Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Alex Sandro is No.1 left-back target

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Alex Sandro is Man Utd's No.1 left-back target

Alex Sandro is Manchester United’s primary target, if Jose Mourinho decides to sign a new left-back in the summer, reports the Manchester Evening News .

Mourinho has abandoned plans to bring in a left-back in January, having also been linked with the likes of Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.

However, if Mourinho decides to sell Luke Shaw, who has endured a resurgence in form of late, at the end of the season, then he wants Alex Sandro from Juventus.

Chelsea have previously tried to sign Alex Sandro, but have found Juventus to be reluctant sellers amid reports the Italian champions want in excess of €60 million for the Brazilian.

Man Utd join Kovacic race

Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid 2017

Manchester United are the latest club to show an interest in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to CalcioMercato.

The Croatia international is surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu after a series of injuries saw him fall down the pecking order.

And United are keen to battle Kovacic's former club, Inter, for his signature in January.

Napoli line up Grimaldo

Alejandro 'Alex' Grimaldo, Benfica

Napoli are hoping to agree a deal to sign Benfica full-back Alejandro Grimaldo in the summer as a potential replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam, reports La Repubblica .

Ghoulam only signed a new contract with Napoli in December, but the Serie A club fear his €60 million release clause will not deter the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain from making a bid.

As a precautionary measure, Napoli have lined up Grimaldo, who has also been linked with United, as a replacement and are ready to offer €30m for the 22-year-old Spaniard.

Spurs unlikely to sign Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura PSG

Tottenham are not expecting to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura during the January transfer window, according to ESPN .

Lucas Moura is eager to leave PSG this winter and has been told to find a new club by coach Unai Emery , with Real Betis the latest to show an interest.

Spurs are also keen on the Brazilian, but are not planning a January move for a player who has also been targeted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Madrid turn sights back on De Gea

David de Gea Manchester United

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to be courted once more by Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca .

The newspaper asserts that the Spain international is again the club's top priority after missing out on Athletic's Kepa.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is also a target, although the Belgian is equally coveted by Paris Saint-Germain.

West Ham want Joao Mario loan deal

Joao Mario Inter

West Ham are in talks to sign Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan for the rest of the season, reports  The Guardian .

Joao Mario has been tipped to leave Inter in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football and he was linked with Manchester United.

However, West Ham are stepping up their efforts to sign the Portugal international and are willing to pay his wages in full as they continue to discuss a loan fee with Inter.

Betis to offer €18m for Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura Paris Saint-Germain PSG

Real Betis are ready to make an offer to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura, according to  Le Parisien .

Lucas has been told to find a new club by PSG coach Unai Emery , and he has been linked with Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Brazilian reportedly turned down a loan move to Betis in December, but his agent was invited to watch the game at home to Barcelona last weekend.

That has reportedly helped to boost Betis’ chances of signing Lucas and they are now prepared to offer an initial €18 million, with add-ons taking the deal to €30m.

Arthur Melo agrees Barcelona move

Arthur Melo Gremio

Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of a clutch of other leading European clubs, claims  Mundo Deportivo .

Barcelona have persuaded the 21-year-old to reject reported interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid in order to move to Camp Nou.

The Catalan club must now agree a deal with Gremio, who have previously insisted that Arthur will not leave the club for less than his €50 million release clause .

However, Barca hope to agree a deal for around €25m and would be prepared to allow Arthur to spend another year on loan at Gremio as part of the package.

Alexis: Henry didn't tell me to leave Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has denied that Thierry Henry told him to leave Arsenal for Manchester United, and insists that the Frenchman should one day manage the club.

Alexis completed his move to Old Trafford earlier this week, with Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.

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'Chelsea had no chance with Alexis'

Alexis Sanchez Antonio Conte Arsenal Chelsea

Antonio Conte has admitted there was no way Chelsea could compete with the financial muscle of Manchester City and United in their tussle for Alexis Sanchez.

“We never were in this race. Ever. Especially because, I repeat, one of the reasons was this amount of salary," the Italian signalled when asked about the club's failure to land the ex-Arsenal star.

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Mourinho wants Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes Barcelona

Jose Mourinho is looking to make a move for Barcelona's Andre Gomes, reports Don Balon .

With Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti no longer options for Manchester United, the former Real Madrid boss is hoping to make a move for the Portugal international, who has fallen out of favor with the Catalan club. 

Man Utd to pursue Weigl & Soler

Julian Weigl, Borussia Dortmund, 17/18

With Alexis Sanchez now in attack, Manchester United are turning their transfer focus to the central midfield area, according the Independent .

Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl, Valencia's Carlos Soler and Nice's Jean Michael Seri are the primary targets for the Red Devils, while Shakhtar Donetsk star Fred, who is being pursued by Man City, is also an option.

Man Utd cool Pulisic interest

Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United's interest in Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic has cooled, according to the Independent .

While the Red Devils had previously been rumoured to want the U.S. international, Alexis Sanchez's signing means Jose Mourinho will turn his attention towards other areas of the team.

RB Leipzig to snap up Man Utd target

Umaro Embalo Portugal U17

RB Leipzig are close to a deal to land 16-year-old Portugal youth international Umaro Embalo from Benfica, according to Bild .

Embalo, a rumoured target for Manchester United, would move for €15 million plus bonus payments, though those incentives are now holding up a deal.

Man Utd push for Seri deal

Jean Michael Seri Nice

Manchester United will aim to follow up the signing of Alexis Sanchez by agreeing a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, claims The Sun .

Alexis completed his move to United from Arsenal on Monday , and now Jose Mourinho wants an agreement in place to sign Seri, either this month or in the summer.

Seri is also an option for Manchester City, although the Ivory Coast international is viewed as a back-up to prime target Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred .

Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have all previously shown an interest in Seri, but Mourinho hopes United can beat their rivals to the signing of the 26-year-old.