Man United are worried about one particular outcast while Tottenham are bracing themselves for a £50million bid for midfielder Dele Alli., according to Saturday’s papers.
Fear Over January Sales
Manchester United are worried that they will not be able to offload full-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.
The £13.7million arrival from Torino has failed to impress Jose Mourinho so far this season and has been restricted to just eight appearances for the Red Devils.
Mourinho was hoping that the Italian would be one of the bigger names to leave Old Trafford, but there has been no firm interest shown in him despite being linked with a move to either Juventus or Inter Milan.
United would be willing to loan Darmian out in January with a move to selling him permanently in the summer, yet this try-before-you-buy approach has still not led to any club making an enquiry.
Dele In Demand
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have both been linked with a £50million move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.
According to the Daily Mirror, the French giants are said to be feeling confident about landing the England international who they feel can help them in their pursuit of the Champions League trophy.
Real Madrid are also lurking in the background, but PSG are seemingly more ready to test Tottenham’s resolve.
The Ligue One champions kept a firm eye on the 20-year-old last season and have continued to monitor his progress throughout this season.
Alli is one of a whole host of Tottenham first-team players to recently commit his future to the North London club, but his reported £60,000-a-week wages give PSG an opportunity to offer a significantly higher amount to tempt him to move to Paris.
Tottenham would be able to make a huge profit on the man that cost them £5million from MK Dons, but Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to keep one of Spurs’ brightest talents.
Messi No Lock For Barca Stay
Could there come a day when Lionel Messiout grows Barcelona?
It may not be too far away, according to Marca, who claim that although the Catalan side plan to offer their star man a "contract for life" that will run beyond the end of his playing career, they may find it difficult to afford the Argentina international's demands.
Messi, a reported target for Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, is said to be happy to continue at Barca, but a pay increase in line with his status as the world's best player could be hard for the Blaugrana to stretch to.
The 29-year-old's current deal runs until 2018 with Marca reporting that although negotiations are underway for an extension "it'll be some time until a final agreement is reached."
Chicharito Drawing Prem, La Liga Looks
A new striker is not thought to be top of the Liverpool and Tottenham shopping lists in the January transfer window, but Valencia's interest in Javier Hernandez could force the Premier League duo into making a move for the former Manchester United man.
It is hard not to be impressed by Hernandez's strike rate since leaving Old Trafford in 2014. The Mexico international scored 26 goals for Bayer Leverkusen last season and already has nine to his name this term -- although he is in the midst of a bit of a goals drought.
And the Mirror reckons that his form has caught the eye of struggling La Liga side Valencia as well as Liverpool and Spurs with a three-way tussle set to kick off next month.
The 28-year-old reportedly has a £33.5 million buyout clause, a considerable mark up on the figure of £8.75m Leverkusen were said to have paid United when they signed him on a three-year deal.
Auba Going Nowhere
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has denied a Marca report that he met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to discuss the transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and James Rodriguez among others.
Marca claimed that Dortmund would give Madrid first refusal on star striker Aubameyang, and highly rated youngsters Julian Weigl and Ousmane Dembele if they ever decided to sell. It was also said the Bundesliga side hold an interest in Los Blancos duo Casemiro and Rodriguez.
But, in quotes from Bild, Watzke said no such discussion took place. He said: "It's right that I had lunch with Florentino Perez and we sat next to each other in the stadium, but we did not spend one second talking about players of Borussia Dortmund. There's no agreement."
Everton could try to sign Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 20, in January after losing Yannick Bolasie to a serious knee injury, which could keep him out for over a year (Daily Mirror)
Everton are also interested in Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 22, and attacking Napoli player Manolo Gabbiadini, 25, for whom they may be willing to bid £18m (Sun)
Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)
Valencia could try to sign 25-year-old Italy forward Simone Zaza, on loan at West Ham from Juventus in January (Superdeporte)
Borussia Dortmund have an agreement with Real Madrid that they will inform the Spanish side before selling striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, midfielder Julian Weigl, 21, or 19-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele to another club (Marca)
Manchester City are bracing themselves for defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, returning in the summer as loan club Valencia do not want to take up their £15m option to sign him (Sun)
Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)
Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio, via Daily Star)
The English Football League will offer clubs cash rewards to play more young and home-grown English players (Daily Mail)