The January Transfer Window opens for business in 27 days, with clubs across the continent thinking about bolstering the squads they upgraded during the summer months.
With no fewer than three managerial changes made in the Premier League already this season, the likes of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg – if he is still in charge – may look to adjust things next month.
Will Manchester City bolster in an attempt to chase-down league leaders Liverpool? Will West Ham offer further investment to Manuel Pellegrini? Will Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester strengthen their push for top-four and above? And there’s Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boost his striking options with a move for Erling Braut Haaland?
Elsewhere, we’ll keep you abreast of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s movements, and bring you best from the Championship as well as the latest on the future of Everton boss Marco Silva.
MAN UTD NEWS
Haaland release clause?
Now then… this could be interesting for Manchester United fans.
That would be a real worry for Red Bull Salzburg, considering his market value should be around £100m if United want him in January.
We will dig a little deeper on that – but if the release clause really is that low, it could well spark a few bids and lucrative contract offers for the 19-year-old to consider.
Everton statement on Silva
“Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.
“Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and the board of directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.
“Duncan Ferguson has taken temporary charge of the first team and will manage the side for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.
“The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible.”
Everton have now confirmed that Marco Silva has been sacked – Duncan Ferguson will be in charge against Chelsea this weekend.
PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS
Everton have sacked Marco Silva, according to multiple reports.
We’ll have more on that as and when we get it…
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Hodgson brushes off Zaha rumours
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has once again refuted suggestions the club are willing to let Wilfried Zaha leave.
The Ivory Coast winger has been linked with Arsenal and more recently Chelsea. But the veteran coach says while he is not surprised by the interest in Zaha, there is no desire to cash in on the 27-year-old.
“As I’ve said on many occasions, when you have a player of that quality, it’s not surprising when they’re coveted,” he said.
“But he’s a Crystal Palace player, he’s under contract to us. No one here is anxious or desirous to sell him. But sometimes bids come in which are very difficult for the clubs to deal with.
“The speculation doesn’t interest me at all. I’ve been here two and a bit years now and there’s been speculation about him from the very moment I stepped through the door.
“He’s still playing for Crystal Palace and still doing a wonderful job.”
WEST HAM NEWS
West Ham join race for Turkey goalkeeper
West Ham are ready to rival Liverpool for the signature of Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.
That’s according to Turkish newspaper Aksam, who believe the Hammers are ready to sign a goalkeeper to provide long-term cover for Lukasz Fabianski and battle for the No.1 shirt.
The Reds were reported to have sent scouts to watch Cakir, who has been capped twice by Turkey, in action and his agent Engin Kirkpinar has revealed three other English clubs are interested in the highly-rated stopper.
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd should sign Cavani in January, says Saha
Manchester United should try to sign Edinson Cavani in the January transfer window, says former striker Louis Saha.
Cavani has been consigned to the bench recently with Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe preferred up front under PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.
The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Saha believes the Uruguayan would be a perfect addition to the squad next month.
“I would love to see Cavani join the Premier League in January; he would be a great signing for Manchester United,” he told bwin.
“I’d also love to see Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho or Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti; they would both fit right into the Premier League.”
Shaqiri linked with Turkey loan move
Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is being lined up for a loan move to Turkish champions Galatasaray in January, according to reports in Turkey.
The Switzerland international scored in the 5-2 win over Everton on Wednesday but has been reduced to cup football and cameos from the bench.0
And that could persuade Galatasaray to approach Liverpool about a temporary switch, report Turkish news outlet Fanatik. However, they are also keen to bring back Nigerian winger Henry Onyekuru to the Super Lig.
Chelsea ‘make Zaha contact’
Well, this would be an interesting one. The Independent report that Chelsea have entered talks with “intermediaries” regarding a summer deal for Wilfried Zaha.
The 27-year-old has scored in each of his last two games for Palace this season but made clear his desire to leave the Eagles last summer with Arsenal and Everton competing for his signature.
Now, the report suggests agent Federico Pastorello has held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, who is in charge of the Blues’ transfer dealings.
One to keep an eye on.
