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ARSENAL AND UNITED CHASE CERCI
Arsenal and Manchester United are duking it out for Italy international Alessio Cerci, according to the Daily Star.

The Torino winger, valued at around £16million, has made a brilliant start to the season in Serie A, grabbing eight goals in his first 12 appearances.

'United have been monitoring the performances of the Italian international for a number of months and manager David Moyes is weighing up whether to make a January move for his services,' report the Star.

'Moyes may spring into action in fear of losing out on the winger as according to reports in Italy, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up a new year bid to trump United.'

Torino are keen to tie the 26-year-old to a new contract but so far negotiations have proved 'problematic', with Juventus also keeping a keen eye on Cerci.


CITY AND CHELSEA TARGET MATUIDI
We'd love to see Blaise Matuidi in the Premier League following his superb performances for PSG over the past two years and it seems that dream may become reality after Man City and Chelsea reportedly expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.

'Despite reports in France suggesting that the midfielder will be offered a new five-year deal, Matuidi admitted he could leave the Parc des Princes on a free transfer in the summer even though it would not be his first choice,' report the Daily Star.

'Matuidi told L'Equipe 21: "I am really at ease at PSG.

"My first wish would be to stay. But you can wish for something and sometimes it doesn't happen.

"The club has a special place in my heart, but anything can happen in a career."'

City and Chelsea could make their move in January, when Matuidi will be allowed to discuss terms with other clubs.


UNITED EYE THE SCOTTISH MESSI
Manchester United are weighing up a move for Dundee United kid Ryan Gauld - dubbed the 'mini Messi' in Scotland.

The Daily Mirror report that the 17-year-old is attracting big interest following his displays for the Terrors 'and has even been watched by Real Madrid'.

'But Aberdeen-born Gauld is on United's radar - and United boss David Moyes sent trusted aide Jimmy Lumsden to watch the youngster making his debut for Scotland's Under-21s against Georgia last week.

'Scotland drew 1-1 and Gauld, also watched by scouts from Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton, played the entire game.'

Apparently Dundee United would be willing to sell as long as their valuation of £5million is met.


GUNNERS WANT PATO
According to the Daily Express, Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to move for Brazil striker Pato in January.

'Wenger, anxious to sign a new front man to support Olivier Giroud, tried to sign Pato, 24, last January when he was at AC Milan,' claim the Express.

'But Pato chose to return home to Brazil with Corinthians, who have hinted they will allow him to move for £10million or on loan.'


REAL MADRID TO RETURN FOR AGUERO
Another quick line from the Daily Star now, who claim that Real Madrid have switched their attention from Luis Suarez to Sergio Aguero as they search for a new striker.

'The Spanish giants were expected to bid for Liverpool hotshot Suarez, 26, next summer as they try to solve their striker crisis,' report the Star.

'But president Florentino Perez has decided to change tack after holding a meeting with Real boss Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant Zinedine Zidane.'

Aguero signed a new four-year deal in May, but Madrid are plotting a £45million swoop for the forward after failing to sign him from rivals Atletico back in 2011.

Meanwhile, City are thought to be keen on Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and are planning a January bid for QPR keeper Julio Cesar.


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Edin Dzeko is a target for Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund...Andrea Pirlo is leaving the door open for a summer switch to the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham all interested in the 34-year-old Juventus midfielder who will be out of contract in the summer...Manchester United are ready to open talks with striker Javier Hernandez to ward off interest from other clubs...

Arsenal flop Nicklas Bendtner, 25, is willing to take pay cut to seal move away from the Emirates, with Hull City and Stoke set to make January moves...Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to offload Fernando Torres in a bold move to try and sign Monaco's £52million striker Radamel Falcao...Newcastle United want to sign Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 21, on loan for the rest of the season...Chelsea and Manchester United are leading the chase for Southampton's teenage left-back Luke Shaw.

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