Chelsea are leading the race for Everton starlet Ross Barkley after Manchester City decided that the £50 million asking price for the young star was too much for them to consider, as reported by the Daily Star.
City’s hierarchy revealed their interest in the England international to the Toffees last week, and said that they were willing to put together a £35 million bid for the star.
However, Everton are demanding a staggering £50 million transfer fee for their 20 year old star, and in fact, might not even sell him at that price.
City have since decided that they will consider other options, with Barkley having been considered a potential replacement for star midfielder Yaya Toure, and this puts Chelsea in the driving seat for the wonderkid.
Having loaned two players to the Blues in recent years, Chelsea have a good relationship with Everton, and this could aid them in their chase for Barkley.
Manchester United have lost ground in the race to sign 20 year old Tottenham Hotspur target Memphis Depay, with Serie A giants Juventus said to be sounding out his availability, as reported by the Daily Star.
Depay is a highly rated young talent, who has appeared for the Dutch national side on a regular basis.
His national team coach Guus Hiddink recently suggested that Depay could develop into the best player in the national setup, which is high praise, considering the fact that the likes of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie star for the Netherlands.
Spurs were thought to be particularly keen on him during the summer, but this relied upon being able to sell Andros Townsend, which did not come to fruition.
Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal is also thought to be interested in bringing him into Old Trafford, having worked with him closely during his time in charge of the Netherlands.
Reports in Italy now suggest that Depay could instead move to Juventus, with the Italian giants having sent scouts to watch him play for PSV Eindhoven in recent weeks.
Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac’s agent has suggested that either Arsenal or Liverpool could make a move for the French striker in the January, as reported by the Daily Express.
The forward has been in exceptional form since the start of the new season, scoring eight goals in eight appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Christopher Hutteau, Gignac’s agent, told L’Equipe: “Given the fact that he is not very old, he has a real market value.
“This is a striker with a relatively atypical profile, responsive to the physical challenge, the archetypal player who can succeed at a big club.
“He can play in England, Arsenal or Liverpool, no problem. For me, it is between €12 million (£9.5m) and €15 million (£11m).”
Despite having been inconsistent since moving to the Stade Velodrome several years ago, Gignac has always seemed to be on the cusp of a move to the Premier League, given his physical stature and technical ability, which many see as ideally suited to the English game.
A season with Toulouse in 2008/09 saw him score 24 goals in 38 games, suggesting great potential and earning him opportunities for the French national side.
However, his move to Marseille has seen him struggle to put together consistent displays, and he was even sent to the reserves in 2011.
He was previously linked with Fulham while his form was indifferent.