Real Madrid to get rid of 8 stars, and other transfer news and rumours of the day - 21st November 2017
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. With December almost upon us, the transfer mills sure seem to be warming up, ahead of what could be a very eventful winter transfer market.
With plenty of contracts on the verge of expiring and the players tied to these respective contracts free to decide pre-contract agreements, we could, indeed, see a lot of activity in the January transfer market. Amid plenty of talk and conjecture, here's a look at the top transfer news, rumours and updates of the day, from across the globe:
Real Madrid reportedly set to offload 8 players
After a horrendous start to the season, Real Madrid find themselves 10 points off table-toppers Barcelona. Notably, Madrid have never won the title after trailing their rivals by 8 points or more. Naturally, Zidane seems to be approaching his wits' end and is believed to be plotting the exit of multiple stars.
According to reports in The Sun, Zidane is keen on getting rid of dead wood in a bid to galvanise his side. Gareth Bale is being hailed as the potential leader of the exodus list, with Manchester United lurking just around the corner, waiting to snatch the Welshman.
The reports also suggest that Zidane's mission could begin as early as January, with Lucas Vazquez and Dani Ceballos set to be sent out on loan.
Barcelona to make £20 million bid for Mesut Özil
Arsenal's wantaway star Mesut Özil could find a new a home with La Liga giants Barcelona as early as January, as per The Sun. The German has refused to sign a new deal with Arsenal and was expected to leave earlier this summer. However, the playmaker seemingly found no takers and was forced to remain with the North Londoners.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly agreed to sell Özil in January, instead of allowing the 29-year old to leave for free next summer. Barcelona, who are believed to be planning one last move for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, could indeed, avert their gaze towards Özil, who will be a much easier target for the Catalans to procure.