Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2020

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Thursday, January 2

  • Manchester United want Aston Villa star Jack Grealish and Leicester playmaker James Maddison
  • Ed Woodward and Co. have made the English pair their top targets during the January window
  • Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar’s agent Jorge Mendes will speak to clubs in England
  • Chelsea have failed with their opening offer for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele

Sean Longstaff and Emre Can

Manchester United are targeting Sean Longstaff and Emre Can in the January transfer window, reports claim as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his midfield options after revealing Paul Pogba requires surgery.

The Frenchman was again absent from the United squad as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal, a performance which suggested they are in need of reinforcements this winter.

And now according to ESPN, both Longstaff and Can are the two targets now that the window has reopened.

Longstaff was one of the club’s major targets last summer, but he decided to stay at Newcastle after Manchester United were not willing to meet the Magpies’ £50million valuation.

Meanwhile Can is seeking a way out of Juventus due to a lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri.

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Conor Gallagher eyed

Two Championship clubs are looking to sign Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher.

The Daily Mail claim West Brom and Swansea want the talented midfielder, who is currently on loan at Charlton.

Gallagher, 19, is expected to cut short his season-long loan at Charlton despite missing just one Championship fixture this season.

Premier League club Burnley are also thought to be interested in the England Under-21 international.

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Michy Batshuayi to Aston Villa

Aston Villa want to sign Michy Batshuayi for the remainder of the season.

Batshuayi, who has already enjoyed loan spells with Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace, hasn’t started a Premier League fixture under Frank Lampard this season.

Dean Smith’s side are reported to have already made an enquiry for the Belgian forward after Wesley was ruled out until the end of the season with an ACL injury.

French outlet Foot Mercato claim that although Villa need a quick solution – they would also want the option to purchase the player at the end of the season.

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Moussa Dembele statement

Lyon have released a statement in response to reports that Chelsea have submitted a £34million bid for Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman is the subject of interest from Frank Lampard and Manchester United after continuing his impressive goalscoring form from Fulham and Celtic in Ligue 1.

The statement read: “Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window.

“OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele. The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”

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Wanted: Dani Olmo

Chelsea are planning a move for Dinamo Zagreb starlet Dani Olmo.

That’s according to Spanish publication Sport, who claim Frank Lampard wants to bring the £30million-rated winger to Stamford Bridge in January.

Olmo, 21, has made it clear that he’s ready for a new chapter after five years and four domestic titles with the Croatian champions.

Barcelona are leading the chase to bring Olmo back to the Nou Camp and have reportedly initiated contact with the player’s representatives – but Chelsea could still hijack the deal.

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Nelson Semedo offered

Jorge Mendes wants Manchester United to sign Barcelona star Nelson Semedo, according to reports.

Mendes enjoys a good relationship with United, having brokered several transfer deals for the club over the years.

And, now, Catalan newspaper Sport say Mendes wants United to take Semedo off Barcelona’s hands.

It’s claimed the Red Devils have initiated contact with Barcelona over a transfer and they’re a club with the ‘suitable characteristics’ to close a deal.

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Wanted: Jack Grealish and James Maddison

Manchester United are looking to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish and Leicester playmaker James Maddison.

That’s according to The Independent, who claim Ed Woodward and Co. have made the English pair their top targets during the January transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bolster his midfield ranks with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay sidelined for the foreseeable future.

It’s claimed Maddison would cost somewhere in the region of £80million while in-form Villa star Grealish could set United back £50m.

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Thomas Lemar to Arsenal

Arsenal transfer target Thomas Lemar’s agent Jorge Mendes will speak to clubs in England about a possible deal for the Atletico Madrid star, reports say.

The Gunners have long admired Lemar, with interest dating back to Arsene Wenger’s time at the Emirates helm.

Now, Marca claim Lemar will be offered to sides in the Premier League by agent Mendes.

It’s claimed he has sat down for talks with Atletico over his client’s future at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And, while the La Liga giants believe it will be difficult to offload the forward, Mendes will try anyway.

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Moussa Dembele offer

Chelsea have failed with their opening offer for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

Frank Lampard has a £150million kitty at his disposal in the January transfer window and is eager to sign a forward to ease the burned on Tammy Abraham.

But FootMercato claim their initial £34m offering for Dembele has been rejected.

The report says Lyon chiefs have no intention of selling the former Fulham and Celtic striker, who has three years remaining on his contract.

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Gedson Fernandes latest

Manchester United transfer target Gedson Fernandes will be allowed to leave Benfica during the January window, according to reports.

The Red Devils’ midfield looks short at present with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay currently sidelined.

Sky Sports claim the Red Devils may be in with a shot of landing their transfer target this month.

They say the Portuguese club want to loan Fernandes out for 18 months with an option to buy and they also report that the 20-year-old’s representatives have been in England to discuss a potential move.

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Dani Olmo interest

Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo is delighted to hear that Barcelona are trying to secure his signature.

Olmo, 21, left Barcelona’s youth academy to join the Croatian champions in 2014 and has since proven worthy of the Spanish national team when earning his first cap.

“I am happy that the rumours have become a concrete proposal and that Barcelona are thinking of the possibility of returning home. I spent six years at La Masia and I was taught values ​​for life,” Olmo told L’Esportui.

“I don’t know if I will leave in January, It’s a matter of my representatives. But, if there is an understanding between the clubs, I think the best thing for everyone is to leave Zagreb now.

“Dinamo would get a good transfer and I would play in one of the biggest teams in the world, in one of the five best leagues. The biggest encouragement I can have is to train and learn with Messi.”



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