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De Jong quizzed on Man Utd transfer links in June Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoMerry Christmas one and all. Today is a day for family and festivity, although football teams around the world are also acutely aware that the opening of the January transfer window is just eight days away. Jude Bellingham, Cody Gakpo and Kylian Mbappe are under the January transfer window spotlight (Image: GETTY)Big money bids are already being readied, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea among those who have hinted they are ready to splurge on key personnel.Jurgen Klopp has already welcomed major investment, while Graham Potter wants firepower at Chelsea and Erik ten Hag has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will be replaced mid-season.Some deals have already been rubber-stamped, with two youngsters arriving at Stamford Bridge and, over in Spain, Real Madrid splashing out £50m for Brazilian sensation Endrick.Follow all the Christmas Day transfer action as it unfolds with Express Sport. 5 hours ago21:12 Mikael McKenzieSuarez to sign two-year dealLuis Suarez appears to be edging closer to joining Gremio on a free transfer.A video has found its way onto social media of what appears to be ‘Suarez 9’ being printed on the back of Gremio’s home and away jerseys.The former Liverpool and Barcelona striker is expected to sign a two-year deal. 7 hours ago19:06 Mikael McKenzieSaudi Arabia side want Ronaldo and KanteCristiano Ronaldo may not be the only superstar heading to Saudi Arabia in the new year as Al Nassr also want to bring in Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to Foot Mercato.The Frenchman’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he can sign a pre-agreement with a foreign club in January.Kante has been plagued by injuries over the past few years and he is currently sidelined with a long-term hamstring issue.The 31-year-old will still be in hot demand next summer but Al Nassr want to build a side around him and Ronaldo. 9 hours ago17:32 Mikael McKenzieWolves confirm Cunha loanWolves have confirmed the loan signing of Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid.The new forward said: “I’m really excited to be part of this group and to be part of this club – it’s a big club. I’m excited to play in the Premier League, to play in Wolverhampton, and I think the most important point is that I’m happy like a kid.”And on working with head coach Julen Lopetegui he added: “I know him as we’ve played against each other three or four times, and he’s a big coach, he has a big mentality.”He told me about him joining Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton having a big project and I took to the project, I believe in it a lot, and I believe in him. I also believe in the players, and I believe in the club.” (Image: GETTY) 10 hours ago15:46 Mikael McKenzieMan Utd and Liverpool may spend in JanuaryFootball finance expert Kieran Maguire has told Express Sport that Man Utd and Liverpool may still spend money in the January transfer window even though both sets of owners are trying to sell their respective clubs.He said: “I think both FSG and the Glazers would be inclined to deal with it. Both sets of owners will want to maximise the sales value of the club by leaving it in as good a position as possible and that means qualifying for the Champions League next season.”FULL STORY (Image: GETTY) 12 hours ago14:04 Charlie MalamSpurs warned of Conte riskAntonio Conte deserves a new contract to extend his stay as Tottenham head coach but the club should be wary of backing him in the January transfer market before he signs an extension, according to Glenn Hoddle. “The key to it all is, does he deserve a new contract? Of course yes, but does he want to sign it? That’s the conundrum. So why would you say ‘let’s go and get three players and give him £200m’,” Betfair ambassador Hoddle told Express Sport.”At the end of the season, he might be going and you have to get a new manager. This is a little maze, the two of them go together.”If he signs an extension, I’m sure Tottenham will back him. The squad isn’t a finished article, it needs a bit more tweaking and yes, it will cost a bit of money.”But from where we were under Nuno, compared to where we are now, it’s chalk and cheese.”READ MORE HERE 13 hours ago12:50 Charlie MalamArsenal’s Martinelli progressArsenal are making progress towards getting Gabriel Martinelli to sign a new long-term contract at the Emirates.Fabrizio Romano reports that the Gunners are close to sealing an agreement for the Brazilian, 21, to extend his stay beyond 2025 when his current deal expires.Negotiations between Gabriel Martinelli