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Manchester United target three international stars while Liverpool duo leave: Premier League transfer rumours

Yannick Carrasco
Yannick Carrasco
Mesut Ozil doesn’t look to be on the move this this month (PA)

Manchester United are being linked with moves for three top players, according to today's transfer rumours.

The latest player to be tipped for a transfer to Old Trafford is Belgian star Yannick Carrasco, who is currently playing in the Chinese Super League with Dalian Yifang, who he joined from Atletico Madrid earlier this year. Carrasco started 25 league games in his first season at the club, who finished 11th in the CSL table. Now Foot Mercato claims that United are interested in bringing him back to Europe. United's hopes of signing the 25-year-old may take a hit if Leonardo Jardim becomes his current club's new boss, as is rumoured. Jardim and Carrasco previously worked together at Monaco.

United are willing to pay big money to land Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. Koulibaly is becoming increasingly recognised as one of the world's leading centre-halves. The 27-year-old could even be open to a move, having admitted that he is considering his future after suffering racial abuse in Italy. La Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Shields Gazzette) claims that United are willing to spend £100m to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the world.

Finally, United are being linked with 21-year-old Nicolo Barella. The Italian midfielder is making waves in Serie A, having scored seven league goals for Cagliari. Arsenal are keen on bringing Barella in as a replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey but United, along with Napoli and Inter, are also said to be interested. Gazzetto Dello Sport reckons Inter is his most likely destination, with United given a 20% chance of landing their man.

Meanwhile at Liverpool, Nathaniel Clyne has completed a loan deal to join Bournemouth until the end of the season. The right-back has also been joined by an Anfield team-mate, with Dominic Solanke moving to the Cherries for around £19m. The former Chelsea striker had been due to join Crystal Palace on loan before that move fell through earlier this week. Solanke has not been included in a Premier League squad this season.

Solanke is likely to replace Jermain Defoe in the Bournemouth panel, the former England striker set to move to Rangers on a long-term loan deal.

Mesut Ozil will be staying with Arsenal for the time being, according to the the Evening Standard. The paper suggests the Gunners will wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his future. It is thought the 30-year-old’s desire is to remain at the Emirates long term rather than take up potential offers from overseas.

Tammy Abraham’s Chelsea future will need to be decided by January 14, according to the Telegraph. Currently on loan at Aston Villa but linked with a move to Wolves, the striker cannot be recalled by his parent club after that date, the paper claims.

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Cardiff might need to battle Bournemouth for Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne, the Mail reports. Clyne is in the sights of Cardiff’s Neil Warnock after previously working together at Crystal Palace but the Cherries are on the hunt for a right-back to replace injured Adam Smith and Simon Francis until the end of the season.

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is wanted by Sevilla following the departure of Luis Muriel, according to the Mirror. It comes as the striker has struggled to find his form with the Blues, scoring just seven times this season.

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Will Jay Rodriguez attract a bigger offer? (PA)

Jay Rodriguez: West Brom have rejected Burnley’s first offer for the forward, the Sun says. It is reported that the Clarets put in a £12million bid and the 29-year-old is said to be keen to return to his former club.

Franck Kessie: The AC Milan midfielder is in high demand with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested, the Sun claims.

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