WEST HAM NEWS
Milan set Kessie price amid Hammers interest
West Ham United have received a boost in their pursuit of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie after the Italian club named their price.
Tuttosport suggest Milan are ready to accept offers of €30m (£25.3m) for the 22-year-old, leaving West Ham with the chance to sign the Ivory Coast international.
They may face competition from Wolves, who have also been credited with an interest in bringing the tireless midfielder to the Premier League.
Boga talks up chances of Chelsea return
Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga has set his sights on returning to Chelsea in the future after impressing in the Serie A.
The French winger only made a handful of outings for the Blues, having worked his way through the academy system, before eventually agreeing to join the Italian side in a £3.5m deal last summer.
The 22-year-old has attracted interest from European sides this season after some dazzling displays, with four goals in 13 games, and Boga says he may return to Stamford Bridge in the future.
“It wasn’t the time for me to play for Chelsea,” he told Foot Mercato.
“But if I keep doing what I am doing and work hard, maybe I will be back one day.”
Zlatan poised for Serie A return
Manchester United. Tottenham. Halmstads. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with pretty much every club he’s every played for (or owns shares in) since leaving LA Galaxy as a free agent.
But the Swede has given the strongest suggestion yet that he will make an emotional return to Italy with AC Milan his most likely destination.
Speaking to GQ Italia, he said: “I’ll join a club which must get back to winning, which must renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything.
“That is the only way I’ll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again.
“It’s not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family. I’ll see you in Italy soon.”
Atleti lead Cavani race
Atletico Madrid are leading the race to sign Edinson Cavani from PSG, according to reports in Spain.
The Uruguayan has achieved legendary status in the French capital with 195 goals in 287 games since arriving from Napoli in a big-money move in 2013.
But with Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe forming the frontline this season under Thomas Tuchel, Cavani has been limited to a role from the bench and the German admitted he “doesn’t have a solution” for the striker.
The 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and AS believe that Atletico coach Diego Simeone is interested in signing Cavani to replace Diego Costa, who has been linked with a move to Qatar.
Ansu Fati father dismisses talk of loan exit
Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati will not leave the club on loan in the January transfer window, says his father.
The 17-year-old burst onto the scene with a series of impressive displays, becoming Barca’s youngst-ever goalscorer with a strike in the 2-2 draw with Osasuna back in August.
He has been limited to cameos from the bench since then, with the Catalans not wanting to rush his development, and his father dismissed reports he could look to leave on loan.
“Why would he leave now in December? He is a youth player still,” Bori Fati told Cadena Cope radio when asked if it would benefit his son to leave Barca on loan.
“He knows he is a youth player. Where would he go and play? He has to be learning there [at Barcelona], learning with the best and that’s all.
“He is focused and we all have our feet firmly on the ground. He is 17, he is training with the best in the world.”
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Hornets line up Wickham loan
Watford are hoping to bolster their frontline with a loan move for Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who report that Roy Hodgson is willing to let the injury-hit striker leave to get regular first-team football after just two Premier League appearances this season.
They could face competition from Nottingham Forest for the 26-year-old, who looks destined to leave Selhurst Park having fallen behind Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke in the pecking order.
MAN UTD NEWS
United could miss out on cut-price Haaland
Manchester United could be set to miss out on Red Bull Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland with Borussia Dortmund reportedly ready to move for the striker.
The 19-year-old is being courted by Europe’s elite after scoring eight goals in five Champions League games, as well as hitting 26 goals in all competitions for the Austrian outfit.
Standard Sport understands United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Haaland his top target in January to bolster his frontline.
But, according to Bild, Dortmund have stolen a march due to their relationship with agent Mino Raiola and could sign him for as little as €20m (£17m) due to a release clause in his contract.
ESPN report Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all keeping tabs on the Norway international too.
PSG demand Vinicius Jr swap as Real chase Mbappe
Real Madrid have been told by PSG they must include Vinicius Junior in any offer to sign France forward Kylian Mbappe, reports in Spain suggest.
The Spanish giants are hoping to prize away the 20-year-old starlet from Ligue 1 this summer after scoring 70 goals in 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions.
