Afternoon Report: January 22

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Manchester United's move for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata appears to be edging closer with many reports suggesting that the Red Devils are closing in on a £37 million deal for the star.

David Moyes is set to break United's record transfer fee as he looks to improve his side's chances of securing Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, United's noisy neighbours, Manchester City booked their place in the Capital One Cup final last night after another convincing victory over West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini's side beat the Hammers 3-0 at Upton Park to secure a 9-0 aggregate victory and could now face Manchester United in the final.

To north London now and reports have suggested that Arsenal have offered Lukas Podolski to Schalke in a bid to bring Julian Draxler to the Emirates.

It appears that the Gunners are ready to part with £20 million in cash and Podolski in order to bring Draxler to the club this month.

And finally Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Champions League qualification after it was revealed that midfield ace Lucas will be out of action for two months.

The Reds star sustained a knee ligament injury after coming on as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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