Hazard, Lukaku, Aubameyang, Stones. Friday’s Transfer Rumours
Manchester United are being linked with a £65m summer move for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard after being told they have no chance of signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. United transfer target Ilkay Gundogan won’t be leaving Borussia Dortmund, claims the chief executive of Serie A side Juventus. Full reports here.
Manchester United are being linked with a £40m bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Arsenal have been told they will have to pay £60m to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak says he is aware of Arsenal transfer interest. More details here.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says he knows nothing about Radamel Falcao’s presence at the club’s training ground. Rumours suggest that Chelsea are looking to end the Colombian’s miserable loan spell at Stamford Bridge. Details here.
Chelsea will make a fresh transfer bid of £40m for Everton central defender John Stones. However, they will face competition from Barcelona.
Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has been recalled from his loan spell at Aston Villa after failing to make a single appearance for the Premier League strugglers.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is being linked with Real Madrid.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out an exit this month for striker Jermain Defoe. Allardyce claims the Black Cats haven’t received any bids for alleged Bournemouth target Defoe. Sunderland have announced the signing of defender Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich.
Sunderland have been slammed by French side Lorient after defender Lamine Kone pulled out of a move to the Stadium Of Light nine days after the two clubs agreed a fee.
Aston Villa are being linked with Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo. However, Villa aren’t interested in Claudio Beauvue of Lyon.
Meanwhile, Villa winger Charles N’Zogbia looks set to be offloaded to Greek side AEK Athens.
Everton have been told to pay £10m for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall.
Stoke City are keen on Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula. The Potters are considering a record bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. The England under-21 striker is keen to leave The Hawthorns – even on loan. Stoke are monitoring Lorient’s Gabon international defensive midfielder Didier Ndong.
Manchester City are in talks with A-League side Central Coast Mariners over midfielder Anthony Caceres.
Crystal Palace have had an £11m bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani rejected by the Portugese club. Sporting have told Palace to pay £22m. Reports from Portugal claim the south London club could even return with a bid close to their valuation.
Swansea City have confirmed that Alan Curtis has been appointed manager until the end of the season. The Swans have seen a £14m bid for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini rejected by the Serie A side.
Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists that it is “completely impossible” for either Troy Deeney or Odion Ighalo to leave the club this month.
Training ground bust-ups: Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Oscar apparently squared up to each other following a couple of hefty challenges. Some club sources claim no punches were thrown. Other suggest that Oscar was hit on three occasions. The Brazil international denies any altercation. Meanwhile, in Portugal where Dutch side Feyenoord are enjoying a mid-winter break, Southampton transfer target Tonny Vilhena clashed with team-mate Miquel Nelhom.