Transfer Clock: Mata bombshell, Manchester United linked with €100m superstar

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City feature...

One day down, 30 to go until the transfer window closes. Here are five of the big stories from the past 24 hours...

1) Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has indicated Juan Mata can leave the club if he is unhappy. SkySports report him as saying: "I want to keep him. I don't want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open, the club's door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them." Mata was substituted after 53 minutes against Southampton, and expressed his displeasure at the decision. Replacement Oscar scored one of the goals in the 3-0 win. French champions PSG are said to have Mata at the top of their agenda.

2) Manchester United have been linked with a £1.5 million bid for Turkish international goalkeeper Mert Gunok. The 24-year-old is being eyed as a replacement for Anders Lindegaard, with the Dane recently linked with a move to Serie A. The Star report that United have been tracking Gunok, and are considering a bid of £1.5 million for the Fenerbahce man. He is the second Turkish goalkeeper to be linked to United in a matter of months, with The Metro previously reporting Trabzonspor stopper Onur Kivrak was on their radar. 

3) Manchester United are also sensationally linked with 'breaking the bank' for Juventus superstar Arturo Vidal, report The Mirror. The paper name French site Le10Sport as the source, who claim David Moyes hopes to persuade him by offering 'extremely lucrative personal terms'. However Vidal signed a new contract at Juventus just last year, and in the summer the club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta stated he valued the Chilean midfielder at €100 million.

4) Manchester City are facing a fight to keep Joleon Lescott at the club amid interest from Besiktas. The Turkish club announced publicly they were negotiating for his signature yesterday. The Englishman can walk away on a free at the end of the season when his contract expires. Manuel Pellegrini is said to want to keep the centre-back at the club as they continue to compete on all fronts, especially with Vincent Kompany's recent fitness troubles.

5) The Sun report that Arsenal have identified Dimitar Berbatov as the temporary solution to their striker shortage. Berbatov played for rivals Tottenham and Manchester United but is now at Fulham, although declared publicly his intention to move on. Berbatov hit the winner for Fulham yesterday in a key 2-1 win over relegation rivals West Ham. The paper claim the deal could cost the Gunners as little as £2 million.

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