Transfer news: Manchester United's Nani could be set for Sporting Lisbon return

Winger said to be on his way out of Old Trafford this month

Transfer news: Manchester United plan double swoop for Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba - reports

David Moyes reportedly keen to sign the Juventus pair

Transfer news: Patrice Evra linked with Manchester United exit - with Monaco a possible destination

Evra's contract expires at the end of the season and he is one of a number of players who are yet to be offered an extension with the reigning Premier League champions

Erik Lamela, who scored the first and made the second, is mobbed

Transfer news: Erik Lamela will not leave Tottenham in January, insists manager Tim Sherwood

Sherwood claims that the misfiring forward is not fully fit and that he needs more time to settle in to the rigours of the Premier League

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata could be on his way to Arsenal after reports suggested the clubs have agreed a six-month loan deal

Transfer news round-up: Liverpool enter Alvaro Morata race; PSG plan €60m Eden Hazard bid; Borussia Dortmund want Serge Gnabry

The day's biggest transfer stories all in one place as Liverpool and Arsenal steal the headlines

Transfer news: Manchester United offer £20m for Juventus star Claudio Marchisio - reports

The reigning Premier League champions make a move for Marchisio after alarming slump in form sees their chances of silverware diminish

Paul Pogba isn't going anywhere, Juventus say

Transfer news: Juventus determined to keep Arsenal target Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo also to stay

Gunners target Paul Pogba is staying in Italy according to Juve's general manager Guiseppe Marotta

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott makes the ‘2-0’ gesture to Spurs fans as he is carried off

Theo Walcott injury: Six-month lay-off devastates Arsenal and England

The forward was injured in the Gunners' 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Tottenham

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Transfer news: Marc-Andre ter Stegen moves closer to Barcelona switch after refusing new contract at Borussia Monchengladbach

Barcelona are seeking a new goalkeeper to replace Victor Valdes, who has stated he will leave the club at the end of the season

Alexis Sanchez

In Brief: Alexis Sanchez hat-trick puts Barcelona back on top; Nine-man Roma’s run ended by Juventus

Sanchez hat-trick puts Barcelona back on top

Alexis Sanchez hit a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Elche 4-0 to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference from Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata avoid making eye contact after the latter is substituted during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Transfer news: Juan Mata offered way out of Chelsea by Rafa Benitez and Napoli with £20m bid - reports

The Spain international was visibly frustrated at being taking off in Chelsea's recent victory over Southampton

Arturo Vidal has emerged as a possible transfer target for Manchester United manager David Moyes

Transfer news: Manchester United could make a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal - reports

David Moyes is determined to strengthen his misfiring midfield but Vidal would attract a very large transfer fee having just signed a new contract

Transfer news: Arsenal face battle to sign Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep - reports

Roma also interested in young striking star

Transfer news: Manchester United eye teenage Bulgarian defender

Stefan Velkov is training at Carrington in hope of securing a deal

Michael Laudrup suffered some jitters

St Gallen 1 Swansea City 0 match report: Michael Laudrup savours moment as Swans do just enough to go through

The Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup, was delighted to reach the group stages of the Europa League, despite his side ending their Group A campaign with defeat in Switzerland.

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