United to stay away from January deals?
The managerial merry-go-round is top of the transfer talk bill this morning as Pep Guardiola dominates the headlines, while Manchester United may not bring in any senior players before the window closes.
While Manchester United have denied trying to steal a march on rivals City by reportedly having met with Pep Guardiola in Paris last week, speculation continues about Louis van Gaal’s possible summer departure from the club. Guardiola has indicated he wants to head to the Premier League when he leaves Bayern Munich in the summer but City, favourites to land him, will seemingly not get him without a fight.
The uncertainty over Louis van Gaal's future means that United are unlikely to pursue any deals in January as a result. Van Gaal is said to be contemplating walking away from Old Trafford at the end of the season, with the Daily Mirror reporting that all potential incomings have been put on hold.
Bleacher Report allege that this means United will end their interest in Lazio's attacking midfielder, having been put off by the hefty price tag and current form of the 22-year-old.
The Daily Star report that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is wanted by Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, should Guardiola join the Citizens.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Shakhtar Donetsk’s free-scoring Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira but the Mirror also claim that they will face strong competition from Chelsea for the attacker.
However, the BBC say that the Ukrainian club value Teixeira at £39million, well above the reported £24.5million the Reds are willing to pay for him,
Branislav Ivanovic is poised to sign a new one-year contract with the Blues, according to the Daily Express. The defender is likely to sign a deal worth £120,000 a week which has the option of a further 12 months.
Newcastle are ready to walk away from a deal for Andros Townsend. The Guardian reports that United will look elsewhere after failing to match Tottenham's £14million valuation for the winger.
The Sun report that Fernando Torres is on the brink of becoming the highest paid player in the world as eight clubs chase his signature. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker is on loan at Atletico Madrid from AC Milan but his agent has revealed he is a wanted man.
Crystal Palace’s search for a striker could result in one of two former Premier League strikers, Emmanuel Adebayor or Nicklas Bendtner, arriving at Selhurst Park before the transfer window shuts, according to the Guardian.