Liverpool target RB Leipzig's Forsberg; Juventus eye Sanchez move
With the clock having officially ticked over into 2017, clubs around the world are gearing up for the winter transfer window, which is now open. Let the fun and games begin!
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TOP STORY: Liverpool want to add 'Fors' to title bid
Liverpool were linked with a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg last month, and that link has grown stronger as the window opens.
The Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp will target Forsberg after conceding defeat in his attempts to sign Borussia Dortmund's U.S. international Christian Pulisic.
Liverpool had an £11 million bid for Pulisic turned down over the summer, and he has since established himself as a key part of Thomas Tuchel's plans but only last month Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: "It is not worth the effort for Liverpool."
So now the focus is firmly on 25-year-old Sweden international Forsberg, who has produced a string of fine performances in RB Leipzig's superb Bundesliga debut season.
Reports in Germany suggest Leipzig would not accept less than £20m for him. And although the Bundesliga's second-placed club are backed by the wealth of Red Bull and have no financial need to sell, they are thought likely to evaluate offers that would allow any of their star players to make career progress.
22:30 BST: That's all for TT tonight but we'll be back shortly with a look at the news in the morning papers.
22:10 BST: On the eve of joining up with his new club Manchester City, Brazil international forward Gabriel Jesus has issued an emotional farewell to Palmeiras.
21:57 BST: U.S. youth international Junior Flores could be headed to MLS, with the Washington Post reporting that the Borussia Dortmund youngster has "agreed to a 3-year MLS deal" with Columbusc Crew SC a leading destination.
It might be a while before such a move materializes, however, as Flores will be subject to the league's allocation process.
21.20 BST: We brought you the news that Rudy Gestede was set to move to Middlesbrough and now he's going to have a medical at the club on Tuesday.
20:59 BST: It looks like being a busy month at Aston Villa if owner Dr Tony Xia's tweet is anything to go by.
Just updated: 1loan done&1loan and 2-3 buys undergoing. https://t.co/husZhaRhqL- Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) January 2, 2017
20:35 BST: PSG fans, it's finally happening. January is here, so Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler can complete his move to the club. And Le Parisien say that the German has passed his medical and will put pen to paper on a €35m deal on Tuesday.
20.20 BST: Barcelona have shown an interest in Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who is in the process of negotiating a new contract with the Bianconeri. Marca reports that Barca have already made a bid for the player but Juve are intent on extending Dybala's deal and offering him a pay-rise too.
19.29 BST: Hull manager Mike Phelan has addressed rumours about Samuel Eto'o coming to the club. "Can Samuel defend corners?" Phelan joked. "I haven't heard anything, but it would be an unbelievable challenge if Samuel Eto'o wanted to come to Hull City."
The former Barcelona striker certainly wouldn't be the first to defend set-pieces, so perhaps this one is dead before it begins.
19.09 BST: Crystal Palace have reportedly bid £7m for Norwich's Robbie Brady, who Sam Allardyce hopes can solve the club's problems at left-back, according to the Daily Mail. The Canaries value Republic of Ireland international Brady at £12m but could take Palace's offer in order to reinvest on a new striker to help rescue their ailing season.
18.44 BST: Livingston forward Matthew Know is a £150,000 transfer target for Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports. Knox, 17, has already been watched by United twice before and has had trials with Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool, Norwich City and Rangers.
18.13 BST: Andy Carroll has been quick to rule out a transfer away from West Ham United in January and said "everything's perfect" at the club after being linked with a move to China.
"No, no. I don't know where that came from," he told the Sun. "I'm happy, I'm settled. Obviously, in the past I've done a lot of things but I've settled down here. "It's great, I love the club. I think the staff, fans, players, and the area I live, everything's perfect."
17.27 BST: Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has not hung about with Wilfried Zaha set to head off to the African Nations Cup this month.
Sullay Kaikai has been recalled from his loan at Brentford and the 21-year-old could be set to feature in Tuesday's crucial Premier League game against Swansea on Tuesday.
Thanks to all the @CPFC fans for the welcoming messages. Can't wait to get started! ����- Sullay Kaikai (@SullayKaikai) January 2, 2017
17.02 BST: Axel Witsel's proposed move to the Chinese Super League leaves Juventus one midfield target short. But CalcioMercato appear to have a solution.
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, a Belgium international teammate of Witsel's, could be on his way to Turin to join the Italian champions.
16.40 BST: Arsenal could part company with Mathieu Debuchy this month, the Daily Mirror reports.
Debuchy claimed to have fallen out with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger over interest from Manchester United, something that may now lead to the Frenchman moving on.
16.18 BST: Liverpool will not pursue a move for Joe Hart, either in January or at the end of the season, with manager Jurgen Klopp having no interest in the England goalkeeper.
Senior figures at Anfield have told ESPN FC that, despite Hart's likely availability in the summer, the club has no plans to target the 29-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Torino from Manchester City.
