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Football Transfer News Live 2019-20

Follow Sportskeeda for football transfer live blog and get latest transfer updates & transfer news.
Updated: 08 January 2020 20:15 IST - Published: 11 December 2019 19:41 IST
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Tottenham Hotspur interested in signing Thomas Lemar on loan with purchase option

Thomas Lemar

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Lemar, on a loan deal with a €60 million purchase option this January, according to The Independent.
The Frenchman, who joined Los Rojiblancos from Monaco in the summer of 2018, has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone, and it is believed that he is open to the prospect of leaving the Spanish giants this month.
It is understood that Spurs will have to spend €6 million on loan fees to bring Lemar to north London during the winter transfer window. 
Arsenal are also reported to be monitoring the 24-year-old's situation at the Wanda Metropolitano after failing to sign him in the summer of 2017.
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Daniele De Rossi set to retire from professional football
Daniele De Rossi

Former AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is set to retire from professional football, according to reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano. The ex-Italy international, who won the World Cup in 2006, ended his 18-year stint with the Rome outfit to join Boca Juniors last summer.
The 36-year-old has since made just four league appearances for the Argentine giants, having struggled with injuries in the current campaign. Although his present contract with the South American outfit runs until the summer of 2020, it seems we have seen the last of Rossi playing professional football; although there is no official confirmation yet.
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Chelsea and Manchester United interested in Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani

According to L'Equipe, Chelsea and Manchester United are considering a move for Edinson Cavani amid reports that the striker has failed to sign a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.
The 32-year-old, who is PSG's all-time top scorer, presently has his position in the team under threat by Mauro Icardi and is believed to be on his way out of the Parc des Princes. He was understood to have reached a pre-contract agreement with Atletico Madrid, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, but has not put pen to paper on the deal.
The Red Devils have now swooped in and made initial contact with the Ligue 1 giants over a possible transfer but they face tough competition from Chelsea, who have made a formal enquiry into the player themselves.
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Manchester United and Manchester City eye Harry Winks as potential January signing
Harry Winks has fallen down the pecking order within the Spurs squad

Manchester United are reportedly considering making a bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Winks this January transfer window. According to The Athletic, the midfielder has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho and could be subjected to a transfer out of the north London club soon.
The 23-year-old has struggled for game-time under the Portuguese tactician, having started only three of nine Premier League games with him in charge, and is now being viewed as a realistic signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is looking for reinforcements to strengthen his midfield.
It will likely be difficult for the Red Devils to pry him off Spurs considering the fact that he is still contracted to them until 2024 and they also face stiff competition from Manchester City, who are also looking for long-term midfielders in the market.

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Georginio Wijnaldum could leave Liverpool at the end of the season
Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could surprisingly leave the club at the end of the season, The Athletic's David Ornstein has claimed. Since his move from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016, the Dutchman has emerged as a fan-favourite under Jurgen Klopp and is a key figure in the Reds' midfield.
Ornstein has now claimed that the 29-year-old could be allowed to leave Anfield in the summer transfer window amid heavy interest from clubs in Spain and Italy. Both Liverpool and Wijnaldum are believed to be open to either a departure in 2021, which is when his contract expires, or the summer as long as a good offer is on the table.
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Everton's record financial losses reduce Carlo Ancelotti's transfer budget
Carlo Ancelotti

According to The Telegraph, Everton are set to announce the worst financial losses in their history in the next few days, leaving new manager Carlo Ancelotti with a limited budget in the January transfer window.
The Italian tactician's spending will reportedly be closely regulated this month, with the Toffees set to offload a series of fringe players to reduce their wage bill. With heavy links to players like James Rodriguez and Merih Demiral, the news will come as a massive blow to the former Real Madrid manager's plans to build the club.
Despite the losses, however, Everton insist that they are not in danger of breaching Financial Fair Play and claim that their long-term plans are not threatened.
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Bayern Munich interim boss Hansi Flick expects Jerome Boateng to stay amid Arsenal links
Jerome Boateng

