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THE transfer window is almost here as clubs look to freshen up their squads going into a packed second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races meaning there's plenty of work to be done among the big guns.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

  • James Orr

    ED-HUNTED

    Juventus and AC Milan have reportedly joined the chase for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

    The French striker, 22, has been linked with a move away from the Scottish champions for months.

    The Hoops managed to hold on to the hotshot last summer, despite plenty of Premier League interest.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is known to be a fan of the forward.

    And both Aston Villa and ex-Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, now in charge of Leicester, would love to bring him south of the border.

    However, calciomercato.it now state Edouard will soon have two very tempting offers from Serie A.

    Both Juventus and Milan want to strengthen their attack and are believed to be considering making a move.

    Juve boss Antonio Conte remains unconvinced by Alvaro Morata and is considering several targets as a replacement.

  • Alex Terrell

    CHAMPS ALLI-SSEYS

    Mauricio Pochettino is set to offer Dele Alli a route out of his Spurs hell at Paris Saint-Germain.

    Pochettino is in advanced talks to take over the French champions following Thomas Tuchel’s shock Christmas Eve sacking.

    The 48-year-old has been out of a job since being sacked by Tottenham 13 months ago.

    He had been holding out for the Manchester United job with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position under constant scrutiny.

    But after a disappointing start to the season Solskjaer has got United back into the title race and the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

  • Alex Terrell

    COVID SCARE FOR CITY

    Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow after Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker tested positive for coronavirus.

    The City duo will miss their clash with Newcastle at home on Boxing Day and Everton on the 28th.

    The pair – who will now have to self-isolate – are expected to return for their match with Chelsea on 3 January.

    Two other members of Etihad staff have also contracted Covid-19, and will remain at home under Government rules.

    It comes just days after the pair played in a 4-1 quarter-final win in the EFL Cup against Arsenal at the Emirates.

  • Alex Terrell

    UPPA FOR CUPPA

    Manchester United must win the Carabao Cup and expect to deliver more trophies under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Harry Maguire.

    Jose Mourinho led the club to League Cup and Europa League glory in 2017 before being replaced by the Norwegian in December 2018.

    Current Red Devils boss Solskjaer is yet to lift his first piece of silverware in charge.

    But with United reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals, skipper Maguire has called on his side to go all the way – and reintroduce a culture of success at Old Trafford.

    Speaking after Wednesday's quarter-final win at Everton, the ex-Leicester City man said: "When you play for Manchester United you expect to win trophies.

    "This year we reached our first semi-final in our first competition. But now it's about winning the big games and lifting trophies for this club."

  • Alex Terrell

    PAR FOR THE COURSE

    Mauricio Pochettino will finally be removed from Tottenham's wage bill if he takes charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 48-year-old looks set to become the French side's new manager after Thomas Tuchel was sacked this week.

    Pochettino has been out of work since he was dismissed by Spurs in November 2019.

    But Football Insider claim he has remained on their payroll due to a clause in his contract.

    The North London club have continued to pay his staggering £8.5million-per-year wages.

    But should he sign on the dotted line for Paris Saint-Germain, Spurs no longer have to pay him.

  • Alex Terrell

    ‘LON RANGER

    Chelsea outcast Marcos Alonso is a target for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    The left-back has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ £50million signing of England international Ben Chilwell.

    Alonso has made a paltry three appearances in all competitions this campaign, all of which have come in the Premier League.

    The Spaniard – who joined the west Londoners from Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 – has been absent from Chelsea’s last 11 league matchday squads.

    And according to reports, Atletico are willing to hand the former Bolton man a lifeline.

    Spanish TV show El Chiringuito claims the La Liga leaders are set to table a loan bid for the 29-year-old.

  • Alex Terrell

    ‘BA HUMBUG

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prioritising a centre-back in January, according to reports.

    But Manchester United are reportedly unlikely to move for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.

    Solskjaer's focus is mainly on the summer transfer window.

    But United will move for a centre-back next month if an appropriate target becomes available, according to the Telegraph.

    Victor Lindelof has played alongside captain Harry Maguire recently.

    But Solskjaer is said to want more quality and pace in the position as he tries to steer the Red Devils to success.

  • Alex Terrell

    WINGING IT

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Real Madrid star Rodrygo.

    But Mikel Arteta may have to put plans on hold after the winger was stretchered off injured on Wednesday.

    El Confidencial claims Arsenal and Inter Milan are both big fans of Rodrygo.

    The Brazilian, 19, has already clocked up 43 appearances for Real, scoring nine goals in the process.

    He played 11 times in last season’s LaLiga title triumph.

    And Rodrygo has also earned three senior caps for Brazil.

  • Alex Terrell

    OD MAN IN

    Juventus and AC Milan have reportedly joined the chase for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

    The French striker, 22, has been linked with a move away from the Scottish champions for months.

    The Hoops managed to hold on to the hotshot last summer, despite plenty of Premier League interest.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is known to be a fan of the forward.