16.02 BST: Cesare Prandelli has questioned the way Valencia is run after resigning as head coach after just three months in charge.
He said: "They told me from Singapore that they would have strengthened the club in January. [Owner] Peter Lim agreed with me and he had told the sporting director to focus all of his efforts on signing [Simone] Zaza, who was meant to arrive here on Dec. 27, after the holidays.
"He's a player who has character and we didn't have a player like him in the squad, without forgetting that he is just the kind of player that the fans want to see. On [Dec. 29], Zaza still wasn't here, but that is not everything.
"The club asked me to pick between a forward and a midfielder, forgetting all about the four [signings] they had promised me."
15.38 BST: There could be an interesting battle set to take place for the services of Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi in the January transfer window.
The Express reports Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus and Arsenal are all interested in signing the 28-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City man.
15.20 BST: Manchester United would prefer to sell Morgan Schneiderlin abroad, something that will come as bad news for Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
Both have been linked with a move for the French midfielder but the Sun reports Inter Milan are also contenders.
15.00 BST: Julian Draxler is expected in the French capital today to sign his Paris Saint-Germain contract. L'Equipe reports he will earn €421,000 a month before jumping to €600,000 in a year's time, which will make him one of the club's best-paid players.
14.46 BST: Not a player transfer as such, but Bayern Munich have given coach Paul Clement permission to speak to Swansea City about their managerial vacancy.
14.30 BST: Rumours of Dimitri Payet's departure from West Ham just won't go away. L'Equipe link the France international with a return to former club Marseille.
Payet said he regarded Marseille's current situation as "interesting" amid talk of a move in December.
14.10 BST: Everton's 21-year-old winger Conor Grant has rejoined Doncaster Rovers on loan after a spell with the League Two club last season in which he scored three goals in 22 appearances.
He said: "There were other offers, but the manager made it an easy choice for me. The fans took to me last time, so it was a straightforward decision really.
"Really, my only target is to ensure we win promotion and are all celebrating by the end of the season."
13.57 BST: Diego Costa is the Premier League's top goal scorer this season, but he almost returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer.
Chelsea fans must be delighted he stayed at Stamford Bridge.
"Yes, I was about to leave. I was about to... but, well, I'm happy here as well and that's that," Costa said.
"I had the possibility to go to Atletico because of a few things -- the family, the life I have there -- but not because of Chelsea. Here there's a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I'm here very happy, I'm very content.
13.44 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery says he cannot guarantee Jese Rodriguez regular playing time and that no decision has been made regarding the Spanish forward's immediate future.
"Jese needs to play and whenever he has done so, I've been happy because he has done a good job and shown commitment to the team," Emery said in an interview with Marca.
Under contract with PSG until June 2021, Jese has an offer to return to La Liga in the winter transfer market, with his hometown club Las Palmas keen to acquire his services and is also a reported target of Liverpool, AC Milan and Roma.
13.25 BST: Chelsea captain John Terry has said farewell to Oscar on his Instagram page.
Terry said: "I would like to wish @oscar_emboaba and his family all the very best with his move to China ���� @oscar_emboaba it was a pleasure to play with you and get to know you mate, an unbelievable player and a great man. Good Luck my friend"
13.00 BST: DONE DEAL Ryan Babel has joined Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas on a two-and-a-half year deal after his contract in La Liga with Deportivo La Coruna ended.
12.54 BST: Mario Gomez has left his future at Wolfsburg beyond this season open.
The Germany international, who has seen Andre Schurrle and Julian Draxler leave the club this season, told Welt am Sonntag that he will reassess his situation in the summer.
"I want to live in the moment," he said.
12.28 BST: Borussia Monchengladbach are closing in on Sevilla full-back Timothee Kolodziejczak. The 25-year-old is set to join the Foals until 2021 in a deal believed to be worth €7.5m, kicker reports.
It is said the clubs have already agreed terms and the transfer should be finalised within the next few days.
12.03 BST: Middlesbrough, in Premier League action against Leicester City shortly, have had a £6m bid for Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede accepted, according to Sky Sports.
11.57 BST: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he is not motivated by money after the Portugal captain was linked with turning down a lucrative offer to play in China.
"In my job I try to be the best, and I work for that," Ronaldo said.
"So this is important for me, to be the No. 1, the most valued player. But this is not my motivation. My motivation is to play football, to be the best, and this is what I try to do. I'm looking to money only as a means to become comfortable and independent after I finish football."
11.43 BST: From agents to Zurich, Mark Ogden has written the A to Z of transfers.
R = Robinho: No deal sums up the madness of transfer deadline day quite like Robinho's £32.5m arrival at Manchester City in September 2008. Earlier in the day the Brazilian forward was destined for Chelsea but, by 11 p.m., he became the embodiment of new owner Sheikh Mansour's ambitions for City.
11.32. BST: Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has held talks with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel over a possible transfer to the Mestalla stadium.
The Nigeria international is reportedly set to leave the Blues this month and Valencia have joined the race to acquire the experienced player, who has received offers from Inter Milan, Marseille and the Chinese Super League.
