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Friday December 21 transfer news and rumours
Chelsea have revived their interest in Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the January window, reports the Daily Mail.
Roma are preparing to make a £25m January swoop to sign Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt, according to The Sun.
Arsenal will consider sending Mesut Ozil out on loan next month, reports The Times.
Valencia plan to send loan striker Michy Batshuayi back to Chelsea in January, according to The Sun.
The Mirror reports Mario Balotelli is free to leave Nice in January after falling out with Nice boss Patrick Vieira.
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Crystal Palace are confident they will win the race to sign Victor Moses — eight years after he left the club.
Chelsea are ready to sell Moses when the January window opens, with the Nigerian not part of Maurizio’s Sarri’s plans.
Moses, who progressed through Palace’s academy before joining Wigan in 2010, has made just five appearances for Chelsea this term.
Wolves and West Ham are also monitoring the situation but Palace believe Moses favours a switch back to Selhurst Park.
Chelsea are also believed to be considering cashing in on Tammy Abraham’s good form on loan at Aston Villa by selling him next month.
Newcastle are ready to make another approach for the England international after they tried to acquire him on loan in 2017 only to be beaten by Swansea.
While he joined Aston Villa on a season-long deal, Chelsea have a recall option in place.
Chelsea are looking to buy a striker next month, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson one of their targets.
Abraham would raise a significant sum to put towards Chelsea’s transfer budget.
Palace are also in the running for Abraham, although they are also interested in taking Dominic Solanke on loan from Liverpool.
Isco will not be offered Real Madrid escape by Man City
Manchester City will not offer Isco an escape route from Real Madrid after ruling themselves out of a move for the playmaker.
Despite the Premier League champions being long-term admirers of the Spain international, Pep Guardiola has no plans to add him to his all-conquering squad.
City are already well stocked with attacking midfielders in the form of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.
Home-grown prospect Phil Foden has also just signed a new six-year contract and there is determination within the club to ensure the teenager is given every chance to establish himself.
Isco has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu as soon as January, with Chelsea and Arsenal also linked with a move for him.
But City will not enter the bidding, with Guardiola prioritising a holding midfielder as his next major signing.
The Catalan insists he won’t make any additions in January – instead waiting until the summer to bring in a long-term successor for Fernandinho.
City are keen on Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong, but may miss out on the highly-rated Dutchman, who is also a target for Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Guardiola is also an admirer of Lyon’s powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele, who was outstanding in two games against City in the Champions League group stages this season.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has also been watched.
City believed they’d landed Isco in the summer of 2013, when he was set to become one of former manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first signings at the Etihad.
But he opted against a move to the Premier League when Real expressed an interest.
He has been repeatedly linked with City ever since – but in recent times senior Etihad sources have been eager to distance themselves from a move.
Guardiola has spent around half a billion pounds since taking over at City in 2016. After transforming his squad he believes a top class holding midfielder is the final area in need of immediate address.
At 33, there is an acceptance that City are over-reliant on Fernandinho.
They moved for Fred last January, but refused to meet Shakhtar’s £52m asking price, while protracted negotiations for Jorginho ultimately saw the Italian join Chelsea in the summer.
Guardiola decided to reassess his options rather than rushing into a back-up plan during the last window.
Since then De Jong and Ndombele have emerged as his leading targets, with moves for both midfielders possible.
Success for Solskjaer won’t guarantee him Man Utd job full-time
Manchester United will continue their pursuit of a permanent manager regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success.
Mauricio Pochettino is seen as Ed Woodward’s ideal appointment and heads a list of candidates who will be included in a ‘thorough and extensive’ search for the man to succeed Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.
Solskjaer has not been ruled out after being named interim manager for the remainder of the season – but it’s understood Man Utd’s recruitment process will continue irrespective of results.
Woodward is still to approach any prospective candidate, although he is known to be a big admirer of Pochettino’s achievements at Tottenham.
The Argentine would also get the seal of approval from Sir Alex Ferguson, who is privately said to have described him as the ‘best manager in the Premier League’ in the past.
While the decision will be made by Woodward, with Joel Glazer having to green light any appointment, the approval of figures like Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton would be welcome.
It is well-documented that there were misgivings about Mourinho from some senior figures at club before the 55-year-old took over in 2016.
Pochettino’s style of football, record of developing youth and public persona are all in-keeping with what United want from their next manager. But convincing Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to release him from the five-year contract he signed in the summer remains a major obstacle.
