TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
- Man Utd have reportedly sounded out Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante
- Liverpool have been backed to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic
- Chelsea are readying a £200m spending spree in the January window
Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool or Arsenal update
Barcelona have told Ousmane Dembele to grow up – otherwise they’ll sell him.
The £96million Barcelona man has been heavily linked with a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool in the January window.
And Sport now claim the club have issued the 21-year-old with a stunning ultimatum: grow up or leave.
Barca were angered when Dembele skipped training and it was recently claimed he was up all night playing video games.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd have sounded out Chelsea star N’Golo Kante
Jose Mourinho told to sign two players
Former Red Devils ace Dimitar Berbatov says Jose Mourinho should sign at least one centre-back in the New Year.
“They need to reinforce at the back especially centre backs, one or two,” he said. “In every other position they have several quality players and everything they need, so just defence needs reinforcing.
“Hopefully they can find one or two and then they should be okay. It’ll be more difficult in the winter transfer window then the summer one to make signings for Mourinho but he should be able to find one person he wants to bring in.
“So if there is someone he wants to bring in the board should listen to him because it’s obvious that the club aren’t perfect right now and aren’t in the position that they want to be in.”
Wanted: Sandro Tonali
Inter Milan have hatched a plan to beat Chelsea and Juventus to the signing of Italy talent Sandro Tonali.
Reports claim Maurizio Sarri wants Tonali, who earned a call-up to Roberto Mancini’s senior Italy squad for their fixtures against Portugal and the United States.
But the Chelsea boss could be beaten to the punch, according to Italian website Calciomercato.
Former Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta is close to joining Inter Milan, and shares a good relationship with one of Tonali’s representatives.
It’s said Marotta will try to orchestrate a £22.5million deal in January and allow the 18-year-old to stay and help Serie B outfit Brescia push for promotion.
Marko Arnautovic has “undoubtedly” got the talent to play for a top Premier League side
Aaron Ramsey next club…
Aaron Ramsey has reportedly seen Manchester United and Liverpool emerge as his most likely destinations if he stays in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich were last week reported to have won the race to secure Ramsey’s signature, with the Bundesliga giants able to announce a deal in January.
However, it appears a move to Germany might not be on the cards with United and Liverpool sniffing around the 27-year-old Arsenal ace.
According to Bleacher Report, sources close to Ramsey suggest talk of a switch to Bayern is premature.
Ramsey is open to the prospect of calling time on his career in the Premier League altogether.
And, with Bayern, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus, he has plenty of options on the continent.
Manchester United and Liverpool, though, will not let the chance to snap up Ramsey on a free pass them by without a fight.
Bleacher Report reckon United and Liverpool have stolen a march on the likes of Chelsea, who Express Sport understand like the look of Ramsey.
Transfer News LIVE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd latest
Marko Arnautovic transfer
Marko Arnautovic has “undoubtedly” got the talent to play for a top Premier League side, says Stuart Pearce.
Arnautovic has been linked with a move away from West Ham in the last few days after confirming while on international duty he would love to play with the best players in Europe.
United were reportedly keen on the Austrian in the summer and are once again said to be interested in signing him.
“He’s a West Ham player, he’s under contract at West Ham,” Pearce told Sky Sports. “I don’t think that West Ham will want to sell him.
“Has he got the tools to be a top-four player? Undoubtedly. He’s got a bit of everything.”
Scouted: Axel Witsel
Manchester United are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund star Axel Witsel.
That’s according to newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, who claim Jose Mourinho attended Belgium’s recent UEFA Nations League victory over Iceland to watch the midfielder in action.
Witsel, 29, only arrived at Dortmund in August having signed from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.
But he’s clearly made a big impression on Mourinho, who is looking to bolster his midfield options.
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona have told Ousmane Dembele to grow up
Luis Suarez successors
Barcelona are actively seeking replacements for striker Luis Suarez, according to ESPN FC.
Barcelona understand they will HAVE to consider long-term successors to the Uruguay international, who turns 32 in January.
Suarez is still in blistering form for the Catalan giants having scored nine goals and provided six assists in 17 appearances.
But with few other options on the books – Barca have created a shortlist of potential attacking targets.
ESPN FC claim Krzysztof Piatek, Nicolas Pepe and Luka Jovic have all been watched.
Suarez sounds remarkably relaxed about the potential new arrivals and thinks it’s ‘obvious’ that Barcelona will have to replace him at some point.