Pitarch said: "In the case of Obi Mikel, with Chelsea's permission, I met with him in London on Christmas day."
11.14 BST: Axel Witsel has confirmed he will reject an offer from Juventus in order to join Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian from Zenit St. Petersburg.
"It was a very difficult decision because on the one hand there was a huge, top club in Juventus, but on the other hand there was an irresistible offer for the future of my family," he said.
Witsel will link up with Fabio Cannavaro at Tianjin Quanjian, and earn a reported €18m annual salary over a four-year contract.
11.02 BST: Newcastle, top of the Championship table at the beginning of 2017, are looking to strengthen further in the January transfer window.
A loan enquiry has been submitted for Everton's Tom Cleverley, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.
10.51 BST: Oscar has touched down in China following his move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG. These pictures from Xinhua Sports show the Brazilian has been warmly welcomed.
Brazil midfielder Oscar, who has joined China's Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea, receives a warm welcome at Shanghai pic.twitter.com/JIfTmNpqyN- Xinhua Sports (@XHSports) January 2, 2017
10.28 BST: In Germany, kicker reports that Hertha Berlin midfielder Jens Hegeler, 28, set to leave the club soon and move to the Championship. No clubs mentioned but a decision is expected soon. Watch this space.
10.15 BST: AS have a big story on Julian Weigl, saying Real Madrid are keen along with Barcelona and Manchester City.
Real would be willing to sign the 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder and loan him back for next season at least, but Barca and City want him to join them permanently next summer, something that may give Los Blancos the edge.
10.00 BST: RB Leipzig want to strengthen their squad with the signing of Mario Lemina from Juventus, according to Le Figaro. The 23-year-old midfielder, who is valued at €20-25m, will represent Gabon in the African Nations Cup but after that he could be on the move.
09.45 BST: Reports from Colombia suggest anyone hoping to sign James Rodriguez may be disappointed. That's because the Real Madrid star's father, Wilson Rodriguez, has spoken of James' desire to continue with the European champions.
"He has a commitment with Real Madrid, they have a contract. He will stay there," he said.
"He will win his place back at Madrid. He is humble and deserves it."
09.28 BST: Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum -- who scored the winner against Manchester City on Saturday -- has urged Quincy Promes to join him at Anfield.
The Mirror says Wijnaldum is trying to persuade the Spartak Moscow winger, a Netherlands international colleague, to move to Merseyside.
It adds that Klopp "has long been an admirer of Promes" and is "ready to launch a £20m bid."
09.17 BST: This is interesting from ESPN FC's man in Paris. Claude Puel got the best out of Hatem Ben Arfa at Nice last season. Could a move materialise later in January?
09.10 BST: With new players expected to arrive at Old Trafford some may have to depart. Chris Smalling may be among them if you believe the Daily Star. They say Everton and Arsenal lead the chase.
09.00 BST: Good morning and welcome to Monday's Transfer Talk! We'll start with news of Jose Mourinho's big-money plans for Manchester United. The Times reckons Atletico Madrid duo Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez, who have release clauses totalling £145m, are being targeted.
Juventus 'eye summer swoop for Sanchez'
There seems no end to the Alexis Sanchez speculation -- and now the Sun says Italian champions Juventus "are ready to pounce" for the Arsenal star in the summer after generating huge revenues.
Sanchez has 18 months remaining on his deal with the Gunners but has yet to agree new terms.
The report says Juve have been tracking the forward since before he moved to London and want to add him to their ranks because "they are now ready to make an assault on Europe."
It adds that coach Massimiliano Allegri wants to "create a formidable attacking trio of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Sanchez" and says the Arsenal man could say yes to the move "if he does not feel he can win trophies at the Emirates."
Ghoulam to ghost into Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to reinforce his defensive ranks -- and Napoli wing-back Faouzi Ghoulam is the player he has in mind, according to the Sun.
It reports that Conte wants to bring in a backup for Marcos Alonso, who has starred in the 3-4-3 formation with which the Blues have notched 13 successive Premier League wins.
The 25-year-old Ghoulam -- an Algeria international admired for his defensive strength and ability to augment the attack -- has 18 months remaining on his contract with the Serie A club and would fit the bill.
But Chelsea are not the only club to be keen, with Bayern Munich reportedly prepared to offer a four-year deal.
- Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Northern Echo.
With the Magpies atop of the Championship, but Brighton breathing down their necks, Benitez wants to strengthen his hand and has made a central midfielder and a wide player his priorities.
Cleverley, the report says, "features prominently on his wanted list having fallen out of favour at Goodison Park in recent weeks," while Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea is also reported to be under consideration.
- Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury looks increasingly likely to move to archrivals Derby after a bid of more than £2.5 million was submitted for the one-time Arsenal player.
The Nottingham Evening Post reports that Lansbury, 26 -- out of contract at the end of the season -- has been offered a new Forest contract but has not signed it.