and Arsenal on new long term deal are progressing to the final stages ud83dudea8u26aaufe0fud83dudd34 #AFCItu2019s not done or fully agreed yet, also nothing signed – but itu2019s getting closer.Martinelli, Saka and Saliba are #AFC priorities in terms of new contracts. pic.twitter.com/XP4JJlQ24Qu2014 Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 25, 2022 14 hours ago12:31 Charlie MalamChelsea round-upAnd what about Chelsea? The Blues are in the market for a forward after Armando Broja’s injury, while Josko Gvardiol is a top target too.But will the Londoners be able to beat the competition for the excellent Croatian?READ ALL THE LATEST HERE 14 hours ago12:20 Charlie MalamLiverpool round-upLiverpool are in the hunt for the signatures of both Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez.But what’s the latest? Will they get either or will they lose out to a Real Madrid or a Manchester City?FULL ROUNDUP HERE 15 hours ago11:13 Charlie MalamSeaman tells Arsenal priorities – EXCLUSIVEDavid Seaman believes that Arsenal should try to sign a defensive midfielder and a new centre-forward in the January transfer window.The former Gunners goalkeeper is eager to see the squad depth improved in both areas as Mikel Arteta’s men look to compete for the Premier League title.”We’ve got to be careful of injuries and the position we’re a little bit short on is defensive midfield players,” he said.”With [Thomas] Partey and [Granit] Xhaka, if they get injured we’re not struggling but it could make things tricky.”And then, obviously, a striker in form [would be good] but you’re not going to get that in the January window.”READ MORE HERE 16 hours ago10:25 Charlie MalamChelsea lead Gvardiol raceChelsea are leading the race to sign RB Leipzig centre-half Josko Gvardiol in the summer, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.Gvardiol has been a long-time target for the Blues and it is claimed, as it stands, that the Blues are front of the queue to pick up the £80million-rated defender.The Croatian was brilliant at the Qatar World Cup and has made most people’s team of the tournament. 17 hours ago09:40 Charlie MalamBellingham sent Van Dijk advice – EXCLUSIVEJude Bellingham has been advised by Phil Thompson to follow Virgil van Dijk’s lead by choosing Liverpool over their Premier League rivals Manchester United. Thompson told Express Sport: “You look at when we signed Virgil van Dijk, Virgil could have gone to Man City, he could have gone to Arsenal, he could have gone to Manchester United.”But he chose Liverpool above them because it was the right club for him.”And I think agents get involved and it’s the highest bidder and who will give the most money – you’d like to think some agents are looking, along with the player and sitting down with the family as well, and thinking ‘what is our next best move for his career?'”Because at his age, he’s got a long time in the game and he will get a lot of money wherever he goes.”READ MORE HERE 17 hours ago09:04 Charlie MalamCody Gakpo price risesPSV’s price tag for Cody Gakpo, who shone at the World Cup in Qatar, has risen per reports.ESPN claim Manchester United were quoted as little as £26million for the forward at one point last summer.But now, the Dutch club are believed to want around £44m, meaning his price has almost doubled after his exploits in the Middle East for the Netherlands. READ MORE HERE 18 hours ago08:25 Charlie MalamArsenal to ‘break the bank’Arsenal are reportedly ready to splash out to bolster Mikel Arteta’s midfield options in January.Per Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal are preparing to trigger AC Milan ace Ismael Bennacer’s £44million release clause this winter. The Gunners are not the only team keen on the talents of the 25-year-old but they know him well given he was on their books for two years before leaving in 2017.READ MORE HERE 18 hours ago07:50 Charlie MalamMan Utd’s four targetsManchester United have four main positions to upgrade heading into 2023, with Erik ten Hag still looking to improve his playing squad at Old Trafford.Frenkie de Jong remains a long-term target for the Dutchman after United failed to lure him from Barcelona in the summer window.The Red Devils are also admirers of Jude Bellingham as they eye a player to become their leading midfielder for the next five years at least.But what other positions are on United’s shortlist for the New Year? READ MORE HERE 19 hours ago07:30 Charlie MalamGood morning!Good morning and Merry Christmas!It’s a day for gift-giving, but will Premier League managers be receiving gifts from their club’s owners in the coming days?The January transfer window is edging ever closer… 

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