TOP STORY: Arsenal in for Boca star Pavon
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Boca Juniors star Cristian Pavon with the Mail claiming the Gunners have made enquiries to the Argentinian club about signing the 21-year-old this month.
Boca inserted a £27 million release clause in Pavon’s contract, which could also be triggered by Liverpool and Manchester City, while talks suggest the Londoners are facing up to the possibility of losing Alexis Sanchez this month.
Arsenal see Pavon as a replacement for the Chile international, who seems certain to be bound for City either this month or in the summer. Also followed by Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, Pavon has already broken into Jorge Sampaoli’s Albiceleste squad and should feature at this summer’s World Cup.
08.50 GMT: In Italy the Corriere dello Sport leads with news that Inter Milan want to sign Rafinha from Barcelona. It goes as far to say that negotiations are well underway and a loan deal is close.
08.24 GMT: Manchester United are already planning for the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer and, according to Yahoo! Sport, there is even a chance the veteran striker could depart before the end of the campaign with Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League potential destinations.
07.59 GMT: The Mirror reckons that if Arsenal or Liverpool want to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco this month it is going to cost them £90m.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said on Tuesday that the club “have to prepare yourself for anything and everything.”
07.32 GMT: Real Madrid have been linked with some big Premier League stars in the January transfer window including Harry Kane and Eden Hazard but coach Zinedine Zidane has insisted he is happy with his current squad and new signings are not on the agenda. Read more here.
“To be very clear I do not want any [new players],” he said. “We began the season with a squad [and] I believe in these players. We still have everything in front of us. We will see what happens at the end of the season. Things can be analysed then, and if a change is needed, then it will happen.” Read more here.
Everton favourites to land Walcott
Everton are favourites to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal with the Mail claiming the Toffees will pay £20m for the England forward.
Sam Allardyce is hopeful of beating off interest from Walcott’s former club Southampton due to their ability to come close to matching his £110,000-per-week wages.
If Walcott prefers not to move north, though, Saints could become the front-runners, with Arsene Wenger likely to give the green light to a sale providing a replacement is lined up. A Sanchez sale could complicate Walcott’s future though, with Wenger unlikely to sanction both moves without reinforcements already locked up.
Man United offered Lucas opportunity
Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura, claims the Mail.
The Brazilian was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford back in 2012 before heading to the French capital from Sao Paulo.
However, having failed to fulfill his potential over five years and merely being used as a squad player under Unai Emery, Lucas is willing to link up with Jose Mourinho.
With just five Ligue 1 appearances this term, the last of which came way back at the beginning of November, Lucas will cost just £25m as PSG look to balance the books to comply with Financial Fair Play.
– Napoli are in pole position to sign Barcelona’s out-of-favour forward Gerard Deulofeu, reports Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, though the Blaugrana will not accept any loan deals for the former Everton star.
The asking price is set at €18-20m (£15.9-17.6m) with the Partenopei eyeing the 23-year-old as an alternative to Bologna star Simone Verdi.
– Barcelona are facing a dilemma over whether to bring in Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina now or in the summer, as Sport reports that Palmeiras have put a €6m (£5.3m) premium on releasing their star this month.
The report details how if Ernesto Valverde wants defensive cover now, as Javier Mascherano prepares to leave and Samuel Umtiti recovers from injury, Barca must pay a number of the add-ons including a €1.8m fee to the 23-year-old’s former club Santa Fe after a clause in his last transfer.
– Also from Gianluca Di Marzio, Crystal Palace are looking to solve their striker problem by signing Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina.
The Senegalese is not a regular under Stefano Pioli and despite Roy Hodgson replacing Frank de Boer as manager this season, the Eagles could reignite their interest in the 24-year-old from last summer.
– Steve Bruce wants Leicester duo Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey this month to boost Aston Villa’s hopes of promotion, claims the Telegraph.
Villa have the budget for only two loan deals until the end of the season, while Millwall have asked to take Tommy Elphick on loan.