Fulham confident over Babel
Fulham are confident of securing former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel on a six-month loan deal, according to the Daily Mail.
The Dutchman, 32, currently plies his trade at Besiktas and has scored six goals in 19 appearances so far this season.
Claudio Ranieri will hope his experience can help haul the Cottagers out of a precarious position, sitting five points from safety.
Ancelotti expects Allan to stay at Napoli
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Allan will remain with Napoli this month, despite rumours linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian midfielder is reportedly being eyed up as a replacement for exit-bound Adrien Rabiot, and a staggering €80m (£72m/$92m) bid has been suggested.
However, the Italian rubbished the rumours and declared that Allan would still be in Naples when the transfer window closes.
Aaron Ramsey is set to sign a five-year contract with Juventus ahead of a proposed Bosman transfer at the end of the season.
The Welsh midfielder has not penned fresh terms with Arsenal after negotiations broke down, and Juventus have emerged as the leading candidates to sign him on a pre-contract agreement.
Ramsey has completed the first part of his medical and is set to become the latest midfielder to join the Serie A giants for free, with Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira and Emre Can all making similar moves.
Man Utd interested in Carrasco
Manchester United are interested in Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, his wife has told A BOLA.
Carrasco has struggled to adapt to life in China since joining Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid, and the Belgian winger now wants to return to Europe.
The 25-year-old has also been linked with Arsenal, as well as various other clubs in Germany, Spain and Italy.
Blaszczykowski to play for free
Polish wide-man Jakub Blaszczykowski is set to play for free for his boyhood club Wisla Krakow.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg player is now a free agent and is set to link up with his struggling former side without requesting a wage.
He is also loaning the club €300,000 of his own money in a remarkable display of generosity.
Roma keen on Schneiderlin
The defensive midfielder, 29, has barely featured since the Toffees’ 3-1 defeat against West Ham in mid-September, having played just 39 minutes of Premier League football across three appearances since.
And the Serie A outfit have identified the Frenchman as a potentially affordable, short-term replacement for the ageing Daniele De Rossi, now 35 and with a contract that expires at the end of the season.
Rabiot’s price set at €15m
A host of clubs are circling Adrien Rabiot as Paris Saint-Germain slap a €15m price-tag on the out-of-contract star, according to Paris United.
Chief suitors Barcelona would reportedly prefer to sign the midfielder this month rather than wait until the end of the season, but the deal has been complicated by the demands of Rabiot’s agent and mother – Veronique Rabiot.
As a result, the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Tottenham have also registered an interest although the player’s wages are proving a stumbling block for the latter.
Barcelona chasing Maxi Gomez
Celta Vigo striker Maximiliano Gomez is the subject of interest from Barcelona, according to Don Balon.
The Blaugrana had hoped to land his signature in the January window, but Celta are unwilling to sell at this stage of the season.
The La Liga outfit are however willing to do business with Barca for Maxi Gomez during the summer, for a fee in the region of €60m ($69m, £54m).
Balotelli remains number one target for Marseille
Nice striker Mario Balotelli remains Marseille’s number one January transfer target, according to France Football.
The Italian’s entourage has held talks with Marseille representatives but no agreement has been reached yet, with two weeks left until the winter window slams shut.
Balotelli has yet to find the back of the net in Ligue 1 this season, drawing blanks in 10 consectutive domestic appearances for Nice.
Yohan Cabaye available as a free agent
Former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye is now a free agent, after being released from his contract with Al-Nasr.
According to France Football, the 33-year-old signed a two-year contract with the United Arab Emirates club back in July, but it has now been cut short.
Cabaye is now free to negotiate a deal with any potential suitors during the January transfer window as he looks ahead to the next chapter of his career.
Jordi Alba hopes for Barca stay
Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba hopes to remain at the Camp Nou, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2020.
Negotiations between the player and club have been ongoing in recent months, but no deal has been agreed yet, with Alba hoping to join Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets as one of the team’s top earners.
According to Marca, Alba told reporters on Sunday: “I want to stay here as this is the club that I love and have always supported, but it depends on them.”
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Khedira could leave Juve this summer
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira might leave the club at the end of the season if Aaron Ramsey’s proposed move from Arsenal goes through as expected.
According to Calcio Mercato, the German has fallen out of favour at the Allianz Stadium in recent months and Ramsey’s arrival would force him even further down the pecking order at the club.
Khedira’s current contract is set to expire in 2021, but Juve may be willing to listen to offers during the summer.
AC Milan eyeing Fellaini swoop
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is the subject of interest from AC Milan, according to Belgian publication Nieuwsblad via Calcio Mercato.
