The top targets for the forthcoming transfer window in order of ever growing interest.
Italian source CalcioMercato claim that Antonio Conte, back from his ban, has targeted Man United winger Nani.
Nani appears to have become surplus to requirements at Man United, no longer a first team regular and apparently unwilling to accept the conditions of a contract offer that is apparently on the table.
Whilst Juventus have overcome all before them over the past 18 months they do arguably lack some attacking momentum and Conte may feel the inclusion of new options in this regard could help them achieve their lofty goals.
Roberto Mancini obviously has one of the safest pair of hands in the Premier League in the form of Joe Hart but arguably not a great deal of talented back-ups keeping the England man on his toes, so a move for Jack Butland could be a wise one to consider.
The 19 year old Birmingham City man was called up by Roy Hodgson to his Euro 2012 squad and then represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic games and has been an ever present in Lee Clark’s side thus far this season.
Cash-strapped St Andrew’s side have stated the need to get money quick.
Man United lack an out and out defensive midfield signing and troubled French youngster Yann M’Vila may well be the ideal man for the job.
Rennes prized asset looked likely to join Arsenal before a combination of increased asking price and wage demands put paid to such a deal coming to fruition but as this source rightly points out the Ligue 1 side may well look to rid the club of the disruptive influence in January.
The 22 year old has racked up over 100 Ligue 1 appearances and has 22 national team caps to his name and is a player who could adapt well to life in the Premier League.
Mario Balotelli is wanted by AC Milan – and the Italian club are willing to sell a host of stars in order to fund a move for the Manchester City forward.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is clearly on a cost cutting drive and as such may insist further sales are conducted before the San Siro side can make a decent offer for Man City striker Mario Balotelli.
The 22 year old striker may well be ready to return to Serie A after seemingly finding himself as something of a back-up option at Man City.
The young forward will have returned from the Euro 2012 finals buoyed by his fine individual performances and as such will not have been happy to return to the Premier League title holders after a successful summer only to be left warming the Etihad Stadium bench.
Dutch source Soccernews.nl claim that Man United are closing on PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman and that such a deal is close to completion, so much so that the Eredivisie side has already identified Swedish international Oscar Hiljemark as a replacement for the Dutch youngster.
This source claims that Man United are lining up a €17m (£14m) bid for the 22 year old rangy midfielder who has been a big hit since his move to the Philips Stadion 18 months ago, a move that has helped to secure Strootman’s spot in Louis Van Gaal’s national team set-up.
Sir Alex Ferguson probably feels the need to freshen up his midfield and has been strongly linked with Strootman for some months now.