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Spurs striker Llorente headed to Galatasaray

2018-12-30T22:00:00Z

Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente will depart the club for Turkey in the new year and make the switch to Super Lig outfit Galatasaray, according to Star.

The 33-year-old is yet to start a game for Spurs this season in the Premier League and is out of contract next summer.

As such, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking to offload the Spaniard, with a move east set to be on the cards.

Solanke undergoes Palace medical ahead of loan

2018-12-30T21:30:00Z

Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke is set to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season after undergoing a medical at Selhurst Park, says MailOnline.

The 21-year-old, who has also been linked to Rangers and Huddersfield Town, has not started a game this season under Jurgen Klopp.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson had previously indicated he was keen to bring Solanke on board and now looks to have successfully prised the Reds man to the Eagles.

Chicharito to switch Hammers for Valencia?

2018-12-30T21:00:00Z

West Ham United forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez looks set to switch back to La Liga, with the striker reportedly headed to Valencia, according to Levante-LMV.

The Mexico international has been in good form when fit for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season, but could depart the Premier League in the new year and cut short his stay in London.

The Mestalla club hierarchy are reported to have sanctioned the move, though they will need to agree terms with the Hammers first, who are likely to be reluctant on releasing their key man.

City join Madrid in hunt for Betis youngster

2018-12-30T20:33:00Z

Manchester City have joined European rivals Real Madrid in the pursuit of the signature of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo, according to Le 10 Sport.

The Champions League holders see the 22-year-old as a natural successor to replace Marcelo at the club, but they may have to beat out Pep Guardiola’s side to get their man.

Junior made his senior debut for Betis earlier this year, in February, and has caught the eye of his suitors with some impressive performances this season.

Ajax planning for life after De Jong & De Ligt

2018-12-30T20:10:00Z

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars says that he has already accepted that Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt will likely depart the club in the new year, per Sport.

The former Arsenal winger has also stated that he is already thinking how best to spend the profits from the pair’s transfer gains in terms of preparing squad for life after their exit.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for both of the Dutchmen at various points in the past few months, among others.

Holgate undergoes Baggies medical ahead of loan

2018-12-30T19:35:22Z

Everton defender Mason Holgate is understood to be having a medical at West Bromwich Albion ahead of a loan switch to the end of the campaign, reports Sky Sports News.

The 22-year-old has struggled for regular game-time at the Toffees following the arrival of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, and looks set to step down to the Championship in the new year.

The Baggies are firmly entrenched in a fierce battle for the play-off spots in the second tier, with Darren Moore’s side only five points off top after league leaders Leeds and Norwich lost over the weekend.

Leipzig join Bayern in Hudson-Odoi chase

2018-12-30T19:00:44Z

RB Leipzig have joined rivals Bayern Munich in the pursuit of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Kicker.

The England youth international has been a target in recent days for the Bundesliga champions, though the Blues have apparently knocked back initial offers.

Now however, Leipzig are also believed to be chasing the 18-year-old’s signature, hoping to thwart Niko Kovac’s side as they aim to bring the youngster to the Allianz Arena.

Pulisic move to Chelsea 'announced' by Eddie Johnson

2018-12-30T18:25:22Z

Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic’s switch to Chelsea looks all but done after a former Fulham forward ‘accidentally confirmed’ the move on Instagram, per The Mirror.

The United States international has long been linked with a switch to the Premier League and the heavily favoured Blues look to have beaten off competition to bring their man to Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old departure from the Bundesliga appeared to be confirmed after former Cottagers man Eddie Johnson, who has previously coached Pulisic, congratulated him with a social media post.

Napoli lead race for €35m Kouame

2018-12-30T17:50:02Z

Valencia, AC Milan and Roma also want Genoa star

Christian Kouame has attracted interest from Napoli, Valencia and Roma despite having only been at Genoa for a few months.

The Ivorian striker joined the Serie A side from Cittadella in the summer and has scored three times in 20 appearances.

Napoli are the team most interested in signing the 21-year-old, according to Calciomercato, which reports that Aurelio de Laurentiis wants to sign him in January and loan him back to Genoa. However, they face competition from Roma, AC Milan and Valencia.

Genoa do not want to let him go, however, and are willing to hold out for as much as €35 million (£32m/$40m) for him.

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Crystal Palace confident of Solanke deal

2018-12-30T17:17:04Z

Roy Hodgson is confident of bringing Dominic Solanke on loan to Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old has been unable to break into the Liverpool team amid their rise to the top of the Premier League, leading to reports of a temporary move away from Anfield.

Although Rangers are said to want him, Hodgson hopes his side can lure the former Chelsea striker to Selhurst Park next month.

