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Transfer Talk: Manchester United join chase for PSG’s Edinson Cavani

ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop delves into the potential for Edinson Cavani to leave PSG for pastures anew.

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.

TOP STORY: Man United join chase for Cavani

Edinson Cavani‘s future has been the source of almost constant speculation in the past few months and now it appears that Old Trafford could be a potential destination for the Uruguayan star. According the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United will be offered the PSG striker for free this summer, although any hopes they had of bringing him to the Premier League before the end of January appear to have been scuppered.

United are still smarting from missing out on Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian wonderkid opting to join Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. Injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have made the club’s search for a midfielder more of a priority this month, but the chance to bring Cavani to the English top flight in the summer is a seriously enticing prospect for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to bring back the good times to a club that has had to endure slim pickings of late.

The report adds that the main reason Cavani probably won’t leave in January is the £30 million price tag slapped on the player by PSG.

Chelsea get boost in Werner pursuit

RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is eyeing a move to Chelsea after the German star admitted that he’s desperate to test himself among the Premier League elite, reports the Daily Mail. The Bundesliga star has attracted plenty of attention, courtesy of his goal-scoring feats in the Germany, with Werner’s net-busting talents having propelled Leipzig to the top of the league going into the second half of an extraordinary season.

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have been linked with his signature in the recent past, but the report says that it seems as though Chelsea — having had their transfer ban lifted — could be his preferred destination.

Werner recently told Bild: “The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say. There’s a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.”

Soumare set to choose between Chelsea, United

Preferring to play in the Premier League after his time in Ligue 1 comes to an end, Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is set to choose between Chelsea and Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old has two and a half years remaining on his contract, and the French club are willing to sanction his sale this month, but will demand “north of £40m” for a player described as “Paul Pogba without the baggage,” a deep-lying ball winner with the ability to pick out long-range passes.

Sky writes that United could cool their interest in the France U21 international with a deal for Bruno Fernandes imminent, which could pave the way for him to join compatriot N’Golo Kante in West London.

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Tap-ins

– West Ham United defender Issa Diop said he was focused on finishing the season strong at London Stadium and not worried about a future big move. Speaking to Foot Mercato, the French youngster said he wanted to take care “of the football side of things.” The ex-Toulouse man is rated at €90m on the market, and has drawn interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. 

– More news from West Ham here, as the club hasn’t given up on bringing Ross Barkley to East London on loan, despite being rebuffed by Chelsea earlier this month. The Mirror reports that David Moyes is still more than interested in luring Barkley to the Hammers in a move that would reunite the Scot with the prodigy he nurtured during his time at Goodison Park.

– West Brom, meanwhile, are prepared to hand West Ham £1.5m to keep Grady Diangana at the Hawthorns until the end of the season, The Telegraph reports. 

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