Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond
REAL OPEN HAZARD TALKS
Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea forward Eden Hazard regarding a possible switch to Spain, claims Diario Gol.
The Belgium international is stalling on the penning of fresh terms at Stamford Bridge and has aired his admiration for Real in the past.
ARSENAL CLOSE ON GORETZKA
Arsenal are close to wrapping up a deal for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka and landing him as a free agent, reports The Sun.
The Germany international will be out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk with potential suitors from January, with the Gunners heading the queue.
MAN CITY AND LIVERPOOL BATTLE FOR SERI
Manchester City and Liverpool are to battle it out for the signature of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail.
The Ivorian was linked with a switch to Barcelona over the summer, but is now open to taking on a new challenge in England.
BARCA PRIORITISE £127M COUTINHO
Barcelona are ready to step up their efforts to push through a £127 million move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho in January, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The La Liga giants were unable to get a deal done during the summer window, but the Brazilian remains their top priority and interest will be rekindled.
MAN UTD PROPOSE INTER SWAP DEAL
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Inter midfielder Joao Mario and will offer Juan Mata in exchange, reports the Corriere dello Sport.
Mourinho is keen to improve his central midfield options in the January transfer window and is ready to sacrifice Mata to bring in Joao Mario.
However, Inter are not so keen on Mata and would prefer to see the currently out-of-favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan included in any potential swap deal.
PL CLUBS CHASE INGS ON LOAN
Liverpool striker Danny Ings is wanted by a string of Premier League clubs on loan in the January transfer window, according to The Guardian .
Ings has made just one substitute appearance for Liverpool this season and has been hampered by knee injuries over the past two years.
Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham are all interested in signing Ings in the New Year, while Brighton, Stoke and West Brom could also make a move.
MAN CITY READY BIG ALEXIS BID
Manchester City are ready to make a significant offer to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Independent .
The Chilean, who almost joined Pep Guardiola’s side in the summer, is out of contract in June 2018, with it expected that City will need to pay over £50 million to sign the forward.
WALCOTT EYED AS LUKAKU REPLACEMENT
Everton have marked Theo Walcott as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku and have opened talks with Arsenal over a possible transfer, according to the Daily Mail .
Lukaku left Goodison Park for Manchester United in a £75 million move over the summer and has not yet been replaced by the Toffees.
Walcott is said to be available for purchase in January having not made a single start under Arsene Wenger this season and is a target for new Everton boss Sam Allardyce.
MAN CITY’S INCREDIBLE MESSI BID
Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a signing on fee of €100 million plus an annual salary of €50m to join up at the Eithad, Marca reports.
With the player’s future at Camp Nou up in the air with no contract signed until last week, the Argentine was offered incredible money to move to the Premier League.
Messi never had any intention of leaving Camp Nou, yet it stunned Barca into matching the deal proposed to him by City, making him the world’s best paid player again ahead of Neymar and Ronaldo.
MAN UTD WATCH €80M-RATED LAZIO STAR
Manchester United had scouts watching Sergej Milinkovic-Savic produce a starring role in Lazio’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria at the weekend, claims Calciomercato.com .
The midfielder scored one and created the other goal, with Lazio likely to demand at least €80 million if they are to sell the Serbian at the end of the season.
BARCELONA MAKE AOUAR CONTACT
Barcelona have initiated contact with Lyon teenager Hossem Aouar’s agent to register their interest in the midfielder, reports L’Equipe .
Aouar has been one of the stand-out performers in Ligue 1 this season and Barcelona view the 19-year-old as a medium-term target, rather than a signing for the January transfer window.
ARSENAL IN N’ZONZI TALKS
Sevilla have given Steven N’Zonzi permission to travel to London to hold talks over a potential January transfer after the midfielder fell out with coach Eduardo Berizzo, claims COPE .
N’Zonzi hasn’t played for Sevilla since being substituted at half-time of the 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the Champions League last month.
Liverpool are among the clubs reportedly interested in the former Blackburn and Stoke man, with Arsenal and Everton said to be in talks.
SPURS SCOUTING KONDOGBIA
Tottenham are watching Valencia’s on-loan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as the club assess potential long-term replacements for Mousa Dembele, according to Sky Sports News .
Kondogbia has impressed on loan at Valencia from Inter Milan, with the France international’s form also having seen him linked with a move to Liverpool.
BAYERN WATCH BORDEAUX STAR
Bayern Munich scouted Bordeaux star Malcom during the Ligue 1 club’s 3-2 defeat at Dijon last Friday, reports Mercato365 .
Malcom, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, scored a stunning goal in front of the Bayern scouts as the Brazilian attacking midfielder maintained his impressive form this season.
HAZARD HOLDING OUT FOR MADRID OFFER
Talks between Chelsea and Eden Hazard over a new contract have stalled as the Belgian star holds out for an offer from Real Madrid, according to The Times .
The Blues reportedly are ready to make Hazard the highest paid player in club history, with a salary worth £300,000 per week.
But Hazard is reluctant to extend a contract that still has two and a half years remaining because it would effectively end his hopes of joining Los Blancos.
MAN UTD CONFIDENT OF £50M ROSE DEAL
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident of signing Tottenham left-back Danny Rose in a £50 million deal, reports the Daily Mail .
Mourinho is keen to sign a new left-back and Rose has been a long-term target to fill that position, especially given his uncertain future at Spurs.
United are now optimistic they can agree a deal with Spurs to bring Rose to Old Trafford either in January, or next summer.
MADRID CONSIDER KROOS-DYBALA SWAP
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering a swap deal that would see Toni Kroos and cash sent to Juventus in exchange for Paulo Dybala, according to Rai Sport .
Juve reportedly are not looking to part ways with the Argentine playmaker and could offer Dybala an increased salary to help fend off Madrid. The Serie A champions, however, are not ready to keep Dybala at all costs.
MOURINHO TO BE GIVEN £80M IN JANUARY
The Sun claims Jose Mourinho will be given £80 million to spend in January, partially funded by the sales of Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian.
Manchester United are looking to keep pace with Man City at the top of the Premier League, and Mourinho has identified left-back, right wing and a No. 10 as areas he’d like to strengthen.
EVERTON JOIN RACE FOR EVANS
New Everton boss Sam Allardyce has identified West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans as a top target, according to ESPN FC .
The Toffees defence has struggled mightily this term, but Allardyce is likely to face competition from Arsenal, Manchester City and others for the 29-year-old Northern Ireland international.
PL RIVALS WANT MADRID MIDFIELDER
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Arsenal and Tottenham have both made enquiries about signing Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos in January, claims Diario Gol .
Ceballos has struggled for game time since joining Madrid from Real Betis in the summer and could be on the move in the New Year.
In addition to local rivals Arsenal and Spurs showing an interest, Ceballos is also wanted by AC Milan, Roma and his former club Betis.