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Tottenham tipped to raid Barcelona again for centre-back who gives Conte balance

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Tottenham have reportedly renewed their interest in signing Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet in the January transfer window.

Spurs have kept three clean sheets in their first five Premier League outings under Antonio Conte. However, the Italian still wants to strengthen his back three with the addition of at least one new centre-back in the New Year.

Conte is currently opting for Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Ben Davies as his regular three, particularly with Cristian Romero on the sidelines under February.

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However, all his options in the position are right-footed, except for Davies, and that is where Lenglet comes in.

Tottenham have been monitoring the France international for some time. But it looks like they are finally ready to make a concrete bid, as reported by Spanish outlet Sport.

The report states that Barca are happy to listen to offers for the 26-year-old. The cash-strapped Catalan giants need to raise funds to bring in the players new manager Xavi wants at the Nou Camp.

Lenglet could be the second player to arrive from Barca this season after the arrival of Emerson Royal in the summer.

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Lenglet on bench duty for Barca

The towering central defender is currently in his fourth season in Catalonia. However, he has been forced to watch on from the bench for mos the campaign so far.

His failure to earn regular starst for Barca has also led to a decline in game time for France. Indeed, he featured for only 45 minutes of last summer’s Euros for Didier Deschamps’ men.

But his potential arrival at Tottenham would give Conte another option for the left side of his defence. It would give Spurs more strength in numbers as they prepare for a brutal run of fixtures in the New Year.

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The report fails to mention what sort of fee Barcelona would command for Lenglet. However, previous links to West Ham, Everton and Newcastle have suggested €25million (£21m).

READ MORE: Tottenham exit gains traction as clock ticks for Paratici’s crunch Conte call

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Man City ‘closing in’ on Man Utd striker target with replacement already lined up

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Manchester City are ‘about to close’ a deal to sign Manchester United striker target Julian Alvarez, according to one journalist.

Alvarez, 21, has been making headlines in his native Argentina thanks to his promising form at River Plate. He hit 18 goals in 21 games during the most recent Liga Profesional season as River Plate won the domestic crown.

Alvarez is clearly good enough to make it at a top club in Europe and transfer rumours surrounding his future are rife.

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Aston Villa and Tottenham were the original clubs eyeing his signature, before Man Utd came in.

Reports claim Ralf Rangnick is eager to sign Alvarez, as soon as Anthony Martial’s future is sorted.

However, the Red Devils boss could be left disappointed as rivals City are marching ahead in the pursuit.

According to Sport Illustrated, who cite journalist Hernan Castillo, Pep Guardiola’s side will soon finalise an agreement for Alvarez.

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Two Julian Alvarez proposals made

Castillo is not the only person to provide a transfer update. According to Cesar Luis Merlo, City have made two proposals for a deal.

They are willing to sign him this month or in the summer, depending on River Plate’s preference.

There are also rumours of an initial loan move which will become permanent after a six-month spell at the Etihad.

Whatever form it may take, Alvarez’s transfer may be imminent as River Plate already have his replacement in mind. They are attempting to sign Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco.

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City were not expecting to bring in a new centre-forward this month, although Ferran Torres’ exit seems to have changed their stance.

The player left for Barcelona after informing City officials of his desire to make it at the five-time Champions League winners.

With Gabriel Jesus now wanting to play out wide, a successor to Sergio Aguero needs to be found. Alvarez seems to have the capability to fill his boots, although it will not be an easy task.


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Spanish club plan Man City raid

Meanwhile, Spanish club Real Betis are reportedly ready to test the waters by making an approach for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko’s reputation as a utility man means he does not start in the Premier League as much as some of his team-mates. Indeed, he has only made seven appearances in the competition this season, registering one assist in that time.

The player’s contract runs until June 2024, putting City in a strong position in terms of a transfer.

Nevertheless, The Sun report Real Betis are aiming to test their resolve by preparing to move in. They have already made an ‘enquiry’ about Zinchenko’s availability, too.

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However, it looks set to be good news for Guardiola and City as the player has no intention of leaving Manchester.

He wants to continue being a part of the trophy-laden squad and to help them win more silverware this season.

Zinchenko is also gunning for a new deal at the Etihad, which could see him spend the majority of his prime with the club.

READ MORE: Ajax starlet with ‘unprecedented’ talent backed to join Man City amid Tottenham rumours

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Burnley out for Chris Wood revenge after bidding for reported Newcastle target as replacement

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Various sources are indicating that Burnley have made a bid for Lyon striker Sardar Azmoun, who could become their replacement for Chris Wood.

Burnley recently lost Wood to Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle. The Magpies activated a release clause in the New Zealand international’s contract. As such, the Clarets were powerless to keep one of their most successful players of recent years.

Now, if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, they need to use the last 10 days of the transfer window to find a new source of goals.

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And according to multiple reports, one man they have identified as a potential replacement is Sardar Azmoun.

The Iran international is out of contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg at the end of the season. He appears to be ready for a move to one of Europe’s bigger leagues.

Azmoun has admirers in France, where Lyon are aiming to snap him up. But the Ligue 1 outfit have been aware of competition for some time.

Ironically, one of the supposed threats to their pursuit of the player – according to reports towards the start of the month – has been Newcastle.

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It is not clear if their interest in Azmoun remains, but if it does, Burnley could be about to try and get their own back.

Football Insider are among the sources reporting that the Lancashire side have made an offer to Zenit for the 27-year-old.

The offer is reportedly worth around €10m (or £8.3m), which would be a decent fee for Zenit to receive just before his contract ends. The Russian side are yet to respond, though.

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Azmoun’s scoring record suggests he would be worth the investment. He has found the net on 62 occasions from 104 Zenit appearances. At international level, he has 39 goals from 60 Iran caps.


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Burnley still favourites to sign another striker

Meanwhile, TEAMtalk understands that Andy Carroll has rejected an initial offer from Burnley, but talks are continuing over a return to the Premier League.

The 33-year-old is now out-of-contract after his short-term deal with Reading came to an end at the weekend. Carroll returned to action in November, joining Reading following his exit from Newcastle United in the summer.

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Carroll performed well for the Royals with two goals and an assist from six starts. We understand that Reading boss Veljko Paunovic is desperate to keep him and they have offered a new deal.

However, Burnley have opened talks to land Carroll, who they believe could help fill the void vacated by Wood.

We now understand that Burnley’s opening offer was shunned by Carroll, who is now training by himself. However, there is an anticipation of another offer and the Clarets remain favourites to land him.

READ MORE: Arsenal have competition for Tottenham conqueror as Burnley plan £10m move

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