TRANSFER CLOCK: 19 days down, 12 to go until the Transfer Window opens. Here is our update of the top five stories from the past 24 hours you need to know.
The Mail has sensationally claimed Manchester United are monitoring Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa. Arsenal have been linked in previous days along with Chelsea, for the 22 goals in 21 games striker who has a £32m release clause.
They write: "Liverpool failed with an offer for Costa last summer and will be interested to see how matters unfold this window with Manchester United also among the strikers admirers."
Diego Costa may be wanted by the top Premier League sides, and while his release clause gives them hope, it's a stretch to see him leaving Atletico in January. The side are in with a shout of the La Liga title and into the Champions League last 16, and United can offer him no guarantees over playing in the competition next year. Then there is also the issue of whether he would leave Spain so soon after pledging his international allegiance via residency.
The Metro claims United are renewing their interest in Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, but also state Premier League leaders Arsenal want the 27-year-old, citing sources from Italy. The central midfielder has seen his form dip this season while youngster Paul Pogba has shone.
Marchisio has spent his entire career at Juventus, apart from a loan spell away at Empoli early in his career, but mentioned in the summer that he was flattered to hear of interest from United. While the Red Devils have a great need for the Italian international midfielder, it's fair to ask whether Arsenal really should be committing the £20 million plus required for his signature, when a striker is a priority.
Arsenal and Liverpool's chances of signing transfer target Konstantinos Mitroglou have been dealt a blow after the Greek striker signed a new contract with Olympiakos.
Crucially the €8 million release clause in his contract has been removed, and Olympiakos are likely to charge at least double to any interested parties, to avert a potential sale.
4) A few more potential in's and out's at Manchester United:
Stoke City want to sign Nick Powell on loan in January, write The Mirror. Powell is on loan at Wigan, who recently sacked Owen Coyle under whose management he was blossoming. United are also keen for Powell to test himself in the Premier League and Mark Hughes is hoping Stoke can help fast-track him and take advantage himself, with United hoping to bring him into the first team for the 2014/15 season.
The Mirror also report Alan Pardew's denial that Wilfried Zaha will be coming to Newcastle United in January on loan. Instead he has hinted that Zaha's best opportunity of first team football may be to return to Crystal Palace.
Manchester United have taken Bulgarian youngster Stefan Velkov on trial. The 17-year-old centre-back plays for Slavia Sofia's first team already and is an under-21 international for his country. Juventus and Inter Milan also want to sign him report The Mail.
Manchester City and Chelsea are set to battle it out for Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacxhio. The defender has been impressing for Villareal, so much that Barcelona have also been linked with a bid, write The Express. The defender has been capped twice by Argentina and could make the World Cup squad, but with Villareal even in contention for a Champions League place they are going to do their utmost to resist offers. City and Chelsea are both in need of defensive reinforcements and the 23-year-old could be a sensible long-term addition to either club.
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