Barcelona may have lost interest in signing Liverpool’s PHILIPPE COUTINHO, says the Mirror.
The Spanish side made three bids for the forward which were refused and may now be interested in signing Nice’s Jean Michael Seri.
Former Chelsea boss CARLO ANCELOTTI will be looking to return to the Premier League in the summer if his current club Bayern Munich trigger a break clause in his contract, reports ESPN.
It has been suggested Julian Nagelsmann, currently at Hoffenheim, could replace the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain boss.
Sporting Lisbon’s WILLIAM CARVALHO is optimistic about joining West Ham in the January transfer window, the Mirror reports.
The DIEGO COSTA saga could soon come to a conclusion, according to the Daily Mail.
Atletico Madrid will finalise a deal for the absent Chelsea striker within the next fortnight, with the 28-year-old Brazilian set to return to the Spanish capital as the clubs try to strike a deal.
Time may soon be called on HARRY REDKNAPP’S reign as boss of Birmingham, according to the Mirror.
The veteran manager saved the Blues from the drop last season but the side sit 22nd in the Championship table having lost four on the bounce.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
JACK WILSHERE – New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to make a bid for the Arsenal midfielder in January, says the Daily Mail.
TIMO WERNER – RB Leipzig will face a lot of interest for the striker next summer, with the 21-year-old saying he wants to move to a “big club”, pointing out there are more of them in England than in Spain, according to Bild.
ANTHONY RALSTON – Everton may look at making a move for the Celtic right-back after scouting him since the end of last season, reports the Sun.
Nice’s star man Jean Michael Seri could yet become a Barcelona player before next summer as it has emerged Blaugrana will try and land the midfielder in January.
The 26-year-old’s proposed Nou Camp switch fell through before August’s transfer deadline as Barca pulled the plug on the deal and moved for Ousmane Dembele instead.
While Seri was naturally disappointed his move to the Spanish giants failed to materialize at the time, the Ivorian has got back to work with his club.
According to Marca, the Catalan giants still want to land the central midfield man during the January transfer window – and it is believed a fee in the region of €40m will be enough to secure his services.
While Seri is contracted to the Ligue 1 club until June 2019 – the Eaglets are resigned to losing their star man.
It is unclear whether Barca will also renew their efforts to sign Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho in a few months’ time, but what is almost certain is that Turkish winger Arda Turan will leave the club during January.
Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.
Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.
The 21-year-old forward, who has a contract until 2020, is in a rich vein of form, scoring six goals in his last four games for club and country.
Werner forced his way into the plans of Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew for next year’s World Cup by helping his country win July’s Confederations Cup final in Russia. He has now earned a place in Loew’s first-choice team.
However, he has told magazine Sport Bild that he eventually wants to move on from Leipzig, and Spanish newspapers Marca and AS have already reported Real’s interest in the striker.
“Until now, everything has gone well with Leipzig, therefore I don’t think about what could happen in one, two or three years, but of course I what to play for a big club at some point,” he said.
Werner scored 21 goals in 31 league games last season to help Leipzig finish second in Germany’s top flight to Bayern Munich.
“FC Bayern are also a big club, but that’s not a topic I will busy myself with,” he said.
“In Spain, in Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid three clubs tops,” added Werner, who puts English Premier League clubs “Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City” in the same bracket.
RB Leipzig’s head of football Oliver Mintzlaff says he hopes Werner can take the “next step” in his career with the east German club.
The striker does not rule out staying, providing Leipzig keep challenging for titles.
“Perhaps, RB will also become a big club, I am quite sure of that,” said Werner.
However he was vague about possible extension negotiations.
“If I don’t extend, that doesn’t mean I’ll leave next summer, but on the other hand, it doesn’t often mean that one stays if you have a five-year contract,” he added.