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Euro Paper Talk: Star’s worrying decline sees Murtough rush through major January signing at Man Utd; Chelsea learn huge fee for crack Colombian

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Manchester United have a contract in place to seal a big-name January signing, Chelsea are planning to sign a quality winger with another potentially leaving, while Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Everton are looking at a Russian attacker.

TRIPPIER DEAL ‘AGREED’ FOR MAN UTD

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Kieran Trippier to move to Old Trafford in January.

The England full-back has long been on their list of targets and was seemingly close to signing over the summer. However, having already brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, United were not prepared to meet Atletico’s £28m demands.

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Since then though an alarming slump in form from Aaron Wan-Bissaka has prompted United to step up that chase. The £50m man has been way below his best, but a lack of competition means he’s not being kept on his toes.

Now, as per AS, United are willing to meet Atletico’s price for the 31-year-old. They state director of football John Murtough has already agreed a contract for the England man on a reported two-and-a-half-year deal at Old Trafford.

They report that Diego Simeone doesn’t want to lose Trippier. However, the player’s desire to return to his native north-west will see the deal pushed through, with Atleti making a handsome profit on the side.

Trippier is reportedly being chased by Newcastle United but only has eyes for Manchester United.

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The Red Devils, meanwhile, will hope the signing of Trippier can have a positive affect on Wan-Bissaka. They employed a similar tactic in signing Alex Telles to put pressure on Luke Shaw. And the signing of Trippier will also be seen as a way of raising Wan-Bissaka’s game.

That said, Trippier is likely to be seen as a solid player who can very much improve their defence. Indeed, the full-back is viewed as an upgrade on Wan-Bissaka in a United side struggling for clean sheets.

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PORTO TOLD OF HUGE FEE FOR LUIS DIAZ

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Chelsea have learned Colombia winger Luis Diaz will cost his full £67.7m (€80m) exit clause in January. (Record)

The Blues are looking to bring in Diaz should Christian Pulisic depart, with Genoa emerging as a possible option. (various)

Barcelona are ready to open talks over a deal for Edinson Cavani – but want him on an end-of-season free rather than to pay in January. (Fijaches)

Real Madrid star Vinicus Junior has reportedly turned down a huge £12m a year deal to join Manchester United in January. (El Nacional)

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Everton manager Rafael Benitez is chasing a deal to bring Monaco attacker Aleksandr Golovin to Goodison Park in January. (Telefoot)

GUARDIOLA BATS OFF STERLING SPECULATION

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Pep Guardiola remains unconcerned about reports linking Barcelona with Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling. (Mundo Deportivo)

Norwich are considering the appointment of Kjetil Knutsen, who currently is in charge of Bodo/Glimt. (TV2)

Crystal Palace’s chances of poaching André-Frank Zambo Anguissa away from Napoli appear over. That’s with Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli already triggering the option to make his loan permanent in January. (Radio Kiss Kiss)

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Juventus are ready to battle Roma for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria, who on Arsenal’s wishlist. (Tuttosport)

Newcastle target Philippe Coutinho still hopes to stay at Barcelona and is backing new coach Xavi to do “a great job”. (Mundo Deportivo)

Stade Brestois midfielder Romain Faivre – previously linked with Leeds – admits he feels flattered by interest from AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

MOURINHO AT ODDS WITH ROMA PLAYERS

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Jose Mourinho is ‘at war’ with his Roma squad and only considers 13 of his players up to the required standard. (Il Messaggero)

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Liverpool still have a chance of signing Kylian Mbappe with the striker ‘unconvinced’ by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. (El Nacional)

Xavi Hernandez is backing Ousmane Dembele to become one of the world’s elite stars and says he hopes he signs a new deal at Barcelona. (Sport)

Juventus wing-back Juan Cuadrado hopes to sign a new two-year deal with the Bianconeri as soon as he returns from international duty with Colombia. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Tottenham are willing to pay Fiorentina £60m to beat Arsenal to the signing of Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic. (La Nazione)

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Leicester and Watford are chasing a January deal for highly-rated Genoa left-back Andrea Cambiaso. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Roma have reportedly contacted Bodo/Glimt over a January move for striker Erik Botheim after starring against them in the Europa League. (TV2)

Juventus are willing to let Aaron Ramsey leave for free in January despite having 18 months remaining on his contract. (Calciomercato)

France boss Didier Deschamps is backing Real Madrid star Karim Benzema to win the Balon d’Or this year. (L’Equipe)

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Arsenal will priortise the signing of Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak in 2022 as they bid to replace Alexandre Lacazette. (various)

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Tottenham bid in as Antonio Conte looks to hijack Man Utd, Liverpool deals for €45m Porto sensation

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Tottenham are reportedly looking to secure the signing of Porto attacker Luis Diaz before the January window shuts, despite strong interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Premier League trio are all chasing the player dubbed ‘the Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo’, although United and Liverpool are yet to make official bids. That has left the door open for Spurs to strike, as Antonio Conte looks to bring in at least three players before the end of the month.

Pedro Sepulveda of Portuguese outlet SIC Noticias reports that the 25-year-old is subject of a €45million bid from the north London side.

