Transfer news round-up: Maurizio Sarri discusses Willian Barcelona bid as Real Madrid circle Christian Eriksen
Liverpool were the summer’s biggest spenders with no fewer than four new arrivals. Goalkeeper Alisson was the headline-grabber with the Brazilian already proving worth every penny of the world-record fee the Reds shelled out for the Brazilian. Could long-term target Nabil Fekir join him next month? United got a couple of new faces in through the door in the summer but it hasn’t made a difference with Jose Mourinho out and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in. Will he spend them out of trouble in the January sales?
Chelsea have made the biggest splash with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic while Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal could all choose to dip their toes in the water as they battle for an all-important top four spot. We will have all the latest news, views, rumours, gossip and done deals right here so don’t touch that dial.
Time to put an earlier transfer rumour to bed.
It appears Chelsea have no interest in letting Willian leave for Barcelona this month.
Cesc Fabregas, however, can leave as long as a replacement is found.
Back to Italy where Milan could be willing to let Franck Kessie move to the Premier League.
The 24-year-old is being tracked by a number of clubs including Chelsea and Tottenham.
And Calciomercato report that Milan would be willing to sell for around £40m.
Arsenal have apparently failed with an initial £35m bid for Roma wonderkid Cengiz Under.
The Gunners are said to be keen on the 21-year-old Turkey winger but the Daily Star report they aren’t planning on improving that offer. Yet.
Over to Italy now where Juventus’ Paulo Dybala is the subject of heavy interest.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG have all apparently seen bids rejected this month according to Tuttomercato.
The Old Lady are apparently holding out for bids in excess of £90m.
Clinton N’Jie could be on his way back to the Premier League.
Fulham are said to have joined Burnley, Cardiff and Newcastle in trying to sign Marseille’s former Tottenham winger this month according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is wanted by Crystal Palace after he snubbed a loan switch to Wolves, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old has impressed after netting 16 times in 20 appearances on loan at Aston Villa, with Palace in need of firepower up front.
Meanwhile, United could finally land long-term reported target Ivan Perisic as Inter Milan look to raise money to fund a move for Luka Modric, The Sun reports.
The paper says a report in the Italian media indicates the Nerazzurri may look to sell Perisic in order to bring his Croatia team-mate Modric to Italy.
Everton are reportedly monitoring Algeria international Yacine Brahimi, who is set to be out of contract at Porto at the end of the season.
The Daily Mirror reports that Everton sent a scout to watch the forward in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday.
Watford have no interest in selling Abdoulaye Doucoure this month.
The in-form midfielder is catching the eye this season with Paris Saint-Germain particularly interested.
But the Evening Standard say the 26-year-old is staying put, for now at least.
Valencia will make a move for West Ham United‘s Javier Hernandez in January, and believe the Mexican international wants to return to La Liga.
The Spanish club are eager to change their goal-shy attack due to the struggles of Kevin Gameiro and Michy Batshuayi, with the latter set to return to Chelsea after an unsatisfactory loan move.
Valencia’s financial situation means they would favour a similar temporary move for Hernandez, but that is seen as the main obstacle to any deal.
Burnley could move for West Brom’s Matt Phillips this month.
Sean Dyche is looking for additions as he looks to keep the Clarets from the drop.
And the Mirror report that the Scotland international is one of them. Cardiff are also interested.
Real Madrid have made initial steps to prise Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and are preparing what they hope will be a £100m deal.
The struggling European champions are planning a necessary overhaul of their squad this summer, and want one of Eriksen or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to be their new playmaker, but the Dane is seen as more gettable.
While the contracts of both are up in 2020, Spurs’ way of doing business means they are seen by Madrid as likelier to sell for a fee in the last year.
Barcelona had previously been hugely interested in Eriksen, and saw him as an alternative to Philippe Coutinho before they signed the Brazilian a year ago, but do not now plan any move.
Bayern Munich are still confident of signing Callum Hudson-Odoi despite Chelsea’s insistence that they will hold on to the England youth international.
The Bundesliga giants most recently submitted an offer of £30m to sign the teenager, who is out of contract in the summer and looking for assurances over first-team minutes.
Hudson-Odoi is understood to initially have needed some convincing over a move to Germany but has been impressed by Bayern’s commitment to trying to bring him to the Allianz Arena.
Ander Herrera appears set to sign a new deal at Manchester United, The Sun claims.
Despite interest from former club Athletic Bilbao, the 29-year-old is ready to commit himself to United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he had a future with them.
Chelsea are continuing to keep track of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the Daily Mirror reports.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be taking a vested interest in a possible £100million move for the Argentine.
To Liverpool where the league leaders are in the midst of something of an injury crisis. Virgil van Dijk is the Reds’ only fit centre back after Dejan Lovren’s injury at Wolves on Monday.
And The Sun report that Jurgen Klopp is considering a loan move for Burnley’s James Tarkowski as cover.
The Clarets, however, have slapped a £50m price tag on him.
Over to Arsenal where Aaron Ramsey is said to have agreed his next move.
The Welsh international is out of contract in the summer and with no new deal forthcoming is free to talk to foreign clubs.
One of those is Juventus who, according to reports in Italy, have persuaded Ramsey to sign a pre-contract agreement with them.
He’ll join for nothing on July 1 as the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid miss out.
West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic is ready for a new challenge and wants the club to accept the £35m offer from a Chinese club, says his agent.
Danijel Arnautovic, the West Ham player’s brother and agent, believes the Premier League club have been presented with a ‘fantastic offer’ by an unnamed Chinese side and says the 29-year-old wants to leave.
In a statement, Danijel said: “It is his (Arnautovic’s) great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.” However, determined to keep their talisman, a West Ham United spokesperson said: “Marko has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale.”
Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is being linked with a move away this month, and Beijing Guoan are the latest club to show their interest in the Belgian.
Dembele has returned to training following an ankle ligament injury, but the midfielder’s contract runs out in the summer.
And at 31, Dembele believes he is now struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League, which has ignited interest from the Far East according to the Daily Mail.
To Arsenal where the Gunners are looking for reinforcements this month.
One of Unai Emery’s top targets remains Barcelona’s Denis Suarez with the midfielder surplus to requirements this month.
However, the Mirror report Barca are playing hardball over a potential loan deal with the option of making the move permanent in the summer.
It is suggested they want to sell the 25-year-old rather than loan him this month.
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