Barcelona preparing to clinch Mina deal in January, Man Utd chase Inter star

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Mina is reportedly close to a switch to Barcelona.

The transfer window is now open!

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

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BARCA LOOK TO SIGN MINA EARLIER THAN PLANNED

Barcelona are hoping to complete a deal to sign Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina in January, as opposed to the summer – the timeframe where both clubs had initially agreed the transfer.

The highly-rated Colombian is all set to join the Nou Camp club in the close season but Barca remain confident they can bring the 23-year-old to La Liga earlier than planned, during the current window.

According to Sport, it remains to be seen whether Ernesto Valverde’s men will be able to break an existing gentlemen’s agreement between the two clubs.

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With Javier Mascherano set to exit the Camp Nou this month, Barcelona need defensive reinforcements as they look to tie-up the La Liga title and go far in the Champions League.

While a fee of around €9m had already been confirmed for Mina ahead of his transfer next summer, expect Barca to seal the deal on his signature earlier if they are prepared to add a few million euros onto that price-tag.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 09: Murilo #35 of Cruzeiro and Yerry Mina #26 of Palmeiras battle for the ball during a match between Cruzeiro and Palmeiras as part of Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Mineirao stadium on July 09, 2017 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Mina has a pre-agreement in place to join Barca.

RED DEVILS TARGET INTER MILAN MIDFIELDER

Manchester United are set to launch a window offer for Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan nears the Old Trafford exit door.

After a difficult December and a barrage of injuries to contend with, Jose Mourinho’s men are set to strengthen this month with urgent reinforcements.

Mario, the 24-year-old Portuguese playmaker, is a player Mourinho knows well and feels he could be the man to provide a timely creative spark for the Reds.

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The former Sporting star is a key man for the Nerazzurri and the Black and Blues have offered no indication they would be willing to move the midfielder on.

However, if a big-money offer came in from United, it could well prove too good to resist.

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 03: Joao Mario of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 3, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Joao Mario is an important man for Inter.

WALCOTT HEADING HOME?

Arsenal star Theo Walcott could be heading back to former club Southampton, initially on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old broke through the south coast side’s ranks back in 2005 before joining the Gunners in January 2006.

But, after a difficult campaign at the Emirates, Walcott is looking for more game time – especially with the World Cup on the horizon.

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Given that Arsenal potentially face losing both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, although unlikely, in the window – Arsene Wenger will be keen to keep hold of Walcott’s experience.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Theo Walcott of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid boss Zidane's son Enzo joins Lausanne

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Zinedine Zidane‘s son Enzo has agreed terms to join Swiss outfit Lausanne from his Alaves, the Spanish club reported on Sunday.

The 22-year-old midfielder had played just twice in La Liga for Alaves since joining in July after three years of success with Real Madrid‘s B team.

Alaves thanked the player for his “great willing and work ethic over the past few months” on their website.

The player posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Saturday on vacation in Dubai with his family but made no mention to his one million followers about the move.

Lausanne are currently 5th in the Swiss league.

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Man United target left-back, Chelsea want a striker - Premier League clubs to spend big in Jan

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With the January transfer window opening on New Year’s Day, the Premier League‘s superpowers are ready to flex their financial muscles in a frenzy of spending.

Liverpool set the tone before the market had even officially begun when they splashed out a world record fee for a defender, paying £75million for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

Manchester City might be running away with the Premier League title race, but the leaders can afford to add a piece or two from a position of strength, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham prepare to spend, spend, spend in a bid to catch their rivals.

MANCHESTER CITY

On a record 18-match winning streak in the league, City have no obvious flaws, but that won’t stop boss Pep Guardiola considering making additions.

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans, who City made two bids for in the summer window, is still on Guardiola’s wish-list as defensive cover for injury-prone Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola could also go back in for long-term target Alexis Sanchez if he thinks he can land the Chile forward on the cheap in the final six months of his Arsenal contract.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Frustrated by United’s failure to keep pace with City at the top, Jose Mourinho has already made it clear his side must spend big to have any chance of bridging the gap.

Top of Mourinho’s shopping list are a left-back and a winger.

Juventus’s Alex Sandro and Tottenham’s Danny Rose would fit the bill for the defensive berth, while fast-rising Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon could be signed with one eye on next season.

Long linked with a move to United, Rose is the most likely signing as he may have worn out his welcome at Tottenham after expressing unhappiness with his reduced role on several occasions.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl and Bordeaux’s Malcolm are possible candidates to bolster United’s midfield.

United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Daley Blind could be sold after falling out of favour.

CHELSEA

Blues boss Antonio Conte has spent much of the season grumbling about his squad’s lack of depth after Chelsea failed to land his top targets in the summer.

Lagging well behind City in the title race, Chelsea can ill-afford to waste this chance to upgrade Conte’s options.

Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Napoli’s Dries Mertens have been linked as Conte searches for a forward who can offer better back-up to Alvaro Morata than the underwhelming Michy Batshuayi
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, who worked with Conte at Juventus, is another player who interests the champions.

LIVERPOOL

Having broken the bank to bring Netherlands centre-back Van Dijk to Anfield, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp might find himself most preoccupied with trying to hold onto Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil forward Coutinho has been in superb form of late and Barcelona are likely to return with another offer after having bids of over £100 million rejected in August.

Daniel Sturridge is a much stronger bet to leave, with Southampton interested in the out-of-favour England striker.

TOTTENHAM

After a frustrating first half of the season in the league, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will look to spark his side with a major move in midfield.

Everton’s Ross Barkley is admired by Pochettino and although he rejected a last-minute move to Chelsea in August, the England international might be persuaded to accept an offer from Tottenham, who could land him for a bargain price as he has just six months left on his contract.

ARSENAL

Amid mounting speculation that Arsenal players and coaches are sick of a reported lack of commitment from Sanchez, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger must decide what to do with the unsettled former Barcelona forward.

Sanchez has refused to extend a contract due to expire at the end of the season, leaving Wenger to either cash in now or lose him for nothing in June.

City came close to signing Sanchez in August and remain interested, while Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid are also potential suitors.

Wenger, who could move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, will also receive offers for Ozil, with United and Barcelona interested in the German midfielder, who is approaching the final months of his contract.

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