The January transfer window is officially open in less than a month and it looks set to be a busy one for the Premier League sides battling for supremacy at the business end of the table. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are likely to be in the hunt for new players when the market reopens at the turn of the year, while Liverpool may also decide to dip into the market in their search for a new first-choice midfielder.
The Reds are said to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park and have reportedly identified Marco Asensio as one of several targets to shore up their midfield ranks in January. The Spain international, who is also capable of playing out wide as well as centrally, is widely expected to be on the move before his Real Madrid deal expires at the end of the campaign and has been tentatively linked with Liverpool and plenty of other top clubs over the last few weeks.
United, meanwhile, are said to have been quoted a nine-figure fee for West Ham and England anchor Declan Rice should they wish to snap him up before the start of next season. The Red Devils have been credited with a desire to land Rice for a number of years and have been tipped to finally act on their interest in his signature in the near future, with the 23-year-old seemingly not prepared to extend his stay at the London Stadium as things stand.
Follow Express Sport‘s live transfer updates below.
Man Utd learn Rice asking price
Manchester United will be forced to pay at least £100m to land Declan Rice from West Ham United in advance of next season.
That’s according to The Guardian, who claim the Hammers are unwilling to sell their prized asset for anything less than a nine-figure fee.
Rice, who is currently representing England at the World Cup in Qatar, is widely expected to leave West Ham before the expiry of his contract in the summer of 2024.
Liverpool in three-horse race for Asensio
Liverpool are set to rival the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus for the signature of Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio in January, according to The Mirror.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be a long-time fan of Asensio and would reportedly jump at the chance to snap him up next month, although Bayern Munich and Juventus are also thought to be keen on engineering a move.
Asensio’s current deal at Real Madrid is set to expire at the end of the season, which means he will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a non-Spanish club from January 1 as things stand.