Bayern Munich interim manager, Hansi Flick, expects Jerome Boateng to stay at the club despite being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this January. The Germany international, who was initially a regular starter for the Bavarians after his move from Manchester City in 2011, has struggled with fitness in recent years and his appearances for the club have consequently been dwindling.
The 31-year-old defender has now been reported to be a top transfer target for Mikel Arteta this winter as the Gunners continue their search for an experienced and strong centre-back. The London giants have reportedly made contact with the Bundesliga champions to enquire about the player's transfer fees, wages and loan chances.
Flick addressed the rumours on Sunday saying, "Jerome is a player of Bayern Munich and I will not concern myself with any rumours, that's what I did the last years. Jerome came back to training well-prepared, he prepared himself on holiday. So, I am curious what the next week will bring."
"But I will not concern myself with thoughts if he will leave the club or not. He didn't say anything regarding that and we are constantly in an exchange. We have to see how these things develop, but right now I cannot picture it [Boateng leaving]."
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Frank Lampard confirms Olivier Giroud could leave this January
Olivier Giroud

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that Olivier Giroud could be on his way out of the club this January, amid heavy links to Newcastle United and Aston Villa. The former Arsenal striker has been breaking his back for regular game-time under Lampard, having started only two games for the Blues this season.
Meanwhile, the west London giants are reported to be heavily interested in signing Lyon's Moussa Dembele, with his arrival, or any other striker's, likely to be the end of the Frenchman's time at the club.
Speaking of the rumours on Sunday, Lampard said (via Sky Sports), "There's no update on Ollie, but I've spoken with him. If the conditions are that it's something he really wants to do and it works for the club, for me and the squad then it's something that could happen. But only when all of those bases are covered. So we'll see if we're there."
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Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic says the Bundesliga giants are open to transfers in January
Hasan Salihamidzic

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has asserted that the Bundesliga champions are keeping all options open when it comes to signings this January transfer window.
The Bavarians are yet to appoint a permanent manager after the dismissal of Niko Kovac in November and have since been managed by interim boss Hansi Flick. They are also currently without the services of injured stars like Robert Lewandowski, Javi Martinez, Kingsley Coman, and Niklas Sule.
Speaking of Bayern's transfer activity this month, Salihamidzic said, "We keep all options open and see how the training camp is going, what the coach may need and then we will react accordingly or not."
"We have big goals. Our goal is always the Bundesliga and the Pokal. We also want to fight our opponent in the Champions League and reach the next round. It will be difficult. But we now have enough time to prepare for Chelsea." 
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Jose Mourinho outlines Spurs' plans in the January transfer window
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Tottenham Hotspur may have a quiet January transfer window, stating that there will be no quick solutions to the problems currently plaguing his squad. The Portuguese tactician had previously admitted his desire to bring reinforcements but it appears such an overhaul can only take place if he offloads some players.
Speaking of his winter transfer plans, the former Manchester United manager said (via The Independent), "This is our first transfer window, not the last. We are going to have one in the summer, we are going to have one in 2021 January, we are going to have another one in the summer of 2021. So this is not our last transfer window."
"We are going to have to try to be intelligent and we have to try to make the right decisions, not just for now, but for the development of a cycle. There is not one manager in the world that is not always looking for more. We always want more. You have three goalkeepers, you want four. You have five strikers, you want six. That’s our nature."
"But of course I understand the situation and let’s see what we can do and we have to see if we do something, it’s something that we do not under pressure, it is something that we do also for the future."
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Jean-Clair Todibo open to AC Milan transfer after meeting with club officials
Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is reportedly open to joining AC Milan this January after meeting with the Italian club's director of sport, Frederic ‘Ricky’ Massara, in Spain on Friday.
According to reputed journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio, the meeting went incredibly well as the 20-year-old allegedly expressed his delight at the general premise of a move to the San Siro. The Milan giants are mooting a six-month loan deal for the player which would also include an option to buy. They will now have to hold further talks with Barcelona to find an agreement on the terms of the potential transfer.  
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Chelsea's pursuit of Wilfried Zaha given boost after winger hires super-agent
According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea's pursuit of Wilfried Zaha has been given a boost after the Crystal Palace winger enlisted the help of Israeli super-agent, Pini Zahavi, to arrange a January switch. Zahavi is believed to have a great relationship with the Blues hierarchy, including owner Roman Abramovich, and his association with the Ivory Coast international has now been deemed very beneficial for the club in their chase for his signature. 
The west London giants are heavily interested in bringing the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge as they continue their search for Eden Hazard's replacement. Frank Lampard has also been looking at Borussia Dortmund sensation, Jadon Sancho, but Zaha is considered to be a much affordable option for them. 
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BREAKING: Bayern Munich announce the signing of Alexander Nubel from FC Schalke
Alexander Nubel will officially join Bayern Munich this summer

