Arsenal expect to lose Hector Bellerin in January and have an exciting £25m replacement in mind, a key Liverpool man continues to stall on a new deal, while Mauricio Pochettino is on the brink of a new job, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.
LAMPTEY TO REPLACE BELLERIN AT ARSENAL
Barcelona are lining up a move for Hector Bellerin – and Arsenal are eyeing Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey as his replacement.
Bellerin has been with Arsenal since signing as a teenager back in 2011 from Barcelona. Joan Laporte’s re-election as Barcelona president looks set to speed up the process. Laporte has made Bellerin’s signing one of his mission statements.
And with just 18 months left on his deal, Arsenal will be open to a decent offer for the 25-year-old.
Furthermore, the Gunners also know of interest in Bellerin from PSG and Bayern Munich, meaning his sale looks likely next month.
Mikel Arteta and Edu have set their sights on his replacement, with a huge bid to tempt Brighton to sell Lamptey in the offing.
The former Chelsea man has been impressing at the Amex this season. His form has seen him tipped as a future England international.
The 20-year-old is also being watched by Man City and Bayern, but according to the Daily Mirror, it is Arsenal who are set to pounce.
Brighton are desperate to tie the London-born star to a new deal, despite his current deal still having two and a half years to run.
Their desire to tie him down is being sharpened amid interest from Arsenal. No fee has been put on Lamptey, though an offer of £25m may possibly tempt the Seagulls into a deal.
There’s suggestions Arsenal may have to wait until the summer to secure Lamptey though with Brighton unwilling to sell mid-season.
WIJNALDUM KEEPS LIVERPOOL WAITING
Georginio Wijnaldum has asked Liverpool for more time before deciding whether to accept a new contract offer from the club. (The Guardian)
Phil Foden is growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of playing time for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. (Daily Telegraph)
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits training sessions are few and far between as he tries to keep his depleted squad fresh. (Daily Telegraph)
Lionel Messi doubts Barcelona will ever be able to recapture former glories and admits things are “really, really bad” at the Catalan giants. (Daily Mirror)
BALOGUN ON LIVERPOOL TRANSFER RADAR
Juventus have turned down the opportunity to sign Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil for free in January. (Daily Mail)
Ecuador international Moises Caicedo is keen to complete a move to Manchester United for £4.5m plus add-ons. (Daily Mail)
David Moyes hopes Declan Rice can be persuaded to turn down Chelsea’s interest as West Ham prepare a new contract. (Daily Mail)
Naby Keita faces yet more time on the sidelines, handing Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool a new injury blow. (Daily Mail)
The Professional Footballers’ Association is looking into the situation with Ched Evans at Fleetwood Town. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Neymar has come under fire after allegedly organising a five-day party in a resort near Rio de Janeiro for 500 revellers. (Daily Mail)
Pele’s former club Santos have released a statement denying that Lionel Messi has broken the single club goal record. (The Sun)
Mauricio Pochettino has signed a deal to take over at PSG after the French club agreed to pay £5.4m compensation to former boss Thomas Tuchel. (The Sun)