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Manchester United line up January swoop for Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen

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Manchester United are planning to make a cut-price bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports. 

United were keen on signing him in the summer but a deal never materialised as it was clean that Eriksen was set on a move to Spain.

However, Eriksen’s preferred choice Real Madrid went for other options – such as Eden Hazard from Chelsea – and didn’t firm up their interest in him.

But it is thought that Eriksen was flattered by United’s interest so could be open to talks in the future.

Likewise, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a fan of the Dane who could provide the creative spark that has often been missing from United recently.

United could make a cut-price offer in January as Eriksen would be entering the final six months of his contract with Spurs. Spurs could then sell or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

The Sun says United could come back in with a lower bid than the £70 million they were offering in the summer.

Spurs, for their part, still want Eriksen to sign a new deal. He is a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they will be loathed to lose him. However, if it becomes clear the 27-year-old wants to leave, they may decide to sell. But whether that would be to a Premier League rival remains to be seen.

Roma set to buy Liverpool star in £23 million deal

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Serie A challengers Roma are set to land Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren in a £23 million deal. 

Reports in Italy say that Lovren is open to the move, having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield. The Croatia international is yet to feature this season, and is behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in boss Jurgen Klopp’s thinking.

Calciomercato has said that Roma are negotiating a deal that would see Lovren move for an initial £15 million, but that could rise to £23 million with add-ons.

Boss Paulo Fonseca is looking for defensive reinforcements as the side look to topple Juventus from their perch as champions.

Lovren joined Liverpool for £20 million from Southampton in 2014 and has made 170 appearances for the Reds. However, he appeared just 18 times last year.

Klopp wouldn’t be drawn on Lovren’s future earlier this week. When asked about his omission from the squad for the European Super Cup, the German said Lovren was ill.

Philippe Coutinho set for sensational return to Liverpool

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Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports. 

Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.

Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.

However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.

Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.

This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.

Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.

Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Everton chasing deal to sign Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa

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Everton are targeting a move for Atletico Madrid – and former Chelsea striker – Diego Costa, according to reports. 

Costa was a cult hero at Stamford Bridge – as much for his antics on the pitch as his goal scoring – but left two years ago to return to Atletico in Spain.

However, it has been reported that he is open to moving again and would consider a return to the Premier League.

Atletico have signed Joao Felix and made Alvaro Morata’s move from Chelsea permanent this summer, so they could be willing to let Costa leave.

Signing Costa would end Everton’s long quest to sign a number 9 – they have never properly replaced Romelu Lukaku who left for Manchester United two summers ago in a £75 million deal.

However, he wouldn’t come cheap – Everton would be looking at spending £45 million on the Spaniard. However, this is within their compass and would be a statement of intent for the upcoming season.

Manchester United bid for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United look set to continue their summer spending after bidding for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. 

However, Sporting have rejected the £31 million bid, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Sporting want to keep hold of their star midfielder and have offered him a contract worth £5.4 million plus bonuses, the Gazzetta reported.

Another consideration for Sporting is that if Fernandes leaves, they will have to pay the player £4.5 million.

Fernandes, 24, scored 19 goals in 31 Primera League matches last season, and 31 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.

United are thought likely to come back with another bid. Other clubs are thought to be interested in the Portuguese international but United are the only ones to firm up their interest with a bid.

Sporting want £60 million for the player, but United are hoping to bag him for less than £40 million.

In addition, United are thought likely to make a £25 million bid for Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff this week.