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Paul Mariner assesses the latest transfer rumours, including the chances Alexis Sanchez, Robert Lewandowski and Patrik Schick make moves in January.

With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.

TOP STORY: Sarri intervenes as Chelsea chase Fekir

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir at Stamford Bridge and has spoken to him about a move, the Sun says.

Fekir had been on the brink of joining Liverpool before the World Cup, but the transfer stalled and talks failed to resume.

The France international has since been linked with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea — and the Sun, citing reports, says Sarri has tried to seize the initiative. It says he has told Fekir he “would play a key role,” but competition for his signature will be intense, with Madrid and Bayern reported to have had him watched recently.

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10.10 GMT: Andres Iniesta has said it would not upset him to see his former Barcelona teammate Neymar play for Real Madrid one day.

09.52 GMT: Ashley Young will ensure he will be part of Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans before penning a new contract at Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.

09.45 GMT: Antonio Conte insists he is in no rush to return to coaching after Real Madrid confirmed to the Spanish FA (RFEF) that Santiago Solari will remain in charge of the team for at least the rest of the season.

Speaking to Sky Italy, Conte hinted that he did not feel Madrid was a good fit and confirmed that he wants to choose his next club carefully.

09.03 GMT: Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wants to leave… but doesn’t think he will in January.

“Difficult question. No, I don’t think so,” he said when asked by Sky Sports about whether his future lies away from the club. “Things are different from last season. I played a lot of games [last season] but this season it hasn’t been like that. It’s always difficult for a player but we’ll see what happens.”

08.45 GMT: The agent of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele insists his client is able to “shut out” all the “unfounded” criticism that has rained down on him recently and that it will not push the World Cup winner to question his future with the La Liga giants.

Dembele’s lifestyle has been called into question of late with reports the France international has regularly arrived late for team meetings and games with his club, but Moussa Sissoko told RMC: “Ousmane’s not reacting too badly. He’s knows how to shut out that criticism, especially when it’s unfounded. Having said that, he knows how to use it when it’s not, to react in the best way possible on and off the pitch.

“Ousmane is 20 [actually 21], plays for Barcelona, one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s had a super start to the season scoring six goals and two assists. I don’t understand all the critcism right now. We’re aware there are things to improve, that’s for sure. He’s 20, it’s normal. But Ousmane is very calm, he keeps working.”

PAPER TALK (by Chris Borg)

United and Sanchez ‘stuck with each other’

There could be plenty of changes at Manchester United in January — but the departure of Alexis Sanchez will not be one of them, says the Telegraph.

Recent reports suggested Sanchez was hopeful that Paris Saint-Germain could move for him, claiming the former Arsenal player felt “isolated.”

But the Telegraph says United and Sanchez “fear they are stuck with each other” amid “growing concerns that his signing was a costly mistake.”

It adds that the club “have seen next to nothing for their huge investment” but his struggles on the pitch and the cost that would be involved in signing him have put off other clubs.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho continues to target a new central defender, with Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld remaining high on his list.

That may spell the end of the United road for Eric Bailly, although the Telegraph says it is unclear whether the Old Trafford hierarchy would agree to his sale, while Marcos Rojo could also go.

Nasri West Ham move could be in doubt

It had seemed all but certain that Samir Nasri would be reunited with his former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham — but that may not be the case, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Nasri’s switch “is in danger of collapse amid concerns over his lack of fitness” after reports said he would sign an £80,000-a-week deal until the end of the season.

There are fears the 31-year-old midfielder “may not be ready to play by the start of January, when his ban for doping expires,” and that has left West Ham uncertain about bringing him in.

The Mirror adds that a final decision is set to be made this week, but says the deal “is in the balance when it had looked on course.”

Tap-ins

– Newcastle “are in the box seat” to sign striker Salomon Rondon permanently when his loan from West Brom expires at the end of the season, the Chronicle reports.

Venezuela international Rondon scored twice as Newcastle beat Bournemouth, and the Chronicle says he is eager to extend his stay at St James’ Park.

– Fenerbahce want to bring in Crystal Palace defender Jairo Riedewald, Football London, citing reports in Turkey, says.

Riedewald, who has not played for Palace in the Premier League this season, had been linked Swansea but Fener are now favourites.



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