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Atletico to make bumper bid for Belotti

2019-12-12T23:00:18Z

Atletico Madrid are planning a €35 million (£30m/$39m) bid for Torino's Andrea Belotti in January, according to AS.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to bolster his strikeforce and has identifed the 25-year-old as a prime target.

However, Torino are loathed to let their star player leave and are believed to value him in the region of €100 million (£85m/$111m).

Steres signs new LA Galaxy deal

2019-12-12T22:30:13Z

Defender Daniel Steres has signed a new contract with LA Galaxy, extending his stay at the club into a sixth season.

The 29-year-old has made 102 appearances for the Galaxy since being promoted from the club's reserve team in 2016.

 

Rakitic to stay at Barca for now

2019-12-12T22:00:15Z

Ivan Rakitic has decided to stay at Barcelona until at least the end of the season, according to Marca.

The Croatia midfielder struggled for regular action at the start of the campaign and was ready to consider a move away in January.

However, Rakitic has started Barca's last four matches prompting him to have a change of heart and stay at Camp Nou after all.

Ancelotti signs up with new agent to facilitate next move

2019-12-12T21:30:06Z

Carlo Ancelotti has signed up with a new agent as he plots his next move following his sacking by Napoli, reports the Mail.

The former Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has been linked with the managerial vacancies at Everton and Arsenal.

Ancelotti has now signed up with London-based agency Base Soccer, whose parent company can boast the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane as clients, to facilitate his next move.

Chelsea defender Tomori signs new five-year contract

2019-12-12T21:00:06Z

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has signed a new five-year contract, tying him to the Stamford Bridge club until the summer of 2024.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season in west London, making 16 appearances in all competitions as well as earning his first England cap in last month's Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.

Read the full story on Goal!

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Tottenham open Gazzaniga extension talks

2019-12-12T20:30:27Z

Tottenham have opened negotiations with Paulo Gazzaniga over a contract extension, Football Insider reports.

The 27-year-old Argentine joined from Southampton in 2017 and has impressed this season since stepping into the first-team in the absence of injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

His current contract runs until 2022, but Spurs are eager to tie him down to a better deal.

Man City in talks to sign Barcelona youngster

2019-12-12T19:57:34Z

Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign 15-year-old academy star Juan Larios from BarcelonaSport says.

The left-back attracted interest from Real Madrid before he joined the Catalan side from Sevilla, having impressed in their youth system.

But he could be on his way out of La Masia as City look set to lure him away when he can sign his first professional contract in January.

Watford hire Eric Roy as sporting director

2019-12-12T19:30:04Z

Watford have hired former Nice manager Eric Roy as sporting director, according to L'Equipe.

The ex-Lyon, Marseille and Sunderland player travelled to England this week to meet the club owners and they have given him the job until the end of the season.

Man Utd favourites to sign Haaland

2019-12-12T19:00:42Z

Red Devils face competition for Norway star

Manchester United remain favourites to sign Erling Haaland despite the Norway forward travelling to Germany for transfer talks with Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, reports the Telegraph.

The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe's most promising young forwards after netting 28 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions at Salzburg.

He visited the training grounds of RB Leipzig and Dortmund on Wednesday but has yet to make a decision over his future, with United still frontrunners for his signature.

Rodgers 'categorically' rules out Leicester sales

2019-12-12T18:30:10Z

Brendan Rodgers has ruled out sales in January, amid reports of Chelsea and Manchester City's interest in some of his Leicester stars.

Ben Chilwell, Caglar Soyuncu and James Maddison have all been linked with a move away from the high-flying Foxes next month.

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Cooper expects Ayew interest

2019-12-12T18:00:04Z

Swansea boss Steve Cooper expects January interest in Andre Ayew but doesn't want to sell the forward, reports BBC Sport.

The 29-year-old has scored seven goals in appearances for the club this season and Cooper says he is good enough to play in the Premier League.

"I am sure the questions are going to come up in January about staying and going but you can see he is player who is really enjoying what we are doing," he said.

Carvajal urges Mbappe to join Real

2019-12-12T17:30:46Z

Dani Carvajal has expressed his desire to link up with Kylian Mbappe at Real Madrid, insisting that the world's best players "should be plying their trade" in the Spanish capital.

