Madrid seek China for Benzema
Karim Benzema may be set for a big-money move to China if Real Madrid have their way in the January transfer window, reports Don Balon.
The France international, who missed out on selection for Les Bleus' World Cup triumph in Russia this year, has made a damp start to the new season with Los Blancos.
Club president Florentino Perez is keen to offload the 30-year-old and sees a potential €50million (£44m/$58m) bid from the Far East as the answer to his troubles.
Shaw to sign new United deal
Luke Shaw will commit his future to Manchester United and sign a five-year extension following his fine start to the new season, according to the Express.
The left-back has been one of the more consistent performers in a mixed few months for Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils and has been rewarded with a recall to the England national team as a result.
His decision to stay at Old Trafford will likely see United drop out of the race to sign Juventus winger Alex Sandro, who remains a target for Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Mourinho wants four January signings
Jose Mourinho has pinpointed Ivan Perisic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ante Rebic and Nikola Milenkovic as targets for Manchester United in the new year, but may struggle to convince the board to part with the funds required, says the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils lie eighth in the Premier League with speculation swirling around the futures of several key men at the club, including World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Mourinho himself.
The Portuguese has identified the Serbia and Croatia foursome as his prime picks for the January transfer window but fears he will have a fight on his hands convincing the United hierarchy to loosen the purse strings.
Gattuso demands Bakayoko improvement
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says that on-loan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko must improve following his difficult start to the season, amid reports his San Siro stay could be cut short.
The 24-year-old was shipped out by Chelsea in the summer after an underwhelming first season in the Premier League, with new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri preferring Jorginho instead.
Bakayoko’s misery has continued, with the Frenchman yet to start a league game for the Rossoneri this season, prompting Gattuso's ire following a mixed start to the Serie A season.
Skriniar happy to stay with Inter
Inter defender Milan Skriniar has played down rumours linking him to Barcelona, stating that he would be happy to stay with the Serie A club “all his life”, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The 23-year-old has been touted as a potential target for La Liga champions Barca and Premier League holders Manchester City, among others.
But the Slovakia international has now poured cold water over talk of a move away from Italy, insisting that his future lies at the San Siro instead.
Batista Meier to snub Germany for Brazil?
Bayern Munich youngster Oliver Batista Meier could switch his national allegiance from Germany to Brazil in the near future, per Bild.
The 17-year-old has represented the DFB's Under-17 outfit but may be tempted to declare himself for the Selecao in order to secure a step up to Under-21 level.
Batista Meier's agent Thies Bliemeister warned the German governing body to be careful not to lose the teenager, adding that Brazil "would love him in their Under-21 national team."
Lukaku hints at Serie A switch
Man Utd star open to Italian job
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has spoken of a desire to one day play in Serie A.
The Belgium international has had an underwhelming season at club level for the Red Devils and has sparked speculation that his future lies away from England.
Asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport if he would make a move to Italy, the 25-year-old said: "Why not? I hope so."
Rabiot considering PSG stay
Adrien Rabiot could reject interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool and instead extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, L'Equipe says.
As his contract nears its expiration, the 23-year-old midfielder has a host of clubs looking to snap him up for free at the end of the season.
However, he is no longer determined to leave the French capital and is open to signing a new deal as negotiations with PSG continue.
Benitez fears Newcastle sack
Rafael Benitez is worried he will not see out the rest of the season at Newcastle, according to The Mirror.
As pressure continues to grow around Magpies owner Mike Ashley, Benitez fears he will soon be sacked to hold off a fans' revolt.
Although Benitez wants to secure Premier League safety with Newcastle, the speculation around his future and potential successors suggests he may be in danger.
AC Milan ready Ramsey offer as Juventus wait for Rabiot
Interest in Arsenal midfielder is heating up
Juventus will make a move for Aaron Ramsey if they fail to sign Adrien Rabiot, but they face competition from Serie A rivals AC Milan, among others.
