Liverpool lead chase for Munich star while Chelsea ace ready to leave

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THE impending departure of Steven Gerrard from Liverpool is dominating today’s football headlines.

However, with January now upon us, attentions will soon begin to turn to transfers, and Liverpool have today been linked with a move for a Bayern Munich star.

That is just one of the stories to have made the headlines, though, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United among the other clubs to feature.

Liverpool are leading the chase for Bayern Munich forward Xherdan Shaqiri after making a permanent offer, with Inter Milan and Juventus only offering loan deals. (Metro)

Ryan Bertrand is ready to make his loan at Southampton from Chelsea permanent. (Setanta.com)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is Man United’s main transfer target after Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale rejected talk of a move to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)

Arsene Wenger says he wants Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo to join a Premier League club on loan, with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland all possible destinations. (Daily Star)

Man United will make Radamel Falcao’s loan move from Monaco permanent in the coming days, with the Red Devils satisfied with the striker’s fitness. (Metro)

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Everton midfielder James McCarthy. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid say they have turned down an offer from Manchester City for defender Jose Gimenez. (Daily Mirror)

Manuel Pellegrini has hinted Frank Lampard could stay at Man City beyond this season. (The Guardian)

Birmingham City want to keep hold of prospect Demarai Gray after rejecting a £1.5m bid from Bournemouth. (Birmingham Mail)

Defender Martin Demichelis is set to be offered a one-year contract extension by Man City. (Manchester Evening News)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United, who are currently managerless.