Three days down, 28 to go until the Transfer Window opens. HITC continue our daily midnight run-through of the top five stories of the past 24 hours.
1) The Mirror claim Manchester United and Liverpool are chasing Barcelona attacker Pedro. The paper claim he is growing unhappy at the La Liga giants, where he played just six minutes in El Clasico. Pedro scored 21 goals and clocked up 15 assists last season for Barcelona, and has eight and three so far this season.The paper however hedge their bets, by claiming no deal will happen in January, simply that it's one for next summer instead. May be they hope we'll all have forgotten they ever mentioned it by then. The Express mix it up a bit by claiming Arsenal are also in the hunt.
2) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied reports the club will loan Alvaro Morata in January. Several newspapers had claimed he had secured a loan for the player, but in his morning press conference the Frenchman stated he has not discussed the possibility with Real Madrid. Morata himself said later in the afternoon he sees his future at the Spanish club.Wenger also flatly denied he had made a bid for Alexandre Pato.
3) Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he does not intend to sell Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko in January. The forward had been improbably linked with a move to title rivals Arsenal. Pellegrini told reporters: "I put my trust in him before the season and I have just as much trust in him now." The 27-year-old has made just four Premier League starts and there had been speculation he would seek a move to play regularly ahead of next summer's World Cup.
4) West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has rubbished claims he wants a move to Arsenal, stating an interview he gave in France had been incorrectly reported. The defensive midfielder says he was 'not happy' with the speculation, which had caused him troubles at the Baggies where he faced the threat of being fined as a result.
5) Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has remarked that if they could buy one player, Lionel Messi would not top his list. The Italian said because he has Cristiano Ronaldo he would strengthen in other positions instead, but if Barcelona ever did want to sell, they should give him a call anyway.
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