That's all we have in today's edition of Footy Talk. We will be back again tomorrow with the latest news updates and transfer rumours from around the world. Until the next time we meet, this is Nived Zenith signing off!
Liverpool handed a major boost ahead of Christmas!
BAYERN CONFIDENT ON ROBBEN EXTENSION
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expects Arjen Robben to extend his contract with the club. The 32-year-old is yet to extend his deal which expires at the end of the season. "We are very optimistic," he said. "Both sides want it. These are good pre-conditions."
Marco Verratti: “I’m fine here and I see no reason to leave. I’ve always said that right now, my dream is to win here.”
WEST HAM STRIKER DIAFRA SAKHO OUT FOR UP TO EIGHT WEEKS THROUGH INJURY! HE WILL MISS THE AFCON AND WILL NOT TRAVEL WITH SENEGAL.
JOSE MOURINHO SET TO SPEND OVER £150M!
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho plans to spend £180m on Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, Benfica defenders Victor Lindelof, 22, and Nelson Semedo, 23, and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, across the next two transfer windows according to reports.
LEICESTER PLANNING A BID FOR ACERBI
Leicester City are planning a January move for Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi, according to reports in Italy. The defending Premier League champions are reportedly willing to offer 8 million euros to sign the 28-year-old.
VALENCIA IN FOR MAKSIMOVIC
Valencia are negotiating the signing of Astana midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic, according to sources in Serbia and Spain. Maksimovic is expected to join Valencia on loan when the transfer window opens next month. Serbian newspaper Politika reports that the deal has already been tied up.
ZOLA COULD LOAN CHELSEA YOUNGSTERS
Birmingham City’s new manager, Gianfranco Zola, could look to use his Chelsea connection to loan young talent in January. "If we believe that in Chelsea there might be players that can help, then we can ask,” said the Italian. "We have a good relationship with them."
Congratulations to Chapecoense who are now officially the Copa Sudamericana champions!
CITY AND LIVERPOOL TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR DEMBELE?
Manchester City will battle Liverpool for Celtic star Moussa Dembele, according to The Sun. Dembele has scored 17 goals for Celtic after signing from Fulham in the summer. Liverpool scouts have also regularly watched the striker this season.
RONALDO JR THINKS HE'S BETTER THAN HIS DAD!
WEST BROM BID FOR SCHNEIDERLIN!
West Brom have made an £18m bid for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to sky sources. The 27-year-old French international has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and has not featured in Jose Mourinho's team since November 19. United signed Schneiderlin from Southampton for £24m in the summer of 2014.
BAYERN MUNICH TROLLED EMIL FORSBERG AFTER HE RECEIVED MARCHING ORDERS LAST NIGHT!
John Terry will replace Steve Holland as Chelsea's assistant manager at the end of this season if he decides to retire, according to Sky Italia. The Blues skipper has not been offered a contract extension and could become a free agent at the end of the season.
Happy 29th birthday Eder. His only competitive goal for Portugal won them the European Championship!
NASRI WILL COST SEVILLA £21M
Manchester City have slapped a £21m price-tag on Samir Nasri, according to the Telegraph. The France international has impressed since joining Sevilla on a season-long loan from City in August and the Spanish club are keen to make the deal permanent next summer.
Aritz Aduriz has scored 23 headed goals since 2012/13; only Cristiano Ronaldo (28) has more in Europe's top 5 leagues in that time.
Throwback to one of the greatest ever Premier League goals by King Cantona!
BARCELONA 7-0 HERCULES (AGG 8-1), COPA DEL REY 2016
Arda Turan scored a hat-trick as Barcelona claimed an emphatic win over third-tier Hercules to book their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
Other Results: Valencia 2-1 Leganes, Osasuna 2-0 Granada, Deportivo 3-0 Real Betis.
Steve Holland has been appointed as the England assistant manager on a full time basis!
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