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Manchester United could make move for Chelsea defender David Luiz in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is monitoring David Luiz’ situation at Chelsea, and could make a move for the defender in January.

Luiz has had a bust up with Blues manager Antonio Conte, having questioned his tactics when Chelsea were beaten 3-0 at Roma. Conte was also unhappy with Luiz’ reaction to being substituted in that match. In response, Conte dropped Luiz from the squad for Chelsea’s next Premier League match.

It is believed that Luiz is still angry about being dropped – seeing it as a humiliation. Conte has not said that Luiz will be back in the team either, with Danish defender Andreas Christensen impressing in his place.

Mourinho is now monitoring the situation and if the pair haven’t patched up their relationship by January, he may be prepared to come in with a bid for Luiz, according to a report in the Daily Express.

This would represent a thawing of Mourinho’s own relationship with Luiz. He managed Luiz at Chelsea for a season in 2013/14, but often preferred to play John Terry and Gary Cahill in central defence and sold him to Paris St-Germain. Luiz later taunted Mourinho after his PSG side beat Chelsea in the Champions League.

If Chelsea were to sell, the would want to recoup the £34 million they paid PSG for him. It is also likely that Conte would seek a replacement for him.

Chelsea could sell Willian in January to fund move for PSG’s Lucas Moura

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Chelsea could be prepared to sell Brazilian midfielder Willian in the January transfer window to help fund a move for Paris St-Germain’s Lucas Moura, according to a report in France.

Willian has only started six games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, with manager Antonio Conte preferring Eden Hazard and Pedro as part of a front three alongside striker Alvaro Morata. That said, he is still very much part of Conte’s plans as he has come on as a substitute in 5 more matches.

French news site Le10 Sport reports that Chelsea are keen on making a move for Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, who could be available for £27 million. The 27-year-old could be open to a move as he hasn’t been a regular in the PSG side – he hasn’t started a league match for them so far this season – although he has scored 4 goals in all competitions.

Le10 Sport speculate that Willian could go to the Chinese Super League – following in the footsteps of fellow Brazilians Ramirez and Oscar – although it would be likely that clubs in Europe would also be interested in signing the 29-year-old.

Real Madrid prepared to sell Gareth Bale – Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs interested

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to sell Welsh winger Gareth Bale, and a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested.

Madrid bosses are apparently becoming frustrated at Bale’s injury-prone nature – he’s said to have had 24 separate injuries during his four years in Spain – and could seek to cash in, although they are said to want to make their original outlay of £85 million for him back.

Bale is currently out with a thigh injury and isn’t expected to be fit again before Christmas.

As for a potential destination for Bale, Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the player, having twice tried – and failed – to tempt him to Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is known to be a big fan of Bale, having worked with him at the Bernabeau.

Chelsea have also expressed an interest in 28-year-old Bale before, and could be tempted to bid.

Bale made his name at Tottenham, and a return to Spurs could appeal, especially with the lure of playing in their new stadium. Manager Mauricio Pochettino also rates Bale highly. However, the pricetag may put Spurs off – it would represent a massive increase on their current transfer record, which is the £36 million they paid Ajax for Davidson Sanchez in the summer.

All the factz on Chelsea v Manchester United in the Premier League

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One of the biggest clashes of the weekend sees Chelsea take on Premier League title rivals Manchester United. Kick-off is 4.30pm, and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea beat Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge last season. United won 1-0 at Old Trafford.
* The Blues have a formidable record at home against United – winning 9 of the last 15 matches and losing just one.
* United have kept 8 clean sheets in 10 PL matches this season.
* Chelsea have lost 2 of their 5 PL home matches this season – as many as they lost in the whole of 2016/17.
* United have scored 4 goals in a PL match 4 times already this season.

Chelsea and Manchester United set for battle to sign Atletico Madrid star

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Premier League title contenders are shaping up for a transfer battle in January as both compete to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that Chelsea had made a £71.5 million bid for Niguez, with Antonio Conte apparently keen to strengthen that area.

However, it now appears that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also interested in signing the 22-year-old, and is prepared to offer either Ander Herrera or Juan Mata in a player-plus-cash deal, according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon.

Neither player has been a regular so far this season for United, so a transfer could make sense.

However, a deal is far from close. Atletico’s bosses have said they would not consider selling one of their stars for less than the £134 million release clause he has in his contract, again according to Don Balon. Both Chelsea and United’s offers so far fall well below that.