Transfer window gossip: Wednesday

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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 Telegraph

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.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

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.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

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 Telegraph

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

Full story: Daily Express

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.

Full story: talkSPORT

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 Press

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

Full story: talkSPORT

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 Guardian

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

Full story: Manchester Evening News

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 Sports

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

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

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 Sentinel

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

Full story: Newcastle Journal

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

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

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 Express

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 Independent

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

Full story: Daily Mirror

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 Argus

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 Mirror

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 Mail

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 Star

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

Full story: Daily Mirror

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: GetWestLondon

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 News

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: Metro

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