Bayern Munich have announced the signing of goalkeeper Alexander Nubel from FC Schalke on Saturday after agreeing to the terms of a free transfer this summer. The German shot-stopper has penned a five-year deal with the Bundesliga giants and is scheduled to officially join the club after his contract with Schalke expires on July 1.
The 23-year-old, who failed to reach an extension agreement with his current club, is believed to be an ideal successor to Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena.
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Leicester City's bid for Merih Demiral rejected by Juventus
Merih Demiral

Leicester City have had their bid for Merih Demiral rejected by Juventus, according to Sky in Italy. The Premier League outfit had tabled a bid in excess of £25.5 million for the services of the 21-year-old defender only for it to be turned down by the reigning Serie A champions. The report further claims that the Bianconeri had also rejected an offer of £34 million from Borussia Dortmund.  
Demiral has struggled for game-time under Maurizio Sarri this season and has only made five appearances for the Turin giants in all competitions. The likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United are consequently keeping an eye on his situation at the Allianz Stadium as they continue their search for reinforcements this January.
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Real Sociedad boss signs contract extension
Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil has been rewarded with a contract extension after he transformed the club from a team fighting against relegation to genuine contenders for a Champions League spot this season.
The Spaniard had worked for the club's youth set-up before getting promoted to his role as first-team coach in December 2018. His contract, whose deal was initially believed to be renewed in April, now extends to June 2021.
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AC Milan officials in Spain to discuss Jean-Clair Todibo's potential transfer
Todibo has struggled for game-time at Barcelona

According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italy, AC Milan's officials have arrived in Spain to discuss the possibility of a loan deal for Barcelona's Jean-Clair Todibo
The Italian club's director of sport, Ricky Massara, will attempt to bring the 20-year-old to the San Siro on the promise of regular game time, with the board willing to offer an initial six-month loan deal for his services. 
The Rossoneri are now set to evaluate the terms of a possible deal with more news bound to arrive in the coming days.
Todibo is out of favour at the Camp Nou, with the likes of Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet all ahead of him in the pecking order. The Frenchman has only made three appearances for the Blaugrana this season, with two of them coming from the bench.
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Chelsea target Ben Chilwell won't be sold in January
Leicester City's top performers have been the subject of intense transfer speculations, however, Brendan Rodgers is adamant that none of his star players will be leaving in January. In a press conference, he said:
"I think we've had a couple of enquiries in terms of loans and for some of our younger players. But the players that are always talked about and mentioned, there will be nobody going."
James Maddison is understood to be a long term target of Manchester United, while Ben Chilwell has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Chelsea in recent times.
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Real Madrid on the verge of signing Flamengo's Reinier
According to Globoesporte, Real Madrid are close to completing a move for Brazillian wunderkind, Reinier. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder would cost the Spanish giants about US$33.5 million. He's expected to join Los Blancos this month and would be integrated into the Castilla. Reinier, who turns 18 on the 17th of January, has been linked to a host of European giants, including Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Barcelona.

