.

If either of the clubs get the 24-year-old for £25 million, it could be one of the bargain buys of the January transfer window.

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Man City eye move for Barcelona star Sergio Busquets as Arsenal chase Juventus defender Daniele Rugani

David Cooper 23/12/2017
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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 the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Saturday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

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SERGIO BUSQUETS

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is set to launch a bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Segio Busquets, according to Spanish media.

The Sky Blues are preparing a replacement for Yaya Toure – who is expected to leave the club for an MLS outfit in 2018.

Busquets is understood to have a €200 million release clause on his contract at the Camp Nou, but the Manchester hierarchy believes a bid of €55 million will be enough to lure the Spaniard to the Etihad Stadium.

Although the 29-year-old has another four years left on his current contract, Philippe Coutinho’s possible arrival to the club could force him to move away.

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Guardiola indicated his interest in the midfielder earlier this year but the move never materialised.

The manager is desperate to bolster his squad as he looks to dominate in Europe, but it is unlikely Busquets will leave the Camp Nou even if a player of Coutinho’s calibre comes into the Barcelona set-up.

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DANIELE RUGANI

Arsenal are to set launch a €35 million bid to sign Juventus star Daniele Rugani, according to the Sun.

The 23-year-old defender has failed to seal a place in the starting XI for the Serie A champions – with Mehdi Benatia in superb form this campaign.

The Gunners are bidding to take advantage of the situation by offering him a four-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The ace defender has played 78 times for Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

RATING: 5/10

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Arsene Wenger is believed to be looking at defensive reinforcements ahead of the January transfer window as his side have been leaking goals so far this campaign.

Rugani is understood to be an ideal candidate to bolster their defensive options, with the Italy international boasting outstanding pace, timing, strength and a pin-point passing ability.

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