We are getting closer and closer to the opening of the January sales.
After Christmas, the proverbial rumor mill is likely to get carried away as teams desperately try to fill their teams’ gaps towards the end of the season.
Granted, the winter market is generally seen as a harder market to navigate and perhaps heavy involvement would suggest that all isn’t right at a particular club, but, as always, big names are making the headlines.
Liverpool are said to have an interest in Mbappe although he looks set to move to Real Madrid while Bayern Munich supremo Oliver Khan has moved his club away from Haaland.
Elsewhere, Newcastle United are expected to be one of the main window players given their grim position in the Premier League juxtaposed with their newfound wealth off the pitch. Indeed, an offer for Kieran Trippier would be expected from those in the Spanish capital.
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Extra pocket money for Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s coffers are expected to swell to the tune of £ 12.5million.
According to FirenzeViola, Fiorentina are set to take their option to buy on loan from midfielder Lucas Torreira after impressing in Italy.
Talks between the clubs are said to have been going on for weeks to secure the deal.
Prem threesome in the free agent push
Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
The Express, via TMW, says the trio could take a step in January before their contract at the San Siro expires, with talks of a renewal stalled.
Milan are said to still demand hefty fees, making a free agent transfer more likely this summer.
Dembele set to sign new Barca deal
Spanish media Sport have announced that Ousmane Dembele will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona next week.
The French winger, whose stay in Spain since signing Borussia Dortmund in 2017 has been plagued by injuries, has again been linked with a move in recent weeks, including to Arsenal in a trade for Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang.
However, the report claims that Dembele will extend his stay at Camp Nou and, most importantly, accept a significant pay cut for doing so.
ESPN say Arsenal have spotted Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri as an alternate center-forward option.
The Gunners are on the hunt for a forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in disgrace and Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette close to entering the final six months of their contract.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dusan Vlahovic have both been heavily linked to the Gunners, but the Moroccan would represent a cheaper signing.
Newcastle cold on loan from Martial
Football Insider claim Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has spoken out against a January transfer for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman could be allowed to leave Old Trafford next month and has reportedly been offered to Toon’s club on a six-month loan, which has reportedly cost the Magpies £ 6million.
The report claims Howe is focusing on strengthening his defense and central midfield first.
Brentford Transfer Guide
Thomas Frank’s men have made a great start to life in the top flight, but their resources have been strained by injuries to some key players.
Crystal Palace transfer guide
Everything you need to know about Palace’s January plans here.
West Ham transfer window guide
Stay up to date with everything you need to know about West Ham’s plans in January here.
Antonio Conte cannot offer any insurance on Lloris
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte cannot guarantee Hugo Lloris’ future despite his excellent form this season.
“Hugo is our captain, he is a player who has played for Tottenham for many years and we are all happy to have him in our squad, in the squad and in the dressing room.
“Of course he is a reference for other players and Hugo knows very well what I think of him and what the club thinks of him.
“Now we’ll see, but I think Hugo will never be a problem for Tottenham.”
Kieran Trippier offer expected
ESPN claim that Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are awaiting an offer from Newcastle United for England defender Kieran Trippier.
Whether or not he wants to get involved in a relegation battle is up for debate of course, but that already sounds like one of the major stories looming on the horizon.