Transfer window gossip: Wednesday

Juan Mata a £40m target for Man Utd?

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid plan to make a £25m move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, in the summer when he enters the final year of his contract.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata
Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

England international Rooney will not sign a new deal with United even if they bolster their squad with the acquisition of Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, 25.

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Manchester United are ready to break their transfer record with a £37m bid for Spanish midfielder Mata, but Chelsea are thought to want £40m for the player they bought from Valencia for £23.5m in 2011.

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Atletico Madrid hope to hijack United's attempts to sign Mata by offering David Moyes first option on striker Diego Costa, 25, and Brazilian full-back Filipe Luis, 28, if they drop their interest in the Chelsea midfielder.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Arsenal hope to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, 22, from Benfica but face competition from Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Lille have had a bid rejected for Sochaux full-back Sebastien Corchia, who is also wanted by Arsenal. The 23-year-old is under contract until 2015 but has hinted at a move to a bigger club in Europe.

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Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan, 31, says he wants to leave Norwich City, despite the club rejecting his transfer request.

Full story: Eastern Daily Pressexternal-link

The Canaries are thought to be weighing up a move for Lazio's France international defender Michael Ciani, 29.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons

Centre-back Joleon Lescott, 31, will be allowed to leave Manchester City before the end of the transfer window if manager Manuel Pellegrini can secure a replacement.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Bayern Munich defender Dante, 30, says Manchester United have shown an interest in signing him in the January transfer window.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

However, the Brazilian's agent, denies that a deal has been agreed with United and that Dante's first option is to agree a new contract with Bayern.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Stoke City are closing in on the £5m signing of Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 25.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

The Potters are reportedly considering recalling Cameron Jerome, 31, from his loan at Crystal Palace if they fail to attract another striker before the end of the transfer window.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

Newcastle are hopeful of clinching a loan deal for Borussia Monchengladbach's Netherlands international forward Luuk de Jong, 23.

Full story: Newcastle Journalexternal-link

That move may be more likely after Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven pulled out of a move for De Jong.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

Atletico Madrid manager boss Diego Simeone says he is willing to pay whatever it costs to keep Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, when his loan spell runs out at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Liverpool are considering a loan bid for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, as a replacement for the injured Lucas Leiva, 27.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Sporting Lisbon and Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United winger Nani.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Brighton have targeted Northern Ireland international Chris Baird, 31, as a potential replacement for Adam El-Abd, who joined Bristol City last week.

Full story: the Argusexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is likely to leave the club at the end of the season regardless of whether they are relegated.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is confident midfielder Steve Sidwell, 31, will end speculation about his future by signing a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Tomas Rosicky joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 in a £6.8m deal
Tomas Rosicky joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 in a £6.8m deal

West Brom fear striker Nicolas Anelka, 34, may quit football if he receives a lengthy Football Association ban for his controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal are set to offer Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, 33, a new deal to ward off interest from Bayern Munich.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to decide the future of 21-year-old midfielder Tom Carroll, who is on loan at Loftus Road.

Full story: GetWestLondonexternal-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Sammy McIlroy believes David Moyes can build his team around Juan Mata, if they can persuade the Chelsea man to move to Old Trafford.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel, 26, knew just what to do after missing the team bus home from the 4-2 Premier League defeat at Manchester City - he jumped on the train with the fans.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

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