Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 24th November 2016 featuring a surprising announcement from Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard. There is also a double transfer boost for Chelsea as they look to strengthen their squad for upcoming seasons. Meanwhile, West Ham are prepared to sign a key player from Juventus in the upcoming January transfer window.
Double transfer boost for Chelsea
Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois are set to sign new long-term contracts with the club and put an end to the long-running exit talks for the players. Daily Star reports that the duo are impressed with Antonio Conte’s style of management and are convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge and end speculations of their move away from the club.
In recent past, both Costa and Courtois were linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid.
Carles Alena sparks transfer battle between Man City and Barca
Barcelona are being forced to offer their talented midfielder, Carles Alena, a professional contract to fend off an interest from Manchester City. Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is aware of Alena's potential and wants to bring him to the Etihad next summer.
According to Marca, Barca have contacted Alena’s representatives and are ready to offer the 18-year-old a long-term contract to keep him at Camp Nou.
Steven Gerrard ends all hopes of Liverpool return
Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football and has ended any hopes of a return to Liverpool in capacity of player. Gerrard was linked with a shock return to Liverpool in January to provide an able cover to Jurgen Klopp's squad as they are in a tight race for the Premier League title.
However, Gerrard ended all those speculations with his decision to bring an end to his 18-year playing career.
Madzukic is a January target for West Ham
West Ham are planning to sign Juventus’ out of favour striker Mario Madzukic in January to solve their goal-scoring woes, according to reports from Calciomercato. Slaven Bilic has failed to bring out the best from Simone Zaza and other forwards and has been forced to look for other options in the upcoming transfer window.
Mandzukic is currently the third choice striker for Juventus and is prepared to quit the club after signing for the Serie A champions in 2015.
Nainggolan back on Premier League radar
AS Roma star Radja Nainggolan is once again a target for Premier League club as Manchester United have enquired about the availability of the Belgian star during the upcoming January transfer window. According to Daily Star, Jose Mourinho is eying a move for a combative midfielder who can partner Paul Pogba in United’s midfield and sees Nainggolan as the ideal option.