The January transfer window will open in a few days and there is a lot of speculation about possible deals. Read the latest gossip below and see all the official appointments.
TOP OF PAGE: Ramos Track Monitoring
Tottenham Hotspur is monitoring the situation with Real Madrid center Sergio Ramos, reports The Evening Standard.
The Spaniard’s contract with the European Giants ends in the summer of 2021, and many clubs across the continent are wary of bringing him in for nothing.
If Ramos leaves Madrid, there will probably be extreme competition, but Spurs are not afraid to put their name in the hat, according to the report.
If the proposed change does not go through, Spurs will again turn to Internazionale Milan defender Skriniar.
12,00 GMT : Diego Costa left Atletico Madrid after the attacker’s contract was terminated by mutual consent.
The club announced Tuesday that Costa’s contract, which lasted only six months until June 2021, has been terminated. That means Costa can join a new club with a free transfer, as Atletico made a big pay cut in January to strengthen its team.
Costa, 32, left Chelsea for Athletic for €66 million in January 2018, after spending three and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Arkadiusz Milik has been linked to a move to Atletico to replace him and Napoli has reportedly requested 15 million euros to let the rush hour go next month.
11:48 GMT: At first glance, Joan Jordan looks like a Marvel comic hero. Or at least a moderate alter ego of a potential hero who saves the day.
Arsenal might need a superhero given their poor start to the Premier League season and Seville midfielder Jordan is on their radar, according to the sun.
According to the report, this 26-year-old male has been under the supervision of the Gunners in recent years: Sevilla has set a transfer fee of £50m for the current midfielder, but La Liga club is willing to listen to offers of about £32m.
11.03 GMT : Striker Bas Dost, who was courted by Tottenham, leaves Eintracht Frankfurt for Belgium in January.
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10:33 GMT: Chelsea winger Marcos Alonso was able to move to Atletico Madrid in January, according to AS.
The newspaper confirmed reports from The Independent that talks are already going on between 30-year-old Alonso and the La Liga club.
The defender would like to leave Stamford Bridge after making several Premier League appearances under Frank Lampard, the last time in September.
Atletico are looking for reinforcements on left back to compete with Renan Lodi, while Alonso would be in the 3-5-2 system that Diego Simeone has often favored this season.
10.10 GMT: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are associated with a change in RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
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Gab and Jules discuss the possibility of Marcel Sabitzer moving to a Premier League club.
09.17 GMT : Isco have chosen Seville as their next club, reports Diario AS – but the Real Madrid playmaker is more likely to move next summer than in January, as coach Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want to weaken his side mid-season.
According to AS, Isco wants his former boss to join Madrid and the Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui, who has made the most of the player born in Malaga.
The contract of the 28-year-old at the Bernabeu runs until 2022, but the newspaper says that Madrid is willing to accept between 15 and 20 million euros for the player, who has only played three league games this season.
08.49 GMT : West Ham captain Mark Noble admits he’s not sure if his teammate Declan Rice will stay with the club given Chelsea’s long-term interest.
Sources told ESPN’s James Olley this summer that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had focused on the midfielder and interest hasn’t waned since.
Noble told TOLSPORT: He’s still learning his trade, he’ll get better with experience. I hope it’s here [at West Ham], but you never know with this game. I’m sure in a few years he’ll be a better player, an even better player.
Manchester United are also linked to the 21-year-old, who according to Noble could be a future captain of the English team.
I don’t have much to talk about with Dec, he said. He’s a great guy, he’s got a great family, he’s the best, he’s the best player. There are a few things I’ve been talking to him about the last couple of seasons to change what he does. I think if he keeps developing, one day he’ll be captain of England. That’s the kind of player he is. He’s such a well-adjusted kid. You have to remember, he’s only 21 years old.
– Carlsen: Chelsea considers the potential of rice to be one of the best in Europe.
8:00 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United was planning to extend Edinson Cavani’s contract at Old Trafford.
Cavani signed a one-year contract in October with an option for an extra season – and the 33-year-old has made such an impression on Solskjaer that the club is already considering an extension.
At this stage it seems he still has a few years to live, so I won’t say anything else, Solskjaer said. He was a big influence when he got here.
Let’s focus on making everyone better, but he still has a few years to live. He is so meticulous and professional, his habits and everything that shows him why he had the career he had. Even at the age he is now, he is one of the strongest players we have.
Cavani has scored four goals in 13 games since he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain. He is limited to only four starts when he works on his fitness only after the summer workout, but Solskjaer said that the Uruguayan international, who last wore the No7 sweater, is more than just a replacement.
He’s certainly a beginner, he says. You cannot classify a player of this quality as something else.
He’ll probably start more games than he will. The first thing he asked me when I talked to him was if he could wear number seven. When you think of his past and his experience, his personality from the conversation I had with him, and when I saw him earlier, there was no doubt that he could wear the number 7 sweater.
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Gab Marcotti and Matteo Bonetti say the Series A title is not just a competition between Milanese clubs.
TALKING ABOUT PAPER (by Danny Lewis)
Milan wants Zach
AC Milan wants to draw Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, reports The Sun.
Milan is currently running Serie A and wants to stay there. The January transfer window is a good opportunity to strengthen this position.
They see the Ivorian international as another important piece of the puzzle and were impressed by his performance in a central role.
The man of the Palace, who scored in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, can help Milan win their first Scudetto since 2010/11.
Speaking in a circle around Costa
Since the announcement that Diego Costa has requested the termination of his contract with Atletico Madrid, there have been many rumors in circulation.
First, AS suggested that Arsenal was among the clubs that wanted to sign the contract of the 32-year-old if he was allowed to leave the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
The same communiqué suggested that Costa Atleti Arcadiusz Milik would move from Naples when he left.
Meanwhile, La Cadena SR claim that Real Betis’ Lorenzon Moron is the man who will replace Costa if he leaves La Liga.
– Sassuolo is ready to listen to the offer of 21-year-old striker Gianluca Scamacchi, reports Calciomercato. The Italian U-21 international made such an impression during his stay in Genoa that AC Milan is considering signing him this summer. Sassuolo would start with a basic valuation of 17 million euros and discuss the idea of retrieving the Genoese striker from Genoa, to let him go when a bid is made in January.
– Lyon hasn’t given up the idea of signing Islam Slimani from Leicester City, reports the Foot Mercato. The future of Memphis Depe is seriously questioned, while Moussa Dembele is injured, which means that the French side is looking for another striker. Slimani has only played 19 minutes for Fox so far, but that didn’t stop Lyon from bidding on the Algerian.
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