12pm Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd target Maddison, Pogba to Madrid demands, Arsenal want Koulibaly, Chelsea eye Coutinho – The Sun

THE January transfer window has very nearly arrived and the world's biggest clubs are making their plans.

Most notably, Edinson Cavani may have already signed for Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United have a few names on their list to target, but could wait until the summer to move for James Maddison.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are eyeing a defender to bolster their backline with Kalidou Koulibaly and Daniele Rugani among their targets.

Follow all the latest transfer news and gossip below…

  • CHELSEA are set to bolster their midfield by targeting Julian Draxler and Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Blues are looking to tie up some vital transfer business next month after being banned in the summer.

    And the Daily Star report they will go in for the Parisian duo as they look to secure Champions League football for next season.

    Draxler is being viewed as replacing some of the creativity lost by the Eden Hazard sale in the summer – and could be available having failed to secure a regular starting place in the French capital.

    Meanwhile, Idrissa Gueye could be trickier to acquire, with the former Everton midfielder only joining PSG in the summer and the club are unwilling to sell.

  • LEICESTER have entered the race for £34million rated defender Daniele Rugani at Juventus.

    And it could bring even more pain for Arsenal, who have chased the centre-half since the summer.

    Despite the impressive form of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on adding some more strength in depth.

    Veteran Wes Morgan is the only cover for the two regulars.

    And with Rugani well down the pecking order at Juventus, according to The Telegraph, the Italian giants are “bracing themselves” for a January bid.

  • MAN UNITED appear to be playing the field and not willing to let Paul Pogba go without getting something more than cash in return.

    Days after it was revealed they had offered the Frenchman to Juventus for Emre Can plus £52m, they have now given Real Madrid a list of demands.

    Spanish outlet El Desmarque reveal that the Red Devils will allow Pogba to finally go to Real Madrid if Vinicius Jr is included in the deal.

    The Brazilian has struggled with injuries in recent months, but enjoyed an impressive start to life at Los Blancos last season.

    And United view the wonderkid as Ballon d'Or contender – yet still want £85m in cash on top of Vinicius Jr for their prized asset.

  • CHELSEA are eyeing a move to bring Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League, should he not join Bayern Munich on a permanent deal.

    The Blues are open to a £86m deal as the Brazilian looks set to end his disappointing spell at Barcelona.

    Mundo Deportivo reveal Frank Lampard and co want Coutinho back on English shores, and will pay up – if he doesn't complete the switch to Germany.

    The 27-year-old has been in hot form this season at Allianz Arena, including netting a hat-trick against Werder Bremen earlier this month.

    And that is likely to see Bayern make the deal permanent in the summer.

  • MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to launch an £80million move for Leicester and England star James Maddison this summer.

    The Daily Star claim that the midfielder is not close to signing a new long-term deal at the King Power Stadium with the Red Devils poised to swoop.

    The 23-year-old still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his current £50,000-a-week contract, but he could be offered triple the money at Old Trafford.

    United raided Leicester last summer for a similar £80m deal for Harry Maguire, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping the defender can help persuade his former teammate to make the switch to Manchester.

    Despite being keen to land Maddison next month to improve the club's languishing season, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will attempt to strike a deal for the former Norwich ace this summer.

    United are mindful of the fact that the midfielder is expected to be part of Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad so will hope to negotiate a move before the tournament starts in fear of the Foxes driving up the price.

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who will still be hopeful of convincing Maddison to stay, has already ruled out selling any of his stars in the January window.

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