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Manchester United keen on world class duo while Liverpool ready to steal United target: transfer rumours

Manchester United are preparing to land two of the world's top prospects, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The first is an astonishing link to Tottenham star HARRY KANE. Tutto Mercato Web have claimed that the England star is in United's sights, although the prospect of Spurs allowing their prize asset to move to a Premier League rival seems unlikely.

United have also been linked with Real Madrid's up-and-coming midfielder gem MARCO ASENSIO. Don Balon have claimed that Jose Mourinho has already asked his United chiefs to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford, identifying him as a key man in closing the gap on all-conquering Manchester City.

Mourinho's side, however, may be frustrated in their attempts to bring in PSG's LUCAS MOURA. The 25-year-old is reportedly keen for a move this month with United long thought to have been admirers. Now, however, a report in Le Parisien, via the Express, claims that the Reds have been offered the chance to sign the Brazilian. Although no discussions have taken place between the clubs, Moura's entourage are said to be seriously considering the prospect of a move to Merseyside.

And Liverpool could be due to bring forward NABY KEITA's arrival. The player is said to have indicated his desire to move on immediately and Bild claim that RB Leipzig are willing to let him leave this month rather than on the agreed summer date for an extra fee of between £13m and £17.5m.

Everton will battle Southampton to sign Arsenal's Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Mail. The paper says the Gunners may consider letting the England forward leave this month, while Everton are confident they can beat the Saints to the 28-year-old's signature.

Tottenham have started new contract talks with Dele Alli amid interest from Europe, the Mirror reports. The paper says Spurs are confident the 21-year-old will sign a new deal, with informal discussions having already taken place, despite transfer links with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsene Wenger is eyeing up Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian star Malcom as a potential replacement to Alexis Sanchez, with Arsenal having already started talks with the Ligue 1 club according to the Mirror.

Manchester City have reportedly held talks with West Brom about signing defender Jonny Evans. According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are also interested in the 30-year-old, but know they would not be able to match any offer City make to Evans.

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Players to watch

Diafra Sakho: Crystal Palace are said to be confident of signing the 28-year-old from West Ham by the end of the week. The Mirror claims Palace believe they can bring him to London this month, despite being unable to secure a deal for him last summer.

Dani Ceballos: Liverpool interested in signing the 21-year-old from Real Madrid, according to Spanish news site Diario Gol. It claims the midfielder has told the LaLiga club he wants to leave, with Liverpool interested in him as a replacement for Phillippe Coutinho.

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