What the papers say
Manchester City fans could be left shocked at the prospect of losing their star striker, Sergio Aguero. Tabloids report that a possible deal may be in place to send the Argentinian back to Atletico Madrid in the summer. While it would seem unlikely boss Pep Guardiola would want to lose the 29-year-old, the Spanish club are looking for someone to team up with Diego Costa, and Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann is on City’s radar – setting up a possible switch, the paper says.
Meanwhile, Aymeric Laporte looks set to be heading for the Premier league after telling bosses at Athletic Bilbao he is ready to move to Manchester City. After a previous deal fell through in 2016 due to injury, the 23-year-old has now signalled he is fit for the move, according to the Daily Mail. The central defender looks likely to sign a five-year deal next week after City agreed to meet the release clause in his contract, the paper reports.
Guido Carrillo appears to be heading for the English top flight after Monaco agreed to a deal with Southampton, the Telegraph says. While the ink is not dry on any sale, it is thought a £19.2million bid has secured the deal, giving Saints fan something to look forward to as the club seeks to strengthen its attack. The sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool earlier this month has also opened up the opportunity to place a reported record £30million bid for Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes, according to the paper.
An overcrowded squad at Inter could be good news for West Ham as the Hammers look set to sign midfielder Joao Mario, according to the Independent. As David Moyes looks to bolster his central midfield, Mario appears to be a perfect fit and a preliminary agreement looks set to be in place for the player who joined the Italian club two years ago for about £34million.
Axel Tuanzebe could soon be swapping Manchester United for Aston Villa as a loan deal nears completion, the Express reports. After just three starts this season, Steve Bruce convinced Jose Mourinho to think about loaning out the player to the Championship side until the end of the season to give the 20-year-old more playing time and experience. The deal could be completed by this weekend.
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Players to watch
Lazar Markovic: After last appearing for Liverpool in May 2015, the 23-year-old could be set for a spell at Lokomotiv Moscow. According to the Daily Mirror, the winger could move away from Anfield for the rest of the season if the Russian club are prepared to pay a loan fee and his £35,000-a-week salary. He played last season at Sporting Lisbon and Hull City.
Vicente Guaita: With a medical passed, all that is left to finalise the goalkeeper’s move from Getafe to Crystal Palace is agreement on when it will take place. The Daily Mail reports that talks are still ongoing on whether the 31-year-old will join Palace for free in the summer or at the end of this January’s transfer window – but with a £3.5million release clause in tow.
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