With just weeks to go until the January transfer window opens, Premier League clubs are already planning moves to strengthen their squads. Arsenal’s situation is severely complicated by their search for a new head coach, so the Gunners may not be as active in the market.
Across north London, neighbors Tottenham could be busy with Jose Mourinho no doubt keen to bring in several of his own players to shape the squad. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has been closely linked with a reunion with his former manager. Football fanatics from all over the world can buy Premier League Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Chelsea’s transfer ban was shortened on appeal meaning the Blues are now able to buy players in January, and the Blues could be set for a major spree with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Nathan Ake all rumoured to be on Frank Lampard’s wishlist.
Will West Ham also dip into the market? Manuel Pellegrini has been hit by several key injuries this season, so could try and sign a new goalkeeper and midfielder to bolster the Hammers’ squad. We’ll bring you all the latest news during the day, as and when it happens, so don’t go anywhere.
Why Chelsea won’t sign Zaha
Former Crystal Palace star John Solako says he does not expect Wilfried Zaha to move to Chelsea because of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Palace winger Zaha has been heavily linked to Stamford Bridge since the club’s transfer ban was halved.
However, Palace is reportedly holding firm on their £80m price for the attacker – and Solako does not think a deal will get done – but did suggest a swap.
“I honestly don’t think Wilf will go to Chelsea,” Solako told Love Sport Radio.
“Hudson-Odoi has come back and I don’t think they’ll want to hinder his development. But Willian and Pedro are getting on a bit, and maybe they’ll want someone to add to that.
“They could do a great little swap, though. Palace has got their eyes on Giroud, and that would be fantastic – Giroud plus money! If the Palace gets the right offer, they could be tempted.
“Wilfried definitely has the ability to play for Chelsea, and no Palace fan can begrudge him if he wants that move.”
Spurs eye Juventus defender
Spurs and Leicester are reportedly among several clubs chasing Juventus defender Merih Demiral.
According to Calciomercato, the Serie A side is trying to hold onto the 21-year-old, but he has only made three appearances this season in all competitions.
Milan is also noted as one of the sides keeping track of the defender, but Juve has so far rejected any and all offers.
Osimhen a man in demand
Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are all said to be tracking Lille attacker Victor Osimhen.
Sky Sports state that the Nigerian international is likely to stay with the Ligue 1 club in January unless they receive an offer too good to refuse, with the Premier League trio all keeping tabs on him.
The 20-year-old is apparently happy at Lille and determined to help them secure Champions League football for next season.
Liverpool announce Minamino deal
Liverpool has announced the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg.
The attacker will join the club on January 1 after Liverpool met his £7.25million release clause.
Man City’s Arteta demands
Manchester City is reportedly demanding £2million from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.
The Daily Mail state that the Premier League champions are seething over Arsenal’s shambolic and disrespectful conduct in the hunt to replace Unai Emery as a manager, but a deal is expected to be done this week.
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Arsenal leading the way for Sevilla wonderkid
Arsenal is being linked with Sevilla wonderkid Antonio Zarzano in the January transfer window.
The 17-year-old has apparently already rejected an offer from Real Madrid because he is dreaming of making his debut for Sevilla, according to Estadio Deportivo.
However, despite interest from Real, Bayern Munich and Liverpool, Arsenal is said to be in pole position for the young star.
He is not currently in the Sevilla B-team Sevilla Atletico in the Segunda Division B, and at the moment a debut for the first team is said to be a long way off.
However, after impressing at the Algarve International Tournament, Arsenal is said to have increased their interest in the attacking midfielder, and he could reportedly become Mikel Arteta’s first signing.
Spurs eye double Lille swoop
Spurs are reportedly targeting a double swoop for Lille stars Boubakary Soumare and Victor Osimhen.
Lille chief Gerard Lopez has admitted that Mourinho is interested in signing Soumare, along with a number of clubs.
And Jeunes Footeux states that the Spurs boss is also considering a move for Osimhen as he attempts to take some goalscoring pressure off Harry Kane.
Mourinho has already gone to Lille for recruitment, taking Joao Sacramento as his assistant manager.
Spurs submit a contract offer
Spurs have reportedly made an offer to Marseille youngster Isaac Lihadji.
The 17-year-old will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, with foreign clubs able to agree with a deal from the beginning of January.
The youngster has made just two appearances in Ligue 1 this season, but the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Barcelona are all keeping an eye on him, according to Fussball Transfers.
Dortmund, Spurs, Barcelona and Lille are all said to have put their offers in for the attacker, with Marseille also doing everything possible to try and hold onto him.
Spurs contract renewal
Spurs have announced a new contract for back-up goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman.
The 21-year-old has been on the bench on a number of occasions this season, with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm both picking up injuries, but Paulo Gazzaniga is the No.1 show stopper in their absence.
Whiteman’s new deal at Spurs runs until 2022.
Napoli’s Torreira hopes
Napoli is rumoured to be interested in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
However, Corriere Dello Sport (via Sport Witness) states that the Serie A club would be unable to purchase him in January.
Instead, they would need to take him on an initial six-month loan deal, a move which Arsenal would be unlikely to agree to.
However, the final say would go to the new manager, and whether Mikel Arteta sees a place for the Uruguay international in his side is another matter.
Napoli is also said to be considering moves for Sander Berge, Stanislav Lobotka and Boubakary Soumare, the latter of whom has also been linked to Spurs.
Mourinho’s January transfer plans
Jose Mourinho reportedly has plans to trim his Spurs squad in the January transfer window.
The Telegraph state that Tottenham will be willing to listen to offers for Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama.
Hertha Berlin and a number of Chinese clubs are said to be interested in 28-year-old Wanyama.
Meanwhile, Rose’s situation is complicated with the defender insisting that he will see out the remainder of his 18-month contract.
Eriksen could also leave, with Daniel Levy insisting that Spurs will not be scared to sell players to a direct Premier League rival, with Manchester United said to be interested in the Denmark international.
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