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Schweinsteiger set for January exit
Manchester United will make another attempt to offload Bastian Schweinsteiger in the January transfer window and are willing to pay as much as £10 million to get the former Germany international captain off their books.
The Sun reports that there are currently no takers for the 32-year-old, who returned to first-team training this week after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger is said to be in line to earn £18m for the remainder of his deal at Old Trafford, but United will try to find a buyer and get rid of him early with Major League Soccer and Chinese Super League clubs reportedly the most likely options.
Toure wants back in for City
Yaya Toure has asked his agent Dimitri Seluk to make peace with Pep Guardiola in an attempt to salvage his Manchester City career, according to the Mirror.
Toure was widely expected to leave City in January after falling out of favour since Guardiola’s arrival in the summer. The midfielder has made one appearance for the club this season amid a host of claims from Seluk about Guardiola’s motivation for not selecting him.
Guardiola has shaken things up at City, sending Joe Hart and Samir Nasri on loan, while Vincent Kompany’s future remains in doubt. But Toure is fighting to turn things around rather than head for the exit.
Juve lead Kessie chase
Juventus are leading the chase for Atalanta’s highly rated midfielder Franck Kessie, Calciomercato reports, because of the youngster’s preference to continue playing in Italy, but they will have to move quickly with other sides readying moves.
Such is Kessie’s promise that clubs from all over Europe, including Southampton, Inter Milan, Napoli and Sevilla, are said to be keen. In nine appearances this season, the 19-year-old has scored four goals and set up one.
Zaza to make Serie A return
According to Il Mattino, Napoli are ready to end Simone Zaza’s time in the Premier League with West Ham United by bringing him back to Italy in January. The Azzurri have been looking for reinforcements in attack since losing Arkadiusz Milik to long-term injury.
Zaza is yet to score in seven Premier League appearances since joining on loan from Juventus, leading to speculation about his future. The Hammers are said to be concerned about a clause that would oblige them to sign the striker permanently if he plays 10 times for them.
– Arsene Wenger would like to bring PSV Eindhoven’s Matthias Verreth to Arsenal but faces competition from AC Milan for the 18-year-old’s signature. The Daily Star reports that Verreth, a winger who can also play centrally behind a striker, is under contract until 2019 and will be offered a new deal in an attempt to convince him to stay put.
– Sunderland are already looking ahead to the January transfer window and planning a move for Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida who they watched in the Champions League on Tuesday, according to the Sunderland Echo. The Premier League strugglers have the second-worst defensive record in the division this season and could do with some reinforcements in that department.
– Gazzetta dello Sport claims Stephan Lichtsteiner’s time at Juventus could be extended for another season because of Dani Alves’ disappointing start to life in Italy. The 32-year-old Swiss defender looked set to depart in January, but Alves’ struggles have convinced Juve to keep hold of a player who has helped them win five consecutive Serie A titles.