Transfer news: Manchester United and City want Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, Chelsea move for Fernando Llorente

A round-up of the latest transfer news and rumours on Tuesday 10 January

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Tottenham’s impressive form this season has not gone unnoticed following their victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea last week, after reports emerged on Tuesday that both Manchester United and Manchester City are keen on launching summer moves for full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.

The England internationals have been two of Spurs’ standout players this season, along with Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and their ability to operate in multiple systems – including a back-four and also as wing-backs – has attracted interest from Manchester.

According to The Sun, United are determined to land both 26-year-olds in a £60m double swoop, with Jose Mourinho already making plans for his summer transfer business that will involve significant strengthening his defensive options. Both Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian face uncertain futures at Old Trafford after failing to impress Mourinho, which has led to the identification of Walker and Rose as potential transfer targets.

However, they look set to face opposition in their fierce rivals, with City keeping a close eye on Walker and Rose since it was first reported that Guardiola would head to the Etihad Stadium two years ago. Spurs would be unwilling to let both defenders leave – especially as they help fulfil their homegrown quota that runs through the spine of the team – but United and City’s financial power could prove too much to resist.

City have also been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic after he was mysteriously left out of their 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Sunday night, with head coach Luis Enrique failing to explain why the Croatian was absent.

However, the Daily Mail reports that Rakitic’s representatives insist he remains happy in Catalonia, and will not look to move to City during the transfer window after claims surfaced of a surprise move to the Premier League.

Chelsea look like they will enter the January transfer market sooner rather than later as they plot a loan move for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard, who has previously turned out for Juventus and Athletic Bilbao, is wanted on a loan deal until the end of the season, and the move could see current Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi move in the opposite direction, according to Sky Sports.

It’s added that West Ham could look to scupper the move though by launching a loan offer for Batshuayi, having missed out on the Belgium international last summer when he left Marseille for Chelsea.

Talks are continuing between United and Everton over the potential transfer that will take Morgan Schneiderlin to Goodison Park, with the Old Trafford outfit currently holding out over their valuation of the France international.

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Schneiderlin is wanted by Everton with talks continuing over a transfer (Getty)

United rejected Everton’s £19m approach, having already turned down a lower offer from West Bromwich Albion, but the Toffees are determined to land the midfielder and talks have progressed since. According to Sky Sports, United want around £24m before they allow Schneiderlin to leave, though Mourinho has confirmed that he will not stand in his way if he decides to move on.

 


Finally, West Ham appear to be leading the race to sign Joe Hart from Manchester City once he returns from his season-long loan at Italian side Torino. The Sun claims that Slaven Bilic wants a world class goalkeeper at the London Stadium and believes that Hart is one player who West Ham can succeed in signing in the summer, though it would also see Spanish goalkeeper Adrian allowed to move on.

30-year-old Adrian has just six months remaining on his current contract, and although the club have the option to extend it by two years should they wish to do so, it’s claimed that the Hammers will not stand in his way if he chooses to leave.

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