"If he comes here, it'll be up to him to show he can do that in Premier League football," the ex-England boss said."He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for."

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Isco given ultimatum by Real Madrid

2018-12-30T16:51:02Z

Real Madrid have warned Isco that his performances must improve quickly if he wants to stay at the club, according to ABC.

The Spain international has lost his place in the Madrid starting XI and has been linked with a move away from the capital city, though he insists he does not want to leave.

But Madrid are not entirely happy with the 26-year-old performances and president Florentino Perez has warned him he must get back to his best soon or else he will be sold.

 

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Atlanta United sign Brek Shea

2018-12-30T16:28:40Z

Brek Shea has joined Atlanta United on a one-year deal, the MLS club announced.

The former Stoke City winger was a free agent after leaving Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of the season, but will begin the new campaign with Frank de Boer's team.

Vice-president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said of Shea: “We’re pleased to add a player of Brek’s caliber and versatility to the club. He has significant experience, playing numerous years in MLS, overseas and for the U.S. Men’s National Team, and will be a great addition to our locker room.”

Golovin not leaving Monaco, insists agent

2018-12-30T16:09:31Z

Aleksandr Golovin's agent insists the midfielder will not leave Monaco in January.

The Russia international has had a difficult start to life in Ligue 1 following his summer move, leading to suggestions he could be set for a quick departure in the next transfer window.

But his representative, Oleg Artyomov, insists he will spend the rest of the campaign at Monaco at least.

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Inter deny talk of Mourinho return

2018-12-30T15:44:14Z

Inter sporting director Piero Ausillo has dismissed talk of Jose Mourinho returning to the Serie A club.

The Portuguese coach had been linked with a move back to San Siro following his sacking from Manchester United this month.

However, Ausillo says Mourinho's shadow is no longer lingering over the club and says his side are too "rational" to hire their former boss back.

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Barcelona confirm contact with Rabiot

2018-12-30T15:18:39Z

But Spanish champions deny breaking transfer rules

Barcelona have confirmed they made contact with Adrien Rabiot over a potential move, but have denied a deal has been struck with the midfielder.

The Spanish champions were criticised by PSG for approaching the player before he is free to negotiate with other clubs with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

And although Barca published a statement admitting they have an interest in the player, they insist they have not broken any rules or reached any agreement with him.

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Emery wants three new players in January

2018-12-30T14:49:05Z

Unai Emery wants Arsenal to bring in a new central defender, a midfielder and a winger in the January transfer window, The Sunday Times reports.

The Gunners are looking to maintain their push for a place in next season's Champions League by finishing in the Premier League's top four, but are now in fifth place and five points behind Chelsea.

Emery feels his side need to enhance their squad with a few mid-season signings and has targeted a trio of new arrivals when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

Nicolas Pepe is said to be one of those the north London side are after, but he has insisted he does not want to leave Lille just yet.

Celtic bid for Ivorian striker Bayo

2018-12-30T14:25:21Z

Celtic are looking to strengthen their attacking options with the signing of 21-year-old striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, says The Daily Star.

The Scottish champions are looking for a replacement for Leigh Griffiths, who has been given time off for personal reasons, and see the Ivory Coast Under 23 international as an ideal option.

The striker is playing in Slovakia with Dunajska Streda and has scored 22 goals in 32 appearances for the club, catching the eye of Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic have bid £1.75 million for him, but he is not their only target for the January window as they hope to bring Timothy Weah on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Pepe outlines future plans

2018-12-30T13:58:43Z

Ivory Coast striker Nicolas Pepe insists he has no intention of leaving Lille during the January transfer window.

Arsenal are among of number of clubs who have been linked with a £72 million ($91.5m) deal for the 23-year-old, who has scored 12 goals and supplied five assists in 19 games this season.

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Elneny urged to leave Arsenal

2018-12-30T13:51:44Z

Mohamed Elneny has been advised to leave Arsenal in January by one of his former coaches, Hamdy Nouh.

The Egypt international has been overlooked for much of the campaign by new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, making just one Premier League appearance so far.

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Chelsea make Dybala approach

2018-12-30T13:29:04Z

Blues hold talks over possible summer switch

Chelsea have held talks with Juventus over a possible deal to sign Paulo Dybala, according to Don Balon.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri sees the Argentine forward as the ideal replacement for Eden Hazard should the Belgian make the move to Real Madrid.

Any deal for Dybala would not be completed until the summer, with Hazard likely to stay at Chelsea until at least the end of the season.

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Kabak set for Inter switch

2018-12-30T13:16:14Z

Inter Milan are interested in signing Turkey U18 defender Ozan Kabak from Galatasaray, according to Star.tr

The highly-rated 18-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, including Manchester United.

