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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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ARSENAL NEWS



Henry to reunite with Fabregas?

 

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Monaco coach Thierry Henry hopes his relationship with former Arsenal and Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas could persuade him to join the struggling Ligue 1 side.

Fabregas has just six months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, although Sarri has told the board to give him a 12-month extension.

But the midfielder wants to play more regularly. While he told Standard Sport last month he intends to stay in London until the end of the season, Fabregas also said he expects to get many offers from other clubs next month.

AC Milan are one of the teams that were keen before Uefa’s latest financial warning, but it is believed Monaco have been monitoring the situation since Henry was appointed in October.

Still, Fabregas might take some convincing to leave Chelsea — who are chasing silverware in four competitions at this stage — for Monaco as they sit in 19th place in Ligue 1.

CHELSEA NEWS



Hazard and Isco to swap places?

 

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Real Madrid are hoping to swap Isco with Eden Hazard in an audacious deal, according to El Gol Digital.

Chelsea have made an offer of €77m for Isco but Real president Florentino Perez now sees hope in a possible deal of €150m and Isco for the Belgian.

Let’s not hold our breath, eh?

SPURS NEWS



Spurs academy product heads to MLS

 

Nashville’s Major League Soccer franchise have added former Tottenham academy product Cameron Lancaster to their ranks.

 

The franchise are not expected to begin playing until 2020 but Lancaster becomes their second signing after two prolific seasons with Louisville City FC in United Soccer League.

 

Lancaster, pictured above in his only Premier League appearance for Tottenham, will play for Nashville SC in the USL before the MLS franchise begins.

 

 

ARSENAL NEWS



Arsenal considering sending Ozil out on loan

 

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The Times report that Mesut Ozil could be heading out of the Emirates Stadium in January.

The development comes less than a year after Arsene Wenger handed the No.10 a new £350,000-a-week contract until 2021. 

However, since then, Ozil has struggled to adapt to new manager Unai Emery’s team and was most recently dropped for the north London derby loss for “tactical reasons”.

CHELSEA NEWS



Chelsea revive Higuain interest

 

Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea to make another attempt to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain next month as Monaco make a move for Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea are looking to strengthen the frontline in January transfer window with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud sharing just 12 goals between them in all competitions.

Sarri asked Chelsea to buy Higuain, who played under him at Napoli, in the summer when his current club Juventus made it clear he was surplus to requirements.

But the hierarchy were unwilling to spend vast sums on a player who turned 31 earlier this month.

He ended up joining AC Milan on a season-long loan with the fee of the deal costing £16m. The Serie A club can make it a permanent switch in the summer for another £32m.

But they are unlikely to trigger that option as they face a one-year ban from Uefa competitions if they don’t break even by 2021 having struggled to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

It means AC Milan could cut Higuain’s loan short, leaving the Argentina international available when the window reopens in January.

More on the site shortly.
 

MAN UTD NEWS



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning Manchester United‘s January window after taking over as interim boss on Wednesday. 

A poor start to the season, coupled with dressing room tensions, cost Jose Mourinho his job on Tuesday, with the club moving swiftly to bring in their former striker and reserve team manager.

Solskjaer has joined United for the remainder of the 2018-19 season in a temporary move from Norwegian club Molde and will kick off his caretaker reign at Cardiff on Saturday.

The 45-year-old said: “I will have an input [on transfers] but the job now is to get to know the players and observe them.”



That’s all from us for the evening. Join us again for more transfer gossip tomorrow.

DONE DEAL



Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia – with the option to make the move permanent next summer. 

The Colombian comes in as a short-term fix at the back with Samuel Umtiti a potentially long-term absentee. With Thomas Vermaelen sidelined again, Barca have just two fit options at centre-half in Gerard Pique and summer signing Clement Lenglet.

 

A short statement from Barca read: “Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth €25m.
The presentation ceremony is scheduled for next Thursday, December 27. Details forthcoming.”

 

 

LIVERPOOL NEWS



Robertson Liverpool contract update

 

 

Andy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new Liverpool contract, writes David Lynch.

The Scot has today been the subject of reports suggesting he is about to pen fresh terms with the Reds, but Standard Sport understands those suggestions are wide of the mark.

After a slow start to his Anfield career following a summer 2017 move from Hull City, Robertson has established himself as a key man in Jurgen Klopp’s team.

However, talks over extending a heavily incentivised deal that runs until 2021 are not considered a priority as things stand.

Klopp is delighted with Robertson’s development since his move to Merseyside, while the player himself is happy at Anfield.

As such, reports suggesting the Scotland captain is agitating for new terms have left both parties bemused.

