Paper Talk: 4 January

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Arsene Wenger is plotting a bid for Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic - but he may be forced to wait until the summer to land his target.

The German giants are unlikely to be willing to sanction the Croatian's departure this month, but he could be surplus to requirements under Pep Guardiola this summer. [Daily Mail]

Manchester United boss David Moyes believes Adnan Januzaj could become one of the greatest players in the club's history.

The 18-year-old has impressed in his first season with the senior side, and Moyes thinks the teenager has all the attributes to become one of the best in the Premier League. [Manchester Evening News]

Manchester City are willing to let Joleon Lescott depart this month and West Ham are interested.

The Hammers failed in their attempt to sign Johnny Heitinga, and the City defender is believed to be their next target. Manuel Pellegrini would let him leave the Etihad Stadium on loan. [Daily Mail]

Former-Arsenal and Tottenham transfer target Salomon Kalou is eager to test himself in the Premier League again, according to reports.

The Ivory Coast international spent six years at Chelsea before joining Lille in 2012 - but French reports suggest he's willing to return to England. [Daily Mail]

Leo Messi returned from injury to bag a hat-trick in an open practice match at the Miniestadi in Barcelona.

13,200 fans packed the stadium to watch Barcelona train and the star attraction was Messi, who returned from Argentina this week following his hamstring injury suffered in late November. [FC Barcelona]

Paris St Germain hold the upper hand over Manchester United in the battle to sign out-of-sorts Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

That's because Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to strengthen the hand of a direct Premier League rival, and with Manchester United boss David Moyes looking for January options, Mourinho has made it clear he won't sell the Spaniard to the Old Trafford club. [Le 10 Sport]

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