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Posted December 27, 2022 03:14 PM

Chelsea set to beat Man Utd to Portugal forward as Gakpo chooses Liverpool

Manchester United have already lost one of their attacking targets to Liverpool and they could watch another join Chelsea, who are also keen on a £30m defender…

The January transfer window hasn’t opened yet but Manchester United have lost their first battle…

The Red Devils have been keen on Cody Gakpo since the summer, when they dithered over signing the Netherlands forward from PSV Eindhoven. United were expected to make a rather more decisive move mid-season, but Liverpool have beaten them – and everyone else – to the punch by agreeing a deal said to be worth £37million up front, with add-ons said to be worth another £13million.

With United in dire need of another forward, talk has already turned to alternatives, with the Manchester Evening News chucking a few names around…

Victor Osimhen and Harry Kane ‘are two elite options of interest’, though Gakpo or Goncalo Ramos would be ‘more attainable’, it was claimed before Liverpool pulled the rug from under their feet.

United won’t sign Osimhen or Kane in January. Spurs simply won’t sell and Napoli would be daft to while they close in on the Serie A title. Benfica’s Ramos could become an option, though his price has probably tripled from the £17million he could have been bought for in the summer.

Gakpo is no longer on the shelf, but United are still hunting for January bargains in the Eredivisie…

According to Mundo Deportivo, Erik ten Hag fancies a reunion with Mohammed Kudus. The Ghana midfielder starred at the World Cup and, upon returning to Ajax, the 22-year-old has stated his desire to move on next month.

Everton were keen in the summer and their interest remains, though Kudus may have grander plans than a relegation battle with the Toffees. Apparently, United have made approaches towards Ajax, who are willing to sell if their £40million valuation is met.

United have also been heavily linked with Joao Felix, who looks set to leave Atletico Madrid next month. It was claimed in the summer that the Red Devils made a huge bid for the Portugal forward but the Rojiblancos rejected the offer.

A lot has changed since then, with Felix finding himself on the periphery of Diego Simeone’s plans. Atletico are now inviting interest in their record signing, who is keen to get away from the Spanish capital.

The Telegraph says Chelsea are ready to move swiftly to sign Felix. The Blues are keen on an initial loan deal, with the option or obligation to buy in summer, depending on the terms Atletico are demanding.

Graham Potter is also intent on signing a centre-back, with £30million-rated Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile on his list of targets.

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