TOP STORY: Liverpool and Chelsea battle for Werner
Liverpool and Chelsea are both reported to be interested in signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, the Mirror reports.
The £60 million-rated goal scorer has already been involved in negotiations with Chelsea over a potential deal. Leipzig will try to keep hold of him until the summer, but once Liverpool caught wind of Chelsea’s interest, their own pursuit of the player began.
Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is reported to be a big admirer of Germany international Werner, but whether that will translate into a legitimate offer remains to be seen.
11.29 GMT: Fiorentina and Napoli are going head-to-head to sign Hellas Verona’s Sofyan Amrabat, says Gianluca Di Marzio.
Napoli have reportedly had a deal agreed which also includes the signature of Kosovo defender Amir Rrahmani, but Fiorentina are ready to enter the bidding on Monday.
11.16 GMT: Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni has reportedly caught the eye of Barcelona and Manchester City.
Bastoni, 20, is highly rated, having progressed through the Atalanta youth academy, and was the subject of bids from both clubs, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
City wanted a swap deal involving defender Joao Cancelo, while Barcelona had a straight cash offer — but both offers were rejected by Inter.
10.39 GMT: Erling Haaland is a special player — proven by his debut hat trick for Dortmund. The German club landed him for just €20m this month, but will Man United regret not pushing harder?
10.05 GMT: Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer are the options up front for Atletico Madrid if they fail to sign Edinson Cavani from PSG this month.
Mundo Deportivo reckons that Atleti have a few backup options to strengthen up front, with Cavani commanding large wages because he is a free agent in the summer.
09.40 GMT: Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is now on the radar of PSG, says Foot Mercato.
Koulibaly, 28, is keen to leave the Italian club and the Senegal international could be set to earn €12m a year if he joins PSG.
09.00 GMT: Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has been linked to Arsenal and Goal reports that the club’s technical director Edu has met the players agents for talks.
Guimaraes, 22, would cost a reported €30m.
PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle)
Messi wants Barcelona to sign Aguero
According to the Mirror, Barcelona star Lionel Messi has urged new boss Quique Setien to go after Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.
Messi was summoned to a meeting with Setien recently, where the legendary No. 10 let his new manager know the sort of direction he wants to see the club go in. One of the most notable highlights of the chat allegedly saw the Argentina international suggest that Aguero would be the best possible replacement for the injured Luis Suarez.
At this moment in time, though, there has been no official approach from Barcelona to Manchester City.
PSG to make massive Guardiola offer?
Manchester City are preparing themselves for a big offer from French giants Paris Saint-Germain for manager Pep Guardiola, the Daily Express reports.
The friction between PSG and manager Thomas Tuchel is said to be at breaking point, and if the Ligue 1 champions do decide to get rid of him, their first port of call will be to go after Guardiola. PSG’s owners, Qatar Sports Investments, will reportedly put in a substantial bid to try to get a deal done for the man who is considered to be one of the best managers in the world.
City are coming off the back of a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace as their Premier League title race continues to falter.
– Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that the club wants to bring in some new attacking options during the January transfer window, the Mirror reports. The Blues continue to occupy fourth spot in the Premier League as a direct result of the clubs around them slipping up, but in the wake of their 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday, the boss made it clear they need some goal scorers.
– Further to reports linking Everton with Emre Can, the Daily Mail is reporting that Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is eager to make a £30m move that would see the Juventus midfielder make the jump over to Goodison Park. The former Liverpool man has fallen down the pecking order in Turin, although Inter Milan are still believed to be in the running.