Man United to challenge City over Seri
Manchester United will rival neighbours City over the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Guardian.
The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera in the summer and has also been linked with Chelsea and Barcelona in recent weeks.
Bale in talks with Man Utd
Gareth Bale is in talks with Manchester United, as he doesn't want to be part of the sinking ship at Real Madrid, according to Don Balon .
The former Spurs star believes Jose Mourinho can help him return to his best and is willing to take a pay cut to make the move, though Real Madrid's asking price is still higher than what the Premier League club are willing to spend.
Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.
The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years. It's likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it's not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed."
He added on Mkhitaryan: "This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes."
Spurs enter race for Lucas
Tottenham are the latest club to show an interest in Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to L'Equipe.
Manchester United and Nantes have been linked with the Brazil international as he looks to secure an exit from Parc des Princes.
Diarra prefers PSG to Man Utd
Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to sign free agent Lassana Diarra, Le Parisien reports.
The Ligue 1 leaders face competition from Manchester United, where manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the player at both Chelsea and Real Madrid, and Inter.
Diarra, who will turn 33 in March, wants to play in a team capable of being competitive in the Champions League.
Man Utd in new contract talks with De Gea
Manchester United have opened preliminary talks with David de Gea over a new long-term contract, according to the Telegraph .
The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend his deal by another year.
Jose Mourinho said the option would be activated if necessary but the club will still look to lock down De Gea’s long-term future.
Man Utd to launch 'operation Ronaldo'
Manchester United are set to launch "operation Ronaldo" according to La Sexta (via Mundo Deportivo).
The Premier League side are prepared to spend €200 million between salary and transfer fee to bring the Portuguese star back to his old club.
'Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal'
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.
The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.
Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract
Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .
United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.
Man Utd consider Darmian sale
Manchester United could sell Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, with AC Milan and Valencia both showing an interest, reports The Independent .
Darmian, who can play at right or left-back, has been unable to secure a regular starting spot at United, who are open to letting him go this month.
According to Calciomercato.com , meanwhile, Juventus are keen on a summer deal for Darmian amid suggestions United could use the Italy international as part of a bid to sign Alex Sandro.
Arsenal players want Alexis gone
Arsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard .
Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .
Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .
However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.
Barca start Umtiti contract talks
Barcelona have told Samuel Umtiti and his representatives of their intention to reward the defender with a new contract, according to Mundo Deportivo .
Umtiti’s current deal runs until 2021, but his €60 million release clause has led to reports of interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.
That has prompted Barca to take steps to remedy the situation, although the France international is happy to wait until the end of the season before negotiating a renewal.
Alexis had Man City concerns
Alexis Sanchez was worried about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy before Manchester City pulled out of a deal to sign the Arsenal forward, reports the Manchester Evening News .
City have scrapped long-held plans to bring in the Chile international and Goal understands Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich going back on his word was a key factor in the decision .
However, though Sanchez was keen to work with his former Barcelona coach Guardiola again, he was concerned about how much playing time he would get with the Premier League leaders.
Manchester United are now hoping to finalise a deal for Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to head to Arsenal.
Goretzka agrees Bayern deal
Bayern Munich have won the race to sign Leon Goretzka after agreeing a deal for the Schalke midfielder, according to Sport Bild .
Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and was reportedly a target for the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
However, Bayern have convinced the Germany international to stay in the Bundesliga, with Goretzka to sign a deal at the Allianz Arena, subject to passing a medical after recently suffering from a lower leg injury.