“When they say Barcelona need a new No. 9, there’s nothing strange about it,” he said. “Obviously they have to bring players in.
“I am 31 and Barca have to think, as a club, about the future. They are always going to need strikers, left-backs or whatever position it may be.”
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona have told Ousmane Dembele to grow up
Eric Bailly transfer battle
PSG have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Manchester United star Eric Bailly.
The Daily Mail say the Ligue 1 giants have shown an interest in the out-of-favour defender.
Bailly, 24, has become increasingly frustrated under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford after losing his starting spot.
Mourinho is desperate to sign a new centre-back in January which could see Bailly’s United career come to an end.
AC Milan will NOT pay £31million to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
That’s according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who claim AC Milan management will ask for a sizeable discount on the 24-year-old.
Bakayoko, 24, arrived at the San Siro on a season-long loan that included a £31m purchase option.
But having completed just three 90-minute Serie A appearances for Gennaro Gattuso’s side – AC Milan are demanding a cut-price deal somewhere in the region of £22m.
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to spend
Barcelona ace wants Arsenal move
Barcelona ace Denis Suarez is keen to join Arsenal, Spanish newspaper AS claim.
The 24-year-old has made just one appearance in all competitions under Ernesto Valverde this time out.
And according to Spanish newspaper AS, Suarez has given the green light to joining Arsenal.
They say the Spain international is frustrated under Valverde and his preference is to join the Gunners and head to the Premier League.
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is planning to spend more than £200m in January
Marko Arnautovic on West Ham exit
Marko Arnautovic has played down talk he wants to leave West Ham, insisting he’s fully focused on the Hammers.
“I don’t want to talk about it. I am concentrated on West Ham,” the Chelsea and Man Utd-linked striker said.
“We have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games and what is being said is not my business.
“My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do.”
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona ace Denis Suarez is keen to join Arsenal
Man Utd open Kante talks
Chelsea have been rocked by Man Utd opening transfer talks with N’Golo Kante’s entourage, it’s claimed.
The Blues are eager to tie Kante down to a new contract, with the midfielder’s current deal expiring in 2021.
Yet Caught Offside have sensationally claimed Manchester United have sounded out the player’s entourage for talks about a potential transfer.
Caught Offside reckon United have opened talks with the player and are hopeful of signing him.
Transfer news LIVE: PSG have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign Man Utd’s Eric Bailly
Liverpool transfer backed
Liverpool would be the perfect destination for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner claims.
“Let’s look at [Xherdan] Shaqiri,” Mariner said of the Reds and Chelsea target. Shaqiri was a bit of an eyebrow raiser – ‘why has he signed Shaqiri?’.
“Shaqiri can be a little bit in and out, he’s not the most consistent of footballers. He’s obviously sat him down and said ‘listen mate, if you want to play in this team, you’ve got to do A, B, C, D, E, F and so on and so forth’.
“And he is, everybody’s saying now maybe Shaqiri should be coming into the line up.
“If Pulisic was to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”
Transfer news LIVE: Marko Arnautovic has played down talk he wants to leave West Ham
Arsenal boss Unai Emery told to spend
Gunners hero Ray Parlour says Unai Emery should sign a centre-half in the January transfer window.
He said: “I’m sure they’ll be positions he wants to. For me centre-half he could probably strengthen.
“But he’s got [Laurent] Koscielny coming back, they’ve missed him, but he’s a little bit older but I’m sure he’s working hard to get back in the side so I think he’ll assess the situation when it comes to January.
“He’ll be lining people up anyway.”
Transfer news LIVE: Dimitar Berbatov says Jose Mourinho should sign at least one centre-back
Chelsea to spend big
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is planning to spend more than £200million in January now that the Blues have got the threat of a two-year transfer ban hanging over them.
FIFA have recommended the Blues receive a four-window transfer ban following an investigation into them signing under-age foreign players.
Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with both Manchester United and City to sign £50m-rated Brazilian wing-back Alex Sandro, 27, from Juventus.
And they are on the verge of winning the £70m-race to land winger Christian Pulisic, 20, from Borussia Dortmund.
Sarri may also return to his former club Napoli and pay £50m for right-back Elseid Hysaj, 24.
They are also looking to invoke a £40m buy-back clause in the deal that took central defender Nathan Ake to Bournemouth.