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Real Madrid to raid Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool for FIVE top players while Madrid star should go to Anfield, claims club legend: transfer rumours

Real Madrid could be set to target FIVE Premier League stars, according to the latest transfer rumours.

With JUAN MATA out of contract next summer, Real Madrid are poised to make an offer for the Manchester United midfielder, according to the Daily Express. The 29-year-old was left out of the team for United's trip to Chelsea at the weekend, fuelling speculation the Spanish team could make a bid for their former youth player in the January transfer window.

The Daily Mirror reports that Mata is one of up to five Premier League players Real are looking to target in the new year. Arsenal's ALEXIS SANCHEZ is said to be leading the list which also features Manchester United's ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC and ANDER HERRERA as well as Liverpool's EMRE CAN. Real president Florentino Perez is reportedly looking to the bolster the squad after the loss to Tottenham and a slide in the La Liga table.

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Ian Rush has seen his Welsh compatriot GARETH BALE'S game-time limited. And he says he'd love to see the former Tottenham star return to the Premier League. “Any English club would want Gareth Bale,” he is quoted as saying in the Express. "Maybe Tottenham have first offer. Man United has been talked about, maybe because the goalkeeper [David De Gea] could go the other way?

"I'd love to see him at Liverpool though. A world class player.  We don't know what will happen but it would be great to see him back here and at Liverpool."

LUKE SHAW is keen to earn his place in the Manchester United squad rather than move to Fenerbahce, the Daily Mail reports. Despite not making the starting XI this season, the 22-year-old is reportedly looking to impress boss Jose Mourinho and remain in the north west, turning down any potential interest from the Turkish club in January, the paper says.

After showing an interest in Liverpool's DANNY INGS in the summer, Newcastle are again ready to swoop for the striker in the new year, the Daily Mail says. After suffering a number of injuries while with the Reds, the 25-year-old has not been seen much first-team action under Jurgen Klopp. But after impressive performances with the under-23s, Newcastle are said to have put the player on their radar for a potential loan deal.

MESUT OZIL could continue his career at Arsenal upon the condition he gets Jack Wilshere's number-10 shirt, according to the Sun. The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer but could sign a new deal if Arsene Wenger gives him his favoured number and an increase to his £150,000-a-week salary, the paper says. A question mark remains over Wilshere's future at the club, with the 25-year-old only starting in the Europa League and Carabao Cup games this season. 

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Bristol City's BOBBY REID is seeing growing interest from four clubs, according to the TEAMtalk website. After an impressive eight goals in 16 games, Leicester, Brighton, Burnley and Middlesbrough are all said to be keen on the 24-year-old. But Bristol will certainly try and keep their star man.

Monaco striker STEVAN JOVETIC could be returning to England if Southampton decide to make a move for the player in the new year, the Daily Mirror reports. Having previously starred in the Manchester City line-up, 27-year-old Jovetic is seen as an option to help end the Saints' goal drought.

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