We are getting closer and closer to the opening of the January sales.
After Christmas, the proverbial rumor mill is likely to get carried away as teams desperately try to fill their teams’ gaps towards the end of the season.
Granted, the winter market is generally seen as a harder market to navigate and perhaps heavy involvement would suggest that all isn’t right at a particular club, but, as always, big names are making the headlines.
Liverpool are said to have an interest in Mbappe, although he looks set to move to Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich supremo Oliver Khan has moved his club away from Haaland.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are expected to be one of the main window players given their grim position in the Premier League juxtaposed with their newfound wealth off the pitch. Indeed, an offer for Kieran Trippier would be expected from those in the Spanish capital.
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Florian Wirtz has entered Manchester United’s radar, according to the Star.
The recent appointment of German football mainstay Ralf Rangnick has reportedly improved the Red Devils’ confidence to land the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool are also cited as passionate about Wirtz, which could cost £ 70million.
Arteta gives the green light
Mikel Arteta has given the green light for Arsenal’s pursuit of Phillipe Coutinho, according to reports in Spain.
Fichajes.net claim the Barcelona playmaker is a top priority for the Gunners’ recruiting in January.
The arrival of Ferran Torres could be the last nail in the coffin of Coutinho’s career at Barca, who have struggled since his money transfer from Liverpool.
Juve against Aubameyang
Juventus are considering withdrawing from a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to the Mirror, rumored interest is waning amid concerns over the Arsenal outcast’s huge salary and whether he would fit into Massimiliano Allegri’s tactical system.
The Juve coach would rather want a central striker to improve his squad in January.
Cadiz to pick up the pieces
Luuk de Jong’s nightmare in Barcelona is about to end.
New manager Xavi is not interested in the loan signed from Sevilla by his predecessor Ronald Koeman.
And Mundo Deportivo details a deal to cut De Jong’s stay short and move him from La Liga to Cadiz on another loan.
Extra pocket money for Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s coffers are expected to swell to the tune of £ 12.5million.
According to FirenzeViola, Fiorentina are set to take their option to buy on loan from midfielder Lucas Torreira after impressing in Italy.
Talks between the clubs are said to have been going on for weeks to secure the deal.
Prem threesome in the free agent push
Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
The Express, via TMW, claims the trio could take a step in January before their contract at the San Siro expires, with talks of a renewal stalled.
Milan are said to still demand hefty fees, making a free agent transfer more likely this summer.
Dembele set to sign new Barca deal
Spanish media Sport have announced that Ousmane Dembele will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona next week.
The French winger, whose stay in Spain since signing Borussia Dortmund in 2017 has been plagued by injuries, has again been linked with a move in recent weeks, including to Arsenal in a trade for Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang.
However, the report claims that Dembele will extend his stay at Camp Nou and, most importantly, accept a significant pay cut for doing so.
ESPN say Arsenal have spotted Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri as an alternate center-forward option.
The Gunners are on the hunt for a forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in disgrace and Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette close to entering the final six months of their contract.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dusan Vlahovic have both been heavily linked to the Gunners, but the Moroccan would represent a cheaper signing.
Newcastle cold on loan from Martial
Football Insider claim Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has spoken out against a January transfer for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman could be allowed to leave Old Trafford next month and has reportedly been offered to Toon’s club on a six-month loan, which has reportedly cost the Magpies £ 6million.
The report claims Howe is focusing on strengthening his defense and central midfield first.
Brentford Transfer Guide
Thomas Frank’s men have made a great start to life in the top flight, but their resources have been strained by injuries to some key players.