    And both Aston Villa and ex-Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, now in charge of Leicester, would love to bring him south of the border.

    And both Juventus and AC Milan want to strengthen their attack and are believed to be considering making a move.

  • Alex Terrell

    BIG SPENDERS

    Here is what the biggest Premier League clubs drpped on transfers in the summer of 2020.

    And remember that is despite the fact that there was a global pandemic, hitting the pockets of so many top flight clubs.

  • Alex Terrell

    BOXING DAY BONANZA

    The Premier League's biggest clubs get back into action tomorrow as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all play on Boxing Day.

    Liverpool and Tottenham are in action on Sunday.

  • Alex Terrell

    MAKES SENS’

    Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to battle it out for Marco Asensio.

    The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side.

    Spanish news outlet Todofichajes claim he is a target for both Liverpool and PSG.

    The report also states that Real Madrid are willing to offload the 25-cap Spain international.

    Asensio – who joined Madrid from Mallorca in 2014 – is expected to cost around £35.7 million.

    The 24-year-old has struggled to cement his spot in the La Liga side's first-team this season.

  • Alex Terrell

    RIP MAX

    Championship Manager icon Maxim Tsigalko has passed away, aged 37.

    Tributes poured in after his former club Dinamo Minsk confirmed the news.

    A statement from Dinamo Minsk read: "Champion of Belarus, winner of the Cup of the country with Dynamo.

    "We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Maxim… eternal memory."

    Tsigalko played as a striker for Dinamo Minsk from 2001 until 2005.

    The Belarus international chipped in with an impressive record of 28 goals in 65 appearances.

    He then enjoyed spells with Naftan Novopolotsk, Kaisar, Banants and finally Savit Mogilev.

  • Alex Terrell

    DECK THE HAALS

    Chelsea have reportedly made signing Erling Haaland their ‘top priority’ next summer.

    Despite not turning 21 until July, the hotshot is rapidly closing in on a century of career goals already.

    The Borussia Dortmund star has been in excellent form this joining the Bundesliga outfit last January, and already has 17 this term.

    And Sky Sport Italia now claims that has led to Frank Lampard informing the Blues board that the Norwegian is his No1 target.

    That is despite him spending £123million on bringing Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in to bolster his attack in the summer.

    However, Chelsea will face stiff competition for the hotshot.

    Manchester United remain linked with the Leeds-born ace – while neighbours Man City are also keen.

  • Joe Miles

    GAR BLIMEY

    Arsenal are reportedly plotting a swoop for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

    The Spaniard, 19, has snubbed several new contracts at the Etihad, where he previously worked under Mikel Arteta.

    Pep Guardiola has already confirmed the centre-back has rejected offers of an extension with the ace believed to be eyeing a return to La Liga.

    Barcelona, who trained Garcia at their famed La Masia academy, have been favourites to sign him.

    They failed with an attempt last summer and are likely to renew their interest again when his contract expires.

    However, Arsenal news source AFC Bell claims Garcia is one of 'several options' the club are considering to strengthen the defence at the Emirates. 

  • Joe Miles

    NOU START

    Lionel Messi still has 'three or four years' of playing at the highest level, insisted Carles Puyol.

    Speaking to Goal, the veteran defender said: “He is now 33 years old and takes care of himself.

    “He is motivated and eager, and I think he has three or four years to go at this level if he is lucky enough to not have any major injuries and if he continues playing with the same desire to improve and keep winning, with that motivation.

    “I think we still have Leo for a while.”

  • sstreet

    DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

    Marcos Rojo is set to move to Boca Juniors, according to reports in Argentina.

    The Man Utd star has been on loan at Estudiantes – the club he joined as a ten-year-old – since January.

    But El Intrasigente claim Boca will make a £3.7m bid for the former World Cup finalist – enough to force United's hand.

  • Joe Miles

    YOU'RE KYLING US

    Real Madrid reportedly fear it will be harder to sign Kylian Mbappe if Mauricio Pochettino replaces sacked Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain.

    Los Blancos had lined up moves for Mbappe and former Spurs boss Pochettino but their plans are said to have been thrown into disarray.

    Real were keen on Poch as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane if the Frenchman departed in the near future.

    But after Tuchel was axed the day before Christmas and the Argentine had talks about replacing him, the Spanish giants are said to be gravely concerned.

    Mbappe is far more likely to agree a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions after the German's departure, according to Spanish outlet AS.

     

  • William Pugh

    LOOKING ALSEWHERE!

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prioritising a centre-back in January, according to reports.

    But Manchester United are reportedly unlikely to move for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. Solskjaer's focus is mainly on the summer transfer window.

    But United will move for a centre-back next month if an appropriate target becomes available, according to the Telegraph.

    Alaba has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League – with Chelsea favourites to sign him – after Bayern accepted he will leave on a free at the end of this season.

    The 28-year-old's contract expires in the summer at which time he will have spent more than a decade with the Bavarians.

