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Chelsea eye £60m Virgil van Dijk, Costa rejects £80m Chinese move



Virgil van Dijk is on the radar of Jose Mourinho

Chelsea will bid £60m for Southampton’s Netherlands international defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, who is also wanted by Manchester City. (Daily Express)

The Blues’ leading scorer Diego Costa, 28, subject of a rumoured £80m bid from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, says he is “very happy” at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have targeted France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 22. The Atletico Madrid duo have release clauses totalling £145m on contracts that were renewed last summer. (The Times – subscription required)

United manager Jose Mourinho is also thought to want Real Madrid central defender Pepe, 33, but could face competition from clubs in the lucrative Chinese Super League. (Sun)

However, Mourinho will not sign a striker this month, saying he trusts England forward Marcus Rashford, 18. (Sun)


Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, 22, has also been linked with a £38m move to United, which could spell the end of Chris Smalling’s time at the club. Everton and Arsenal may bid for England international Smalling, 27. (Daily Star)

An announcement from Benfica about Lindelof, and what would be a club-record £40m sale for the Portuguese club, could be imminent. (A Bola, via Daily Star)

Paul Clement is expected to be appointed Swansea manager on Tuesday and is understood to have been offered a two-and-a-half-year deal. It is unlikely he will take charge for Tuesday’s game at Crystal Palace.(Daily Mail)

Sunderland manager David Moyes is concerned he may not be able to attract enough quality players this month.(Daily Telegraph)


Liverpool could turn their attention to RB Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg, 25, after Borussia Dortmund insisted their 18-year-old American attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal want Sevilla’s French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 28, who is also a target for Chelsea, Manchester City and Juventus. (Daily Express)

Manchester City’s England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, is unlikely to make a permanent move to Torino because the Serie A side are unable to afford his high wages, club president Urbano Cairo has revealed. (La Stampa, via Daily Mail)

Hart will not be a target for Liverpool in this transfer window or the next. (Sky Sports)


But Liverpool are lining up a move for Benfica’s £22m-rated Mexico international striker Raul Jimenez, 25. (Squawka)

Liverpool want to sign 21-year-old Wembley-born winger Jacob Murphy from Norwich, then loan him back to the Canaries in a bid to beat Tottenham to his signature. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29, could stay at Anfield beyond this month, despite interest from Inter Milan. The Reds are prepared to sell the Brazilian but the Italian club are thought to want a loan deal. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle have made contact with Everton about signing midfielder Tom Cleverley, 27, on loan. (Newcastle Chronicle)


Aberdeen will increase their efforts to keep Niall McGinn, 29, after the winger emerged as a target for Hearts. (Daily Record)

Birmingham have ended their interest in Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury. Former boss Gary Rowett had been preparing a bid for the 26-year-old but successor Gianfranco Zola will not be pursuing the midfielder. (Birmingham Mail)

Brighton are expected to make 33-year-old striker Glenn Murray’s loan from Bournemouth a permanent transfer in the January window.(Sky Sports)

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, 23, may miss the entire season with an ankle injury.(Guardian)

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