Transfer Talk: Alexis Sanchez’s wage hurting Man United’s talks with David De Gea, Anthony Martial

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The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.

Sanchez terms hurt United’s plans for De Gea, Martial

Manchester United’s hopes of agreeing new contracts with two big-name stars have been hit by the “mega wages” paid to Alexis Sanchez, according to the Mirror.

It says hopes of finalising terms with goalkeeper David De Gea and forward Anthony Martial “are being hampered, with agents using Sanchez’s £400,000-a-week basic salary as a guide.”

De Gea “believes a deal worth £300,000-a-week is not unrealistic,” but no agreement has been reached amid interest from Juventus and Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, negotiations on fresh terms for Martial “have reached an impasse” despite United being prepared to double his £70,000-a-week wages to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool will reject chance to sign Ramsey

When it emerged that Aaron Ramsey would be leaving Arsenal in the summer, Liverpool were tipped as a hot favourite to sign the midfielder — but the Mirror says they will not do so.

Wales international Ramsey’s contract expires in the summer and will not be renewed but the Mirror reports that “it is thought Jurgen Klopp has passed up the chance” to bring him to Anfield.

Manchester United and Juventus have also been linked with Ramsey, who will be free to negotiate with overseas clubs from January.

The Mirror says the 27-year-old “doesn’t fit the profile Liverpool are looking for, largely because of his age,” with Klopp focused on bringing in younger players.

And it claims the Anfield manager is also reluctant because of the risk of injuries “following problems suffered by players of a similar age such as Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.”

Hammers target double January swoop

West Ham’s form is picking up but manager Manuel Pellegrini wants additions in the winter, the Mail reports.

It says he is looking at a loan move for Marseille’s former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou, while Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Diego Demme could join in a permanent switch.

Marseille would be willing to let Mitroglou move as they try to reduce their wage bill, with a loan potentially including the option of a full-time transfer, while Germany international Demme would cost around £15 million.

But the Mail adds that West Ham remain at risk of losing Declan Rice, who has yet to agree a new contract and is interesting Tottenham and Chelsea.

Tap-ins

– Manchester United could be willing to accept “a knockdown price” for Ander Herrera rather than see him go on a free at the end of the season, the Sun reports.

It says around £5m could be enough to sign Herrera, who seems certain to leave Old Trafford after talks over a new deal stalled, with Everton front-runners if he opts to stay in the Premier League.

– Wolves were interested in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in the summer and could make another move — but Atletico Madrid are in the frame, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Citing reports in Italy, it says the former Atalanta player, for whom Wolves were said to have submitted an unsuccessful bid, is being monitored by Atleti.

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