Arsenal and Everton face a major obstacle in their bid to sign a Real Madrid star, while a Tottenham strike target is available for £25.2m, according to Sunday’s Euro Paper Talk.
ARSENAL, EVERTON SUFFER POTENTIAL RODRIGUEZ BLOW
Everton and Arsenal reportedly have a problem in their January transfer pursuits of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez.
The 28-year-old returned to Real Madrid in the summer after spending two seasons on loan at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez has failed to live up to expectations after he burst onto the scene at the 2014 World Cup, with Los Blancos now keen to see him leave permanently.
Reports over the past week stated that the the former Porto and Monaco man is a target for the Premier League rivals, having made only 11 appearances in Spain so far this season.
It is claimed that Rodriguez is tempted to link up with former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park and force through a loan move, but Madrid will hold out for as long as possible to see him leave for good.
Mikel Arteta is also known to admire the Colombian, with the Gunners looking for a long-term playmaking replacement for Mesut Ozil.
However, it would appear that both Everton and Arsenal will have to come up with cash offers to get their man before Friday’s transfer deadline.
AND THE REST
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is wanted by Barcelona, has become a key transfer target for PSG (Foot Mercato)
Manchester United are seeking to sign veteran striker Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain (TF1)
Inter director Beppe Marotta implied Tottenham have been playing hardball over Christian Eriksen, but “we hope it can be finalised as soon as possible.” (DAZN)
Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have been told that Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek is not up for loan but will only be sold for £25.2m (Calciomercato)
Liverpool have once again been linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Isco (El Desmarque)
MLS outfit DC United are preparing a bid for Arsenal star playmaker Mesut Ozil (Washington Post)
Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino is said to be open to the idea of a move to Everton amid speculation which has also linked him with Manchester United (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal left-back target Layvin Kurzawa has agreed to joined Juventus from PSG (Telefoot)
Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa is finally ready to make his move to Flamengo permanent, as Inter will pocket €18m plus 20 per cent sell-on fee (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona striker Carles Perez is reportedly on his way out of the club during the January transfer window (Sky Italia)
Manchester City midfielder David Silva has revealed how he rejected numerous offers to join Real Madrid in his early career (Football Espana)
Barcelona have lost out in their pursuit of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo, after he completed a move to RB Leipzig (Football Esapana)
Valencia boss Albert Celades would not confirm whether Rodrigo Moreno will be staying at the club amid reported interest from Barcelona
World Cup winning defender Adil Rami has called upon a Ligue 1 club to come and sign him to put him out of his misery at Fenerbahce (Le Parisien)
AC Milan have three-man list to replace Ricardo Rodriguez, including Wigan’s Antonee Robinson (Tuttosport)
Monaco are ready to move for Argentina international Marcos Acuna before the end of the transfer window (A Bola)
AC Milan are in talks to sign Benfica star Florentino Luis on loan but have been told that a condition of the deal will be that the buyout fee is large (Calciomercato)
Tottenham youngster Armando Shashoua has joined Spanish side Atlético Baleares on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
Talented young Bordeaux midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is close to signing for Monaco (RMC)