Manchester City are set to part with Matija Nastasic for around £10 million, with Schalke 04 considered the favourites to sign him up, as reported by The Guardian.
The German side will have to hold off interest from AC Milan to secure his signature, however.
Despite being highly rated by former City manager Roberto Mancini, Nastasic has never really received opportunities under Manuel Pellegrini, with the Chilean manager believing that Dedryck Boyata is a far better prospect going forward.
This comes as a shock, with Nastasic having been nearly voted player of the year by City fans two seasons ago while Mancini was in charge.
Boyata has been out on loan twice too, but Nastasic is still behind him in the pecking order.
This puts him fifth choice for a central defensive berth at the club.
As a result, he anticipates a move to Schalke, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, during the January window.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to inject some excitement into his side during January by snapping up Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair during the winter transfer window, according to the Daily Express.
The out of favour City star can be bought by Villa for as little as £2.5 million, well within Lambert’s budget.
Villa fans have become increasingly frustrated at their side’s performances this season.
It is understandable, with the Midlands club scoring only 12 goals in 22 games. They are on course to break the Premier League record for the least number of goals in a campaign.
An exciting player like Sinclair could change that, although he will be eager to prove his worth after a spell in the reserves for City.
He has had few opportunities since his move there in 2012 from Swansea City.
Sinclair flopped while on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, but is also interesting Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and Norwich City.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both been served a hands off warning over German international Julian Draxler by his current club, as reported by the Daily Star.
The talented forward has been a target for a series of Premier League sides, with Arsenal linked most heavily with a move for him in the recent past, but Schalke have warned those interested that there is no chance he will depart this month.
The 21 year old is considered to be one of the more highly rated young talents in world football.
As a result, it is not only Arsenal and Man Utd who have been keeping an eye on him, but also the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
While Schalke might ultimately be powerless to keep hold of Draxler, who has a £37 million buy out clause written into his current contract, Clemens Tonnies is adamant that he will not leave during January.
“We have absolutely no thoughts about him leaving on short notice,” he told Sport Bild.”Schalke is the place where he can develop best and I told him that in person.
“My opinion is also, that Julian has developed greatly, especially regarding his personality.
“He had a setback with his injury and, as with every big player at a young age, he had a weaker period. But Julian will have a fantastic career.”