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UNITED COULD SWAP KAGAWA FOR REUS
Ooh, this is interesting. According to The Times, Manchester United are weighing up a move for Borussia Dortmund whizzer Marco Reus, with Shinji Kagawa possibly returning to Germany as part of a potential transfer.

Apparently United have got wind of Reus' release clause and are plotting a January move for the attacking midfielder to boost their title hopes.

'Manchester United are weighing up an ambitious move in January for Marco Reus,' claim The Times.

'The champions are keen to strengthen their squad and have identified Reus as one of several leading targets whom they believe could address their shortage of goals from midfield.

'Reus, an attacking midfielder who can also operate out wide, scored 19 times for Dortmund last season and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in Europe.

'The 24-year-old, who has three-and-a-half years left to run on a contract that is reported to include a buy-out clause of 35 million euros (about £29million), also has seven goals in 17 appearances for Germany and has been linked with several leading European clubs.'

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CHELSEA TARGET FALCAO
When you see the words 'Chelsea', 'plot' and 'Falcao', you know there's going to be a truck-load of cash involved with the Daily Mirror claiming that the Blues are ready to splurge £60million on the Monaco striker.

Falcao only moved to France in the summer, but there have already been rumours of his unrest despite his stonking great pay packet in the principality.

According to the Mirror: '(Jose Mourinho) is going to watch Monaco's super striker in action for Colombia against highly-rated Belgium on Thursday before considering giving the green light to a British record £60million bid.

'Falcao chose the tax haven in the summer when Chelsea were among his other admirers, but whispers of a potential quick move out of France have emerged.'

'Falcao is eligible for the Champions League this season which is another reason why Mourinho is dropping everything to see him now.'


ARSENAL CHASE BENZEMA
This one did the rounds in the summer, but it's back with a bang to warm our cockles on a wet and blustery November morning.

'Arsene Wenger is making fresh moves for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema,' report the Mirror.

'Gunners boss Wenger is desperate to sign another striker in January and has asked to be kept informed on any developments on Benzema.

'And significantly, Benzema is believed to be more open to a move after snubbing Arsenal's advances in the summer when they were keen to bring him in.'

Whether Wenger is willing to line Real Madrid's pockets with another fat wad is yet to be seen, but it would certainly send a message to Arsenal's title rivals if they were to sign Benzema in January.


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Lazio are to open talks with Arsenal and Tottenham target Hernanes, 28, over a new deal to remain with the Serie A side...Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is lining up a move for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero or Barcelona's Victor Valdes...Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, has told Chelsea he will not open talks on his future at the club until after the World Cup...West Ham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of striking reinforcements with former Manchester City player Felipe Caicedo, 25, ready to quit Lokomotiv Moscow in January...Fiorentina are determined to keep Arsenal target Juan Cuadrado.

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