With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours.
Juve ready to bait Liverpool into Can deal with Pjaca
Tuttosport is reporting that Marko Pjaca could be included in the deal to send Emre Can to Juventus.
The German is eyeing a bumper new contract and using his expiring deal at Anfield as leverage in negotiations with the Reds.
Yet an agreement has still to be reached, with the Old Lady strongly linked to the Bayern Munich product for some time should he opt to leave on a free transfer next summer. The Italian champions can officially approach the 23-year-old next month regarding a pre-contract agreement.
Given their weak negotiating position, the Reds’ best option could be to take a player back in return, with Croatian winger Pjaca likely to offer excellent cover out wide for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Saints set record Virgil van Dijk price tag
Southampton will sell Virgil van Dijk — but only for a massive £70 million to make the Netherlands international the most expensive defender of all time, reports the Mirror.
The 26-year-old was omitted from Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad once again as the Saints were thrashed 5-2 by Tottenham at Wembley, suggesting a sale next month is inevitable.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are the front-runners and will face paying more than the £50m that Pep Guardiola was forced to pay Spurs for Kyle Walker.
City will gladly go to £60m, with the Telegraph claiming that the Blues are “closing in” on a deal. Liverpool have already had a £65m bid knocked back last summer amidst a war of words between the clubs that ultimately prevented any move transpiring.
Antonio Conte eyes Arturo Vidal
Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with Arturo Vidal next summer, reports Chilean outlet La Cuarta, with Chelsea set to offer the Bayern star a bumper contract.
Vidal and Conte worked together successfully at Juventus, with the Italian insisting he would “go to war” with El Guerrero.
The report claims that the Blues will table a contract worth $18.5m (£13.5m) annually, or £260,000 per week.
Vidal’s current contract runs to 2019, meaning the Blues will hold the advantage over Bayern — who will be keen to recoup some money on the 30-year-old three years after his €40m move from Juventus — in negotiations.
Barca push to win race for Arthur
Barcelona are making a big effort to sign Gremio star Arthur, with Sport now reporting that the 21-year-old has offers from other clubs, including Real Madrid.
The Brazilian help Gremio win the Copa Libertadores last month, leading to widespread interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.
Barca will send representatives to Brazil to hurry through a deal, hoping to triumph due to the player’s desire to wear the Blaugrana shirt over others, as he’s been pictured wearing the shirt this month.
– It is beginning to look like a busy January for Barcelona as Ernesto Valverde shapes up his squad.
Aleix Vidal, fresh from scoring the third goal in the 3-0 win over Real Madrid, could be heading for the exit with Atletico Madrid and Valencia the latest clubs to show interest, according to Sport.
Sevilla, who appear to be the player’s preference after one year at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, are the favourites and could strike an agreement with the La Liga champions at £8.9m.
– Barcelona’s forgotten man, Arda Turan, is close to joining Besiktas with Barcelona set to sign off his exit, reports Sport.
The Turkish media are claiming Turan will sign with the Black Eagles with his agent, Ahmet Bulut, set to meet officials from the club in the coming hours to find a compromise. The 30-year-old has not played a single minute for the Blaugrana this season under Valverde.