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Jack Rodwell joins Sheffield United
Sheffield United have announced the signing of former Manchester City player, Jack Rodwell. The midfielder had been a free agent since leaving Blackburn last summer and has been training with the Blades since December. He's impressed Chris Wilder, and Sheffield have signed him on a short term deal until the end of the season, with the option to extend it. The manager said:
"He offers us versatility and experience in a number of key positions and adds further depth to the group which is important at this stage of the season."
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Manchester City sure of Fernandinho's stay
Fernandinho's deal is set to expire in the summer, however, Sky Sports understands that the Brazillian ace will stay beyond the end of this season, as Manchester City officials are confident the player will sign a new contract. The midfielder joined the club in 2013 and has gone on to become an integral member of the first team. This season, he has filled in admirably at centre back, with an injury to Aymeric Laporte as well as Vincent Kompany's departure seemingly dealing a fatal blow to the club's Premier League title defence.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames his bad English for the fresh Paul Pogba speculations
According to a report by Standard, a visibly frustrated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clarified a statement he made about Paul Pogba this week, blaming it on his poor grasp of the English language. After the loss to Arsenal, the Manchester United boss told the press that the Frenchman would be having surgery as advised by 'his people'. That led to a fresh round of Pogba rumours, with some reports hinting at a strained relationship between manager and player. In his Friday press conference ahead of the club's weekend FA Cup fixture, he said:
“His people? As in when you consult your surgeon and the ones you trust, that’s maybe my bad English. You have people you trust and speak to. As I said, when I did my injuries, loads of knee operations, I had my people in Norway and Sweden I spoke to and Paul has people he trusts, and that’s more important. So that’s more or less it. And the FA Cup is the next talking subject, all right? That’s as clear as it can be at this point.” 
The surgery will not be a major one according to the manager, and the French maestro is expected to be out for just 3 to 4 weeks.
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Chelsea's bid for Moussa Dembele rejected
According to Sky Sports, a Chelsea bid of £34 million for Moussa Dembele was rejected by Olympique Lyonnais. The French club went on to issue a hands-off warning to all potential suitors. The statement read:
"OL would like to reaffirm their desire, as they did in summer 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele. The club have full confidence in Moussa and are relying in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come."
The Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sees Moussa Dembele as viable competition for Tammy Abraham, with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi failing to impress the young manager so far.
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Toni Kroos to make way for Paul Pogba at Real Madrid
The latest twist in the saga of Paul Pogba to Real Madrid now involves German international Toni Kroos. The Sun reports that both Manchester United and Pogba are eager for a split, with the Frenchman looking to win silverware at this stage of his career. The deal will however now depend on Kroos, as the German maestro is being lined up as a makeweight in any potential deal. Kroos will either have to move to Old Trafford or he'll be sold elsewhere to make way for Pogba.
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Manchester United join the race for Todd Cantwell
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have joined the race to sign Norwich City's in-form midfielder Todd Cantwell. The 21-year-old has been one of the bright spots of his club's season so far, and he recently scored his 6th goal of the Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace. Manchester United alongside the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs, but Norwich will only consider a move in the summer.
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Arsenal looking at defensive options in January following Calum Chambers injury
Chambers picked up an injury during the Gunners' 2-1 loss to Chelsea on December 29

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that the club may be forced to look for defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window after Calum Chambers has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. The 24-year-old centre-back ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee in December last year and is expected to be out for six to nine months, leaving Arteta with very little options at defence.
When asked about Arsenal's plans in the winter transfer window, the Spaniard said (via The Independent), "That we will try to be in the market to see options that can strengthen the team, that's for sure and our obligation and we will be working on that. My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve. Obviously we have a bad injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans at the back."
"The reality is we will not be able to do much. I'm more concerned about getting players back from injury and try to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we're trying to do. And if something extra comes up and we think it is the right opportunity to improve what we have, then let's do it."
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Dani Olmo delighted with Barcelona links and wants a Camp Nou return soon
Dani Olmo has been linked with a return to Barcelona

Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo is delighted about his transfer links to Barcelona and hopes that he can return to the Camp Nou as soon as possible. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder spent almost seven years at the famed La Masia academy before making a bold move to Croatia. He has since established himself as an influential figure at Zagreb with performances that even earned him a call-up to the Spain national team during the qualifying matches for Euro 2020.
The Blaugrana have reportedly made a formal offer for the Spaniard but their bid was rejected as it was considered to be lesser than Zagreb's valuation of the player. The reigning La Liga champions are, however, understood to still be keen on bringing him back to Catalunya.
Speaking in an interview with L'Esportiu, he said, "I spent six years at La Masia and they taught me life-long values. My goal is to go to the next European Championship and that will be difficult for me in the next six months if I only play in a minor competition like the one in Croatia. I want to take a step forward, not only to go to the European Championship but also to keep improving."
"It's not that the club are putting me up for sale, I'm prepared to take a step forward in my career. As my own club even says, Croatia has become too small for me. If there is an agreement between both clubs then it is better to leave now, as soon as possible."
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Manchester United identify Premier League midfield duo as potential January signings
Ole wants a new attacking midfielder at Old Trafford this January

