Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window
Man United to challenge City for Seri
Manchester United will rival neighbours City over the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to The Guardian.
The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera in the summer, with Chelsea and Barcelona also said to be keen in recent weeks.
Neymar, Hazard & Lewy to replace BBC
Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski are all targets for Real Madrid as Florentino Perez looks for his next attacking trio to replace BBC, reports Marca .
The Brazilian forward is the Blancos’ main target, with the Bayern and Chelsea stars also wanted.
Madrid’s terrible run of form has the club looking to rebuild, with Hazard and Neymar central to plans. Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi are the other forwards being discussed if the club can’t land Lewandowski, who will be 30 in August.
Chelsea considering Dzeko move
Chelsea are weighing up a move for Roma’s former Manchester City striker Edin Dezko, claims Mediaset Premium.
The Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about Dzeko – who netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season.
Welbeck on Besiktas shopping list
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .
The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom race
Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.
Pique pens new Barca deal
Gerard Pique has extended his stay at Barcelona through to 2022 with the penning of a new contract at Camp Nou.
The terms agreed by the World Cup-winning defender have seen his release clause set at €500 million.
Diarra prefers PSG to Man Utd
Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position to sign free agent Lassana Diarra, Le Parisien reports.
The Ligue 1 leaders face competition from Manchester United – where manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the player at both Chelsea and Real Madrid – and Inter.
Diarra, who will turn 33 in March, wants to play in a team capable of being competitive in the Champions League.
Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals close
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.
The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”
He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”
Man Utd in new contract talks with De Gea
The Spanish goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend his deal by another year.
Jose Mourinho said the option would be activated if necessary but the club will still look to lock down De Gea’s long-term future.
Wilshere talks ongoing
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.
As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Wenger has said: “We know what we want. We want him to stay.”
James to dictate future
James Rodriguez admits he found it “very tough” to leave Real Madrid, but is determined to dictate his own future at Bayern Munich.
The Colombia international was allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu for the Allianz Arena in the summer of 2017 after struggling to hold down a regular role under Zinedine Zidane.
James has recently been linked with Liverpool, and you can see what he has had to say on his career path here.
‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.
The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.
‘Carroll is not the answer’
Andy Carroll is the not the answer for Chelsea, says Dennis Wise, with the West Ham striker unlikely to put enough pressure on Alvaro Morata.
Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Blues continue to haggle with their London rivals over a potential fee for the England international, but Antonio Conte has been urged to explore other options.
Sevilla & Inter want Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge is attracting attention from Sevilla and Inter, with both clubs looking to bring in the Liverpool striker this month, reports The Daily Telegraph .
The Reds are not ready to let the striker go on the cheap, but he is available if either side is willing to meet Liverpool’s asking price.
Chelsea join competition for Seri
Chelsea are competing against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Sun .
The Nice midfielder is considered one of the biggest talents in Europe, and Blues boss Antonio Conte would like to reach a deal before the January window closes.
Conte is reportedly unimpressed by Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has not made a major impact so far at Stamford Bridge since his summer switch from Monaco.
Klopp keen on James
Liverpool are among those to have expressed an interest in signing Bayern Munich loanee James Rodriguez on a permanent basis, claims Don Balon .
The Colombia international is due to spend two years with the German giants as part of an agreement with parent club Real Madrid.
Finding a way to break that deal will be difficult, but Liverpool are eager to explore all options in their pursuit of a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
Walcott sends message to Arsenal fans
Theo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.
Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Juve plot Bellerin bid
Juventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.
The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.
Joao Mario turns down West Ham
Inter’s Joao Mario has turned down the chance to join West Ham on loan, claims Sky Sports .
The midfielder has seen his minutes decline under Luciano Spalletti, but has decided against a move to the Premier League outfit.
Dortmund in contact over Giroud
Borussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC .
The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer.
Barca could pay Griezmann release clause
Barcelona could pay the release clause for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann, reports CalcioMercato (via Gianluca di Marzio ).
The report claims that Atletico will move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement.
Inter make new Rafinha offer
Inter are not ready to give up on signing Rafinha from Barcelona and have made a new loan offer adding a €35 million option to buy, reports CalcioMercato .
Barcelona have already rejected one loan bid from Inter for the Brazilian.
Chelsea make official Emerson bid
Chelsea have made an official bid for Roma’s Italian full-back Emerson Palmieri, according to CalcioMercato .
The club’s first official bid of €20 million with add-ons could rise up to €25m, nearing the €30m price Roma are asking.
Bale in talks with Man Utd
Gareth Bale is in talks with Manchester United, as he doesn’t want to be part of the sinking ship at Real Madrid, according to Don Balon .
The former Spurs star believes Jose Mourinho can help him return to his best and is willing to take a pay cut to make the move, though Real Madrid’s asking price is still higher than what the Premier League club are willing to spend.
Madrid and Barca face fight for ‘new Asensio’
Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to face off over the transfer of Valencia’s Ferran Torres, reports Don Balon .
Despite not having made his full debut with Valencia, both of the Spanish giants see him as a prime target, with Madrid thinking of the 17-year-old as a future replacement for Gareth Bale.
Juventus eye Ozil and Erikson
Juventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to Corriere dello Sport .
Eriksen is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer.
Zidane wants Sterling to replace Bale
Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon .
Bale’s persistent injury troubles have prompted speculation that Madrid will look to sell the Wales international in the summer, and Zidane feels Sterling is the ideal player to come into the squad.
Zidane, however, is facing a battle to persuade Perez of the merits of signing Sterling due to the president’s desire to bring in a new No.9.
West Ham want Batshuayi in Carroll deal
West Ham want Michy Batshuayi to be included in any deal that would see Andy Carroll joining Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph .
The Blues had hoped to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal, but the Irons insist they are only interested in letting Carroll go on a permanent basis.
They would listen to offers of £20 million plus Batshuayi on loan for the former Liverpool man, though both Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund have also registered an interest in the Belgium international.
Malcom to snub Gunners?
Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .
The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.
Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contract
Alexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .
United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.
Walcott joins Everton in £20m deal
Everton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.
The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.
Madrid to make €70m Aubameyang bid
Real Madrid are ready to make a last-ditch bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, claims Don Balon .
Arsenal are in talks to sign Aubameyang, but could face late competition from Madrid after club president Florentino Perez decided an immediate fix is required for the team’s goalscoring problems.
Inter’s Mauro Icardi is reportedly Madrid’s prime summer target, but Perez is ready to make €70 million available now to beat Arsenal to the capture of Aubameyang, who has long held a dream of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career
Theo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.