Man Utd join Atleti, Barca in pursuit of Rabiot

With just a few weeks to go before the opening of the January transfer window, there is plenty of gossip swirling about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Man Utd favorites to sign Rabiot

Manchester United are reportedly battling with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for the French midfielder’s signature Adrien Rabiot.

The Mirror say that while there is strong interest from Atletico and Barca in Spain, the 27-year-old’s desire to play in the Premier League could give United the edge over their rivals.

Rabiot played in Sunday’s thrilling World Cup final and is set to be one of the most sought-after players in the wake of the competition, especially with his existing contract at Juventus set to expire next June.

His availability on a free transfer is perfect for Barca. But while Rabiot is unlikely to agree to a contract extension in Turin, the Mirror believe that quotes from the Frenchman earlier in the World Cup suggest he may prefer a return to Manchester.

Rabiot spent time at Manchester City’s academy earlier in his career and while in Qatar the World Cup runner-up said: “I’ve always said I’d like to play in England in my career. I still have that desire. I’d like to develop in the Premier League.”

United reportedly came close to signing Rabiot last transfer window but were put off by his wage demands.

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PAPER GOSSIP

– Chelsea’s interest in Croatia star Josko Gvardiol has been well documented in recent days, and now they are set to test the waters with a £45m bid, according to the Evening Standard. Gvardiol was one of the stars of the World Cup and his value has risen of late, with RB Leipzig likely to demand a hefty fee for the centre-back. Chelsea are keen to get around the negotiating table as soon as possible, and Real Madrid admit they are also keen to talk to the 20-year-old at the end of the season. Leipzig would rather keep the star until the end of the campaign, but could be tempted to talk to the Blues if the figure is right.

– Sofyan Amrabat is also a sought-after player after the World Cup, and Footmercato reports that Atletico Madrid are interested in the Moroccan midfielder. The 26-year-old helped his country reach the semi-finals and a fourth-place finish in Qatar, and is now in demand. In addition to a number of Premier League teams, Atletico are now also said to be interested. Amrabat’s current contract with Fiorentina expires next summer and the Florence-based side are likely to look to raise around €60m for him in January.

– Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton have entered the race to sign Birmingham City midfielder George Hall, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old is on the radar of a number of top clubs and his performance in his side’s 3-2 win against Reading, his 18th appearance of the season already, only served to enhance his reputation. Liverpool are prioritizing the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, but Hall is regarded as an excellent prospect. Leeds United attempted to sign Hall last summer but were put out of Birmingham’s valuation.

– Stefan de Vrij’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that the Internazionale defender could be tempted by a move to Tottenham Hotspur in January, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb. Pastorello revealed in an exclusive interview that while De Vrij has many options at his disposal, the prospect of reuniting with Spurs boss Antonio Conte is the most enticing. The 30-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the season and so Inter Milan, who have so far not tempted De Vrij to extend his deal with a further two-year offer, could look to move him. on when the transfer window opens again in the new year.

– Manchester United had previously been named as favorites to land Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but Calciomercato believes that Inter Milan are also interested. They report that Sommer has been assessed by Nerazzurri, although there is a strong feeling that the 34-year-old stopper might prefer to stay in Germany. Earlier in the week, Sky Sports Germany had also revealed Bayern Munich’s interest. Sommer’s contract at Borussia Mönchengladbach expires next summer, and Bayern believe the 34-year-old is the ideal replacement for the injured Manuel Neuer. Bayern could look set to steal a march on both Inter and United by making a January move.

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