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Manchester United linked with THREE top talents to solve problem positions: transfer rumours

Manchester United have been linked with as many as three top players, according to the latest transfer rumours.

First, the Mirror have claimed United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Juventus' Brazilian left-back ALEX SANDRO. Left-back has been a problem issue for United with Luke Shaw failing to nail down a place and winger Ashley Young shifted back to claim the starting spot.

Jose Mourinho's side have also been linked with Real Madrid midfielder LUKA MODRIC. The Croatian is reportedly unsettled in Spain and Diario Gol have named United as a potential suitor of the former Tottenham star.

That would be to solve the problem number 10 role at the club, although another name linked with that position at Old Trafford is Arsenal's MESUT OZIL. The German, according to Don Balon, could move north for £22 million in January.

Sam Allardyce is plotting a £60million bid for Borussia Dortmund forward PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG, the Daily Mirror reports. Everton's new manager is said to view the Gabon international, 28, as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian left for Manchester United in July for £75m.

GARETH BALE may be back in the Premier League for next season after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez agreed to a transfer, according to reports. The Daily Express says reports in Spanish media claim a move back to the UK is seen as a best course of action for the Welsh winger.

Chelsea are plotting to upset Barcelona and snatch Gremio rising star ARTHUR, the Metro reports. The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp, although in the absence of a deal so far the Blues could still grab him.

Liverpool forward DANNY INGS has received admiring glances from at least four Premier League clubs considering a January loan offer, The Guardian reports. West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke and Newcastle are tipped to make a move for Ings in the new year.

Arsenal are closing in on completing a free transfer deal for Schalke midfielder LEON GORETZKA, The Sun reports. Arsene Wenger may have to fight off competition from a number of top European clubs, including Manchester United and City, however the Gunners are reportedly confident they will come out on top in the race to sign the 22-year-old Germany international.

Social media round-up

@MailSport 'I do not know how the future is going to be' Philippe Coutinho refuses to say he will stay with Liverpool in January amid Barcelona interest

@TheSunFootball Reports say Philippe Coutinho set for five-year Barcelona deal worth £127m

@MirrorFootball Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott hoping for more game time as January transfer window looms

Players to watch

LEON BAILEY: Chelsea are eyeing a £20million swoop for Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican winger, 20, according to The Sun.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY: The 20-year-old Manchester United midfielder has been backed as a future Reds captain by his former coach, the Manchester Evening News reports.

DIEGO JOTA: Wolves are ready to offer the Portuguese 21-year-old a permanent contract in January following a successful period on loan from Real Madrid, according to the Express and Star.


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