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Transfer news, rumours and today’s football gossip | January 12, 2019
Barcelona have joined the race for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, reports The Sun.
Juventus are planning a summer swoop for Real Madrid outcast Isco, according to The Mail.
Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the race to sign Porto star Yacine Brahimi, reports The Mirror.
Monaco manager Thierry Henry is set to offer Michy Batshuayi an escape route out of Chelsea, reports The Sun.
Puncheon starts for Huddersfield
Loan signing Jason Puncheon was handed his Huddersfield debut and Christopher Schindler returned from suspension as the Terriers made six changes after losing at Bristol City.
Puel on ‘crazy’ pressure
Leicester boss Claude Puel is fed up of the speculation surrounding his job.
The Frenchman’s first full season in charge at the King Power Stadium has been against a back drop of fan frustration and, according to some reports, dressing room unrest.
His position has felt under constant scrutiny amid the sense that his tenure could come to an end at any moment.
Puel polarises opinion among a divided fanbase, with ‘Puel In’ or ‘Puel Out’ hashtags on social media after almost every game.
This is despite Leicester currently being seventh in the Premier League table, which is arguably as high as they could expect to be given the size and spending power of the clubs above them.
That irks Puel, who said: “All the time there is speculation about difficulty around this club. I can speak a lot about this.
“To finish seventh during the first half of the season with all the problems we’ve had, it’s a very good performance. If people think our place is sixth, or higher, this is not the truth, it’s not possible.
“If seventh or eighth is bad then this is crazy.”
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Friday January 11 transfer news and rumours
Fulham have rejected a £50m bid for star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from an unnamed Chinese club, reports The Sun.
Bayern Munich hope to beat Barcelona for the signature of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to The Sun.
Crystal Palace and Fulham have been put on alert after Michy Batshuayi‘s loan spell at Valencia was cut short, according to The Mirror.
England winger Jadon Sancho wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund despite reports linking him with a Premier League move, reports The Mail.
Tottenham want to sign Hoffenheim and Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch, according to Sky Sports.
Thursday January 10 transfer news and rumours
Standard Sport understands that Nicolas Higuain, the forward’s brother, arrived on Thursday morning and is expected to meet with Chelsea officials to sound out their interest.
The Serie A side are in pole position to secure the services of the Arsenal star this summer, but Inter Milan, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.
Elsewhere, Barcelona could sell Philippe Coutinho to fund deal to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou.
Wednesday January 9 transfer news and rumours
Ander Herrera is set to sign a new deal for Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced him to stay, according to The Sun.
Arsenal have asked about Chelsea target Nicolo Barella and could make a late bid to hijack the deal, reports The Daily Mail.
Tuesday January 8 transfer news and rumours
The Blues have identified two possible replacements in Cagliari star Nicolo Barrera and Zenit St Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes and will not sanction Fabregas’ move to Ligue 1 until one of those deals is agreed.
Sevilla meanwhile are interested in signing Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata on loan.
According to AS, Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez has travelled to the Andalusian city to hold talks with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros over the possibility of a loan move.
Real Betis meanwhile are interested in signing West Ham striker Lucas Perez on loan. The Hammers could still hold onto the former Arsenal man until the end of the season if they are unable to bring in a replacement.
Arsenal are exploring the possibility of making former midfielder Edu the club’s new director of football.
The Gunners are keen to add further expertise to their first-team operations as part of a restructuring which began when Arsene Wenger was in charge and continued this season with chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s departure to AC Milan.
Athletic Bilbao sporting director Rafa Alkorta has told Cadena Ser the club are eager to re-sign Man Utd midfielder Ander Herrera and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.
Elsewhere, Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is nearing a move to China.
Monday January 7 transfer news and rumours
Chelsea want £10million for Cesc Fabregas as the midfielder flies south for talks following his farewell performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, report the Mirror.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports Fulham goalkeeper Fabri is set to return to Besiktas just six months after leaving the club to move to west London.
And Frank Lampard has given up hope of signing Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu on loan.
Sunday January 6 transfer news and rumours
Chelsea will make a £50m bid to try and sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani to solve their woes up front.
The Sunday Express report Maurizio Sarri wants the Uruguay international to lead his attack with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to fulfil that role under the Italian.
Arsenal meanwhile have opened talks with Barcelona over a move for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez. The Guardian claim the Spaniard is available for around £20m with Unai Emery keen to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Sevilla.
Fulham will offer £15m for Liverpool forward Divock Origi to help their Premier League survival bid, according to the Mirror.
But after offloading Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth, Jurgen Klopp may be wary of letting another backup forward leave the club ahead of their title run in.
Saturday January 5 transfer news and rumours
Friday January 4 transfer news and rumours
Arsenal are today linked with a Serie A star, with manager Unai Emery wanting to sign Torino defender Nicolas N’Koulou, according to reports in Italy.
Chelsea have until January 14 to recall Tammy Abraham from his loan spell at Aston Villa, according to the Guardian.
The terms of the deal mean the Blues can cut short his season-long stint at Villa Park if they trigger a recall option in the first two weeks of the window.
Tottenham have activated an extension clause in Toby Alderweireld’s contract which will keep him at the club till 2020, but also includes that infamous £25million transfer clause.
Chelsea have decided against a January move for Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan from Juventus, according to Goal.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon is today on the verge of joining Huddersfield while Jonny Williams have completed a move to Charlton Athletic.
Thursday January 3 transfer news and rumours
Manchester United will only spend big in January if the opportunity to sign a leading centre-back arises, reports The Independent.
Thierry Henry’s Monaco have identified Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho as a priority target but the Eagles have not intention of letting him leave, according to The Mail.
Chelsea are adamant the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund is not related to Eden Hazard’s contract situation. The Blues are still determined to agree a new deal with the Belgium international, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, The Sun reports Huddersfield are set to complete a loan deal for Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon until the end of the season.
Sport in Spain say Arsenal have made a £14m offer to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who hinted at his imminent departure on social media on Wednesday.