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TOP STORY: Liverpool's Werner pursuit could foil Man United
Liverpool could land a stunning transfer double-blow in January, according to the Independent.
Yes that's the same Haaland who lit up this season's Champions League group stage, scoring eight goals in six appearances -- the Haaland that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperately courting for months.
Adding Werner to their already fearsome attack would already be a huge coup for Liverpool. Denying archrivals Man United of their major January target in the process? Well that would just be too sweet for Reds fans.
The Sun, however, does offer a ray of hope for Solskjaer, suggesting that a £76 million deal, plus a loan back to Salzburg for the rest of this season, will sway Haaland's preference back in United's favour.
22.38 GMT: Liverpool are prepared to allow 18-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones and 19-year-old striker Rhian Brewster to leave the club on loan, with Championship duo Swansea and Leeds interested, Goal reports. The report also suggests that 21-year-old midfielder Herbie Kane could be another to leave the club, either permanently or on loan (with a loan more likely), amid interest from several Championship clubs.
21.45 GMT: Another potentially moving north from Liga MX to MLS could be U.S. international goalkeeper William Yarbrough, according to ESPN Mexico. The Mexico-born Leon keeper is on his way out of the club and has interest from MLS clubs, with Houston Dynamo reportedly in pole position.
20.52 GMT: AC Milan need to balance the books, Calciomercato cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting, and the club have determine three players they will part with in order to do so: 27-year-old left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, 22-year-old midfielder Franck Kessie (who could be reunited with former manager Gennaro Gattuso at Napoli) and 26-year-old playmaker Suso.
19.59 GMT: Tigres president Miguel Angel Garza has admitted that the club is in talks with a team from the United States regarding Argentine midfielder Lucas Zelarayan. Local Monterrey reporter Pello Maldonado suggested that Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew will be the 27-year-old's destination in what would surely be a Designated Player deal.
19.06 GMT: As Mikel Arteta closes in on taking the Arsenal manager's job, the Sun reports that the 37-year-old will received "limited funds" to begin to rebuild his squad in January, however he will be backed in the summer - when the club look to offload Mesut Ozil.
18.13 GMT: Juventus have taken a decision to hold on to in-demand centre-back Merih Demiral amid interest in the 21-year-old from Tottenham, Leicester and AC Milan, Calciomercato writes. The knock-on effect of that decision will be that the Bianconeri in all likelihood will have little choice but to sell Daniele Rugani, who's now the club's fifth-choice centre-back.
17.20 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain are tired of trying to find the next big thing in management, according to Le 10 Sport. The French outlet writes that after the underwhelming results of Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel, Les Parisiens will attempt to land a big-name manager, with a tandem of Pep Guardiola and Xavi under consideration and Massimo Allegri also on the French club's radar.
16.27 GMT: Amid reports that Carlo Ancelotti is seeking assurances over financial backing in the market before taking the Everton job, Tuttomercatoweb reports that the first such assurance the Italian manager has requested is the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The story states that the Toffees have submitted an offer, and it is closer to the Swede's demands than the contract offered by AC Milan - seemingly Ibrahimovic's first choice.
15.34 GMT: Manchester United will dismiss any moves from rival clubs to sign Paul Pogba in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
Pogba has not played for United since Sept. 30 because of a foot injury, and his return has been delayed this week due to illness.
That has led to renewed speculation that the France international could be leaving Old Trafford, with Real Madrid widely reported to be interested in signing him.
However, the Mail reports that United will resist any attempt to sign the 26-year-old.
14.40 GMT: Erling Haaland got Manchester United fans excited on social media on Tuesday when he posted an image of himself signing a Red Devils jersey.
However, the Salzburg striker also shared pictures on his Instagram story of him autographing other clubs' shirts including those of Napoli and Leeds United.
Maybe not quite the "hint" that the Old Trafford faithful were hoping it to be, then.
Confirmed: Erling Haaland is signing for Man United ...— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) December 17, 2019
and Napoli ... and Leeds. pic.twitter.com/gCiO7mQNgW
14.07 GMT: Chelsea's plans of getting young stars Tammy Abraham and Reece James to sign new contracts are yet to bear fruit, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Blues have secured the futures of several of their other academy graduates recently with Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bill Gilmour all putting pen to paper on new deals.