Mbappe continues to be linked with a future move to Madrid after a summer of intense speculation and has reportedly stalled on the idea of a new PSG contract in order to make a transfer more likely.

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Mourinho rules out Parrott loan move

2019-12-12T17:00:14Z

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to send Troy Parrott out on loan in January and remains hopeful of tying him down to a new long-term deal, according to Football Insider.

The 17-year-old made his senior debut in a Carabao Cup tie at Colchester earlier this season and made his first Premier League appearance as a late substitute against Burnley last weekend.

Mourinho is convinced the forward has a bright future, though the Republic of Ireland international is believed to want assurances about game time before signing fresh terms.

Real eye Koulibaly/Modric swap deal

2019-12-12T16:30:49Z

Real Madrid are interested in Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and are ready to offer Luka Modric in exchange to push through the deal, according to El Desmarque.

Napoli are reluctant to let the Senegal defender leave and value him in the region of €120 million (£101m/$133m).

However, Real president Florentino Perez hopes an offer of €50 million (£42m/$55m) plus Modric will persuade the club to do a deal.

Pedro believes Barcelona return is possible

2019-12-12T16:00:00Z

Chelsea forward Pedro is heading towards the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge and believes a return to Barcelona could be a possibility once he hits free agency.

He has told Cadena Ser Catalunya: "Everyone knows what I feel for the club and it's evident that it's a possibility to go back. I've always said it."

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Redknapp a contender for West Ham

2019-12-12T15:40:00Z

Harry Redknapp could make a sensational return to management at West Ham, claims Football Insider.

With Manuel Pellegrini under mounting pressure, a familar face could be brought back to the club at 72 years of age.

Rodwell training with Blades

2019-12-12T15:35:00Z

Jack Rodwell is training with Sheffield United in a bid to get his career back on track, reports The Telegraph.

The England internatioal has been without a club since leaving Blackburn, but could join the likes of Ravel Morrison at Bramall Lane.

Liverpool rival Man Utd for £80m Havertz

2019-12-12T15:20:00Z

Liverpool are ready to rival Manchester United in an £80 million ($105m) transfer battle for Kai Havertz, claims the Daily Star.

The 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen star has become one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, with a scramble for his signature expected to be sparked at some stage.

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Emery in talks with Everton

2019-12-12T15:00:00Z

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has, according to ESPN, held talks with Everton.

The Spaniard is said to be keen on securing an immediate return to the Premier League, but a deal with the Toffees is considered to be doubtful.

Lingard avoids Man Utd contract question

2019-12-12T14:40:00Z

Jesse Lingard is reluctant to speculate on whether a new contract could be in the pipeline for him at Manchester United, with the 26-year-old saying: "Who knows what will happen in the future?"

The England international is currently tied to terms through to 2021, with the option for a further 12 months beyond that point.

Find out what he has had to say on his future here.

Romero happy at Man Utd

2019-12-12T14:20:00Z

Willian confirms ongoing contract talks at Chelsea

2019-12-12T13:59:39Z

Chelsea midfielder Willian has confirmed that he is engaging in talks with the club over a new contract amid ongoing speculation over a possible move to Barcelona.

The 31-year-old is due to become a free agent at the end of the season, with there a suggestion that his six-and-a-half-year spell in west London could be drawing to a close.

However, it has now been confirmed that Chelsea are in talks with the winger over signing fresh terms, with Barca keeping an eye on developments.

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Praet plays down Fiorentina links

2019-12-12T13:29:04Z

Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet has distanced himself from a possible move to Fiorentina in January.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Foxes for £18m from Sampdoria in the summer, has only started four Premier League matches this season.

"The rumours about my return in January? False," Praet told Gazzetta Dello Sport. "I also read, for example, about Fiorentina, but I'm happy here. I am not yet a starter, but I aim to become one soon."

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Napoli planning January overhaul

2019-12-12T12:59:18Z

Napoli are planning to overhaul their squad in January - according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The board wants to bring in a left-back, a midfielder and a forward when the market reopens so that new boss Gennaro Gattuso can turn fortunes around in the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, the likes of Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon will likely be sold with both men approaching the end of their respective contacts.

