Another Spanish club have expressed an interest in taking a Chelsea striker on loan, while Barcelona have been linked with a surprise move for a Spurs forward – all in Wednesday’s European papers.
ATLETICO MADRID JOIN RACE FOR OUT-OF-FAVOUR CHELSEA FORWARD
Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, reports in Spain claim.
Morata is being heavily linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge this January after failing to provide consistency in his one-and-a-half year spell in the Premier League.
It was thought that the Spaniard could return to Serie A with either former club Juventus or AC Milan, but now another party have joined the race.
Days after the striker was linked with Sevilla, Goal back up claims from Cadena COPE journalist Antonio Ruiz that Diego Simeone has identified Morata as a possible addition to his Atletico frontline.
The report suggests that Morata’s representatives will meet with Atletico in the next 48 hours to try to arrange a loan switch, with the player giving his approval.
Morata would be teaming up with former Chelsea man Diego Costa in Madrid if a move were to go through.
KLOPP INSTRUCTS LIVERPOOL TO MAKE BIG-MONEY BID
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to beat Arsenal to the signing of star playmaker James Rodriguez, according to the latest reports.
Recent reports suggested that Rodriguez is set for talks with Bayern Munich over his future, amid continued interest from Manchester United and Juventus.
A number of reports have also claimed Rodriguez could still move to the Premier League with United long-term admirers, seek to return to the Bernabeu or try his luck in Italy.
Don Balon however reported that Liverpool have entered the race to sign the former Monaco star having seen him fall out of favour under boss Niko Kovac.
The same outlet recently reported a twist, with Arsenal having reportedly had a £63million bid for Rodriguez accepted.
There are doubts over the future of Mesut Ozil, who has had a difficult time under Unai Emery after finding himself dropped on several occasions.
However, Don Balon have offered a fresh update on the situation, claiming that Liverpool are firmly back in the hunt for Rodriguez.
They report (via CaughtOffiside) that Klopp is very keen on the former Monaco man and that the Reds have tabled an offer of £62million to try and gazump Arsenal to his signature.
The Colombian star joined the Bundesliga giants on a two-year loan deal from Real last summer. The agreement was worth €10m, with Bayern also possessing a €35m option to buy at the end of that spell.
AND THE REST
Manchester City, PSG and Barcelona are all interested in Valencia star Carlos Soler (Diario AS)
Barcelona could sign Spurs backup striker Fernando Llorente if Munir leaves, with Alvaro Morata and Kevin Gameiro also on their radar (Don Balon)
Arsenal are watching Torino’s €15m-rated defender Nicolas Nkoulou, but face competition from Sevilla (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Inter have identified Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as alternatives in their quest to sign Nicolo Barella from Cagliari (Corriere Dello Sport)
Barella could be on his way to Napoli instead, where he could replace the PSG-linked Allan (Sky Sport Italia)
Manchester United have tabled a £54m bid for Inter defender Milan Skriniar, but the Serie A club are holding out for £81m (Tuttomercatoweb)
Juventus have rejected a loan offer from Chievo for striker Moise Kean, who they would only let leave for over €20m and if a replacement was found (Calciomercato)
That replacement could be Genoa’s Christian Kouame, who Juve have moved into pole position to sign for €30m, ahead of Napoli (Sky Sport Italia)
Former West Ham winger Dimitri Payet is being chased by Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang (France Football)
Clubs in Spain and Germany are interested in young Milan striker Patrick Cutrone (MilanNews.it)
Juventus are hoping to sign Jordi Alba on a free transfer from Barcelona at the end of next season (ESPN Deportes)
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has promised Denis Suarez he will be able to move to Arsenal this month (Marca)
Manchester United have launched an opening bid of £108million for Philippe Coutinho, but Barcelona want £135m (Don Balon)
Real Madrid have a clear path to land defender Eder Militao as Manchester United are ‘about to sign’ Kostas Manolas instead (Marca)
Barcelona are close to completing a move for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and the deal could be announced by the weekend (AS)
Manchester City and PSG provide competition for De Jong, and ‘will not hesitate’ to meet Ajax’s €75m asking price (Sport)
Juventus director Fabio Paratici met the agent of defender Medhi Benatia last night amid links with Arsenal and AC Milan (Calciomercato)
Manchester United are reportedly back in for the Sergej Milinkovic-Savic transfer from Lazio as his asking price has dropped to just £90million (Don Balon)
Serie A side Roma and Premier League club Tottenham are leading the race for Torino’s Soualiho Meite (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros believes Alvaro Morata wants to join the La Liga club, but admits a deal with Chelsea would prove “very, very complicated”
Morata will not be joining Valencia during the January transfer window (Super Deporte)
Jean-Clair Todibo is keen to join Barcelona ahead of schedule in the January transfer window (Mundo Deportivo)
Premier League pair Arsenal and Chelsea remain interested in Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella (Di Marzio)
Parma have joined Fulham in race to sign Juventus winger Marko Pjaca (Calciomercato)
Paris-Saint-Germain are strongly interested in signing Napoli ace Allan and could launch an offer in the region of €100million in the January window (il Mattino)
Arsenal are the ‘only’ club who can take Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and Unai Emery ‘awaits’ the player’s arrival (Marca)
Reported Arsenal and Wolves target Hector Herrera is wanted by AC Milan and Roma (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Barcelona are open to the idea of selling Brazilian winger Malcom, 21, despite only signing him in the summer (Mundo Deportivo)
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been approached over the possibility of coaching the Qatar national team (France Football)
Inter Milan are prepared to sell Croatia forward Ivan Perisic, 29, to Manchester United in order to raise funds to sign Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric (Tuttosport)
West Ham are set to make an improved offer for former Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel. The 31-year-old Chile defensive midfielder will leave Besiktas if their valuation is met (Takvim – via Sport Witness)
Juventus are nearing a swap deal with Genoa involving Stefano Sturaro and Cristian Romero (Calciomercato)
Sporting Lisbon are close to signing Akhmat Grozny midfielder Idrissa Doumbia (Ojogo)