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Chelsea eye ‘double move’ for Sporting Lisbon pair in January

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Chelsea are looking at a double January raid on Lisbon side Sporting, according to the Evening Standard. Ivory Coast defender Ousmane Diomande, 20, and Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres, 25, are in the Blues’ sights.

Manchester City are in talks with River Plate midfielder Claudio Echeverri. The Times reports City plan to loan the 17-year-old back to the Argentinian side, who have a £21.4million release clause in his contract.

Sunderland midfielder Pierre Ekwah, 21, is catching the eye of several Premier League clubs, reports the Evening Standard. Sunderland are keen to keep the French youngster but Crystal Palace, Fulham and Nottingham Forest are all circling.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is close to making a return to management, according to the Daily Mirror. The former Manchester United manager, 50, is the front runner to take over at Turkish club Besiktas.

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Summary

Chelsea is considering a double January raid on Lisbon side Sporting, targeting Ivory Coast defender Ousmane Diomande, 20, and Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres, 25. Manchester City is in talks with River Plate midfielder Claudio Echeverri, planning to loan the 17-year-old back to his current team. Sunderland midfielder Pierre Ekwah, 21, is drawing interest from several Premier League clubs, while former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is rumored to be close to taking over at Turkish club Besiktas. Additionally, West Ham’s Said Benrahma and former Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino are attracting interest from other clubs.