However, the Telegraph reports that, while Chelsea are keen to hand striker Abraham and right-back James new deals, talks have not progressed with either player's respective camps.
Both players have two-and-a-half years to run on their current contracts.
13.31 GMT: Staying with Bayer Leverkusen, Sky Sports reports that another of their young stars, Kai Havertz, is expected to stay at the German club despite interest from a host of Europe's biggest clubs.
The 20-year-old is being monitored by Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Havertz, who has scored three goals in 16 appearances so far this season, was scouted by Spurs during Mauricio Pochettino's time in charge, and Sport Bild claims that Bayern Munich could be a potential destination if the Argentine coach takes over a the AllianzAarena.
12.59 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey, previously the subject of interest from Manchester United, has been linked with a January move to Chelsea.
The Jamaica international reminded Europe's top clubs of his talents recently by scoring both goals in the 2-1 win at Bayern Munich.
Will a move to Stamford Bridge happen? ESPN FC's Craig Burley gives his take.
Will Chelsea sign Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen?
Craig Burley rates whether Frank Lampard will bolster Chelsea's attack with Jamaican winger Leon Bailey.
12.19 GMT: The wife and agent of Mauro Icardi has ruled out the prospect of the forward joining Inter Milan's big rivals Juventus when his loan at Paris Saint-Germain ends in the summer.
Icardi, 26, joined PSG on a season-long loan after falling out with the Inter hierarchy, and it is unlikely he will ever play for the Serie A side again. That led to speculation that he could join Juve, but Wanda Nara says that is not on the agenda.
"Mauro will not be going to Juventus next year," Nara told Gazzetta dello Sport. "He chose PSG last summer as he did not want to betray Inter Milan. Mauro joined a club he could not say no to and it worked out well for Inter as well. I do not know who drove him out, but it benefits everyone -- he has gone to a better and more important team.
"Everybody knows PSG are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Mauro's present is in Paris. There, he feels great and is scoring incredible goals, as always. In Paris, he is happy."
11.29 GMT: Crystal Palace will not budge on their £80m valuation of star forward Wilfried Zaha amid a potential January bid from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
Zaha, 27, was the subject of interest from Arsenal and Everton last summer but remained at his boyhood club despite expressing his desire to move to a bigger club and play European football.
Chelsea could offer the Ivory Coast international just that, and he would be eligible to play for them in their round-of-16 clash with Bayern Munich as he would not be cup-tied.
The Mail reports that Palace will not lower their price for a mid-season sale, as they would owe Manchester United 25% of the fee due to a sell-on clause inserted in the deal that brought Zaha back to Selhurst Park from Old Trafford in 2015.
10.51 GMT: Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal stormed out of Tuesday's training session after learning he would not start against Real Madrid on Wednesday, sources have told ESPN.
Vidal, 32, left early when coach Ernesto Valverde revealed he would on the bench in the Clasico. Several players tried to comfort Vidal but the Chile international, who the club fear could now push for a January move away from Camp Nou, could not be calmed down.
Inter Milan, coached by Antonio Conte, who worked with Vidal previously at Juventus, are long-time admirers of the former Bayern Munich man. They held informal talks with Barca last week before the Champions League game between the two sides but the Spanish champions made their position clear: unless they receive an offer they can't say no to, Vidal will not leave midseason.
There has been speculation that Inter could tempt Barca by offering them first refusal or a reduced price on striker Lautaro Martinez or midfielder Stefano Sensi, whose loan they are expected to make permanent in the summer for €25m. However, sources told ESPN that Barca would only entertain a cash offer for Vidal, whose contract runs until 2021. The club need to bring in €124m before the end of June to balance the books.
10.14 GMT: Leroy Sane has reportedly made up his mind and wants to leave Manchester City to return to Germany with Bayern Munich as early as August according to Sport Bild. The 23-year-old is working on his comeback following an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered in January.
Sane could have already played his last match for the Premier League champions. The winger was linked with Bayern prior to his injury and the German champions are willing to make the former Schalke man their record signing.
The highest fee paid by a Bayern Munich, or any other Bundesliga club, is the €80m they paid Atletico Madrid last summer for France defender Lucas Hernandez.
