Chelsea are likely to lose a star man with a move to Tottenham now looking increasingly likely, Erling Haaland’s next destination has been identified, while Thursday’s transfer gossip has new claims over the future of Alexandre Lacazette.
CONTE TO MAKE SERIOUS PLAY FOR ANTONIO RUDIGER
Tottenham are reportedly growing in confidence they can secure the signing of Antonio Rudiger.
The Germany defender’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer. Talks over a new deal are yet to bear fruit. Indeed, their latest offer – said to fall £60,000 a week short of what he’s seeking – has been branded a “slap in the face”.
As per The Sun, the 28-year-old is reportedly looking for a deal worth £190,000 a week. And, having seriously impressed under Thomas Tuchel, Rudiger believes he’s worth it.
And, as he’s settled in London, he’s reportedly not seeking to leave the capital and move overseas.
As such, journalist Dean Jones believes Spurs have a solid chance to luring him away from the Blues.
“You look at somebody like Antonio Rudiger,” said Jones. “Tottenham’s interest in him is genuine. From what I’ve heard so far, they’re probably the club willing to push the boat out the most in terms of salary,” he added to The Football Terrace.
Antonio Rudiger focused on Chelsea amid Bayern Munich interest
Antonio Rudiger has insisted that he's focused on Chelsea amid reported interest from Bayern Munich interest, with more news on contract worries for Chelsea's defensive options as well as Matthijs de Ligt.
In a move sure to rile Thomas Tuchel, Antonio Conte is offering Rudiger the chance to potentially become Tottenham’s captain and the heartbeat of their side.
Bayern Munich are also circling, while there is interest from Juventus and Real Madrid.
However, reports now suggest that unless Chelsea somehow redeem themselves to Rudiger, then a move across London to Tottenham looks on.
REAL MADRID OUT OF ERLING HAALAND RACE
Erling Haaland will sign for one of Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea in the summer with Real Madrid revealing they are out of the race and confirming the Norwegian will move to England. (The Sun)
Chelsea fans are reportedly fuming after hearing their season tickets are set to triple to almost £4,000 following the club’s decision to upgrade their facilities at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)
Exeter’s place in the FA Cup second round is under threat following an investigation into why they used six substitutes in their replay win over Bradford. (The Sun)
Arsenal are only willing to offer Alexandre Lacazette a short-term deal as the striker nears the end of his contract at Emirates Stadium. (The Sun)
Conor Gallagher has serious reservations on his Chelsea future despite a promise from Marina Granovskai. (Daily Express)
NEWCASTLE IN HUNT FOR IMPRESSIVE SERIE A TRIO
Manchester City have signed a curious partnership deal with a mysterious start-up cryptocurrency company whose executives’ names do not appear to have any online presence. (The Times)
Tottenham are battling Aston Villa over Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, while Aaron Ramsey is also likely to move to Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United’s wage bill has risen by nearly 25% following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Jordan Henderson will be given the all clear for Saturday’s visit of Arsenal. That’s after the Liverpool captain resumed in with parts of team training on Wednesday. (Daily Mirror)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is toying again with the idea of Paul Pogba’s exit at Manchester United. The super agent is now declaring ‘December is the month of dreams.’ (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale faces several weeks out following the calf injury sustained while on international duty with Wales. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are likely to welcome back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool. (Daily Mail)