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Liverpool and Manchester City target Spanish full-backs while Everton want Diego Simeone as new boss: transfer rumours

Liverpool and Manchester City could be set to bring two top-quality left-backs to the Premier League, according to this week's transfer rumours.

According to Calciomercato, Liverpool have been told that they must part with €40 million to land Benfica full-back ALEJANDRO GRIMALDO. The Italian outlet says the club has informed interested parties of the fee they expect for the 22 year-old, naming Liverpool and Juventus. Grimaldo has played eight games so far this season but has yet to be capped at senior international level for Spain.

Manchester City are reportedly looking to make a move for AARON MARTIN as the January transfer window approaches, the Daily Mail reports. The Espanyol left-back was considered by the club during the summer and is back on the radar of Ethiad bosses after losing Benjamin Mendy to injury. The 20 year old has a buyout clause of £35.5million, according to the Mail.

Meanwhile, Everton are supposedly keen on luring Atletico Madrid boss DIEGO SIMEONE to Goodison Park. Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol says that the Argentinian is the Everton owner's preferred candidate.

“We understand they’re working on four options at the moment," Solhekol said. "The one that’s really, really interesting, the dream candidate we’re being told is Diego Simeone the Atletico Madrid manager. We understand he is the number one choice of Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri, a man who has a lot of money. He’s the man who Moshiri wants.  Of course it’s going to be very, very difficult to get Diego Simeone out of Atletico Madrid."

The Sun are reporting that ex-England manager SAM ALLARDYCE is also high up the list of potential replacements, with former Leicester manager CRAIG SHAKESPEARE in the assistant position.

With Michael Emenalo announcing his resignation as technical director at Chelsea, former Blues stalwart FRANK LAMPARD is thought to be among those who will be considered for the position, according to the Daily Express. Emenalo had been key in spotting transfer targets and a worthy successor is now likely to be top of the agenda for the club's bosses.

LEON GORETZKA appears to be in high demand with both Tottenham and Arsenal interested in bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reports. The Gunners have had eyes on the Schalke midfielder for quite a while, but now Spurs seem keen to take on their north London rivals for the signature of the young German after attending a number of his games in the last month, the paper says.

Chelsea are showing an interest in Lyon's MOUCTAR DIAKHABY, the Daily Mail says. With Manchester City and Juventus already sending scouts to see the player in action in Ligue 1, Chelsea are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old to strengthen the team's defence.

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Everton are keeping tabs on Norwich's JAMES MADDISON, ESPN reports. The 20-year-old, who won goal of the month in September, has made a big impression in the Championship after scoring four goals in 17 games and is now garnering the attention of Premier League clubs, with Everton going to watch the midfielder in action against Bolton last weekend.

Arsenal are hoping to lure OGUZHAN OZYAKUP back to London with a £10 million offer, talkSPORT says. The 23-year-old left the gunners in 2012 for £400,000 but with 27 goals for Turkish side Besiktas, Arsenal are said to be keen to bring the attacking midfielder back into the team as speculation mounts for a possible replacement to Mesut Ozil.

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