Sane is hoping to return to the pitch in time for the run in of the ongoing season, with Sport Bild saying a February comeback still is possible.
09.39 GMT: Hertha Berlin have joined the race for Germany's 2014 World Cup hero Mario Gotze, Sport Bild reports.
Gotze could become a free agent next summer if his contract at boyhood club Borussia Dortmund -- where he has only got a few minutes off the bench in recent weeks -- is allowed to run down.
Hertha Berlin are in the midst of a relegation battle, but with former United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm they hope to turn the capital club into a title contender by 2025.
To turn things around this season, Hertha are also reportedly interested in January moves for Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl and Tottenham's Victor Wanyama.
09.10 GMT: Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler has put pen to paper on a new deal to run until June 2023.
Soler has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur in the past and Los Che were keen to fend off any interest.
The 22-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension at the club where he came up through the youth ranks. His release clause has been set at €150m, the team's second highest behind Goncalo Guedes' €300m.
Soler has made 143 appearances for Valencia's first team, including 22 in all competitions this season.
08.33 GMT: Takumi Minamino will undergo a medical at Liverpool on Wednesday ahead of his £7.25m January transfer from Austrian champions FC Salzburg, with manager Jurgen Klopp planning to hand the forward his debut against Everton in the FA Cup on Jan 5.
Liverpool beat Premier League rivals Manchester United to the Japan international's signature by triggering the 24-year-old's release clause following their Champions League victory against Salzburg last Tuesday.
And with the Austrian Bundesliga now having closed down for its winter break, Minamino has flown into Liverpool in order to complete his medical and paperwork in time for his registration to be processed as soon as the January transfer window opens in England on Jan 2.
Although Liverpool face Sheffield United at Anfield on that date, Klopp is not considering Minamino in his plans to face Chris Wilder's team. But with Merseyside neighbours Everton due at Anfield three days in the FA Cup third round, Klopp is keen for Minamino to kick-start his Liverpool career against the Goodison Park outfit.
08.00 GMT: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has conceded there is no reason for Mikel Arteta to turn down the Arsenal job. Arteta is in talks about becoming the next manager at the Emirates and Guardiola admits it will be difficult for the Spaniard to reject the role to stay as his assistant at City.
"It is a good argument -- why not?" said Guardiola, ahead of City's trip to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. "It is uncomfortable for me. It is a question for Mikel, I am not in his brain. We talk about it a little bit but his feelings are his feelings.
"If he decides to move I'll wish him all the best, for him, his family and for his professional future. I will beat him -- that's a joke!"
Sources confirmed to ESPN that talks between Arteta and the club continued on Tuesday, with the Spaniard speaking to Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, with things progressing well and the club hopeful Arteta can take charge for this weekend's match against Everton.
Sources added that Arteta is keen to take the job but details need to be ironed out before that happens, including his compensation package which is still being discussed.
PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle): Chelsea to trigger Ake clause
With the Blues having until the summer to trigger the clause before it's no longer valid, it appears as if Frank Lampard is ready to commit to the idea of paying £40m to ensure the 24-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge.
The Cherries have done well to hold on to Ake up until this point, but now, Lampard is ready to stretch his legs in this managerial role and put forward a bid in January.
Palace hold firm on Zaha
The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Eagles for more than a year, with numerous rumoured deals falling through -- mostly due to the asking price. Now, though, they're going to challenge Chelsea to see what sort of a bid they come forward with after reports came out suggesting that the Blues could go after him.
Regardless of what happens, Palace have no plans to lower the fee.
- Barcelona's own influence is one of the reasons why Manchester City are believed to be leading the race to sign Barcelona youngster Juan Larios, as reported by the Record. The 15-year-old, who is still a few years away from hitting a point where he could feature in the first team, has also been catching the eye of Manchester United and Liverpool -- but Barca don't want to see him head to Anfield, which is why City are in pole position.
- Chelsea are struggling to come to terms on new contracts for youngsters Tammy Abraham and Reece James, the Telegraph reports. The Blues have been able to lock down a number of their top stars to new deals as of late, but Abraham and James, who have both been catching the eye of clubs around Europe, are proving to be stiffer opposition with progress on them not being "as fast" as the club would've hoped.