Jose Mourinho drops hint over Thorgan Hazard future - transfer round-up

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The January transfer window is well under way and, well, nothing has happened. Not really. 

Sure, Manchester City have signed Wilfried Bony from Swansea for a fee of £28 million but that's pretty much it. So far there's been nothing from big-spending Chelsea, bugger all from re-building Manchester United, and zilch from Liverpool and Tottenham.

But is that likely to change any time soon? Frankly, we have no idea. But do you want to see which baseless rumours are being peddled about by today's nationals in the hope of a few clicks? Of course you do, so here we go - all the best rumours and news from Saturday January 17.

Mourinho keen on Hazard return

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is open to the idea of bringing Thorgan Hazard back to Stamford Bridge next season. The brother of Eden, the young forward has caught they eye during a loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach, and Mourinho says he is one of the players he is eyeing for the future.

“He’s a good player. A player we like. He’s one of the few players that I travel to see play live," he said. We like him very, very much but there is here one player ahead of him who is not bad called Hazard. Eden.

“The best decision was for him to go to Gladbach. Also Bundesliga is good for him to play. We’ll see what happens."

Van Gaal praises defensive unit

Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on his leaky defence ahead of their key clash with QPR this afternoon. The Dutchman has had a myriad of problems at the back this season thanks to injury, and so far they have shipped 21 goals but Van Gaal believes his backline are up there with the best.

"It's not only defensive organisation you have to judge,” he said in an interview with MUTV. “For example, against Southampton, we had 60 per cent of ball possession. We were the dominant team but we lost and the result is, of course, always the most important aspect.

“Defensively, everybody was saying I don't have the right defenders but they cannot write that anymore because this kind of figure [only conceding seven goals in 12 matches] is, of course, very good.”

Arsenal legend blasts Van Gaal over Falcao snub

Van Gaal has got himself in a spot of bother with none other than Paul Merson, who has hit out at his decision to drop Radamel Falcao for the loss against Southampton. The former Arsenal ace said: "It’s a bit late to be playing Radamel Falcao now – I think the horse has bolted, he should have been involved against Southampton. It’s an absolute joke.

“I think Louis van Gaal was trying to show him who was boss but it’s backfired."

Chelsea to beat Arsenal to Arbeloa signing

Arsenal look set to miss out to Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa. According to the Telegraph Liverpool are also in the race for the Spaniard, but it seems as though Chelsea is his preferred destination should he fancy a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.

Man City rue Alexis Sanchez miss

Manchester City go up against Arsenal this weekend, and could have had one of the Gunners' best players playing for them. The Citizens tried to sign Alexis Sanchez but were unable to get the deal done, before he swapped Barcelona for the Emirates Stadium.

"It was not easy,” said boss Pellegrini of the failed deal. “He was very expensive and, when Barcelona sold him to Arsenal, we still had four strikers.

Best of the rest

Manchester United are back in for Dani Alves (Telegraph)

Chelsea want to sign Mauro Icardo to replace Didier Drogba and are favourites to complete a £32m deal (Mirror)

Tottenham want to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor but the player is happy to stay and see out his £100,000-per-week contract (Telegraph)

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