Here are some top transfer rumours making the rounds right now.
Guardiola Eyes Dropped Isco
Manchester City are ready to test Real Madrid’s resolve with a lucrative offer for Isco, according to AS.
The Malaga-born midfielder has been out-of-favour since Santiago Solari took charge of Los Blancos and has even been subjected to boos from the Bernabeu faithful for the first time.
City boss Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Isco and it is believed that the ex-Barcelona manager would be a significant draw for the player, who has a contract until 2022 and a mouth-watering minimum release clause of £630 million
However, given the Spain international’s unique situation, Madrid president Florentino Perez may be willing to negotiate. However, it is likely that the Etihad club would need to better the £105 million that Juventus paid for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
Vermaelen Injury Accelerates Barcelona’s Search For A Centre-Back
Barcelona’s need for a new central defender has become even more urgent now that Thomas Vermaelen has suffered another injury setback, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The La Liga leaders are already short at the back as Samuel Umtiti’s knee problems continue and Los Cules are now rumoured to be ready to act decisively in January.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen, but reports suggest they could also be tempted by Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente, who has been part of the Spanish national team set up under former Barca coach Luis Enrique.
United Identify Koulibaly As Their Defensive Medicine
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a centre-back in January (and long before) and is believed to be interested in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, according to The Sun.
The Red Devils supposedly sent scouts to watch the highly-rated Senegalese defender during Napoli’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last week, where he impressed.
United are rumoured to be willing to pay around £90m for the 27-year-old in January, as they attempt to cure their defensive woes, which has seen Mourinho’s men already concede more goals this season than the entire previous campaign.
The Point Of No Return For Rabiot
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot seemingly has one foot out the Parc des Princes door and will not sign a new contract.
Club chief Antero Henrique confirmed in a remarkable interview that the Frenchman will not feature in any matchday squads until he commits his future to the Ligue 1 champions, a decision which is supported by manager Thomas Tuchel.
It is believed that PSG may be ready to cash in and sell the 23-year-old in the January window with long-term admirers Barcelona and Liverpool both on standby.
Others Italian champions Juventus are planning a £125m bid to re-sign Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Daily Star)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is resisting attempts by the club to appoint a director of football. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United face a bill in the region of £24m if they decide to replace Mourinho before the end of the January transfer window. (Daily Record)
West Ham’s England international midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, could be out for the rest of the season with more ankle problems. (The Sun)
Juventus met agent Mino Raiola to discuss 18-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean’s contract renewal – as well as Pogba and Ajax’s 19-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt. (Sky Italia via Football Italia)
Arsenal want to sign £45m-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, but face competition from Tottenham and Chelsea. The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has scored 12 goals for the Ligue 1 club this season. (L’Equipe via Daily Star)
Chelsea’s Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 25, says he has not spoken to the club about the possibility of extending his contract. (Metro)
Barcelona have received £65m offers from Chinese Super League clubs for their 21-year-old Brazilian forward Malcom. (As – in Spanish)
The latest injury to Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen, 33, has increased Barcelona’s need for a new centre-back. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)