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Tottenham have reportedly given Porto 48 hours to respond to the offer.

Daniel Levy has typically gone in with a lowball offer, with Diaz valued closer to €60m earlier this window.

But the report adds that Spurs are actually considering breaking their transfer record to sign the forward.

Tanguy Ndombele stills holds that honour, although the playmaker could be on his way out before January 31.

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Diaz has scored 64 goals in 275 career appearances and has netted an impressive 16 times already this term.


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Tottenham open talks over Sevilla swap deal

Meanwhile, Tottenham have opened talks with Sevilla about a potential swap deal to sign Newcastle centre-back target Diego Carlos, according to a report.

The Magpies have long had interest in a deal for the Brazil international. Following additions at full-back and up top with Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, defence is a priority.

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And Newcastle have held several rounds of talks with Sevilla about a deal for Carlos.

The Daily Mail now reports that the Magpies’ current offer is £32million. However, the La Liga club want £40million.

It remains unclear whether Eddie Howe’s side will stump up the rest of the money Sevilla want for their star man.

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According to Football Insider, though, the delay has allowed Tottenham to garner hope of snapping Carlos up.

Indeed, they have opened ‘preliminary’ talks over a player-plus-cash deal which they hope Sevilla will accept.

Reports have claimed that Spurs are willing to let Giovani Lo Celso leave before the transfer deadline. The Argentine is alongside Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli as being a player who could leave Tottenham this month.

Lo Celso could head back to Spain

And Football Insider claims that Spurs could offer Lo Celso to Sevilla for Carlos in a part-exchange deal.

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The report adds that the fact that Tottenham are an ‘established’ top-six club could give them an advantage.

While they are pushing for a top-four place, Newcastle are fighting against relegation.

Carlos, 28, moved to Sevilla from French club Nantes in 2019. Since then, the six-cap Brazil international has racked up over 120 appearances.

Lo Celso, meanwhile, has only played nine Premier League games this term, starting only twice.

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West Ham ramp up double move with wantaway Liverpool star phase one

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Nat Phillips has let Liverpool know of his desire to leave in this window, and is being targeted by West Ham as part of a double move this week, per a report.

The centre-half, 24, has slid down the pecking order this season. Nat Phillips answered the call last season when Liverpool’s campaign threatened to unravel amid a spate of injuries in defence.

Rhys Williams and loanee Ozan Kabak played their part, but Phillips became the main man at the back, helping to steer Liverpool towards vital Champions League qualification.

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But the signing of Ibrahima Konate and the return of their injured stars has seen Phillips marginalised this year. He is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this campaign. As such, talk of a January exit began to swirl.

Jurgen Klopp stated Liverpool had no plans to sanction any loans this month. It appears a permanent exit is Phillips’ only route out.

West Ham emerged as a contender to to sign Nat Phillips after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a serious ACL injury.

Now, according to the Evening Standard, the Hammers are preparing to ramp up their pursuit.

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They state Davis Moyes will ‘step up’ West Ham’s efforts to land both a centre-back and striker this month.

Phillips would fit the bill in the first regard, and ‘remains a target’ for Moyes. What’s more, the outlet state Phillips is now open to moving away with more regular minutes elsewhere seemingly on his mind. In the article’s words, Phillips ‘has expressed a desire to leave for regular football this month’.

Liverpool won’t stand in Phillips’ way if their demands are met. The Reds are understood to be seeking around £15m for his signature.

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Adding further fuel to the fire is Liverpool’s decision to recall Rhys Williams from his loan spell at Swansea. The Welshman would fill the role of fifth-choice centre-half if Phillips were to leave.

Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car is an alternative Hammers target, though that deal is unlikely this month.

West Ham eye Championship hotshot

Also on West Ham’s agenda is bolstering their firepower in the final third. The club have never replaced Sebastien Haller, leaving just Michail Antonio as their sole recognised centre-forward.

Blackburn’s red-hot striker Ben Brereton Diaz is on their radar. However, the striker is currently in South America on international duty with Chile.

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That will ensure any late West Ham move this week will have an extra hurdle to overcome.

Brereton Diaz has plundered 20 goals in the second tier this season and would reportedly command a £28m fee.


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Hammers ace the perfect Salah replacement

Meanwhile, Klopp has been told that only one player has the necessary qualities to replace Mohamed Salah at Anfield if the Egyptian end up departing this summer, and he plays for West Ham.

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Salah is said to be asking for £400,000 in weekly wages to sign another contract on Merseyside. That would make him the club’s highest paid player ever by a considerable margin. Understandably, progress on the new deal front has been slow thus far given the scale of commitment required.

Now, speaking on talkSPORT,  Tony Cascarino reckons West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen is displaying the ideal qualities Klopp would target if Salah departed the Reds.

“I actually thought, if we lost Mo Salah, who could we logically go after?” the boyhood Reds fan asked.

“Well, the lad Bowen at West Ham ticks all those boxes. He’s tenacious, he chases everything and is decent technically, but not extraordinary.

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“I keep thinking who would fit into that Liverpool frontline because Klopp loves those kinds of players in wide areas, who will chase and hassle players. He does all the ugly things for his team, and will always get chances.”

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