Manchester United lead Chelsea and Liverpool in race to sign £35m Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri

Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has impressed for Ligue 1 side Nice (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are leading Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice, reports say.

Seri, 26, has been one of Nice’s star performers over the past three years, with his performances attracting attention from Barcelona.

The La Liga giants were close to securing a deal for the Ivory Coast international last summer but the deal fell through at the last minute, ensuring he remained in the south of France.

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A host of clubs have expressed interest in finally signing Seri during the January transfer window but the Daily Mirror say United have emerged as favourites to secure his signature.

Jose Mourinho is actively looking for midfielders to bring to the club, with Michael Carrick set to leave in the summer, and Seri – who has a £35million buy-out clause – is a top target.

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Jose Mourinho hopes Manchester United bolster his squad this month (Picture: Reuters/Lee Smith)Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have also shown interest in Seri, however, with Antonio Conte said to be losing faith in France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Ivorian star amid speculation linking Emre Can with a January move – Juventus are determined to sign the German.

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The Mirror add that Seri, who has played 26 games this season in all competitions, is keen to move to the Premier League despite also emerging as a target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal and Manchester City were both looking at Seri last summer but have turned to alternative targets, with the Gunners closing in on a deal for Malcom and City attempting to sign Brazilian Fred.

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Chelsea close to securing £20m deal for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri

Emerson Palmieri is nearing a move to Chelsea. (Getty Images)Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.

The Premier League champions are looking to strengthen the left side of their defence and are targeting players who could provide competition for Marcos Alonso.

Palmieri, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, has barely featured for Roma this season due to a knee injury and has played just 16 minutes of football in Serie A so far.

But the Brazilian left-back is now close to completing a move to Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.

Emerson Palmieri. (Getty Images)The report also claims that the 23-year-old will cost the Premier League champions £20 million.

‘There’s still nothing certain, we are in a stage of discussion and evaluations,’ Palmieri’s agent Fernando Garcia told Calciomercato.

Asked if the transfer could be finalised this month, Garcia replied: ‘Of course, yes, absolutely.

‘The two clubs are now talking, we’ll see if it will be successful.’

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But the Brazilian is said to be excited by the prospect of being managed by Antonio Conte.

‘It would be a dream,’ said Garcia.

‘Conte is a top manager, one of the best and most successful in the world.’

Palmieri is yet to feature for Roma in the Champions League this term, which means that if he secured a move to Chelsea he would be able to play in the knockout stages.

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Arsenal & Liverpool face Thomas Lemar blow as Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann heads for exit

Lemar is a wanted man (Picture: REUTERS)Atletico Madrid are ready to sign top Liverpool and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, with the France international expected to join Barcelona in a £97million move.

The La Liga giants are resigned to losing Griezmann – who has long been linked with a transfer to Manchester United – as the Catalan giants set their sights on a huge deal for the former Real Sociedad attacker.

With Barcelona preparing to snap him up, Diego Simeone’s men have made Lemar their top target to replace him, according to Di Marzio.

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Griezmann is wanted by Barcelona (Picture: REUTERS)The Monaco attacker was close to joining Arsenal in the summer, where he was wanted as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, but the Gunners could not get the deal over the line.

Liverpool have since emerged as major contenders to sign him as Jurgen Klopp chases a a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

But Atletico now are at an advantage to land him.

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Juventus to ‘intensify’ contact with Liverpool over Emre Can transfer

Emre Can is considering his options (Picture: REUTERS)Juventus will do everything in their power to sign Emre Can, according to sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.

Can is in the final six months of his contract with Liverpool and is free to speak to foreign clubs this month about a potential move.

The German was thought to have agreed to join Juventus in the summer, but Can rejected those reports this week and insisted he was ready to resume talks with Liverpool.

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Can’s latest comments were a huge boost to Liverpool fans after the midfielder put in a five-star display in the 4-3 win over Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp relies on his German powerhouse to stablise his midfield, but it is believed his wage demands have been a sticking point in negotiations.

Juventus want Can in Italy and the club have now responded to the news the 24-year-old is about to sit down with Liverpool again.

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Giuseppe Marotta is one of the bosses at Juventus (Picture: Getty)Marotta said: ‘We made an attempt for Luis Suarez in the past. When you do this job you have to be ambitious, but some deals just don’t go through.

‘Emre Can? We know he will be out of his contract in June so we can hold talks with him.

‘There’s a lot of competition and we don’t know if he want to sign a new contract with Liverpool or not.

Liverpool in pole position as Emerson Palmieri is offered to the Premier League

Liverpool and Chelsea are battling to sign Emerson Palmieri (Picture: Getty)Roma are attempting to sell Emerson Palmieri to the Premier League and Liverpool are reportedly favourites to sign the left-back.

Chelsea made an enquiry to sign Emerson this January after missing out on the defender in the summer transfer window, but the Blues look set to be beaten to the Brazilian’s signature.

While Juventus are also keen on Emerson, it’s understood Roma will avoid selling the full-back to a direct Serie A rival and are looking for a potential suitor in England.

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La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests Liverpool are in pole position to complete a deal for the former Santos man.

It’s claimed Roma are demanding a fee of around £22million for Emerson, with the Italian outfit desperate to cash in amid their financial difficulties.

Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in signing Emerson Palmieri (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea missed out on signing Alex Sandro in the summer (Picture: Getty)Emerson has made only two appearances for Roma this season after only recently returning from a serious injury.

It’s believed Roma are more willing to let Emerson leave this January than the likes of Kevin Strootman or Radja Nainggolan.

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Liverpool have been on the hunt for a left-back since last summer, but Andrew Robertson has made the position his own at Anfield this term.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were desperate to land Alex Sandro in the summer but the Premier League champions refused to match Juventus’ £60m asking price for the full-back.

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Liverpool player Jon Flanagan ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work for beating girlfriend

He admitted the common assault charge at a hearing earlier this month, when the court heard he had kicked his partner in a prolonged attack. (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)Liverpool FC player Jon Flanagan has been spared jail after beating his girlfriend.

The 25-year-old appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court this morning to be sentenced for assaulting partner, Rachael Wall.

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He admitted the common assault charge at a hearing earlier this month, when the court heard he had kicked his partner in a prolonged attack.

The incident took place on Duke Street in Liverpool city centre at around 3.20am on Friday December 22.

Flanagan was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order.

The 25-year-old appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court this morning to be sentenced for assaulting partner, Rachael Wall. (Picture: Mike Egerton/ PA Wire)The court heard the victim had not provided a statement.

Liverpool-born Flanagan has made more than 50 first-team appearances for Liverpool since making his debut aged 18.

He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Burnley after 20 months out due to injury and has featured only once in the first team this season as the Anfield club were knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester City.

Arsenal enter race with Liverpool for Sporting winger Gelson Martins

Gelson Martins is on Arsenal’s radar. (Getty Images)Arsenal have entered the race with Liverpool to sign Sporting winger Gelson Martins, according to reports.

Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new winger as Alexis Sanchez is on the brink of joining Manchester United.

Bordeaux’s Brazilian winger Malcom has been linked with a move to the Gunners this month but the French club insisted on Tuesday that they had not received an offer so far.

According to the Daily Star, Martins is now on Arsenal’s radar and Arsene Wenger is considering a move for the Portugal international.

Martins has a £53m release clause in his deal with Sporting. (Getty Images)The 22-year-old has been one of the standout stars in Liga NOS over the last two seasons and has also impressed in the Champions League with Sporting this term.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Martins and reports in Portugal have even claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side have offered a contract to the winger.

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Sporting are understood to be opening talks with Martins over a new contract so they can bump up his release clause.

The Portugal international is currently available for €60 million (£53m) cut Sporting want to raise that to €100m (£88m).

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Tottenham target Kwang-Song Han wants Arsenal or Manchester United move, says agent

Tottenham are interested in signing Kwang-Song Han (Picture: Getty)Cagliari star Kwang-Song Han would be keen on a move to the Premier League, the forward’s agent has confirmed.

Han Kwang is currently on loan at Perugia and the 19-year-old North Korean has been in impressive form for the Serie B club, scoring seven goals in his opening 19 appearances.

Reports in Italy suggest Tottenham have made an approach for Han Kwang this January and contacted the youngster’s entourage over a potential move to north London.

In an interview with Calcio Mercato, Han Kwang’s agent hinted that Juventus would be the teenager’s preference, but he has now also lifted the lid on his adoration for England’s ‘important’ clubs.

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Asked whether Han Kwang favours a move to Juve, Sandro Stemperini told Sport Witness: ‘No, the question was different. The journalist told me: “what’s the club here in Italy that he likes?” And really, Han likes Juventus.

‘As I told him he likes Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. Like in England he likes important Champions League clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City and United.

‘This is normal. The question was much bigger. The journalist reported to Italy, and Juventus correctly is a club that he likes there.’

Kwang-Song Han has two caps for North Korea (Picture: Getty)

Borussia Dortmund to ask Arsenal for Olivier Giroud as part of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deal

Arsene Wenger is closing in on a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – but Borussia Dortmund have their eyes on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (Picture: Getty)Borussia Dortmund have expressed interest in signing Olivier Giroud as Arsenal close in on a January deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

Prolific Gabon forward Aubameyang has scored 141 goals in 212 games for Dortmund but appears to be coming to the end of his five-year stint with the German club.

The 28-year-old was left out of Dortmund’s squad to face Wolsfburg at the weekend and reports in Germany claim he has handed in an official transfer request.

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Arsenal have held interest in Aubameyang for several years and the striker has reportedly agreed personal terms over a move to the Emirates.

With Aubameyang falling out of favour at Dortmund, the Bundesliga club want to sign a replacement if he does leave and the Daily Telegraph say Giroud has emerged as a target.

Olivier Giroud is no longer a regular starter for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea in contact with Roma over January move for Liverpool target Emerson Palmieri

Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to strengthen his squad this month (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have made an enquiry to sign Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma, reports say.

Antonio Conte was determined to sign a left back during the summer transfer window but failed to bring his number one target, Alex Sandro, to Stamford Bridge.

The former Italy boss remains keen to bolster his options in that position but, with Juventus fighting hard to keep Sandro at the club, he has been forced to look at alternative options.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the reigning Premier League champions have contacted Roma to ask about the possibility of signing 23-year-old Palmieri.

Having only just recovered from a serious injury, the Brazilian has made only two appearances for Roma this season but is no stranger to speculation.

Roma defender Emerson Palmieri has emerged as a target for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)