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Mikel Arteta on the transfer window and strengthening the squad 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 infoHappy New Year, and happy new transfer window, with the beginning of January bringing with it the promise of another hectic month of wheeling and dealing. Premier League sides up and down the country will be plotting their moves, and have 31 days to improve their squads before the window slams shut again until the summer.Liverpool have already secured the services of Cody Gakpo, but could well have their eye on further reinforcements as Jurgen Klopp attempts to drag his side back into contention for major honours. The Reds are notorious for moving quickly to secure their targets, and anything could happen in the coming weeks.Chelsea, meanwhile, are continuing to pursue Argentina’s World Cup hero Enzo Fernandez. His club Benfica appear to be close to accepting defeat in their attempts to keep the midfielder until the end of the season, and it will be intriguing to see how negotiations progress.Manchester United are another team expected to be busy, with their need for a No.9 no secret. Manager Erik ten Hag will no doubt demand action sooner rather than later.And with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Leeds and Newcastle also likely to splash the cash, there could be plenty to discuss in the near future.Follow Express Sport’s coverage of the transfer window below… Tottenham are closing in on Pedro Porro (R) while Enzo Fernandez and Joao Felix are on the move (Image: Getty)Thuram snubs Villa for UnitedManchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach star Marcus ThuraM, amid interest from Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Newcastle.According to BILD, France international Thuram is ‘ready to join’ the Red Devils in the January transfer window in a cut-price deal. The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and Monchengladbach are weighing up whether to cash in on the services of their striker rather than losing him on a free transfer later down the line.Aston Villa and Newcastle are also interested in the former Guingamp star, though are being overlooked by the player. They have been told to ‘save their bids’.Fernandez clauseChelsea are working towards striking a deal to sign Enzo Fernandez from January transfer window, though a clause in his contract could lead them to struggle.The midfielder catapulted himself into the mind of every ‘Big Six’ club during the World Cup with his impressive displays for Argentina, which saw him rewarded with the Young Player of the Tournament award.Graham Potter’s Chelsea are incredibly keen on the 21-year-old and are working on a deal to sign the playmaker for less than his £105million release clause. However, according to The Mirror, they may be forced into meeting that price because River Plate have a hefty sell-on clause in his contract.The Argentinean outfit are expected to bank 25% of his sale, which is why Benfica are keen to squeeze every penny out of the Blues so that they can ensure they enjoy their own significant profit.Spurs eye PorroTottenham are reportedly close to securing the signature of Sporting Lisbon star Pedro Porro in a deal worth £35million.With Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal both struggling to nail down the right wing-back spot in Antonio Conte’s system, it quickly became apparent that the Italian would be in the market for ready-made reinforcements upon the January window opening.According to the Daily Star, a deal for Porro is expected to be reached by the end of the week. The 23-year-old joined Sporting on a loan-to-buy deal in 2020 and has flourished in the Portuguese side, with his energy and willingness to press high making him a presence in the final third.

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