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The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Manchester City seek transfer revenge on Barca with De Ligt deal

After missing out on Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona this week, Manchester City are reportedly looking to exact transfer revenge by securing the services of one of the Camp Nou club’s top targets, Matthijs de Ligt, according to the Sun.

The Ajax centre-back is one of the most sought after players in world football and, with Los Cules already splashing out £65 million on his teammate and compatriot, it is unlikely that they will shell out another huge fee.

Pep Guardiola is eager to reinforce his rearguard and bring in the highly-rated Dutchman, who is an ever present for club and country.

In turn, Ernesto Valverde’s Barca are believed to be keeping close tabs on out-of-favour City defender Nicolas Otamendi. The transfer merry-go-round is in full swing once again.

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08.00 GMT: Arsenal are in talks over signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku, according to the BBC.

Nkunku spent two seasons working under Arsenal boss Unai Emery when he was in charge at PSG, and made 20 Ligue 1 appearances under the Spanish coach last season.

The BBC reports that Arsenal would favour a loan move for the 21-year-old with an option to buy in the summer, but French champions PSG want to extend the player’s contract before sanctioning such a deal to maximise his value.

PAPER TALK (by Charlie Brooks, Football Whispers): Godin undergoes ‘secret’ medical with Inter

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin‘s future has never looked further from the Wanda Metropolitano, with the Uruguayan believed to have undergone a “secret”medical at Inter Milan, report Calciomercato.

The Italians are said to have reached a pre-contractual agreement with the Atleti stalwart, who has made over 350 La Liga appearances for the Madrid outfit.

The 32-year-old has been instrumental to the success of Los Rojiblancos during the Diego Simeone era, but has supposedly decided to join Il Nerazzurri on a free transfer to see out the final chapter of his career, with an announcement now a mere formality.

Cedric on brink of Inter deal

Inter are seemingly ramping up their transfer activity as deadline day draws closer and are on the brink of signing Southampton full-back Cedric Soares, according to Calciomercato.

After missing out on Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, Luciano Spalletti has moved quickly to secure the signature of the Portuguese right-back.

The deal is said to be comprised of an initial loan costing around £432,000, with the Italian giants given the option to purchase the player for a £9.5m fee thereafter.

The transfer comes in light of Sime Vrsaljko‘s disappointing displays on the right flank with Il Nerazzurri hoping the Southampton man will prove an upgrade on the Croatian in their bid to secure a top-three finish.

Cedric’s medical is reported to be scheduled for Friday morning.

The Juventus door closes for Benatia and opens for Caceres

Serie A champions Juventus are rumoured to be considering something of a defensive reshuffle, by showing wantaway Medhi Benatia the exit door and welcoming back former player Martin Caceres, report Sky Sport Italia.

According to several Italian media outlets, the Old Lady would be willing to let the Moroccan defender leave Turin for around £8.5m with several clubs reportedly interested in the ex-Roma and Bayern Munich man.

Juve see the versatile Uruguayan international as a perfect low-cost, experienced replacement, while Benatia’s exit would also relieve the Italian club’s significant wage bill, paving the way for Aaron Ramsey‘s arrival from Arsenal in the summer.

Football Whispers’ top emerging whispers

Football Whispers‘ transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of 5.

Nicolas Otamendi to Barcelona — 2.1

Barcelona are attempting to sign the Manchester City man this month, report The Sun. The Catalan giants have undergone a defensive crisis this season, triggered by the long-term injury to regular centre-back Samuel Umtiti and it is believed they would need to part ways with close to £35m to secure the defender’s services.

Radja Nainggolan to Spurs — 2.5

Inter Milan could look to offload the Belgian midfielder to a Premier League club in January, with Spurs mooted as a possible destination according to Telelombardia. II Nerazzurri are said to be willing to listen to offers for the ex-Roma man after becoming disillusioned with his disciplinary issues.

Timo Werner to Liverpool — 2.6

RB Leipzig are hoping to fend off continued interest from Liverpool by tying their star forward down to a new deal, according to a report from Bild. The new contract would include a £61m release clause in a bid to deter the Reds, who have been keeping a close eye on the Germany international.

Miguel Almiron to Spurs — 2.9

Tottenham have been linked with a £23m move for Atlanta United striker, who bagged 13 goals and 11 assists in his side’s journey to MLS Cup glory last season, report Argentina outlet Ole. Mauricio Pochettino has a Harry Kane-shaped void to fill until March and could now turn his attention to the Paraguay international, with Atlanta ready to consider offers.

Cenk Tosun to Crystal Palace — 2.7

Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Everton player on loan for the remainder of the season, report the BBC. After joining the Toffees for £27m this time last year, the Turkish striker has fallen down the pecking order under Marco Silva managing just two goals in 19 appearances this campaign, largely featuring off the bench.

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