We are edging closer and closer to the opening of the January sales.
Post-Christmas, the proverbial rumour mill is likely to go into overdrive as teams desperately attempt to plug gaps in their squads heading towards the business end of the season.
Granted, the winter market is generally considered to be a harder one to navigate and perhaps a heavy involvement would suggest all is not right at a particular club but, as ever, there are some big names making headlines.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are expected to be one of the main players of the window given their bleak Premier League position in juxtaposition to their newfound wealth off of the pitch. Indeed, an offer for Kieran Trippier is reportedly expected from those in the Spanish capital.
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Florian Wirtz has entered Manchester United’s radar, according to the Star.
The recent appointment of German football stalwart Ralf Rangnick is said to have improved the Red Devils’ confidence of landing the 18-year-old from Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool are also named as keen on Wirtz, who could cost £70million.
Arteta gives the nod
Mikel Arteta has given the green light in Arsenal’s pursuit of Phillipe Coutinho, according to reports in Spain.
Fichajes.net claim that the Barcelona playmaker is a top priority for the Gunners’ January recruitment.
The arrival of Ferran Torres could be the last nail in the coffin for Coutinho’s Barca career, which has struggled ever since his mega-money move from Liverpool.
Juve minded against Aubameyang
Juventus are considering pulling out of a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to the Mirror, the rumoured interest is fading due to concerns over the Arsenal outcast’s huge salary and whether he would fit into Massimiliano Allegri’s tactical system.
The Juve coach is said to want an out-and-out central striker to improve his team in January instead.
Cadiz to pick up the pieces
Luuk de Jong’s Barcelona nightmare is set to come to an end.
New coach Xavi is not interested in the loanee signed from Sevilla by predecessor Ronald Koeman.
And Mundo Deportivo detail an agreement to cut short De Jong’s stay, and move him across LaLiga to Cadiz for a fresh loan stint.
Extra pocket money for Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s coffers are set to be swelled to the tune of £12.5million.
According to FirenzeViola, Fiorentina are set to take up their purchase option on the loan of midfielder Lucas Torreira after he impressed in Italy.
It is said that conversations between the clubs have been ongoing for weeks to close the deal.
Prem trio in free agent push
Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
The Express, via TMW, claim the trio could make a move in January ahead of his contract expiring at the San Siro, with talks over a renewal at a standstill.
A big fee would still be required by Milan – making a free agent move in the summer more likely.
Dembele set to sign new Barca deal
Spanish outlet Sport say that Ousmane Dembele will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona next week.
The French winger, whose time in Spain since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 has been plagued by injury, has again been linked with a move in recent weeks, including to Arsenal as part of an exchange for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, the report claims Dembele will extend his stay at the Nou Camp and, crucially, accept a significant wage cut to do so.
ESPN say that Arsenal have scouted Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri as an alternative centre-forward option.
The Gunners are in the market for a striker, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of favour and both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette about to enter the final six months of their contracts.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dusan Vlahovic have both been heavily linked with the Gunners, but the Moroccan would represent a cheaper signing.
Newcastle cold on Martial loan
Football Insider claim that Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has decided against a January moved for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman may be allowed to leave Old Trafford next month and had reportedly been offered to the Toon club on a six-month loan deal, which would have cost the Magpies £6m.
The report claims that Howe is focused on strengthening his defence and central midfield first.
Brentford transfer guide
Thomas Frank’s men have made a terrific start to life in the top flight but their resources have been stretched thin by injuries to some key players.