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Manchester United line up world class trio to annoyance of Liverpool while Arsenal target El Clasico pair: Premier League transfer rumours

Philippe Coutinho has not had things all his own way since joining Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho has not had things all his own way since joining Barcelona.

Manchester United are being linked with moves for three top class stars, according to the latest transfer rumours.

Liverpool will not be happy if United manage to land two of those but before that, the club are reportedly prepared to pay Kostas Manolas‘ £32million release clause as they look to bolster their defence. The Metro says reports in Italy suggest the club are in talks to sign the the 27-year-old centre-back from Roma.

Could Roma’s Kostas Manolas, left, be heading to Manchester United? (Martin Rickett/PA)

United are also said to be battling Real Madrid to sign Brazil right-back Eder Militao. The Porto player has impressed this season and according to the Sun, is also a target of rivals Liverpool. The 20-year-old has a £42.5million release clause in the contract he signed only last summer, the paper adds.

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United could also be set to complete a sensational swoop for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian, of course, is a former Liverpool fan favourite and left Merseyside for the Catalan club just one year ago but could already be on his way back to the Premier League. Caught Offside claims that Manchester City and Chelsea have joined PSG on his list of suitors but that it's United who have made the first move. The report says that the Red Devils have already opened talks over a deal for the 26-year-old, who has started only two La Liga games since October.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been linked with a big-money move for James Rodriguez, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says speculation is mounting that the Premier League club have had a £63million offer accepted for the Colombian, who is on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.

However, Barcelona are determined not to sell Denis Suarez to the Gunners this month, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says the Gunners have approached the 25-year-old’s representatives about a £20million deal, but the Spanish giants are making it clear they do not want to lose him just yet.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Roma star Cengiz Under appears dead in the water, according to the Daily Star. The Gunners failed with an initial £35million bid and are unlikely to return with a higher offer for the £45million-rated player, the paper says.

Players to watch

Edinson Cavani: Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £50million bid for the Paris Saint-Germain player. The Daily Express says Maurizio Sarri is keen on the Uruguayan to help them solve their goal-scoring problems.

Antonio Candreva: West Ham have reignited their interest in the Inter Milan winger, according to reports. The Hammers were linked with a move for the Italian international last summer, and reports in Italy suggest Manuel Pellegrini could go back in for him, The Sun says.

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