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Manchester United target Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi – reports

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing up a €110 million (£98 million) deal for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to reports.

Ole Magazine has claimed that Mourinho wants to bring the Argentine striker to Old Trafford and would be prepared to pay his release clause.

Icardi, 25, scored 29 goals in 34 games for Inter last season, yet he still missed out on a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Inter would be reluctant to sell Icardi, and there is no indication that the player wants to leave either. However, United would be sure to offer a bumper financial package.

Mourinho has been chasing a centre-back for some time and has no shortage of striking options so if – if – the deal were to happen, it could mean one of their current crop could leave – possibly Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez or Marcus Rashford.

Chelsea legend John Terry set for shock move to Russian club

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John Terry is set to join Russian side Spartak Moscow on an initial year-long deal, according to reports.

Terry, who has been a free agent since being released by Championship side Aston Villa at the end of last season, has been having a medical ahead of the proposed move.

The Chelsea legend, 37, will earn £1.8 million after tax for his year in the Russian capital, according to the Sunday Telegraph. There is also thought to be an option for a second year.

It was thought that Terry may rejoin Aston Villa, who are in the market for a central defender. Villa were interested but earlier in the summer couldn’t afford him due to a financial crisis. But after new investment, it was thought he could return.

While it is understood that he has had several contract offers, none came close to matching the wages offered by Spartak.

Spartak, currently second behind Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian premier league, reached out for Terry after regular centre-back Samuel Gigot suffered a cruciate ligament injury.

Terry himself has said he is in the best condition in about 10 years, having had the summer off before returning to training.

Juventus target Anthony Martial for summer 2019 transfer

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Italian champions Juventus are plotting to make a move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial – but are prepared to wait to get him on a free transfer next summer.

France international Martial, 22, is in the final year of his current deal with United, and has yet to make a commitment over his future.

United bosses have offered Martial a new long-term deal and the club are hopeful of convincing him to put pen to paper. This is despite his largely bit-part role at Old Trafford in the past year and rumours of a fractious relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

Juventus will watch the negotiations carefully, mindful that from January the former Monaco man will be able to sign a pre-contract to join another club in the summer, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato.

However, they are not the only club interested in signing him. In the summer, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were interested, but United made it clear they would not sell him to a Premier League rival. Bayern Munich are also said to be monitoring his situation.

Should Martial sign, then any potential suitor will have to pay a hefty transfer fee for him – certainly north of £50 million in the current inflated market.

Liverpool target PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot

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Liverpool have contacted the mother and agent of Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot to sound them out over a potential transfer to Anfield, according to reports.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is a long-term admirer of Rabiot – he tried to sign him when manager of Borussia Dortmund – and is keen to sign him, especially if he can get him on a free transfer.

Rabiot is in the final year of his contract with PSG and has so far shown no intention of signing a new deal with the French champions. Should he not sign, he will be able to move on a free transfer in the summer, and sign a pre-contract agreement with a new side from January.

ESPN FC has reported sources saying that Klopp has already spoken on the phone to Rabiot’s agent about a potential move.

The 23-year-old is also on record saying that he grew up as a Liverpool fan and would like to play in the Premier League one day.

Competition

However, Liverpool will likely face strong competition for his signature, with Barcelona also known to be keen. The prospect of signing a player of Rabiot’s calibre on a free would also be enticing to other clubs.

There is also the possibility that PSG could sell Rabiot in January to try and get some money in for him, although it would be significantly below his market value.

Manchester United eye January swoop for World Cup winning defender Lucas Hernandez

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Manchester United’s search for a central defender continues, and manager Jose Mourinho has identified Atletico Madrid’s French defender Lucas Hernandez as his top target in January, according to reports.

Lucas, 22, was part of the France team that won the World Cup in the summer, and can play in central defence or at left-back.

However, United will need to stump up £72 million for him. When Lucas signed a new contract with Atletico in the summer, which ties him to the club until 2024, Atletico bosses upped his release clause to put off potential suitors.

France Football has reported that United and Real Madrid are interested in signing Lucas, although the player himself has indicated that he is happy at Atletico – although that could be tested should either club make a concrete move for him.

“Atletico Madrid are the club of my life,” he said in June. “They’ve given me everything and I’m very happy with my renewal because it was what I wanted most.”

United have been looking for a central defender for some time. Summer moves for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire both came to nothing.