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TOP STORY: Werner tops Chelsea’s January spending
The Blues are expected to look into whether or not the RB Leipzig forward has a release clause that could be triggered when the window opens on Jan. 1.
Leipzig will no doubt have other ideas. The team are top of the Bundesliga and are preparing to face Tottenham in the round of 16 in the Champions League, which means they’re desperate to keep their man.
Werner has scored 23 goals in 24 games but, as well as a central striking position, he can also play out wide, which would suit the way Chelsea have been set up under manager Frank Lampard this season.
11.04 GMT: Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo has only played twice in La Liga this season and looks set to join AC Milan on loan for the rest of the season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Todibo, 20, could join the Italian club for around €20m in the summer if everything goes to plan.
10.44 GMT: Real Madrid are considering cancelling Jesus Vallejo‘s loan with Wolves early, with the Spanish defender having not played since Oct. 30 for technical reasons, according to Diario AS.
The centre-back joined Wolves on a season-long loan in the summer and has made just seven appearances in all competitions with just one start in the Premier League. The Spanish outlet report that Madrid have contacted Wolves to discuss the option of ending the loan deal early, with other clubs keen to sign Vallejo temporarily for the second half of the season.
La Liga side Leganes and Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt are among the clubs interested in adding the defender to their squad in the winter transfer window.
10.00 GMT: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is “optimistic” about making signings in January despite missing out on Erling Haaland.
“I’m always an optimist,” Solskjaer said. “I’m optimistic we can keep players fit and if the right ones become available we do have the resources and I do have the backing from the board, but it’s also about getting the right ones. It has to be.
“There’s no point suddenly bringing someone else in now for the sake of three or four months if that can disrupt any good feeling or chemistry in the group, because the chemistry in the group is really good. It has to be the right type and it has to be a good investment for the long term as well.”
09.35 GMT: Atletico Madrid are looking to strengthen their attack in the transfer window with Paco Alcacer now considered their No. 1 target, according to Marca.
The Rojiblancos had evaluated signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, who becomes a free agent next summer. However, the player’s high wage demands and Cavani’s preference to leave the French giants at the end of the season, have been a stumbling block.
Alcacer, 26, has reportedly notified Borussia Dortmund of his wish to leave the club in January after the Bungesliga giants announced the signing of highly rated striker Erling Haaland from FC Salzburg.
A former Valencia star, Alcacer has made just six Bundesliga starts this season and the arrival of Haaland will see him fall further down the pecking order. The Spanish forward wants to return to La Liga and Atletico would offer him the option to join on loan, with a purchase option included in the deal.
09.00 GMT: Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo almost joined Everton in the summer and is preparing to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Rojo, 29, has been a bit-part player this season and doesn’t see a future for himself at Old Trafford. The MEN reports a move is on the cards.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)
Arteta to toughen up Arsenal with Upamecano
The Gunners’ defence has been a weak spot this season and Arteta is expected to be given funds to reinforce it. The 21-year-old centre-back is central to the plans, with Arteta believed to be keeping tabs on Upamecano, who could be allowed to leave next month as a result of his contract coming to an end in 2021.
Upamecano is attracting interest from a host of other clubs, but Arteta will be more desperate than most. With his defence already struggling, he also lost Calum Chambers to injury during the 2-1 loss against Chelsea on Sunday and already has Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney on the treatment table. That leaves Arteta with David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi, neither of whom have been in form.
Klopp expecting Lallana exitJurgen Klopp is hoping to tempt
Lallana’s contract expires in the summer and he is able to discuss and agree to terms with other clubs from Jan. 1, with a view to moving in six months’ time. The England international impressed against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, and his growing importance to the squad has not been lost on Klopp.
Lallana’s situation vis-a-vis playing time won’t be helped by the arrival of Japan international Takumi Minamino, which means there’s an interesting month ahead for the Liverpool hierarchy.
Manchester United to lose out on Kulusevski?
Manchester United could be set to lose out on another January transfer target if Gazzetta dello Sport is to be believed. The Italian title is suggesting that Juventus are not only ready to hijack their signing of Atalanta star Dejan Kulusevski, but that personal terms have already been agreed with a view to the transfer going ahead when the window opens.
Kulusevski has been on loan at Parma this season and has scored four goals and contributed seven assists in 17 Serie A appearances, starring in their recent win against Napoli with a goal and late assist.
The fee is believed to be around £30m, with the 19-year-old allowed to stay at Parma for the remainder of the season.
– Manchester United are lining up their summer business early, with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin believed to be one of their main transfer targets, reports the Sun. United have already missed out on prime target Erling Haaland, who joined Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, and while Jadon Sancho remains on the Red Devils’ wanted list, Calvert-Lewin could be seen as a bargain at just £50m.
– Aston Villa are looking to sign Danny Drinkwater on loan from his current loan deal at Burnley from Chelsea, reports the Mail. Drinkwater has made just two appearances for the Clarets this season, but the club are keen to extend the agreement. Villa, though, are keen to add new faces to a squad that has endured a dramatic loss of form in recent weeks.