Transfer News Today: Man United planning sensational Iniesta swoop

Today we chart the likelihood of Iniesta to Manchester United, Santon to AC Milan, Dempsey back to England and the race for 'the new Ibrahimovic'...


Forum chatter

Liverpool have joined Tottenham in the chase for Valmir Berisha, who has been labelled 'the new Ibrahimovic'. The Halmsted forward, 17, could be available for as little as £500,000 and many of Europe's top clubs have been keeping an eye on his development.

Why it will happen: Liverpool are a team on the up and Berisha may see them as the perfect club to develop his talent. For £500,000, it would appear a win-win situation for the Reds.

Why it won't happen: There is a lot of competition for Berisha's signature and he may opt for a club with greater prestige.



Tabloid speculation I

Manchester United are lining up an audacious January bid for Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta, after learning that the World Cup winner has fallen out with Barca chiefs.

Why it will happen: There is a rich recent history of Spaniards in the Premier League and Iniesta has spoken of his admiration for England's top flight before. This could be his last chance to realise that ambition.

Why it won't happen: With his current Barca contract up in 2015, cynics will argue United are being used as bait in a ploy to leverage a new deal.


Tabloid speculation II

AC Milan are reportedly lining up Newcastle's Davide Santon as a replacement for Ignazio Abate, who has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal or Paris Sain-Germain.

Why it will happen: Santon is well known in Milan, having come through the youth ranks at Inter. Santon would love the chance to play in the Champions League for such a huge club.

Why it won't happen: Are Newcastle willing to let him go? Milan may have to stump up a significant fee.



In talks

Clint Dempsey's representatives are in talks with a number of Premier League clubs over a loan return to the Premier League during the MLS' off-season. Tottenham have first refusal, with Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton also interested.

Why it will happen: Dempsey still has plenty to offer in the Premier League and will feel he needs to stay sharp during a World Cup year.

Why it won't happen: David Beckham's second loan to Milan ended in injury. Is the 30-year-old Dempsey able to push his body to the limit?


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