Kabak is believed to be keen on a move to Serie A, though Inter have yet to agree a fee with Galatasaray for the teenager.

Rahman loan cut short

2018-12-30T13:04:52Z

Baba Rahman's loan at Schalke from Chelsea is to be cut short, according to 90min.

Rahman returned to Schalke for a second loan spell in January, signing an 18-month deal through to the summer of 2019.

However, the Ghana international is now expected to return to Chelsea before being loaned out to a new club for the second half of the campaign.

Ramsey prefers Juve move

2018-12-30T11:12:17Z

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey would prefer a move to Juventus over Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to Calciomercato.

Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Emirates Stadium after the Gunners withdrew their offer of a renewal.

PSG and Juventus are leading the chase to sign the Wales international, who is believed to favour a move to Turin.

Solskjaer 'sure' he would accept permanent Man Utd job

2018-12-30T10:53:35Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is "sure" he would agree to take the Manchester United manager's job on a permanent basis if the club offer it to him at the end of the season.

Solskjaer has won his first two Premier League matches in temporary charge of the Red Devils since succeeding Jose Mourinho earlier this month.

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Man City's Ndombele bid rejected

2018-12-30T10:27:23Z

Manchester City have had a £45million (€49.9million/$57.1million) bid for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele rejected, according to The Times.

Lyon are believed to want at least £75million (€83.2million/$95.3million) for the 22-year-old, who impressed against City in the Champions League earlier this season.

Pep Guardiola was initially reluctant to spend any big money in January but may now enter the market to find cover for midfielder Fernandinho, who has been sidelined with a thigh injury in recent weeks and was sorely missed in defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester.

 

Dortmund move for Boca youngster

2018-12-30T10:03:13Z

Borussia Dortmund have made a €12million (£10.8million/$13.7million) bid for Boca Juniors defender Leonardo Balerdi, report Bild.

The 19-year-old has been a regular in the Boca starting line-up in recent weeks having only made his senior debut in August.

Barcelona have also been linked with the Argentina U20 international, who has three years remaining on his contract.

Milan move for Fabregas in doubt

2018-12-30T09:58:37Z

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that it may not be possible for the Serie A side to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Gattuso has repeatedly stated his interest in the World Cup winner, but believes that Financial Fair Play restrictions could stop the club bringing the midfielder to Italy.

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Juve confident of Pogba deal

2018-12-30T09:26:12Z

Italian champions not giving up on move for World Cup winner

Juventus are still confident of re-signing Paul Pogba despite his revival in fortunes at Manchester United, according to the Sunday Express.

Pogba had been tipped to leave Old Trafford after falling out with previous boss Jose Mourinho but has impressed under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However Juventus remain confident of sealing a summer move for the Frenchman, who is also being monitored by Barcelona.

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Barca name Cillessen price

2018-12-30T09:10:44Z

Barcelona say goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will not be allowed to leave the club for less than €60million (£54million/$68million), according to AS.

Cillessen had offers from Premier League clubs last summer but was persuaded to stay at the Camp Nou and fight for a starting spot with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barcalona remain reluctant to let Cillessen leave and so won't consider any offer below the €60million release clause in his contract.

Inter could hijack Arsenal's Cahill deal

2018-12-30T08:44:26Z

Inter Milan are ready to rival Arsenal for the signing of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to the Express.

The former England international is out of contract in the summer but is expected to leave next month in search of regular first-team football.

Arsenal were believed to be favourites to land the 33-year-old, but Inter now look set to make an alternative offer.

 

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Forlan in talks over Indonesia move

2018-12-30T07:59:33Z

Former Uruguay international Diego Forlan has been approached by Indonesian club Kalteng Putra.

The 39-year old forward is currently a free agent, having last played for Kitchee SC in Hong Kong earlier this year.

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AC Milan close in on Muriel

2018-12-30T07:53:25Z

AC Milan are close to signing Colombia striker Luis Muriel on loan from Sevilla, according to sportmediaset.

The report claims the Rossoneri have already reached an agreement with the player and now just need to finalise the terms of the deal with his club.

Sevilla want any deal to include an obligation to make the move permanent, while Milan would prefer the opportunity to decide at the end of the season.

Saints eye Elabdellaoui move

2018-12-30T07:16:19Z

Southampton are considering a January move for Olympiacos full-back Omar Elabdellaoui, according to the Daily Mail.

New Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to strengthen his defence as he looks to lift the club away from the relegation zone.

Elabdellaoui is familar with English football having played for Manchester City's academy as well as a short spell on loan at Hull in 2017. 