Manchester United have reportedly identified Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Leicester City midfielder James Maddison as potential signings this January transfer window. According to The Independent, the Red Devils are prioritising the purchase of an attacking midfielder this month despite having originally decided to wait until the summer to bring reinforcements.
The publication claims that Scott McTominay's injury, the undergoing crisis with Paul Pogba and their loss to Arsenal on Wednesday have forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change his strategy, with the club now intent on bringing in an attacking midfielder as soon as possible.
Both Grealish and Maddison have been impressive for their respective sides this season, with the former having registered six goals and five assists and the latter having tallied six goals and three assists in the Premier League.
United are also reportedly not willing to give up on their pursuit of Christian Eriksen, although it is understood that the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker would prefer a move outside of England.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to Arsenal exit speculation
Aubameyang was recently linked with a departure from the Emirates

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rubbished rumours surrounding his Arsenal exit by stating that his focus is "100 percent" with the north London giants at the moment.
The Gabonese striker's future at the Emirates was recently questioned after reports claimed that he was unhappy with the Gunners' complacency and general direction. The 30-year-old, who has tallied 56 goals in 90 appearances for the Premier League giants since his arrival in 2018, was previously believed to have informed the club of his desire to leave and has since been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan.
When asked about his future following Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday, Aubameyang told RMC Sport, "The English press like to talk a lot. For now, I'm here. I'm here 100 percent."
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Spurs join race for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar
Spurs have reportedly joined the race to sign Thomas Lemar

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar amid speculation surrounding his exit from the Wanda Metropolitano.
According to Le10Sport, Spurs have been in contact with the 24-year-old but Los Rojiblancos' hefty valuation of the player is proving to be a stumbling block in the pursuit. As a result, the Premier League giants are seeking an initial six-month loan deal with a purchase option in June.
Lemar is believed to be open to a move to north London and is especially keen on working with Jose Mourinho. Meanwhile, Atletico will want to cash in on the transfer if they are to get into the January market themselves.
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Chelsea open talks with Kurt Zouma over a new deal
Kurt Zouma is yet to sign a contract extension with the Blues

According to Le10Sport, Chelsea have begun talks with Kurt Zouma's representatives over a potential new deal for the defender. The 25-year-old's contract with the west London giants is scheduled to expire in June 2023 and both parties are believed to be keen on an extension.
The France international has been a regular starter under Frank Lampard, having played more games than any other player in the team this season and it remains to be seen if he will sign a fresh deal with the Blues in the weeks to come.
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Mikel Arteta insists Granit Xhaka will not leave Arsenal in January
Granit Xhaka was previously believed to have agreed terms over a January move to Hertha Berlin

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is adamant that Granit Xhaka will not leave the club in the January transfer window despite reports linking him to a move to Germany. The Swiss international has been heavily tipped for an exit after a torrid few months which included being stripped of his captaincy following an emotional outburst towards home fans in October last year.
The speculation intensified when his manager, José Noguera, recently claimed that the midfielder had agreed terms with Hertha Berlin over a January switch. When asked about the reported exit after Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday, Arteta replied (via Sky Sports), "I think he's going to stay. I really like him. The way we want to play, if we get him on board then he can be a tremendous player for the football club."
"It's his commitment, I like the way he focusses, I like the way he lives his profession, he's willing to learn and he's a great football player."
"It's also his range of passes and I'm just delighted to have him."
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PSG overtake Inter as frontrunners in Christian Eriksen race
Christian Eriksen has attracted the interest of several European giants in recent months

