Manchester United look to wrap up Jean Michael Seri deal, Thibaut Courtois to spark transfer tussle

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Seri to Man United leads the gossip on Tuesday.

The January transfer window sprung into action on Monday with the high-profile swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Will that move be the domino that sets off a flurry of transfer activity?

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

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MAN UNITED TRYING TO FORCE THROUGH SERI DEAL

The Sun claims that Manchester United are looking to wrap up a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri. The Ivorian was a summer target for Barcelona before the move fell through, and has recently been strongly linked with Manchester City. However, United manager Jose Mourinho wants his club to finalise an agreement for either an immediate transfer or for the upcoming summer window.

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Having completed a move for Sanchez, it seems Mourinho is quickly abandoning his usual position on the January window by looking to sign a second player this month. Seri will add craft and guile to the United midfield, which is set to be depleted this summer; Marouane Fellaini hasn’t signed a new contract and Michael Carrick will join the club’s coaching staff at the end of the year, leaving Ander Herrera and academy product Scott McTominay as the only cover for Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.

Seri: Manchester United's latest January signing?

Seri: Manchester United’s latest January signing?

PSG, REAL MADRID TO FIGHT OVER CHELSEA’S COURTOIS

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has yet to agree a new contract at the club, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by some of Europe’s leading clubs. Belgian publication Het Laatse Nieuws reports that PSG and Real Madrid are ready to battle for the Blues’ No. 1’s services.

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While it seemed like contract negotiations with Courtois had got to the point where only the formality of putting pen to paper was left, the fact that it hasn’t happened will surely be worrying the Stamford Bridge club, especially given the stature of the clubs looking to take him off their hands. If Courtois is refusing to sign a new contract, with his current one set to expire at the end of next season, and either Madrid or PSG comes in with a big offer, Chelsea may be better off cashing in when his value is at its peak. Madrid are the more likely destination if he does leave, given their desperate search for a keeper in the last three years.

Courtois has yet to agree a new Chelsea contract.

Courtois has yet to agree a new Chelsea contract.

LEVERKUSEN TO WARD OFF BAILEY SUITORS

According to Bild, Bayer Leverkusen will hold onto highly-rated forward Leon Bailey for as long as possible. The 20-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal this month, but Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has said staying at the Bundesliga club will a better option for the player’s development.

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Voller may be right in saying Bailey would be better off developing at Leverkusen for a while before making a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs, but if any of those clubs come calling, it’s hard to see the German side resisting too much. Ultimately, Leverkusen know they will have to cash in on the Jamaican, and although his current contract only expires in 2022, a big-money bid will be impossible for the club to ignore.

Leon Bailey has been making waves in the Bundesliga.

Leon Bailey has been making waves in the Bundesliga.

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Juventus admit Emre Can transfer from Liverpool not straightforward

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Emre Can

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta admits their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can may not be as straightforward as they hoped.

The Germany midfielder’s current contract expires in the summer and he is eligible to sign a pre-contract deal with an overseas club. But despite the Serie A side having coveted the 24-year-old for several months no such agreement has been struck.

Just over a week ago Can revealed his agent was still talking to Liverpool about their offer of an extension and it seems likely he will now wait until the end of the season to make a final decision.

“The interest is clear. We want to try and bring him to us, but we cannot do it because he currently has a contract with Liverpool,” Marotta told Italian broadcaster Premium Sport.

“He could renew it and, moreover, there are other teams interested in him.

“We want to try and bring him to Turin. I am stating this with full awareness that he might not arrive, but we need to have important objectives.”

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Mario Balotelli to Juventus rumours a 'hoax', says club general manager

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Mario Balotelli has been linked with an unlikely move to Juventus.

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed reports that the Serie A champions are interested in signing Italian striker Mario Balotelli as “a hoax”.

There were reports that a five-year deal was in the offing for the former Manchester City striker, who has hit top form for Nice this season with 17 goals.

“Beyond our affection, esteem and liking for this boy it’s a fantasy football story,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium on Monday.

“His is a profile we don’t need.”

Balotelli won six trophies with Inter Milan including the Champions League before moving to Manchester City in 2010, followed by two spells at AC Milan either side of an unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.

The 27-year-old left Liverpool on a free transfer in August 2016 to join Nice, who are sixth in the French league this season.

Marotta confirmed the reigning six-time league champions’ interest in Liverpool’s German international Emre Can, whose contract expires in June.

“We know his contract is expiring but he could renew or have other opportunities,” said Marotta.

“We’ll try to bring him to us, I think a big club has to have the ambition to achieve difficult objectives.”

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