Baines remains on Man United's radar

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It’s refreshing to know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. With the January transfer window about to open, rumours linking Manchester United with Leighton Baines have restarted. The Mirror suggests a 16 million pound bid will be submitted for the Everton man, who has just returned to action following a month out, while the Guardian reports that David Moyes has his eye on both the 29-year-old and Southampton’s Luke Shaw, 11 years Baines’ junior. These transfer rumours will, no doubt, run and run, especially as neither Everton nor Southampton appear keen to sell their left-backs. Then again, the Mail suggests that it's Fabio Coentrao that United want. Are you following all of this?!

An impressive first half to the season has seen Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio catch the eye of a number of Europe’s big boys. The 23-year-old Argentine central defender scored against Barcelona recently and the Camp Nou club could be keen to take steps to ensure that never happens again, according to Sky Sports, by signing him. Manchester City and Chelsea are also sniffing around and Villarreal president Fernando Roig might fancy a lucrative auction for the player, whose contract runs until 2018 and features a 50 million euro buyout clause.

Elsewhere, the Mail claims that Edin Dzeko will not leave Manchester City and that Tony Pulis wants two of his trusted lieutenants from his days at Stoke -- Peter Crouch and Matthew Etherington -- to assist in Crystal Palace’s battle to avoid the drop.

And finally, after it was reported by The National that Mario Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed the player wishes to leave AC Milan, Raiola has insisted to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio that he said nothing of the sort. Furthermore, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani told Tuttomercatoweb that he doesn’t believe the forward will exit San Siro. So that’s that cleared up, then.


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