Florenzi set for Roma exit

2019-12-12T12:29:53Z

Roma are likely to offload Alessandro Florenzi in the January transfer window - according to Calcio Mercato.

Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Napoli are all thought to be interested in the 28-year-old defender.

Roma will only listen to offers within the region of €25 million ($28m, £21m) for Florenzi, who has featured in 10 Serie A matches for the club this season.

Ancelotti not on Arsenal's list to succeed Emery

2019-12-12T11:59:24Z

Arsenal are not considering Carlo Ancelotti for the vacant permanent manager's role at Emirates Stadium - according to ESPN.

The Gunners do not think Italian - who was sacked by Napoli earlier this week - is the right fit for the post, which they are in no rush to fill.

Several coaches have thrown their name in the hat to succeed Unai Emery, with Arsenal now in the process of narrowing down the list.

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Real Madrid eager to sign Aouar

2019-12-12T11:29:53Z

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has been identified as a transfer target by Real Madrid - according to Don Balon.

The Blancos could swoop for the 21-year-old in January, but will have to pay up to €80 million ($89m, £68m) to secure his signature.

Aouar has contributed two goals and three assists to Lyon's cause in 14 Ligue 1 outings this season.

Liverpool set to beat Man Utd in race for Minamino

2019-12-12T11:00:00Z

Reds ready move for Japanese winger

Liverpool are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino in January.

The Reds are confident of landing the Japan international after discovering a £7.25m ($9.6m) clause in the 24-year-old’s contract.

Check out the full story here.

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Arteta wants to land Arsenal job

2019-12-12T10:30:00Z

Mikel Arteta is keen to become the next manager of Arsenal, but is seeking assurances from the club's board.

The Sun reports that the Spaniard is open to the idea of heading back to Emirates Stadium, where he once captained the Gunners, but wants to know what the long-term plans are in north London

Everton open talks with Ancelotti

2019-12-12T10:00:00Z

Everton are looking to beat Arsenal to Carlo Ancelotti, with The Sun claiming that the Toffees have already opened talks.

As the Gunners continue to mull over their options, those at Goodison Park have sought to make a decisive move for the former Chelsea boss - who has been relieved of his duties at Napoli.

Chelsea will have to pay £80m for Zaha

2019-12-12T09:30:00Z

Blues must spend big to land winger

Chelsea will have to pay £80 million ($106m) if they want to prise Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace, claims the Evening Standard.

The Eagles are aware of interest from the Blues and have made it clear that they will not be dropping an asking price which was set amid much transfer speculation over the summer.

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Wolves target Hwang Hee-chan

2019-12-12T08:59:44Z

Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan is the subject of interest from Wolves, according to the Telegraph.

The Premier League outfit are eager to sign the 23-year-old in January, but may have to loan him back to Salzburg for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

Hee-chan scored three goals in six Champions League appearances for Salzburg, who were knocked out of the competition after a defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.

Juve hope to extend Higuain's contract

2019-12-12T07:59:13Z

Juventus are prepared to offer Gonzalo Higuain a new deal, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 32-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to River Plater, with his existing contract in Turin set to expire in 2021.

Juve are eager to keep hold of Higuain, but also plan to reduce his €7.5 million per year salary.

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Man Utd will have to pay £128m to land Saul

2019-12-12T07:29:05Z

Atletico Madrid will demand a £128 million ($169m) fee from Manchester United for Saul Niguez - according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Red Devils are unlikely to stump up the cash unless Paul Pogba ends up leaving the club the join Real Madrid.

Atletico's valuation of Saul reflects how highly he is regarded by head coach Diego Simeone, who is reluctant to offload a prized asset next year.

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Napoli jump Liverpool in race for Berge

2019-12-12T04:00:38Z

Genk president Peter Croonen has admitted discussions with Napoli management about the transfer of Norway midfielder Sander Berge.

Liverpool are also reportedly interested in the 21-year-old, who has impressed during the Champions League in the centre of midfield for the Belgian club.

But Croonen revealed to Calcio Napoli 24 that Genk had already held talks with the Naples club about a possible transfer.

"We spoke to the Napoli directors about Berge today, but not only that,” Croonen said.

"We talked about our players and Napoli players, they expressed an appreciation for Berge, but we didn’t go beyond that."

