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TOP STORY: Manchester United nearing Mandzukic deal
Mandzukic, 33, has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford for a few months now and almost moved in the summer transfer window. However, after that move failed to materialise, United turned their attention towards January and their form in front of goal recently has pushed them towards agreeing a deal.
The Italian outlet reports that some significant progress has been made now and Mandzukic is believed to have turned down £7 million a year offer from Al-Rayyan in Qatar in favour of sticking around in one of Europe’s top leagues. If the deal is completed then it will be confirmed on Jan. 1 and United will have another, albeit short-term, option up front.
08.30 BST: Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias has been on the radar of Manchester United, but the club are aware of this and the 26-year-old is set to be offered an improved contract.
That will push the Portugal international’s release clause to around £79mm which will either act as a deterrent or just give a big club the information they need to make a bid.
PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)
Rakitic, Matic among Inter Milan”s targets
Inter Milan are eager to bring in a new midfielder during the January transfer window, Calciomercato reports.
The report states that Inter are in need of another option in midfield, especially if they’re serious about challenging Juventus for the Serie A title. Ivan Rakitic and Nemanja Matic are still believed to be the two main targets for the club, with an outside bet being Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Sandro Tonali is also in the mix but, with a few months remaining until the window opens, it appears as if there is are a lot of moving pieces for manager Antonio Conte.
Manchester City interested in Ake
City have struggled at times during the early portion of the Premier League campaign, with their defensive issues compounded by a host of injuries. However, if they’re able to lure a player like Ake to the club, it could serve as a huge sign of intent to title rivals Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has been with the Cherries since 2017, having spent six years at Chelsea. The Blues still hold first right of refusal, but are under a transfer ban and so if City are legitimately interested in a move of this nature, they’ll have to act fast.
– Jose Mourinho has rejected a return to management with Ligue 1 giants Lyon, RMC reports. The former Manchester United boss is said to have informed the club that his primary goal is to return to the Premier League as he attempts to bounce back from a disappointing tenure in charge at Old Trafford.
– Juventus are interested in trying to sign Chelsea left-back Emerson, Calciomercato reports. The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the Italian champions’ primary targets as they attempt to build up some reinforcements down their left side. Chelsea, though, could offer him a contract extension in order to deter the Old Lady.