According to France Football, Paris-Saint Germain have emerged as the favourites to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen in January. The publication claims that the Ligue 1 giants have made an official offer that will see the Denmark international earn a staggering €12 million per year in a contract that will run until 2025.
Inter Milan were previously believed to be the frontrunners in the race for the 28-year-old's signature but their reported bid does not come close to what PSG are prepared to offer.
Eriksen, who will be out of contract at the end of the season, has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid in the run-up to the January transfer window. 
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Arsenal recalls Eddie Nketiah after cutting short his Leeds United loan spell
Eddie Nketiah moved to Leeds United on a season-long loan deal last summer

Eddie Nketiah is set to return to Arsenal this month after his loan spell at Leeds United was cut short by the north London giants. The 20-year-old joined the Peacocks on a season-long loan in August last year but failed to integrate into the starting eleven, having made only two Championship starts for the club.
Confirming the news on Wednesday, Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa said, "Arsenal have informed he will not continue with us and we are sorry for that. Eddie arrived at Leeds when the Championship had started and had to spend time adapting to our style.
"He wasn't part of the 11 starting and it wasn't something easy for him because he deserved to be there, but was on the bench for [Patrick] Bamford."
"We are grateful with him, also to his family and his club. They developed Eddie with a very good education and for this reason, it's a pity he leaves us because we were happy with him."
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Inter lead the race to sign Christian Eriksen 
Contract rebel Christian Eriksen has refused to commit to Spurs

According to reputed journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter Milan are supposedly the frontrunners for Christian Eriksen's signature ahead of Spurs exit. According to his report, Antonio Conte and co. are looking to scoop the player's services come summer, when his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium runs down.
However, should they decide to brush competition aside from various other clubs such as Real Madrid, they'll have to dish out nearly €20 million.
Eriksen, not been in the scheme of things amid intense speculation, has scored three and assisted three more goals this season. 
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CONFIRMED: Julian Weigl to join Benfica from Borussia Dortmund

Julian Weigl

Julian Weigl is all set to swap Borussia Dortmund for Benfica for a reported £16.9m. Weigl, who has made over 120 appearances for the BVB since joining in 2015, has been a mainstay at the heart of midfield over the years. 
However, upon requesting for a transfer away from Dortmund, the club decided to let go of their metronome. 

"Julian approached us with this wish and we agreed, also because of his service to the club," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced."We wish him all the best for the future."
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Leipzig sporting director explains Haaland transfer failure 
Erling Braut Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this week

RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has lifted the lid on failed Erling Haaland transfer, as the striker completed a headline swoop to Borussia Dortmund earlier this week.
Krosche stated that the player wasn't happy with the fact that he'd face competition for spots down the sharp end at Leipzig.

He said, “For us, Haaland was a very interesting alternative - especially for the summer. But the player absolutely wanted to change now. And that's where our situation is simply different."

Adding on, he insisted that Haaland would not have a free license to play every single game without anyone contesting for a place upfront. He asserted, “With us there is no playing guarantee for any player! We have strong competition with Timo [Werner], Yussi [Poulsen], [Matheus] Cunha and Patrik [Schick]. Haaland would have fought for a place in the team with them. Other clubs may have more of a demand for players up front, so it's easier to slide right in.”
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Chelsea monitoring Moussa Dembele this January
Moussa Dembele has been on many clubs' wishlist since last season

With Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi not in the reckoning, Chelsea have identified Lyon's Moussa Dembele as a potential competition for Tammy Abraham, according to Sky Sports. The Blues boss Frank Lampard understandably, views similarities between the sharpshooter and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba. 
Having moved to the French outfit 18 months ago, Dembele has fired in 25 goals in all competitions. 
The other striker in Chelsea's apparent wishlist is RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, who is also wanted by a host of other clubs. 
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Spurs will have to shell out £45m to snap up Max Aarons
Max Aarons in action for the Canaries

Highly rated full-back Max Aarons has been on the radar of many clubs around England owing to his fearsome attacking prowess, homegrown factor and the prospect of becoming one of the best in the business. And according to The Athletic, one of his potential suitors, Tottenham Hotspur, will have to cough up £45 million to secure his services.