AS claim that PSG sporting director Leonardo is keen on taking Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr as part of any deal to sell Mbappe, who is likely to command a huge fee given PSG spent £166m to bring him in from Monaco in 2017.
Spurs eye move for Norwich defender?
Tottenham have set their sights on adding to their squad in January with a move for Norwich City centre-back Ben Godfrey, according to Football Insider.
The 21-year-old, an ever-present for Norwich this season, only signed a five-year deal to stay at Carrow Road in July following their promotion.
But it appears Spurs are keen to add the England Under-21 international to their home-grown contingent and see Godfrey as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The report suggested the Canaries would demand a fee in the region of £25m for the centre-back, with Jose Mourinho ready to make his first signing since taking charge of the north London club in November.
McManaman urges Bale to seek Premier League return
Former Real Madrid player Steve McManaman believes Gareth Bale should resist a move to China and attempt to engineer a return to the Premier League.
The Wales star has endured his toughest season at the Santiago Bernabeu under coach Zinedine Zidane and the fans have taken to whistling the 29-year-old in recent games.
McManaman, who played for the Spanish giants between 1999 and 2003, said he would “love” to see the ex-Tottenham winger back in England after leaving in a £85m deal six years ago.
“If he does want to leave, then I’d love it if he came back to the Premier League. I wouldn’t want him to go to China, because he’s too good a footballer.
“I’d love to see him back, showing the people of England just how good he still is.
“I know the situation in Madrid and I know that most of what we read in England is nonsense, because sometimes we’re obsessed with getting our players back in the Premier League.”
Silva arrives for training as Everton line up Moyes return
It appears the writing is on the wall for Everton boss Marco Silva following the club’s 5-2 defeat in the Merseyside derby to rivals Liverpool.
The Portuguese coach is on the brink of being sacked by the Toffees, with multiple reports suggesting the club will approach David Moyes about a return to the club – six years after leaving for Manchester United.
Everton have won just four of their opening 15 games and are currently in the relegation zone after Southampton beat Norwich last night.
The 42-year-old has been pictured arriving at the club’s training ground this morning and it is believed Farhad Moshiri, the club’s majority shareholder, is to decide his future in the next few hours.
Here are the latest transfer news and rumours on Thursday December 5th…
Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg says he is planning talks with record signing Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe has failed to impress since arriving in a £72million deal from Lille over the summer and remained an unused substitute for Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Norwich – Ljungberg’s first game at the helm.
“I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.” the Swede said on Wednesday.
The Blues have spoken to intermediaries about potentially signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal palace next summer, according to the Independent.
Chelsea are willing to smash their transfer record to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, reports suggest.
According to Goal.com, the Blues – who are waiting to discover the result of their appeal against a Fifa-imposed transfer ban – are confident of beating the likes of Manchester United to the England forward either in January or next summer.
Liverpool are in the race to sign highly-rated teenage Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi, say reports in Spain.
Adeyemi, 17, has scored plenty of goals during a productive loan stint in Austria’s second tier with FC Liefering and could be seen as one for the future at Anfield.
However, Arsenal and Barcelona are also said to be keeping a close eye on the player.
Manchester City are among the clubs hoping to sign in-demand Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, says speculation from Italy.
The Argentine has netted 13 goals for Antonio Conte’s side so far this term and Barcelona were thought to be pressing to secure his signature.
However, Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio claims that City are also in the race and eyeing a release clause worth €111m that is only available to be activated for a certain number of weeks by clubs outside of Italy.
Manchester United could try and entice England manager Gareth Southgate to Old Trafford.
The Sun report that Southgate could be a contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United decide to part company with their current boss at the end of the season.
Real Madrid may have to give up Vinicius Junior in any deal for Kylian Mbappe, according to Diario AS.
PSG have reportedly told Los Blancos that any deal for their star striker must include the Brazilian, who is admired by compatriot Leonardo, currently the Ligue 1 champions’ sporting director.
Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey could become the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Tottenham.
The Daily Mail report that Mourinho is considering his central defensive options amid the uncertainty surrounding Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with the £25m-rated Godfrey a potential future target.
We’ll bring you the latest transfer news and rumours throughout the day.
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