Gennaro Gattuso is in the market for midfield reinforcements this month and Fellaini has been identified as a potential target.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford since the departure of Jose Mourinho and may have to seek regular football elsewhere.
Doucoure plans to leave Watford
Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure wants to leave the club in January amid links to Paris Saint Germain.
The Frenchman wants to force his way into national squad manager Didier Deschamps’ plans, but he recognises he needs to be playing Champions League football first.
As The Sun reports, Doucoure announced his intentions publicly in an interview with French TV station Canal Plus, stating: “Yes, I think I will leave Watford.
“The club are aware of my ambitions and want to help me go up a level. So if it doesn’t happen this winter we’ll have a look at things this summer and the possibilities available.”
Chelsea want to re-sign Ake for £40m
Chelsea are interested in luring Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge from Bournemouth in the summer, according to The Sun.
A £40m ($51m) deal has been mooted for the Blues, who inserted a buy-back option in Ake’s Cherries contract when he left the club in 2017.
The Dutch international has featured in 22 Premier League games this season, contributing three goals.
Sarri: Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu like new signings
Maurizio Sarri says Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu feel like new signings while also reiterating that the two figure to play bigger roles if Chelsea does not dip into the transfer market.
Hudson-Odoi’s future with the club remains a talking point with Bayern interested, but Sarri says he expects the winger to play a role in the second half of the campaign.
Gil linked with Revs
The New England Revolution are after Deportivo midfielder Carles Gil, according to El Ideal Gallego.
Deportivo are said to be happy with the offer from the MLS club, but are looking to sign a replacement before letting the Spanish midfielder go.
Gil has played in 18 matches, starting 12, while contributing one assist this season.
Guardiola pessimistic on De Jong
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not spend £100 million in their search for a new midfielder, whether that’s Frenkie de Jong or Ruben Neves.
The reigning Premier League champions are in need of a holding midfielder to backup, and eventually replace, Fernandinho, and Guardiola has urged the club to be “quick and efficient” in their transfer dealings.
Fulham, Huddersfield and Leeds in for Zardes
Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United are interested in signing U.S. national team forward Gyasi Zardes, according to Team Talk.
The Columbus Crew forward has earned 40 caps and put together a bounce-back campaign after being traded by the LA Galaxy before the 208 MLS season.
Zardes, who has also reportedly drawn interest Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Norwich, is expected to compete for a spot in the USMNT’s Gold Cup roster this summer.
Willian wants to stay at Chelsea
Willian has clarified his Chelsea future after his winning goal helped the Blues to a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Brazilian struck shortly after half time to restore Chelsea’s lead after Ciaran Clarke’s goal had cancelled out Pedro’s opener.
The result helped Chelsea to tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League, and afterwards Willian was at pains to reassure fans that he sees his future in west London amidst speculation he could leave in January.
Bookmakers pay out on Solskjaer manager bets
Bookmaker Paddy Power has decided to pay out on bets that Ole Gunner Solskjaer will become the next permanent manager of Manchester United, reports the Mirror.
Solskjaer has enjoyed an incredible start to life at Old Trafford, winning his first six games in charge since Jose Mourinho was shown the door.
And after beating Mauricio Pochettino, a potential rival for the role, and Spurs a Paddy Power spokesman signalled: “We’re so confident that Ole’s Gunnar stay, we’ve decided to pay out on him being appointed permanent Manchester United manager.”
Emery wants Ozil out of Arsenal in January
Manager has lost faith in his star’s impact
Unai Emery is keen to see Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal in order to free up transfer resources in January, claims the Daily Mail.
Ozil has fallen out of favour this season under Emery and was left out of the Gunners’ squad for Saturday’s loss to West Ham.
And those in charge at the Emirates understand that the manager has lost faith in his playmaker and wants him out before the end of the month.
Man City face battle for De Jong signing
Manchester City wil have to fight off competition from Barcelona and PSG if they wish to land Frenkie de Jong, according to the Telegraph.
Pep Guardiola is keen to land the Ajax man as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the middle of the pitch.
England hopeful Coady to sign new Wolves contract
Wolves captain Conor Coady is set to extend his stay at the Premier League club, reports the Telegraph.
The 25-year-old defender has appeared on the radar of England manager Gareth Southgate, who watched him from the stands in Wolves’ FA Cup clash against Liverpool.
Now his club want to tie him to a fresh deal, with his current contract set to expire in two years.
Everton not interested in selling Gueye
Idrissa Gana Gueye has been told by Everton that they do not wish to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Daily Mail.
Gueye, 29, has emerged as a target for the Ligue 1 leaders, who would be prepared to pay up to £30 million for his services.
But Everton see the midfielder as indispensable to their plans, and will dismiss PSG’s overtures.