Aarons starred in the Championship last season as Norwich romped back to the Premier League, while Spurs have had their share of problems with a rather erratic Serge Aurier down the right side of the back line. Aarons is surely one for the future, but his hefty price tag might put the Lilywhites off. 
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Everton set to reward Calvert-Lewin with fresh contract 
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been in sublime form for Everton

Everton are expected to hold advanced talks with their young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin over a fresh contract, according to reports from Sky Sports. The 22-year-old, who is halfway through his five-year deal, is set to be rewarded with a hike in salary as well as contract duration.
Calvert-Lewin, who arrived from the Blades back in 2017, has netted five goals in his last five appearances, a tally equal to what he achieved in 28 matches previously.

Three of those have come since Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Goodison Park in just two appearances. The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss meanwhile, is also understood to be discussing transfers with the management post Liverpool tie on Sunday. 
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Real Madrid hold talks with Sadio Mane 
Sadio Mane

Real Madrid have held talks with Sadio Mane's representatives over a possible switch to the Bernabeu, if reports from Le10 Sport are to be believed.
With Los Blancos set to lose James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, Zinedine Zidane has pinned Mane as a suitable replacement. The French publication also claim that the Real Madrid boss wishes to pair up Karim Benzema and the Liverpool forward.

Supposedly, Zidane himself has spoken to Mane regarding the mouth-watering prospect of a Madrid switch. However, it remains to be seen if Liverpool will be willing to let go of their talisman, or if the player, amid a historic period for the club, would choose to hit the exit doors. 
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Wolves star Adama Traore open to potential Real Madrid switch despite Barcelona past 
Adama Traore in action for Wolves

Wolves winger Adama Traore is not shutting the doors on a potential move to Real Madrid, despite having developed in the La Masia academy.
Recent rise in form and increased output in the final third have cautioned a few clubs around Europe for Traore, who remains one of the most talented, paciest and unique forwards in the game.

He rose through the ranks at Barcelona during the nascent stages of his career, and even went on to make a solitary first-team appearance, before playing for Aston Villa, Middlesborough and now, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Speaking on La Sexta show Jugones, he boldly affirmed, "If I do not have the option of Barca and I have to go to Real Madrid, I do not close any doors."
Traore, who has netted four goals and created as many assists in the Premier League this season, also added that he has unfinished business in England before a possible return to Spain comes calling. 
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Tottenham do not need defensive reinforcements in January: Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho


Jose Mourinho has stated that he does not need defensive reinforcements in January, the Telegraph reports. The former Manchester United
manager’s start to life in London has not been ideal, as Tottenham Hotspur have let in 17 goals in the 10 games since his appointment. As such the public opinion was that the Portuguese would be in the market to add defenders to the squad in January, but Mourinho insists that is not the case. 

The club’s defensive frailties have cost them heavily so far, as they are currently 5 points adrift of Chelsea in the 4th position. Scoring goals has not been a problem – Spurs have scored 23 times in those 10 games, but the defense still looks vulnerable. However, it seems like Mourinho is of the opinion that he can solve his defensive crisis without indulging in the transfer market in January.
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Roy Hodgson has no intentions of selling Wilfried Zaha this January

Wilfried Zaha


Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has once again expressed his desire to keep star player Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park, Sky Sports reports. Zaha had made the headlines earlier in the summer by handing in a transfer request, however, the Eagles managed to keep hold of the player, even rejecting offers from Arsenal and Everton in the process. The Palace boss has expressed the intention of doing the same in the winter transfer window, and mentioned that no one in the club was looking forward to selling the forward.

"We are not trying to sell Wilfried Zaha. We want to keep Wilfried Zaha. I suppose I have the assurance there is no-one at the club anxious to sell Wilfried Zaha."

However, Hodgson also admitted that if there was a serious bid for the player in the near future, the Crystal Palace board would be forced
to consider it.
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Chelsea planning to sign Moussa Dembele from Lyon in January

Moussa Dembele


Chelsea are attempting to sign French striker Moussa Dembele from Lyon during the January transfer window, Sky Sports reports. The 23-year-old has been under Frank Lampard’s radar for some time and the Chelsea boss sees shadows of Didier Drogba in the Frenchman. Dembele has already found the back of the net 10 times from 25 appearances for his club this season.

With Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi possibly on their way out next month, Lampard is looking to reinvigorate his attack by bringing
the Dembele to the Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman joined Lyon from Celtic 18 months ago, after a very successful spell at Celtic Park with the Hoops and could be a fine addition to Lampard’s team.
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Newcastle United looking to make 3 signings in January

Steve Bruce


Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce wants to bring 3 new players to St. James’ Park in January, the Telegraph reports. However, much of that depends on whether any team is willing to match the Magpies’ £15m valuation of Dwight Gayle, which Bruce himself thinks is quite unlikely. 

A midfielder remains a priority and Newcastle United are interested in Liverpool’s Adam Lallana, who could be a free agent in the summer. But the Magpies are wary that the player could have better offers on the table and might also wait until the end of the season to make a decision. A loan deal for Danny Drinkwater is also being considered.

The club has around £20m to spend and are also monitoring Jarrod Bowen of Hull City and Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham, among others. Bruce is also interested in making attacking reinforcements and Mbwana Samatta, the Genk striker and Dwight McNeil, the Burnley winger are under considerations. However, the Magpies will have to offload a few players to get their plans in place
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Carlo Ancelotti to initiate transfer talks after the Merseyside Derby on Sunday

Carlo Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti is pleased with the current Everton squad and will only sit with the Everton hierarchy after the 5th of January to begin talks about potential transfers, the Telegraph reports. The new Everton manager has enjoyed a splendid start to life at Goodison Park, winning both of his first 2 games. He has already lifted the Toffees to 10th in the league and will have a chance to reinforce his team when the winter transfer window opens tomorrow.

However, the Italian is willing to take it slow and is currently focussed on the games at hand. Everton face reigning Premier League champions
Manchester City in the first game of the new year tomorrow and then travel to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool in the F. A. Cup. Any talks about transfer will resume only after the merseyside derby.
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Paul Pogba’s heart is with Manchester United, Mino Raiola confirms

Paul Pogba


Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Mino Raiola stated that Paul Pogba wants to stay with Manchester United, but wants to play for a title-winning team. Despite rumours of the Frenchman’s impending departure from Old Trafford making the headlines since the summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently confirmed that Pogba would not be sold in January. Now, his agent has echoed those sentiments, stating that the Norwegian’s words were true.

However, the super agent also mentioned that United need to challenge for the Premier League title as well as the UEFA Champions League trophy to ensure that the Frenchman’s association with the Red Devils continues. Raiola also reiterated Pogba’s desire to win trophies with United:

"As long as Paul is in Manchester United, he wants to win trophies with Manchester United. That's the kind of player he is and he will not act differently."
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Chelsea enquiring about Timo Werner release clause ahead of possible January move
Timo Werner


Chelsea are considering a move for Timo Werner in January and have already enquired about a possible release clause in his contract with Red Bull Leipzig, the Telegraph reports. The German striker is one of the number of attacking options that the Blues are considering, which also includes Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha, Moussa Dembele, Samuel Chukwueze and Leon Bailey. The Bundesliga side, however, are desperate to hold on to their prized asset and have reiterated their intentions of keeping Werner at the Red Bull Arena.

The contrasting reports regarding the player’s release clause have kept Chelsea on their toes. Werner’s release clause was quoted as £25.6m on one occasion and as £51.2m on the other and the Premier League side have tried to gather clarity about the same. Chelsea scouts have watched the player, who has scored 23 times in 24 games for his club this season, quite a few times so far. The Blues could include either of Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi in any potential deal for the German striker.
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Juventus close to signing Manchester United target Dejan Kulusevski

Dejan Kulusevski


Serie A champions Juventus are currently leading the race to sign midfielder Dejan Kulusevski from Atalanta, Gazzetta Dello Sport reports. The Swede is currently on loan at Parma and was watched by Manchester United scouts this season. He was particularly impressive against Napoli, scoring one, setting up another and giving Kalidou Koulibaly a particularly hard time. The Red Devils were reportedly interested in Kulusevski, who has 4 goals and 7 assists from 17 appearances in the Serie A this season, but it now appears that the Serie A champions have stolen a march on them.
The deal could cost around £30m plus an additional £13m in add-ons and Juventus are reportedly preparing a contract up to 2024, worth between £2m and £3m a season. If the deal does go through, the player is expected to spend the rest of the season on loan with the Crusaders.