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Manchester United want to snatch Liverpool star AND Real Madrid duo as January window opens: transfer rumours


The transfer window is officially open and it has come with a flurry of rumours about which players could be set for moves to Manchester United.

According to the Sun, United's top target is Madrid midfielder TONI KROOS. And their pursuit of the 27-year-old could bear fruit, with the report claiming that Los Blancos are prepared to let him leave in order to finance a mega-deal for PSG star NEYMAR. PSG and Manchester City are also potential destinations for the German, according to the report that also gives legs to the next player linked with a move to Manchester.

That's because the Old Trafford club are reported to have offered GARETH BALE a route back to the Premier League. Spanish outlet Don Balon claim that United are prepared to pay £50 million for Bale if he wishes to end his spell at Real Madrid this summer. The 28-year-old has started only four La Liga games in a season hit by injuries, mostly a troublesome calf strain.

And Jose Mourinho, according to Corriere dello Sport, is determined to land an historic transfer in the shape of Liverpool midfielder EMRE CAN. The German is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club this month, with his current Anfield contract running out this summer. And the Italian outlet have claimed that United are keen to lure him to Old Trafford. However, they will have to beat Juventus to his signature according to the report, with the Old Lady prepared to offer the Reds €5-6 million to seal the deal this month.

Meanwhile, Barcelona may have to be willing to pay an "astronomical" fee if they want to bring Liverpool's PHILIPPE COUTINHO to the Nou Camp, according to the Telegraph. It comes after Nike reportedly advertised a Barcelona shirt for sale with the Brazilian's name on it - fuelling speculation of a January move. But Liverpool do not seem prepared to allow their star player to leave unless Barcelona can come up with an offer to beat last summer's bid of £115million.

Negotiations between Everton and Besiktas look uncertain following reports the Turkish club have upped their asking price to £27million for CENK TOSUN, the Daily Mail claims. The Toffees were hoping to land the 26-year-old for £25million and are said to be reluctant to increase their bid, with boss Sam Allardyce saying "we've done all we can", the paper reports.

Swansea may be looking to West Ham's DIAFRA SAKHO as part of their strategy to bring in out-of-favour players who are looking for more play time ahead of the World Cup, according to the Guardian. But any potential move by Sakho, who has not yet made the starting XI for the Hammers this season, may rely on any possible agreement by Swansea to lose Alfie Mawson and Ki Sung-yueng, who are said to be on West Ham's radar.

Speculation linking MOUSSA DEMBELE to Brighton appears to be growing - but the club are keen to know his level of interest in any potential move before making an offer, the Daily Mail says.

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Players to watch

Monaco defender Terence Kongolo could be heading for Huddersfield on loan, it is reported. The Huddersfield Examiner said boss David Wagner confirmed a deal was "close" to being met for the 23-year-old.

The near completion of Alejandro Grimaldo's move with Napoli could open up the possibility of Faouzi Ghoulam's move to Manchester United, according to Portugal's Record newspaper. The club appears set to trigger his £53million release clause now that 22-year-old Grimaldo could replace him at the Italian club.

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