No new contract announcements are expected from Liverpool before 2019, including the deal recently agreed but not yet signed by Sadio Mane.

Instead, Klopp’s squad are fully focused on a crucial run of festive fixtures that sees them face Wolves, Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester City.

WEST HAM NEWS



West Ham to make decision on Samir Nasri signing next week

West Ham will make a decision over handing Samir Nasri a short term deal next week, Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.

The midfielder, who was a key figure in Pellegrini’s title winning side at Manchester City, is eligible to play football once again from January 1 after an 18 month doping ban.

Nasri, 31, has been training in east London since November in a bid to shed weight and prove his fitness to Pellegrini, who is looking to replace the attacking flair lost through injury to Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko this summer.

Should they make the decision to add Nasri to the squad, the ex-Arsenal man is expected to sign a highly incentivised deal.

“Yes, we are going to take the decision probably next week,” Pellegrini said when asked about Nasri’s situation.

“Samir is working with us very well, he is reducing his weight, his mentality is to have a spot here in the squad so it is a decision we will make in the next days.”

Pellegrini has refused to comment on transfer rumours to this point, but admitted West Ham may need to do some business in January.

“I am happy with the squad,” he added. “I know that we need to replace players that probably will not play much more this season like Yarmolenko, Sanchez, Lanzini so we are calm, we will decide not now what we are going to do but we will decide.”

MAN UTD NEWS



Man Utd January transfer plans revealed

 

Manchester United will press ahead with their January transfer plans, despite sacking Jose Mourinho this week, writes James Robson.

Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be consulted, but any moves will focus on long-standing targets set out as far back as the summer.

Senior sources are also adamant the club will not be panicked into paying over the odds next month and are prepared to wait until the end of the season if deals cannot be struck for the players at the top of their wanted list.

Kalidou Koulibaly may fit that description, with United already having two bids rejected by Napoli for the highly-rated centre-back.

The Senegal international was targeted by Mourinho last summer, but Napoli’s asking price prompted United to consider alternatives.

There has since been an acceptance that the 27-year-old is worth splashing out on, but Napoli are proving stubborn negotiators.

Koulibaly is believed to want to move to the Premier League and could soon have representation in the UK.

Central defence is an area United want to strengthen in January, and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld could be available at a cut price.

AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Inter’s Milan Skriniar have also been under consideration for some time, while FC Porto starlet Eder Militao is also on United’s radar.

United insiders say they are aware of the difficulties of dealing in January.



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.

 

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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.

ARSENAL NEWS



Arsenal are weighing up a January move for promising young Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki.

The Gunners have been tracking the highly-rated 19-year-old for months and are thought to have sent more than one of the club’s backroom staff to watch Majecki since he broke into the Legia first team this year.

It is believed one of Arsenal’s goalkeeping coaches attended a recent Poland Under-20 match to assess Majecki’s suitability for the Premier League.

 

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Standard Sport understands he is considered unsuitable as yet for the first team and any deal next month would in all probability see him loaned back to Legia immediately until the summer.

There is the possibility of a significant reshuffle in the goalkeeping department at the end of the season as it remains unclear whether Petr Cech will be offered an extension to his current contract which expires in May. 

Bernd Leno has gradually claimed the number one spot following his £19.2million summer move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Cech started Wednesday’s 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Tottenham but that was his first outing since November 29 and the 36-year-old could be open to a move elsewhere if his playing time continues to be restricted.

Arsenal also have Emiliano Martinez on the books and although Emery has spoken positively about the 26-year-old at times this season, it would be a significant step to make him Leno’s back-up should Cech depart and Majecki become part of the first team group.

ES COVERAGE



Welcome back to our rolling news and rumours blog ahead of the January transfer window.

CHELSEA NEWS



‘Chelsea will not sign Wilson in January’

 

 

Eddie Howe insists Bournemouth will not sell forward Callum Wilson in January amid reports linking him to Chelsea.
 

On the eve of Bournemouth’s Carabao Cup quarter-final trip to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club’s interest in Wilson, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season. 
 

“Callum is doing well and is of interest not only for us but for many,” Zola told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. 
 

Chelsea defender David Luiz also talked up Wilson’s qualities by saying the “top No. 9” can play for the best teams in the world.
 

Wilson played the entirety of Bournemouth’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but Howe insisted afterwards he will not consider any approaches for the 26-year-old.

“I haven’t seen the comments,” Howe said. “First I’ve heard about it. 
 

“Callum’s our player, very focused on us. You could see that tonight, gave everything for the team.”
 

When then asked if there is any scenario in which Wilson could be sold in January, Howe replied: “Not from my perspective, no.”
 