United appointed Solskjaer to reunite the club after a torrid final few months of Mourinho’s reign – and also to buy them time to carry out an extensive restructuring of football operations.
As well as a new manager, they will create a director of football-type role that could yet be filled from within the club.
Pochettino is the favourite among a stellar list of candidates to become the fourth permanent manager since Ferguson’s retirement.
Massimiliano Allegri is keen to work in England after one final tilt at winning the Champions League with Juventus.
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane also fit the profile of manager to return United to the summit of English football.
Solskjaer can strengthen his own case over the coming months – and should he perform miracles, Woodward would be forced to consider him a serious candidate, with a compensation package of around £7m believed to have been agreed with Molde in advance.
But United’s determination to immediately begin their search for a new manager suggests the Treble-winning hero is not expected to force them to dramatically alter their thinking.
Barca happy to wait for De Ligt as they plot move for Valencia defender
Barcelona are planning a January loan move for Valencia defender Jeison Murillo (below) as a temporary solution to their problems in the centre-back position, but hope to sign Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt in the summer.
Samuel Umtiti is currently sidelined with a knee problem and it is unclear when the France defender will be back in action, while Thomas Vermaelen picked up a calf injury in Sunday’s 5-0 win at Levante and will be out for around four weeks.
That means Barca have only two fit central defenders: Gerard Pique and summer signing Clement Lenglet. Bringing in a player as cover in January is therefore priority.
Coach Ernesto Valverde had said at the weekend that he may well make do with what he has, but Vermaelen’s injury means the Catalans are down to the bare bones and are unlikely to play three at the back again (as they against Levante) with both the Frenchman and the Belgian sidelined.
The Barca boss wants a player with experience in Europe and preferably La Liga after the club signed Yerry Mina last January, only to let the Colombian international leave for Everton in the summer as he struggled to adapt and made mistakes in the 5-4 loss at Levante where Barca lost their unbeaten record in the league.
With the wage bill at Camp Nou higher than any other club in Europe, money is tight at the moment and Barca will seek a loan move before looking to sign a permanent option in the summer.
Ajax’s talented young defender De Ligt is (below, left) their top target, but the Dutch international will not be available until the summer as his club prepare for the their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid in the Champions League in February and March.
Barca want both De Ligt and his club colleague Frenkie de Jong in the summer, but will face fierce competition for both the defender and the midfielder from a number of Europe’s elite clubs.
January, however, is set to be a quiet window for the Blaugrana and Murillo, who has fallen out of favour with Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, now looks like the most viable option as cover at the back.
The Colombian international is 26 and has played previously in La Liga with Granada, while he had a three-year spell at Inter Milan before moving to Valencia.
Barca have also considered Chelsea’s Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, who could also arrive in the summer if the Catalans cannot complete a deal for De Ligt.
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Thursday December 20 transfer news and rumours
Manchester United will press ahead with their January transfer plans despite sacking Jose Mourinho this week, Standard Sport understands.
Interim Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given a £50m transfer kitty for next month’s window, according to the Mirror.
Wednesday December 19 transfer news and rumours
Unai Emery was coy over Mesut Ozil‘s future after leaving the playmaker out of his Arsenal squad for the EFL Cup defeat to Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Man Utd must pay Tottenham £34m in compensation to prise Maurico Pochettino away, according to the Independent.
Eddie Howe is Tottenham’s No1 target if Mauricio Pochettino moves to Old Trafford, reports the Mail.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed Manchester United tabled £95m bid for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to the Express.
Alvaro Morata would ‘return to Italy in a heartbeat’ with a move to AC Milan reportedly on the cards, reports The Sun.
Arsenal and Chelsea have set their sights on Roma star Cengiz Under in the January window, according to the Express.
Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is being monitored by Southampton, reports the Mail.
Tuesday December 18 transfer news and rumours
Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of a January move, according to The Sun.
Manchester City have set their sights on Isco but Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez will hold out for more than the £100m raised from Ronaldo’s sale, reports the Daily Mail.
Barcelona have made a move for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Guardian.
Meanwhile, Standard Sport understands Crystal Palace want to sign Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke on loan as Roy Hodgson attempts to solve the club’s striking problem.
The Sun reports Arsenal want £40m-rated Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon.
Monday December 17 transfer news and rumours
Pogba has not started for Man Utd since their 2-2 draw with Southampton at the start of December, and Italian publication Tuttosport say that has not gone unnoticed in Turin.
Barcelona has apparently received an offer worth in the region of £58million from an unknown Chinese Super League club for forward Malcom, according to AS.