The Daily Express claims Juve are interested in snapping up Ramsey, who can leave Arsenal for free at the end of the season, but the Italian champions would rather wait for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rabiot to make a decision on his future.
However, they may not want to wait too long, as Milan are prepared to swoop in and sign him in January, as Corriere dello Sport reports.
A move to Italy is no certainty for Ramsey as he could still opt to stay in the Premier League amid new interest from Manchester United.
Napoli eye €60m Piatek
Napoli are the latest club to have had their heads turned by Krzysztof Piatek's sensational start to the season at Genoa, Gazzetta dello Sport claims.
The striker has netted nine times in seven Serie A appearances since joining in the close season and has already attracted Chelsea and Barcelona.
Napoli, however, are hoping to ensure 23-year-old Piatek remains in the Italian top flight by snapping him up and will consider meeting Genoa's €60 million (£53m/$69m) asking price.
Roma join race to sign Ajax star De Ligt
Roma have joined Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester City in the battle for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, according to reports in Italy.
City and Barca are working on the signing of De Ligt and team-mate Frenkie de Jong, while Juve have long held and interest in the 19-year-old centre-back.
However, Roma's good relationship with De Ligt's agent, Mino Raiola, has given them hope of nipping in ahead of Europe's top sides to lure him away from the Dutch capital.
Hazard rules out January move
Chelsea star says mid-season switch is "not possible"
Eden Hazard has denied claims he will leave Chelsea in January.
The Belgian attacker has been constantly linked to a move to Real Madrid and he suggested he was on his way to the Spanish capital before the season began.
The prospect of Hazard seeking a move away in January has returned, but he insists he is going nowhere this season.
Barcelona to offer Messi new contract
Argentine urged to stay one-club man
Barcelona are hoping to extend Lionel Messi's contract by at least one more year, Mundo Deportivo reports.
The Argentine signed a new deal last November to tie him to the Catalan side until 2021, when he will be 34 years old.
But the Camp Nou outfit hope to hold on to him for as long as possible and ensure he finishes his professional career as a one-club man with an offer of an extra year or two.
Is Atlanta ace Almiron Arsenal's new Ozil?
Could Miguel Almiron be Arsenal's ideal candidate to replace Mesut Ozil as the team's star creator?
The Paraguayan has impressed at Atlanta United under coach Gerardo Martino and is said to have attracted interest from north London.
But 24-year-old Almiron will cost at least £30 million ($40m) to lure away from MLS as Atlanta are delighted with the productive No.10.
Valverde reluctant to sign new Barcelona deal
Ernesto Valverde is hesitating over extending his contract with Barcelona, Sport says.
The Spaniard is in the final year of his deal with the Catalan side and is likely to leave at the end of the season.
Although the coach has a strong relationship with his players after winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey last term, he does not feel trusted by the board after the Blaugrana's failure in the Champions League.
Barca may be happy with the manager, but they will not go to extreme lengths to convince him to stay.
Inter return for Modric
Inter will make another attempt to sign Luka Modric from Real Madrid, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Serie A side tried to snap up the midfielder after the 2018 World Cup but Madrid refused to sell.
The Champions League winners are expected to be more open to letting him go in January, but they may push Inter to give them Mauro Icardi in return.
AC Milan to fight Barcelona for Rabiot
AC Milan have made Adrien Rabiot their top transfer target and will try to sign him for free ahead of next season, Corriere dello Sport claims.
The midfielder seems set to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the campaign and Barcelona are said to be leading the race to sign him.
However, former PSG boss and current Milan sporting director Leonardo has made Rabiot their No.1 option and hopes to lure him to San Siro.
Bale being pushed out by Real Madrid
Wales star eyed by Man Utd and Chelsea
Gareth Bale is determined to remain at Real Madrid despite the club's desire to get rid of him at the end of the season, according to Sunday Express.
The Spanish side are ready to part ways with the Welshman despite his four goals in seven matches this season following Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus.
But Bale is ready to reject offers from Manchester United and Chelsea to fight for his place in the Spanish capital.
