The last few days of the January transfer window has been dominated one name – Alexis Sanchez.
But nothing is quite so straightforward during transfer season and Manchester United threw a spanner in the works by making a late swoop for the Chilean.
While Jose Mourinho tries to beat City to the 29-year-old attacker, there are a few players who may be making for the Old Trafford exit.
Here are three United players who could leave the club this January.
The Dutchman has become the forgotten man at United. He’s only made five appearances in the Premier League this season and two of those were off the bench. His other 10 appearances this term have come in cup competitions.
Daley Blind has been exposed for his lack of pace when used at left-back this season, which is why Ashley Young has been preferred while Luke Shaw has been deployed in his absence.
In central defence as well, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and even Victor Lindelof are all ahead of him in the pecking order.
There has been interest from Inter Milan and the defender’s contract is set to expire in the summer. A move to Serie A would seem like a sensible one for the 27-year-old.
Despite his form last season, the Swede hasn’t been the same player since he briefly returned from a serious knee injury, only to revert to the treatment table.
Romelu Lukaku has taken over the lead striker role from the 36-year-old and while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial haven’t been entrusted with relieving the Belgian too often but should United land Sanchez, he may finally be afforded more of a rest.
That would also serve to deem Ibrahimovic surplus to requirements, particularly given the enormous wages he’s on. There’s been some interest reported from Turkish sides Galatasaray and Besiktas and that could be the way to go for the striker if he’s desperate to keep playing in a starring role.
Speaking of Sanchez’s possible arrival, reports have suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be headed the other way in a player plus cash deal.
While it wouldn’t be a direct replacement for the Chilean from Arsenal’s perspective, it does help fill the void while also potentially guarding against the likely departure of Mesut Ozil whose contract runs out in the summer as well.
Mkhitaryan started the season with United in fine fettle but went off the boil just a few games into the campaign. Having been given time to regain his form and then to earn his place back in the first eleven, the Armenian has failed to impress.
With talk of United launching bids for the likes of Antoine Griezmann or Paulo Dybala in the summer, Mkhitaryan could well be shown the door before the end of the month.
PSG have made Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante their top target of the summer transfer window, according to Le 10 Sport .
The French publication are reporting that the Ligue 1 leaders are keen to find a long-term successor to Thiago Motta who is set to leave the club this summer.
Kante is believed to be Unai Emery’s key candidate for the role – with the French international attracted to the option of being back in his homeland.
The 26-year-old recently beat Kylian Mbappe to win the French Player of the Year award.
He has provided just one assist in 18 Premier League appearances this term for Chelsea.
Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday announced they had reached an agreement to sign midfielder Arda Turan on loan from Barcelona.
“Arda Turan is returning to his country wearing the orange kit (of Basaksehir). This is not just a transfer for Basaksehir, but a transfer for all of Turkey,” club president Goksel Gumusdag said in a statement.
In a tweet, the club shared a video of a crossword being filled in with the key answers being “Arda Turan.”
Basaksehir have risen rapidly over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Barcelona and the Istanbul club agreed on a one-and-a-half year loan with an optional extra year, state broadcaster TRT Spor and Hurriyet daily reported.
Gumusdag visited Barcelona earlier this week to meet Turan.
The 30-year-old joined Barcelona in 2015 after four successful seasons with Atletico Madrid but has been unable to hold down a first team place.
Turan receives an annual salary of around eight million euros at the Catalan club, according to Spanish media.
He quit international football last June after former coach Fatih Terim threw him out of a training camp following a fracas with a reporter on a plane.
Turan then declared two months later he was ready for a recall.
Turan has also expressed open support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attending rallies to back “my commander-in-chief” following the July 2016 attempted coup.