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Manchester United close in on defensive duo while Liverpool and Manchester City eye Premier League aces: Premier League transfer rumours

And is Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal after 10 years?

The January window is almost one-third of the way through and the rumour mill is turning apace. Here are the latest whispers:

First up, United have offered €60m for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri on Tuttomercato. Slovakian international Skriniar has impressed since joining Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and at 23, could take a key role in Manchester United's defence for years to come. The article insists that it would take a world record fee for a defender to prize him away from Milan, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool shelled out for Virgil Van Dijk one year ago.

Marca, however, insist that it is Roma's Kostas Manolas who is set to sign at Old Trafford. Earlier this week, it had been claimed that the club are prepared to pay his £32m release clause as they look to bolster their defence. The centre-half moved to the Italian giants from Olympiakos in 2014.

Aaron Ramsey is heading for Juventus, the Guardian says. It reports that the Arsenal midfielder has agreed a five-year, £36million deal due to start at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has spent 10 years at the Emirates but appears set to join Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa in June once the deal is signed.

Liverpool may have to raise £50million if they want to bring James Tarkowski to Anfield, The Sun says. The Reds are on the hunt for a centre-back following the loss of injured Dejan Lovren, and Burnley may be ready to consider a loan deal – if they can get the right price, the paper says.

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Burnley’s James Tarkowski is reportedly being targeted by Liverpool (Martin Rickett/PA)

Meanwhile, Manchester City want to bring Declan Rice to the Etihad as boss Pep Guardiola eyes a young successor for 33-year-old Fernandinho, The Sun says. The 19-year-old recently signed a log-term deal with West Ham but a summer swoop could be a possibility, according to the paper.

Tottenham are lining up a move for Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen as a possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld, the Independent says. Alderweireld is being tipped for a move away from Spurs in the summer and 22-year-old Andersen is thought to be the top target.

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Emiliano Sala: Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is said to be in France to make a play for the Nantes striker, but he may have to wait until the weekend to get a firm decision from the 28-year-old forward, according to The Sun.

Nikola Milenkovic: It had been thought Manchester United were hoping to land the Fiorentina defender this month, but the Mirror reports the Serie A side want the £50million-rated player to see out the season in Italy.

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