ARSENAL NEWS



Ozil future uncertain after latest Arsenal setback

 

 

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insited that ‘every player is important’ after leaving Mesut Ozil out of the squad for their north London derby defeat against Arsenal.

The German, who penned a new £350,000-a-week deal last season, has been absent from matchday squads through illness and back spasms already this season, but never on a purely tactical basis.

Ozil, 30, watched from the stands as goals from Heung-min Son and Dele Alli sent Arsenal out of the League Cup after his teammates wasted a number of first half chances.

Emery was quick to duck questions on whether or not selling Ozil in January was an option, but insisted the playmaker remained an important figure at Arsenal.

“Every player they are important,” Emery said. “Only one I decided didn’t play.”

“It was a tactical decision, because I thought the players today they are with us, for us the best for this match.”

Pressed on whether or not he would be open to Ozil leaving, Emery said: “My focus now is to analyse this match and also Saturday against Burnley is very important.”

MAN UTD NEWS



‘Man Utd hope Solskjaer can convince stars to stay’

 

 

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may only be caretaker coach, he has plenty of challenges for the rest of the season. As well as improving results and restoring the club’s attacking identity, he will also be tasked with healing a divided dressing room.

 

The Guardian reports that United hope that Solskjaer can convince the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial that their long-term futures are at Old Trafford, and work on getting them closer to signing new contracts.

 

All three players would likely relish the prospect of working with Mauricio Pochettino next season if United manage to tempt him from Tottenham in the summer, but Solskjaer’s footballing philosophy and charming manner should in theory work towards keeping them happy for the time being.

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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.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are weighing up a January move for young Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki.

Barcelona want to sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan next month.

But Barca and Tottenham will face competition from Bayern Munich for Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt, who the Liga club hope to sign permanently in the summer.

Interim Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given a £50m transfer kitty for next month’s window, according to the Mirror.

West Ham want to sign Internazionale striker Gabriel Barbosareports the Guardian.

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.

Manchester United hope that interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can convince stars David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to stay at the club, reports The Guardian.​

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 Christensenaccording 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

Man Utd have triggered a one-year extension on Anthony Martial‘s contract. The 23-year-old’s deal was due to expire next summer but the Frenchman is now tied to United until the summer of 2020.

Juventus are reportedly ready to step up a move to resign for Paul Pogba after he was left on the bench against Liverpool.

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 SunTottenham 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

Arsenal are said to be lining up a £40m bid for Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon.

Pavon, who has been linked with the Gunners before, is said to be highly-rated by boss Unai Emery according to the Sun.

Paul Pogba could be allowed to leave Old Trafford next month with the Sunday Mirror reporting that Man Utd are open to swap deal with Juventus.

United are said to be keen on bringing one of Miralem Pjanic and long-term target Alex Sandro to Manchester.

Elsewhere, Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig is attracting interest from Tottenham and Everton.

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

Chelsea are reportedly confident of signing Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

The Daily Express claims that the Blues are hopeful of agreeing a £30million fee for the England international.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports that West Ham will look to secure the services of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan next month.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan will reportedly reignite their interest in Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, according to the Mirror. 

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.

And one from the Bundesliga, where Tottenham and Arsenal are supposedly interested in Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch. That one’s in the German publication, Bild.

Friday December 14 transfer news and rumours

Man Utd are ready to make Kalidou Koulibaly the most expensive defender in history with Napoli valuing the player at around £100million.

Standard Sport understands that United have already had two bids for the Napoli player rejected as he looks to bring in a world-class centre-back in the New Year.

Jan Vertonghen is open to extending his Tottenham contract beyond 2020 and believes he can continue playing for another four or five years.

Elsewhere, the Sun reports that Tottenham are trying to gazump Everton by signing Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, who is currently on loan at the Toffees.

Gary Cahill has reportedly been given the green light by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to join Arsenal, according to the Daily Star.

The Mirror say that Man City will make a £50m move to sign England and Leicester City full back Ben Chilwell.

Finally, Antonio Valencia is said to be open to leaving Man Utd in January in search of regular first team football, according to the Daily Mail.

Thursday December 13 transfer news and rumours

Manchester United are considering making Kalidou Koulibaly the most expensive defender in history in January, Standard Sport understands.

Tottenham are prepared for fresh interest from Real Madrid over manager Mauricio Pochettino. Manchester United are also monitoring the situation at Spurs, reports the Guardian.

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

Juventus are reportedly ready to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin when the January transfer window opens.

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.

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Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the greenlight to move for his No1 defensive target: Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

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.

One ‘wonderkid’ who could be leaving the Premier League, however, is Liverpool’s Liam Millar.

The Mail reports that 19-year-old Canadian international is attracting interest from clubs across Europe and from the Championship.



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