Monaco eyeing Acuna move

2018-12-30T06:05:56Z

Monaco are hoping to make a January move for Sporting CP left-back Marcos Acuna, according to Le10Sport

Thierry Henry is looking to improve his defence, and has identified the Argentine international as an ideal reinforcement for the struggling Ligue 1 side. 

Acuna, 27, recently renewed his deal with Sporting through 2023, so Monaco will have to make a big offer to convince the Portuguese side to sell. 

Newcastle consider move for Roofe

2018-12-30T05:05:07Z

Newcastle are considering a move for Leeds striker Kemar Roofe, claims the Mirror

The 25-year-old has impressed in the Championship this term, scoring 13 goals in 18 games.

Promotion-chasing Leeds would be reluctant to part with Roofe, but a hefty offer from the Magpies would force them to consider a sale. 

Acosta nears $5m FC Dallas move

2018-12-30T03:20:30Z

FC Dallas are nearing a $5 million move for Tenerife midfielder Bryan Acosta, reports Diez

The 25-year-old Honduras international moved to the Spanish second-division side in 2017 from Real Espana in his native country. 

Solksjaer aims to tie Martial & De Gea

2018-12-30T02:35:25Z

Caretaker Man Utd boss ​Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to convince Anthony Martial and David De Gea to renew their Old Trafford deals.

The pair are attracting plenty of interest from other clubs, but Solskjaer has made his case that they will be hard pressed to find a better place to ply their trade. 

Read Solskjaer's pitch to the star duo right here

Arsenal join Spurs in chase for Aarons

2018-12-30T01:45:35Z

Arsenal have joined Tottenham in the race for Norwich right-back Max Aarons, reports the Mirror

The England U-19 full-back only made his league debut in September, but has impressed for the Canaries in the subsequent months. 

Aarons is rated at £15 million ($19m​), and Norwich have made clear they will not sell the 18-year-old in January unless he is loaned back for the rest of the season. 

Sarri: I prefer Hazard at striker over Morata

2018-12-30T00:55:57Z

Alvaro Morata's future has been thrown into further doubt as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard will continue in a striker role. 

Hazard has been deployed as a false nine in recent matches, with Morata not even making Chelsea's bench for the club's last four Premier League games. 

Read Sarri's take on Morata and Hazard right here

Chelsea told to pay £30m for Hummels

2018-12-30T00:04:35Z

The Blues are looking to reinforce at the back in January

Bayern Munich have told Chelsea they must pay £30 million ($38m) to sign centre-back Mats Hummels in January, claims The Sun.

The Blues are looking to reinforce at the back and have targeted the 30-year-old, who is no longer an automatic starter at Bayern. 

Hummels is interested in a move to Stamford Bridge, but Bayern have given Chelsea a deadline of January 14 to make a move in order to allow the Bavarians time to sign a replacement before the January window closes. 

Bayern offer more than £20m for Hudson-Odoi

2018-12-29T23:35:45Z

The Bavarians have made a second bid for the Chelsea teenager

Bayern Munich have submitted a fresh offer in excess of £20 million ($25m) for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to Sky Sports.

After reports suggesting an offer of £13.5m ($17m) had been rejected, a new bid has been made.

Chelsea are thought to be demanding £22.5m ($28.5m) for the 18-year-old, however with 18 months left on his contract they are running out of time to recoup a fee.

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Lazio after Darmian with Zappacosta as plan B

2018-12-29T23:11:26Z

Lazio are hoping to sign Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, with Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta their second choice, claims the Mirror.

The Serie A side were in for Darmian in the summer, but failed to convince United to part with the Italy international. 

Should a return move fail, Lazio will move on to Zappacosta, who has made just two Premier League appearances for the Blues this term. 

Tottenham swoop for Rabiot as Barca waver

2018-12-29T22:57:45Z

Tottenham are ready to make an offer for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot in January, reports Paris United. 

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Rabiot had agreed a deal with Barcelona for 2019-20. However, Rabiot's mother - who acts as his agent - has increased her demand for a signing bonus from €10 million (£9m/$11m) to €15m (£13m/$17m). 

That has encouraged Spurs, whose offer of an €8m (£7m/$9m) annual salary is nevertheless still considered to be too small by the Rabiot camp. 

Newcastle transfer plans stall with takeover in doubt

2018-12-29T22:53:42Z

Newcastle's ability to sign players in January is in doubt due to takeover talks stalling, reports the Mirror

Current owner Mike Ashley has been reluctant to fund any big-money purchases for the squad and is looking to sell the club.

However, none of the four current suitors for the Magpies is close to a deal, leaving Newcastle's January transfer plans up in the air.