Now we’re into the dying embers of December, the proverbial transfer rumour mill is hotting up.
Elsewhere, the futures of both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe might not be sorted out until the summer, though it seems reasonable to expect updates on both given how likely they are to change clubs in the coming months. Man United, meanwhile, are thought to have targeted Ruben Neves.
For his part, Haaland isn’t believed to fancy a move to the Premier League at this stage of his career.
Ousmane Dembele, meanwhile, posted a late-night message of the Barcelona crest on Instagram, which could perhaps indicate where his future lies amid his links with a sensational January move to money-bags Newcastle United.
There has also been an update as to the future of Chelsea star, Antonio Rudiger. Indeed, Real Madrid are believed to be leading the race for the German international as he approaches the final few months of his deal at Stamford Bridge.
Follow all of the latest news, rumours and gossip below.
Barcelona planning busy January window
Barcelona have pretty much completed a deal for Ferran Torres, but it looks like they’re far from finished in the transfer window.
Marca report that Xavi is eyeing up a move for Edinson Cavani in January, as he looks to boost his options in attack.
But after already splashing out on Torres, the Catalans will need to sell some players first to finance a deal for Cavani. Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, Yusuf Demir, Sergino Dest and Luuk de Jong are all believed to be surplus to requirements at Barcelona.
Erling Haaland update
Erling Haaland is linked pretty much anywhere and everywhere as he seemingly comes towards the end of his Borussia Dortmund, although it might not be the Premier League he lights up next.
Indeed, Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed the forward would much prefer a move to Spain next, rather than to England.
Real Madrid looking for a clear out
Both Isco and Gareth Bale are reportedly set for the transfer list at Real Madrid, as they attempt to make space for Kylian Mbappe.
Still, it’ll be a hard task to find buyers willing to take such huge contracts halfway through the season, you feel.
Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal
As Simon Collings states in Standard Sport’s look at the biggest soon-to-be free agents in the game, Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal this summer in pursuit of a longer contract elsewhere.
Both Lyon and Atletico Madrid are keen.
Man United want Ruben Neves
The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, suggest Manchester United are eyeing Ruben Neves of Wolves as a replacement for Paul Pogba.
Known to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes at international level, Ralf Rangnick is understood to have targeted him.
Real Madrid are increasingly confident of signing Kylian Mbappe
According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid are growing in confidence they will sign Kylian Mbappe over the course of the summer.
The Frenchman is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season and looks set for a move to the Spanish capital, although a move won’t be agreed before the two clubs meet in the Champions League in February.
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Dembele’s Barcelona hint
Elsewhere on social media, Ousmane Dembele uploaded a photo overnight of the Barcelona crest amid his contract talks with the club.
Clearly, that is far from proof the Frenchman will be staying at the Camp Nou but would appear to hint at where his priorities lie.
Fabrizio Romano insight
Taking to Twitter, the noted transfer insider described today as ‘Ferran Torres day’ today, indicating just how close the Man City forward’s move to Barcelona really is.
Antonio Rudiger latest
According to The Daily Telegraph, Real Madrid players are certain Antonio Rudiger will join them in the Spanish capital from the summer onwards.
Heading towards the final few months of his Chelsea contract, the La Liga champions-in-waiting are reportedly set to swoop by offering the German international a lucrative contract.