Spurs move to scare off Real Madrid's Eriksen interest
Tottenham will try to fight off Real Madrid's interest in Christian Eriksen by offering the midfielder a new contract, Mundo Deportivo claims.
The Denmark international's current deal expires in 2020 and he has held off signing a new one as Madrid begin to circle in their hunt for a new midfielder.
But Spurs hope putting Eriksen on level terms with highest paid player Harry Kane will be enough to convince him to stay.
Dortmund, Leipzig and PSG after Man City's Foden
Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Manchester City's Phil Foden, according to the Mirror.
The talented midfielder has 20 months left on his deal with the Premier League champions, and the two parties have yet to come to terms on a long-term deal.
Foden, 18, has logged 31 minutes for Pep Guardiola's side this campaign after playing 44 a season ago.
Chelsea offer Kante new deal as PSG swirls
Chelsea have offered N'Golo Kante a new contract in an effort to ward off PSG interest, according to the Mirror.
The French midfielder has three more years left on his current deal but Chelsea are looking to lock him down with a longer-term deal.
Kante has made 10 appearances for Chelsea this season.
Man Utd to take early extend option if de Gea doesn't re-sign
Manchester United will use the club's option to extend David de Gea’s contract six months early if the goalkeeper does not agree a new deal by January, according to the Sun.
The Spaniard has been offered a five-year deal that would make him the second-highest paid player at the club behind only Alexis Sanchez.
De Gea, though, has yet to sign, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain said to be keeping tabs on his contract situaiton.
Wenger: Ramsey has the upper hand in transfer talks
Arsene Wenger says the Aaron Ramsey has the upper hand in his contract talks with Arsenal.
The midfielder's deal with the Gunners is set to expire this summer, and his former manager says he's in a strong spot.
Loftus-Cheek planning January loan move
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is planning a January loan move away from Chelsea, claims the Daily Mail.
The midfielder decided to stay at the club and fight for his place this summer, but that gamble has backfired as the 22-year-old has made just three appearances this season.
Crystal Palace and Everton are among the clubs interested taking the midfielder on loan, and Arsenal could also be interested if they sell Aaron Ramsey in January.
Man Utd plot move for Ramsey
The soon-to-be free agent will have a host of suitors with his contract set to expire in the summer
Manchester United are plotting a third move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to the Mirror.
The 27-year-old appears set to leave the Gunners in the summer after failing to agree a new contract.
And United, who have tried to sign Ramsey both in 2008 and last summer, are hoping the third time is the charm.
Ajax rule out De Ligt sale in January
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has insisted that star defender Matthijs de Ligt will not be leaving the club in January.
The 19-year-old is one of Europe's most coveted prospects, with Goal revealing that Man City and Barcelona were set to battle for De Ligt and his team-mate Frenkie De Jong.
Though Overmars ruled out a January sale, he admitted the Netherlands international could still leave in the summer.
Arsenal line up Havertz and Sarr
Arsenal are plotting moves for Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr, according to the Mirror.
Sarr, 20, has scored three goals already this season for Rennes, who plan to cash in on their prized asset in the next 12 months.
Havertz, 19, has already been capped by Germany's senior team, and is seen as one of Europe's top young midfielders.
Spurs offer Eriksen huge deal to ward off Madrid interest
Tottenham have offered Christian Eriksen a huge new deal to fend off interest from Real Madrid, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The Blancos have long coveted the Denmark international, who they see as the heir apparent to Luka Modric.
In order to keep their star playmaker, Spurs have made an offer that will put Eriksen on par with the club's current highest earner, Harry Kane.
Everton will let Tosun re-join Besiktas if they can bring in Origi
Everton will allow Cenk Tosun to re-join Besiktas if they can sign Divock Origi in January, claims Hurriyet.
Besiktas have targeted a move for their former forward, who has only managed one goal for Everton this season.
Before they allow the Turk to join his former side, however, the Toffees will try to bring the Belgian in from Liverpool first.