Celtic may not be able to afford Forster - Lennon

2019-12-12T03:44:56Z

Celtic face a battle to keep their on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster, with coach Neil Lennon admitting they are unlikely to be able to afford to English goalkeeper.

Forster, who is on loan from Premier League club Southampton, was man-of-the-match as the Hoops defeated rivals Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.

The 31-year-old is contracted at the Saints until 2022 and Lennon feels his team could be priced out of a move for the England international.

“It’s about affordability,” Lennon told The Scotsman.

“That’s something we can talk about. I’ll talk to the player but first we have to make the call to Southampton and I’ll need to speak to (chief executive) Peter Lawwell about that.

“Is it beyond us? I don’t know. Would I love to do it? Of course, but we have to be realistic at times and we can’t go overboard either. We have to be prudent but we have him right now and it’s fantastic, because he’s definitely made us better.”

Olmo can move to big European league - Guardiola

2019-12-12T03:40:21Z

Dani Olmo is a top player with a bright future who can play at the highest level of European football, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Dinamo Zagreb forward Olmo has been linked with a move to City, while Roma and Milan have also been credited with an interest in his services.

Barcelona are thought to be keen on bringing Olmo back to the club, having signed him to their famed academy as a nine-year-old in 2007.

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'Eriksen obviously doesn't want to be at Tottenham' - Fletcher says Danish star has 'fallen out of love' with Spurs

2019-12-12T03:38:07Z

Christian Eriksen showed that he doesn't want to play for Tottenham with his performance against Bayern Munich, according to former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Already-qualified Spurs finished their Champions League group stage with a 3-1 loss to the German champions at Allianz Arena on Wednesday, with the 27-year-old getting his first start since the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager last month.

Ex-Red Devils star Fletcher, who won a Champions League title and five Premier League championships at Old Trafford, believes Eriksen has already checked out of Tottenham mentally and he has lost his passion for the shirt.

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Chelsea scouts watched Dembele and Werner

2019-12-12T00:45:00Z

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea scouts were watching on from the stands as Lyon and RB Leipzig played out a 2-2 draw in Tuesday's Champions League encounter.

Scouts from the Blues were reportedly watching Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with the position one key area that boss Frank Lampard wants to strengthen in January.

Mourinho wants Koulibaly

2019-12-11T23:55:00Z

According to Calciomercato, Jose Mourinho wants to bring Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to strengthen at the back.

Despite scoring plenty of goals, Spurs have been struggling in defence since Mourinho's arrival last month, and he could look to the Senegal international to solve those defensive issues.

And with both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld close to running out of contract with the club, the Portuguese boss may turn to Koulibaly as early as next month.

Dyche admits struggle to keep McNeil

2019-12-11T23:50:00Z

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits the club will struggle to keep winger Dwight McNeil amid interest from Manchester United, reports the Sun.

The 20-year-old has been a regular for the Clarets ever since bursting onto the scene last year, and his manager believes it will be hard to turn down any substantial bids if and when they arrive.

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Atletico planning Lemar sale

2019-12-11T23:45:00Z

According to the Mirror, Atletico Madrid are on the verge of selling winger Thomas Lemar.

The 24-year-old was reportedly wanted by both Arsenal and Liverpool before joining the Spanish side from Monaco last summer.

But after a poor spell at the club, the France international looks set to be on the move once again.

AC Milan eyeing Demiral

2019-12-11T23:35:00Z

AC Milan scouts watched on as Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter, with Juve defender Merih Demiral their top target this January.

The 21-year-old played the entire game and kept a clean sheet at the back as the Italian side finished their group unbeaten.

But the Turkish international has found playing time hard to come by this season, and according to Calciomercato, Milan look set to make a move for the defender next month.

Haaland flies to Dortmund for talks

2019-12-11T23:30:00Z

The 19-year-old is wanted by a long list of top European clubs

According to Ruhr Nachrichten, RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has travelled to Germany for talks with Borussia Dortmund.

The young striker has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances for the Austrian side this season, and has been linked with several top European clubs.

Dortmund are the latest side to be linked with the 19-year-old, who reportedly flew into the region to discuss a potential deal with the Bundesliga club.