Another potential departure from Barca, midfielder Andre Gomes – currently on loan at Everton – is said to be attracting interest from Juventus, according to the Sun. Tottenham are also said to admirers of the Portuguese.
That tees us up nicely to Merseyside now, where Everton have been linked with a move for West Ham’s Reece Oxford by the Daily Mail.
Finally, a potential defensive reinforcement at Old Trafford! Man Utd are said to have opened talks with Turkish side Galatasaray for defender Ozan Kabak. That one’s in the Daily Star.
Sunday December 16 transfer news and rumours
Pavon, who has been linked with the Gunners before, is said to be highly-rated by boss Unai Emery according to the Sun.
Like Barca team-mate Andre Gomes, Puig – according to reports – is wanted by both Spurs and the Toffees.
Finally, West Ham are said to be interested in signing Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira on loan.
Saturday December 15 transfer news and rumours
The Daily Express claims that the Blues are hopeful of agreeing a £30million fee for the England international.
As reported by Standard Sport last summer, the Croatian was open to moving to the Serie A side following the World Cup, where he would have been reunited with a number of his international team-mates.
Friday December 14 transfer news and rumours
Thursday December 13 transfer news and rumours
Juventus are preparing to table a £72million bid to bring United misfit Paul Pogba back to the club in January, according to The Sun.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is one of a number of defenders on Arsenal’s January transfer list as Unai Emery battles an injury crisis, reports The Sun.
Eric Bailly is also on Emery’s wishlist, according to Manchester Evening News.
Wednesday December 12 transfer news and rumours
Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio is reportedly a target for Tottenham in the January transfer window. Marca claim Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants the 22-year-old, but has had an initial approach rejected as Asensio is said to be keen to stay in his homeland.
Man Utd are showing interest in Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier, the Daily Mail says. Scouts have watched the 19-year-old in action in recent weeks as the club consider bolstering their options for their under-23 squad, the paper reports.
Liverpool are considering a bid for Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a £15million move for the 27-year-old as he looks to strengthen his squad for their Premier League title bid.
Man City defender Vincent Kompany is wanted by Barcelona, according to The Sun. It is thought the Spanish side are interested in bringing the 32-year-old, who is out of contract in July, to Camp Nou to add some experience to their back four.
Arsenal are targeting the Real Valladolid defender Fernando Calero as they attempt to strengthen their defence, according to reports.
Tuesday December 11 transfer news and rumours
Chelsea have held talks over a potential move for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj (pictured, right), the Daily Mail reports. The 24-year-old Albania international, who has previously worked with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, is valued at £45million, according to the paper. Chelsea could agree the deal in January but allow him to finish the season in Italy, it adds.
Fulham are preparing for a January move for Leicester City‘s Islam Slimani, according to the Daily Telegraph. Claudio Ranieri, the new manager at Fulham, is looking to boost the club’s hopes of Premier League survival, the paper says. Slimani is currently on loan at Fenerbahce but the Turkish club are said to be prepared to cut the deal short next month.
Man Utd have no intention of selling Paul Pogba in January despite him falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho, the Daily Mail says. Juventus are known to be interested in taking him back, but United chiefs will turn down any offers next month as they still see a bright future for him at Old Trafford, the paper claims.
Elsewhere, Tottenham have joined Man Utd in the hunt for Romania international wonderkid Dennis Man, according to The Sun. The 20-year-old has impressed this season for club side FCSB – formerly Steaua Bucharest – and has also attracted attention from the likes of Roma and Fenerbahce, the paper says.
Monday December 10 transfer news and rumours
Tuttosport report that Juve was ‘Pogba straight away’ as question marks continue to hang over his long-term future at Old Trafford.
A return to Juventus would be a repeat of the move Pogba made back in 2012, when he quit Man Utd for Serie A, only to return to Manchester four-years later in a £89.3million deal.
Mourinho and Man Utd have been heavily linked with Tottenham’s Belgium international, whose contract is due to expire next summer.
The Sun reports that Man Utd’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has given Mourinho the go-ahead to move for the 29-year-old next month.
Another player reportedly on United’s radar is Hertha Berlin wonderkid Arne Maier.
The Germany U21 international is also reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal, with Unai Emery said to be keen on a player likened to Real Madrid star Toni Kroos.
The Sun reports that he would cost in the region of £15m.
The Mail reports that 19-year-old Canadian international is attracting interest from clubs across Europe and from the Championship.