ATLETICO TO REPORT BARCELONA TO FIFA OVER GRIEZMANN CONTACT
Atletico Madrid are ready to report La Liga rivals Barcelona to FIFA for improper contact with star forward Antoine Griezmann, according to reports from multiple outlets.
Griezmann, despite having a contract with Atletico through 2021-22, has been a rumoured target for many top clubs, including Manchester United.
However, this complaint, which includes improper contact with Griezmann’s family, will only claim Barcelona broke FIFA regulations.
REAL MADRID ADVANCE HAZARD NEGOTIATIONS
Real Madrid are making progress in their negotiations to sign Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard next summer, claims Diario Gol.
Zinedine Zidane has instructed Madrid president Florentino Perez to pursue a deal for Hazard and the Belgium international could arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu after next year’s World Cup in Russia.
If Hazard does move to Madrid, then Marco Asensio is likely to seek a transfer away, with Manchester City a potential destination.
LUIZ TRIED FOR BARCELONA MOVE
Barcelona have ruled out signing David Luiz after the Chelsea defender offered himself to the Camp Nou club, according to Catalunya Radio, via Sport.
Luiz’s future at Chelsea appears uncertain and the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, has recently travelled to Barcelona for treatment on an injury.
During his trip, Luiz offered himself to Barcelona, who are looking to sign a new centre-back due to the expected departure of Javier Mascherano.
However, due to Luiz being 30 and the financial implications of signing him, Barca are instead focusing on other defensive targets.
MAN UTD OFFER MKHI FOR ALEX SANDRO
Manchester United are willing to offer Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Juventus as part of their bid to sign Alex Sandro, claims The Sun.
Reports have suggested that United will offer £60 million for Alex Sandro in an attempt to beat Chelsea to the signing of the Brazilian left-back.
However, the out-of-favour Mkhitaryan could also be used as a bargaining chip in a deal for Alex Sandro. Juventus, while interested in Mkhitaryan, would prefer to see reported Barcelona target Daley Blind included by United as part of any deal.
MAN CITY JOIN RACE FOR £40M ZAHA
The former Manchester United man, who made just four appearances in all competitions during his time at Old Trafford, is apparently also attracting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Alexis Sanchez remains City’s no.1 transfer target although the runaway Premier League leaders see the Ivory Coast international as the ideal alternative should they fail to land the Arsenal forward.
ARSENAL EYE SHOCK DAVID LUIZ BID
Arsenal are lining up a shock £30 million bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz, according to a report from the Daily Express.
Luiz has made just eight Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, after falling out of favour with manager Antonio Conte.
It is understood that their relationship has not fully healed, and Arsene Wenger is now interested in securing the Brazilian’s signature.
Luiz is also reportedly a target for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, as well as Juventus and Real Madrid.
DE BRUYNE IN LINE FOR NEW MAN CITY DEAL
Kevin De Bruyne is closing in on a new long-term deal at Manchester City, according to the BBC.
The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the best midfielders in world football as Pep Guardiola’s side have surged into an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, and City are now keen to recognise his outstanding contribution.
Fellow midfielder Fernandinho is also set to hold talks with the club over a new deal. His current contract expires at the end of the season.
EX-LIVERPOOL TARGET TEIXEIRA PLACED ON TRANSFER LIST
Former Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has been placed on the transfer list by Jiangsu Suning, according to Tuttosport.
Liverpool reportedly made a £25 million bid for the attacking midfielder in 2016, but were unable to woo the now-27-year-old to Anfield.
He instead joined Jiangsu for a £38.4m fee, though head coach Fabio Capello has deemed the expensive acquisition surplus to requirements.
ARTETA LINED UP AS WENGER SUCCESSOR
Mikel Arteta could replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The former Spain international is currently working at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, but is held in high regard by the Gunners.
Wenger’s current contract expires in 2019, and Arsenal are working up a shortlist of replacements, with Arteta near the top of the list.
DORTMUND WANT MKHITARYAN BACK
Borussia Dortmund are continuing to show an interest in bringing Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the club, reports The Independent.
Mkhitaryan left Dortmund for Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, but the Armenia international has struggled to make a sustained impact under Jose Mourinho.
The United boss has not ruled out selling players in January, amid reports he will let Mkhitaryan go, while any return to the Bundesliga could help Mourinho in his pursuit of Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.
ARSENAL WILLING TO PAY €48M FOR LOZANO
Lozano, in his first season in the Eredivisie, has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in just 15 appearances this season, attracting interest from the Gunners and Everton.
Both clubs are now reportedly willing to match PSV’s massive asking price, which would make Lozano the most expensive Mexican player in history.
DORTMUND CLOSE IN ON ROMERO
Borussia Dortmund are closing in on the signing of Maximiliano Romero from Velez Sarsfield, Bild report.
The striker, 18, would cost around €12 million, and Dortmund see the teenager as a potential successor to current forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
WEST HAM LINE UP ARTER BID
West Ham are keen to sign Harry Arter from Bournemouth, according to The Sun.
Hammers boss David Moyes wants to reinforce his midfield, and sees Arter, who has not been a first-team regular this season, as a potential solution.
The Irons manager is willing to spend £15 million to acquire the Republic of Ireland international.
BARCA CLOSE IN ON FORMER MAN CITY YOUTH STAR
Barcelona are nearing the signing of former Manchester City youngster Jose Angel Pozo, according to a report from Onda Cero.
The 21-year-old, who has won caps at numerous youth levels for Spain, also played for Real Madrid’s youth team, though he is yet to make a breakthrough into La Liga.
Barca are hopeful he will play for the club’s B team initially, if they can complete the deal.