After a brief hiatus, Liverpool and Manchester City are back to duking it out. Neither currently occupy top spot, with Arsenal having successfully inserted itself into the mix, but the two great rivals of the last half-decade of the Premier League are nonetheless going toe-to-toe once again.

The pair played out a stalemate at the Etihad over the weekend, with Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring an excellent equalizer to cancel out Erling Haaland's opener and secure Liverpool a point. Jürgen Klopp's men were the first side to avoid defeat away to Manchester City all year, disrupting a streak that was on the brink of becoming an all-time English record.

The next battle could be in the transfer market. There's a whiff of seller's regret at the Etihad, but it no longer has the benefit of a buy-back clause, and Liverpool could be among the sides to try and steal in.

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Incredibly, Manchester United is only four points down the road, having produced yet another win from an unconvincing display against Everton. But it remains a club in crisis, with Jadon Sancho still in exile; a January escape route may have just opened up for the former Borussia Dortmund (and indeed Man City youth) star.

Here, takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs. Let's start with the possible Manchester City transfer tug of war.

Douglas Luiz interests all the top three

With an impressive win over Spurs yesterday, Aston Villa moved level on points with Liverpool. Currently in fourth, Unai Emery has done an incredible job.

Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that all of the top three have been credited with an interest in one of the stars of this Villa side. Per 90MIN, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all admire Douglas Luiz.

For Aston Villa's part, it continues to insist it will not listen to offers. A former Manchester City youngster, the Etihad club's buy-back clause expired back in 2021 (MEN), so it would have to fight Liverpool and Arsenal (as well as convincing Villa to sell) in order to sign him.

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Nike says: Manchester City won't have too much regret over Luiz, with Rodri a master in the number six role. But the Brazilian has shown a more rounded side to his game under Emery, and could be an ideal six/eight hybrid for Pep Guardiola, with the likes of İlkay Gündoğan having moved on.

For Liverpool, Luiz would be an excellent option for the number six role. Like Alexis Mac Allister, he still offers progression and even goal threat from the base of the midfield, but the defensive side comes a little more naturally to him. However, with Aston Villa's owners not short of cash, it's hard to see anyone prizing the 25-year-old away for now.

Jadon Sancho given possible way out

Sancho still hasn't been seen for Manchester United since a seemingly innocuous flare-up. Erik ten Hag questioned his performances in training, prompting a social media response from the winger, and neither party has showed any willingness to back down.

As a result, this is hurtling towards another expensive transfer failure for Manchester United. The club will inevitably take a big loss on Sancho, with a loan looking like the likeliest January outcome at the minute.

Juventus is a suitor, per Fichajes. Borussia Dortmund may also hold an interest, but the Italian side hopes its relationship with Manchester United will prove decisive. says: It's testament to Sancho's pre-Old-Trafford reputation that multiple clubs are interested in acquiring his services after a torrid time at Manchester United. But if the Glazers are expecting a bidding war, they will surely be disappointed.

The best Man United can hope for in the short-term is a club being willing to take on a significant chunk of Sancho's huge wages. If it does ultimately come to the point of a permanent sale, a big loss is effectively guaranteed.