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Manchester United want THREE international stars but face competition from Liverpool: Premier League transfer rumours

Eder Militao has been linked with a move to England.
Eder Militao has been linked with a move to England.

Manchester United are targeting three players with international experience although Liverpool are also keen on two of them, according to the latest transfer rumours.

First up, United are said to be in the process of raising funds to land their chief target Kalidou Koulibaly. The Sportsman report that Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini could both be allowed to leave in order to free up wages and transfer funds to land the Napoli centre-half. 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.

Another potential arrival at Old Trafford is PSV winger Steven Bergwijn. Having netted nine goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances this season, the 21-year-old is hot property. The Sun claim United are set for a final scouting mission ahead of a potential £25m bid this month. Liverpool are also said to have ran the rule over the two-cap Holland player earlier this term but United are seemingly preparing to beat their rivals to his signature.

Speaking of Liverpool, the Reds are also rivalling United for the signing of a Brazil defender, according to the Daily Star. Porto's Eder Militao is said to have a £38.2m release clause and the right back has been impressing since arriving in Europe from Sao Paolo during the summer. The report claims United are in pole position for his signature, ahead of Liverpool and Everton while all three have been given a boost after UOL Esporte said the player favours a move to England despite interest from Real Madrid.

Liverpool are also again being linked with a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir. As boring as it's getting, the rumours have resurfaced thanks to CalcioMercato, who claim that neither Liverpool or Tottenham have given up on landing the 25-year-old French star.

Out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could be facing a loan deal away from the Emirates, with the Gunners even accepting they might have to contribute to his £350,000-a-week wages elsewhere, according to the Mirror. Inter Milan and clubs in China are said to have shown an interest in the 30-year-old.

Gonzalo Higuain is said to be seeking a move to Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

Chelsea look to be heading closer to completing a deal with Gonzalo Higuain, the Telegraph says. Currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, the Blues hope contract hurdles between the Italian clubs can be overcome to clear a way for a deal with the 31-year-old striker to go ahead by the end of the week, the paper reports.

Players to watch

Javier Hernandez Reports suggest the striker has agreed personal terms with Valencia, but a move away from West Ham this month is not guaranteed. The Hammers are only willing to accept a permanent fee of more than £12million, but Valencia are only interested in a short-term loan deal, the Mirror reports.

Alvaro Morata: A question mark remains over the striker’s potential move to Atletico Madrid, the Mail says, as Chelsea seek more reassurances over the Spanish club’s long term’s plans. Atletico are said to be seeking a short-term loan but the Blues were apparently looking for a more permanent offer.

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