Barcelona looking to spend in January, Real Madrid tracking young Valencia striker

David Cooper 28/12/2017
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Find the latest transfer news right here as the window opens January 1, 2018.

There’s plenty of speculation throughout Europe and here, we take a look at the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Thursday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

BARCELONA EYEING REINFORCEMENTS FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

Ernesto Valverde is focused on bolstering his squad in the upcoming January transfer window, according to Marca.

While Barcelona have continually been linked with both Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Liverpool‘s Philippe Coutinho, both of those targets will be cup-tied for the next phase of the Champions League and beyond.

Winning Europe’s biggest crown is said to be Barca’s main priority this term, in addition to securing the La Liga title.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

Barca have perhaps been couy over other targets on their radar, but the club’s scouting department will have to read between the lines and find players eligible to come in and make an immediate impact, at home, and in Europe.

Atletico Madrid's French striker Antoine Griezmann (C) vies with Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (L) and Chelsea's French midfielder N'Golo Kante during a UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Griezmann has been heavily linked with Barca.

REAL MADRID IN FOR VALENCIA STARLET

Real Madrid are tracking young Valencia forward Rafa Mir, according to Marca.

The 20-year-old forward is an emerging star at the Mestalla and Los Blancos scouts have reportedly been watching the former Barcelona youth star closely.

Mir has been banging in the goals in Segunda Division B and Real see the striker as a man who could go straight into their Castilla side.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

The details of Real’s pursuit of Mir are a little sketchy at present but he is very much a man Real are monitoring – with a view to making a move next summer.

Valencia's coach Marcelino (R) speaks to Valencia's Portuguese midfielder Manuel Guedes (L) during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF and Villarreal CF at Mestalla stadium in Valencia on December 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Valencia have been enjoying a fine season under coach Marcelino.

IN-DEMAND VIDAL WANTED BY THREE CLUBS

A host of clubs are chasing Barcelona right-back-cum-winger Aleix Vidal, with bids set to come in for the talent next summer.

La Liga pair Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, as well as Italian giants Roma, have all ran the rule over the 28-year-old – who is enjoying his best season to date at the Nou Camp club.

That, however, has not put an end to speculation linking the Spaniard with a move away from Catalonia – with the Corriere dello Sport reporting he could leave.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

Vidal has quickly become a key man a Barca, and even when Ousmane Dembele returns from long-term injury, the former Almeria man is a more than useful back-up.

If Sevilla, Vidal’s former club, did come calling, though, it could be an attractive option for the midfielder.

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Aleix Vidal celebrates after scoring during the Spanish League "Clasico" football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Vidal has impressed this season.

Most popular

PSG ready to move for Man United star Fellaini

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Fellaini is out of contract next summer.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The race to sign Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United is hotting up – with Paris Saint Germain looking to take the 30-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror. The Belgian is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer and is yet to agree a new deal, with Besiktas and Galatasaray also said to be keen on landing the midfielder.

Manchester United will be rebuffed in their attempts to sign Juventus’ attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala, the Independent reports. The club had been linked with a £60million move for the Argentina international, but the paper reports the Italian giants want more than £140m.

Juventus' Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala (L) looks towards Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri (R) as he sits on the bench during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs AS Roma at the Allianz Stadium on December 23, 2017, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Dybala has suffered a dip in form of late.

After leaving Sheffield Wednesday on Christmas Eve, Carlos Carvalhal is being linked with the vacant hot-seat at Swansea, according to the Sun. The club are currently bottom of the Premier League, five points adrift of safety, and are looking to replace Paul Clement who was dismissed on December 20.

Chelsea will square off against Bayern Munich in a race to sign Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid, the Sun reports. The La Liga side are looking at overhauling their squad and the 24-year-old is said to be heading for the exit door.

West Ham will make a bid of £25million for Alfie Mawson in January, the Daily Mail says. The 23-year-old has shone in an otherwise bleak campaign for Swansea and the Hammers have already had an £18million bid rejected.

TOPSHOT - Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (L) vies with Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos during the Spanish league football match Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Heading to the Premier League: Carrasco?

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP

@Mirrorfootball: Watford are ready to offer bumper £70,000-a-week deal to midfielder (Abdoulaye) Doucoure

@DailyStar_Sport: Jack Wilshere may have to lower wage demands for new Arsenal deal #AFC

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Barcelona could well have a clear run at Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann as Manchester United will not rival their interest, reports Marca.

Aldo Kalulu, a 21-year-old Lyon attacking midfielder is subject to interest from Norwich, France football reports.

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann looks on during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on December 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Griezmann has continually been linked to Old Trafford.

Most popular

Most expensive transfer deals: £75m Virgil van Dijk enters top 10 list

Sport360 staff 28/12/2017

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is joining Liverpool for a fee that is understood to be worth £75million.

It is the highest price ever paid for a defender and guarantees the Dutchman a place in the top 10 of the world’s most expensive deals.

Here, Press Association Sport lists them.

1. Neymar, Barcelona to Paris St Germain, 2017, £200.6million

2. Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, 2017, £96.8m

3. Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, 2016, £89m

4. Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013, £85.3m

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009, £80m

6. Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli to Juventus, 2016, £75.3m

7= Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United, 2017, £75m

7= Virgil van Dijk, Southampton to Liverpool, 2018, £75m

9. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona, 2014, £65m

10. James Rodriguez, Monaco to Real Madrid, 2014, £63m

Provided by Press Association Sport

Most popular