That's all we have in today's edition of Footy Talk. We'll be back again tomorrow with all the reactions and news updates from Boxing Day. Until the next time we meet, this is Nived Zenith signing off! Have a wonderful festive period.
TURAN TO BE OFFERED HUGE MONEY FROM CHINA
Guangzhou Evergrande want to sign Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, according to reports. Arda would reportedly earn €50m over three seasons if he accepts the current proposal he has received from Guangzhou Evergrande. He had earlier rejected a lucrative offer to move to the Chinese Super League last summer but is once again the subject of interest from China.
PEPE SET FOR CHINA MOVE?
Pepe is edging closer to leaving Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season, reports Marca. One of the proposals he has received is from Hebei China Fortune, who have offered him a deal worth €10m a season after tax, more than double what he currently earns at the Bernabeu. Pepe has also received offers from other Spanish and European teams.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the first player since 2007/08 to reach 16 goals for Manchester United before Christmas! #Zlatanfacts
PROMES TO LIVERPOOL?
Liverpool will step up their bid to land Dutch star Quincy Promes in January, according to reports. The report suggests Jurgen Klopp will make his move for the 24-year-old after missing out on their number one target Julian Draxler, who has joined PSG.
MENDES: 'JAMES NOT LEAVING’
James Rodriguez will not leave Real Madrid in January, according to his agent Jorge Mendes. Speaking to AS, his representative Mendes
said: “James will not leave in January.” However, if his situation does not improve in the second half of the season, the Colombia captain could look for a way out in June.
SUNDERLAND BOSS DAVID MOYES IS ADAMANT JERMAIN DEFOE IS NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE!
“I don’t think there’s any transfer fee because we know that Jermain’s goals are so priceless to us. I wouldn’t even think about where we’d be without him. His stats for 2016 show he’s been brilliant," he said. “I’m not saying we’re getting the best out of him because he’s had a great career and he’s scored a lot of goals, but nobody can turn around and say they can see a demise in him. You can only see someone who will
TOTTENHAM PLOTTING A MOVE FOR ZAHA!
Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to test the regime change at Crystal Palace with a £30m move for Wilfried Zaha after failing with a £12m bid in the summer.
BARCELONA AGREE MOVE FOR JOAO CANCELO?
Barcelona will sign Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo next summer, according to reports. The La Liga champions have been linked with Cancelo over the past few months and it appears as though they will finally land the Portuguese in June. Barca must now negotiate the final price of the player with Valencia, who are looking for a fee of around €30m.
MOYES FEELS HE WAS UNFAIRLY TREATED BY UNITED!
“I was definitely unfairly treated," Sunderland boss David Moyes said. “I actually think whoever follows on after Sir Alex Ferguson, whether it had been Jose Mourinho then, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp – whoever you want to name - or David Moyes, I think it would have been the same. I think it would have taken time to change the squad. They had great players Man Utd – one or two getting near to their end of their career. It was going to be a little bit of a building job. It was never going to get done immediately.”
'NO NEED TO SELL VAN DIJK'
Claude Puel insists Southampton can resist whatever cash is waved in front of them for Virgil van Dijk next month after reports linking him to an eye-watering £50m move to Manchester City. "I think, for example, for Virgil the price will be the same in two or three years," said the Saints boss. "He can stay for two or three years with us. He's an important player for the team. Also, along with Jose Fonte and Steven Davis, he is a captain of the team. He has a good personality, strong character, quality, and of course he will stay with us."
WEST HAM KEEPING TABS ON BACCA
West Ham are keen to sign AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to reports in Italy. The reports suggests the Hammers want Bacca to replace Simone Zaza, who will leave Hammers in January after just six months of his loan spell from Juventus.
Throwback to Boxing Day 1963!
SCHAR IN DEMAND
Southampton and West Brom are both keen on signing Hoffenheim defender Fabian Schar in January, reports the Daily Mirror.
Virgil van Dijk: "Every player in the world has ambitions; I have ambitions like everyone else. I want to get the maximum out of myself."
Southampton surely knows where van Dijk's heading?