MAN UTD IN TALKS FOR PSG STAR
Manchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential deal for Lucas Moura, according to Le 10 Sport .
The Brazilian winger has barely featured for PSG this season and agreed personal terms with Chinese side Beijing Guoan in early December .
However, that deal has yet to be completed amid reports Lucas is holding out for a move to a major European club.
Chelsea had previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, but now United have made an approach, although any offer for Lucas is expected to be below PSG’s valuation of the player.
MADRID TO CALL OFF HAZARD PURSUIT
Real Madrid is set to call off their pursuit of Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard according to Marca.
Instead, Zinedine Zidane is planning on giving a chance to 23-year-old Marco Asensio as the club believes adding the Belgian would further hinder the Spaniard’s development.
In fact, the report states belief from the directors in Asensio is so high, they have stopped any further attempts to sign Hazard.
MADRID TO SMASH TRANSFER RECORD FOR HAZARD
Real Madrid are getting ready a £120 million offer to pry Eden Hazard from Chelsea according to the Sun.
The offer, which would break the British transfer record, is part of an attempt to pressure Chelsea into selling the attacker with two and a half years left on his deal.
If Chelsea wait until Hazard has a year left on his contract, his value would drastically drop.
BARCELONA PLOT CHRISTENSEN BID
Barcelona are considering a bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Daily Mirror.
The centre-back has usurped David Luiz as one of Antonio Conte's most trusted lieutenants, and Ernesto Valverde is in the market to sign a world-class central defender.
Barca have been monitoring Christensen since his ascent into the first team, and are keen to lure him away, with the Blues set to offer him a new deal to ward off any potential interest.
CHELSEA TO RETURN FOR BARKLEY
Chelsea are ready to make another move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, report the Telegraph.
The Blues missed out on the England international on the final day of the summer transfer window and instead signed Leicester's Danny Drinkwater for £35 million.
Antonio Conte has not been put off, however, and the Chelsea board are set to sanction the move for Barkley once the winter window opens.
CHELSEA WATCH PORTO LEFT-BACK
Chelsea are watching Porto left-back Alex Telles with a view to an approach in the January transfer window, reports A Bola.
Antonio Conte has been looking for extra options at left-back and has long been pursuing Juventus’ Brazil international Alex Sandro.
However, Conte has now dispatched his scouts to check on Alex Sandro’s compatriot Telles, who has been impressing for Porto.
PL RIVALS SCOUT ROCHDALE TEENAGER
Chelsea and Manchester United have made enquiries about Rochdale’s 14-year-old defender Luke Matheson, according to ESPN.
Matheson has been watched by scouts from Chelsea and United recently as the Premier League giants look to make a move for the right-back.
BUTLAND TO OPT FOR ANFIELD
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland favours a move to Liverpool over a switch to Chelsea, reports Football.London.
The England international is a £30 million target for both clubs, and Jurgen Klopp is poised to pip Antonio Conte to his signature.
CHELSEA EYE JANUARY BARKLEY DEAL
Chelsea are looking to bring in Ross Barkley from Everton in the January transfer window, according to The Independent.
The midfielder turned down a switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer but Antonio Conte is confident he will now get his man and will try again when the window reopens.
Tottenham have also been tracking Barkley although are apparently more inclined to wait until the summer and attempt to sign him on a free transfer.
HAZARD REJECTED CHELSEA DEAL FOR REAL MOVE
Eden Hazard rejected a contract extension at Chelsea, according to his father, who says his son is holding out for a Real Madrid transfer.
"What I can reveal about Eden is that he refused a contract extension," Thierry Hazard told Le Soir. "This was so that, if necessary, he could follow the interest of the Real, whom he could see himself playing for.
COURTOIS TO COMMIT TO CHELSEA
Chelsea remain confident that they can agree a new long-term contract with Thibaut Courtois and fend off interest from Real Madrid, claims The Mirror .
The Belgian goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to Spain, but he is to be offered a five-year extension at Stamford Bridge.
COURTOIS TELLS MADRID HE WANTS MOVE
Thibaut Courtois's camp have informed Real Madrid that the player is very keen to join them, according to AS .
The Chelsea goalkeeper's current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in 18 months' time, with Madrid having given a favourable response to the interest from Courtois's side.
Sevilla's Sergio Rico and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak are apparently top of Antonio Conte's list should Courtois leave the Blues.
PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCO
Premier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .
Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco's contract boasting an £86 million release clause.
Both Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.
LUCAS MOURA LINKED WITH CHELSEA
Lucas Moura has emerged as a potential transfer target for Chelsea this January, reports Buzz Sport .
The Brazilian has been frozen out of Paris Saint-Germain's plans, and is keen to seal a move away.
And he would be an interesting choice for the Blues should Willian choose to move to China.
MUSONDA WANTED ON LOAN BY BETIS AGAIN
Real Betis are considering a move to sign Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda on loan for a second time, according to AS .
Musonda previously spent 12 months on loan at Betis before returning to Chelsea in January this year and he recently signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022 .
He will make a late decision on whether to go out on loan again in the New Year, with Betis considering a move for Musonda as they look to improve their attacking options.
ARSENAL & CHELSEA TRACK BURNLEY STAR
Burnley defender James Tarkowski is being closely monitored by top four rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, according to the Daily Star .
The £30 million-rated centre-back has been a key figure in Burnley’s success this season, with Sean Dyche’s men having only conceded 15 goals – fewer than Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
COURTOIS TO BECOME WORLD'S BEST-PAID KEEPER
Thibaut Courtois will become the best-paid goalkeeper in world football, if he signs a new contract at Chelsea, claims the Daily Telegraph .
Chelsea are determined to keep hold of Courtois, who is out of contract in the summer of 2019 and has regularly been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Courtois is set to be offered a new deal by Chelsea which will see his wages eclipse the £200,000 a week being earned by Manchester United keeper David de Gea.
CONTE MAKES BONUCCI CONTACT
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been in touch with Leonardo Bonucci amid reports the defender is unhappy at AC Milan, according to Tuttosport .
Bonucci only joined Milan in the summer in a shock €40 million deal from Juventus, but is already looking for a way out due to the club’s poor form this season.
He has previously been a target for Manchester City, while Conte wanted to sign the centre-half when he took over as Chelsea boss in 2016.
Conte has been back in touch with Bonucci and the Italy international is willing to link up with his old coach next season, wherever the current Blues boss is managing.
PSG TO MAKE €170M MILINKOVIC-SAVIC BID
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay €170 million to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports Corriere dello Sport .
Milinkovic-Savic has enjoyed an impressive season for Lazio, and has already attracted interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, along with Barcelona.
The 22-year-old has insisted he is happy at Lazio , but PSG could test both the player and Serie A club’s resolve with a mammoth bid.
CHELSEA OWNER TO VETO HAZARD TO MAN UTD MOVE
While Jose Mourinho hopes for a reunion with Eden Hazard, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may prevent such a move from happening, according to Don Balon .
United is preparing an offer of €100 million euros to trump Real Madrid, but the Blues owner has no desire to sell his star man to a direct rival.