    Alaba can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-German clubs in January but despite his availability the Red Devils are expected to look elsewhere.

  • William Pugh

    "We want to create a team that is entertaining to watch and that embodies the spirit and the culture of those who attend, thereby reconnecting the team with its fanbase, whose support will be so vital to our success.

    “In the midst of a global pandemic, we should all be aware of the difficult situation the club is currently in and the challenges we face in the months to come.

    "However, through hard work, a diligent plan and togetherness from the Board of Directors, staff, players and supporters we can between us create a brighter future at the Stadium of Light.

    "If we all play our parts, I firmly believe we can restore Sunderland AFC to the top tier of English football and I can’t wait to get started.”

  • William Pugh

    Louis-Dreyfus said: “First, I would like to thank Stewart Donald for his integrity and reasonableness over the last three months, which has led to me having the opportunity to take a controlling stake in Sunderland AFC.

    "I am fully aware of the efforts undertaken by the current ownership and Board to protect the viability of the Club and respect the difficulty of this task, given Sunderland’s recent past and the current economic climate.

    “We respectfully await the EFL’s approval for this transaction. Nonetheless it would be remiss of me at this stage not to emphasise what an enormous honour it would be for me to become involved with such a historic club, in a city renowned for its rich football culture going back to 1879.

    "Many will be aware of my family connections to the industry and, in acquiring Sunderland AFC, I understand the responsibility that’s placed upon me as the custodian of the club’s future.

    “Moving forward, we have a long-term strategy which integrates Sunderland’s proud traditions with a modern structure and approach.

    "We will seek to be at the frontier of research and innovation in all performance domains and place great emphasis on player development and the team’s style of play…

  • William Pugh

    SUNDERLAND TAKEOVER!

    Sunderland have announced billionaire heir Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has agreed a deal to buy Stewart Donald's controlling interest in the club.

    Dreyfus will become chairman early in the new year if the EFL approve the deal.

    Donald said: "“It’s been no secret that I have been looking for some time to find the right person to take Sunderland forward and during the course of the last year there have been a lot of different people wanting to take over.

    "However, even though it is a matter of public record that some of those bidders offered me more money, I felt that they offered less to the club and to the community.

    "Whereas from the early meetings with Kyril, his family and advisers, I have been greatly impressed with their knowledge and understanding, learned over a long period as owners of major football clubs in Belgium and France.

    "I believe that experience, combined with a good plan, will provide a platform for the club to progress and I look forward to watching that progress from afar.”

  • William Pugh

    TIDYING HIS MES

    Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has reportedly held secret talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce.

    The German is said to have had a covert meeting in London about a move which would see his wages drop by £200,000-A-WEEK.

    The playmaker has been linked with a return to Mikel Arteta's struggling squad in January.

    But the deal to Fenerbahce would not take place until next summer, according to German outlet Bild.

    Ozil currently pockets £350k-a-week at the Emirates.

    But he will drop to a weekly wage of £150k if he moves to the Super Lig side.

  • William Pugh

    MERRY CHRISTMAS FOOTBALL FANS!

    Manchester United have been linked with Everton's England frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin – as they share the Christmas transfer limelight with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    The Athletic tip Calvert-Lewin to be a much cheper alternative target to Borussia Dortmund strike starlets Erling Haaland Jadon Sancho for Borussia Dortmund.

    Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in new England wideman Maitland-Niles, 23.

    And German newspaper Bild suggest Turkish giants have held secret talks with outcast Ozil, 32.

    In fact, lowly Arsenal at least top the table for festive speculation.

    Real Madrid 's Brazil winger Rodrygo, 19, has been named as on their radar, although he was carried off injured on Wednesday.

    And it's also claimed Barcelona have turned down the chance to sign Gunners' centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

    Meanwhile, Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales says Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19, is "leaving for England" – with United or Chelsea tipped as his destination for around £4.5million.

    Finally, Manchester City and Tottenham are thought to be monitoring Atalanta's Holland midfielder Marten de Roon, 29,

  • Ian Tuckey

    BARCA FIGHT TO KEEP RIQUI

    Barcelona are trying to convince midfielder Riqui Puig to sign a new deal amid concerns over his future, reports say.

    The Spaniard’s contract expires next summer, and Manchester City and Bayern Munich are among the interested clubs.

    But according to Fichajes, the LaLiga giants are pushing Puig to commit his future to the Nou Camp as the 21-year-old could otherwise leave on a free at the end of the season.

    But Barca bosses could find it hard to talk Puig into the proposal, with the promising talent having made just four appearances this season.

    And their case will not be helped after manager Ronald Koeman aimed a dig at out of favour playmaker, suggesting he is not working hard enough.

    Koeman, who was asked about Puig, said: “I like people who work every day to improve, and who take opportunities with both hands. Sometimes it’s not just about quality.

    “There may be players who don’t do enough in training for the coach to give opportunities.”

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