Europe’s biggest clubs continue to work behind the scenes as the winter transfer window approaches. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.
England star chased by clubs at home and abroad
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is finding it hard to secure game time at Chelsea this season and the England international is considering asking for a loan move in January, according to the Guardian.
And it wouldn’t take him long to find regular football elsewhere if he does decide to leave for pastures new, with a host of clubs at home and abroad keen on the 22-year-old, if reports in the Daily Mirror are to be believed.
Loftus-Cheek excelled on loan at Crystal Palace last season and earned a deserved call-up to the England squad for the summer’s superb World Cup campaign.
But the arrival of Maurizio Sarri has seen him fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and he has been limited to just four substitute outings in the Premier League this season.
The midfielder has made a huge impact when he has featured, though, with five goals in nine appearances in all competitions, and only five of those were starts.
The Mirror reports Crystal Palace want to take him back on a six-month loan in January, and Bournemouth, West Ham, Newcastle and Schalke are also said to be keen.
Rodriguez: Play me more or I will leave
Colombia star James Rodriguez is loving life at Bayern Munich but insists that won’t stop him from leaving the club in the summer if Niko Kovac doesn’t give him more game time.
Rodriguez has started only seven games out of a possible 21 in all competitions due to a combination of selection and injuries.
The 27-year-old joined Bayern at the start of last season on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy from Real Madrid.
And Marca report him as saying: “It is a different situation to last season, we are not competing for as much with the new coach and so we cannot promise as much.
“If I have to go because I am not playing then I will go. You know that I want to stay because I feel the love of the fans and all the Bayern family.
“I feel good right now, I want to be fully recovered in one or two weeks. We are working hard to get better results.”
Chicharito wants West Ham exit
Another who has become increasingly frustrated at a lack of game time this season is Javier Hernandez, and he is keen for a return to Spain, according to El Gol Digital.
It reports Chicharito wanted to depart the London Stadium in the summer but Manuel Pellegrini persuaded him to remain following his arrival as manager.
However, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer has started only three of West Ham’s 14 Premier League games this season due to the form of Marko Arnautovic.
The Spanish outlet reports Real Sociedad and Valencia are keen to sign the 30-year-old former Manchester United striker.
Everton keen to sign Gomes permanently
Andre Gomes might have a €100 million release clause in his contract, but that won’t stop Everton from trying to sign the Barcelona man permanently, claims the Liverpool Echo.
Barcelona spent almost £30m bringing Gomes to the Camp Nou from Valencia in 2016, but after failing to live up to expectations, he was loaned out to Everton this summer.
Gomes has impressed at Goodison Park in recent months, and the Echo insists the €100m release clause will not be a deterrent for the Toffees.
It highlights the fact Yerry Mina had an identical clause in his Barca contract, but Everton were able to secure his services for £27m this summer.
London rivals go head-to-head over rising star
He might have made only one appearance for Feyenoord’s first team, but that hasn’t stopped some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs from battling it out to sign rising star Orkun Kokcu, reports the Daily Mail.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all keen to sign the 17-year-old, with Paris Saint-Germain also said to be interested.
Kokcu has made only one senior outing for Feyenoord, when he scored in the Dutch Cup in September, but his undeniable talent has been evident in the younger age groups.
Kokcu has scored 15 goals in 37 appearances for Feyenoord’s under-19s from midfield and he has also starred for the national team in his seven outings at that age group, finding the net on three occasions.
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Leandro Paredes to Paris Saint-Germain – 3.2
The fact PSG are after a new midfielder is no secret, and it has been reported the club will hold talks with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg over the potential transfer of Leandro Paredes in the near future. The former Boca Juniors and Roma midfielder would cost in the region of £22m, and AC Milan are also said to be interested.
Andreas Christensen to Borussia Monchengladbach – 2.7
He might not warrant a place in Chelsea’s starting XI these days, but Andreas Christensen is a wanted man. Barcelona have seen an approach for the talented 22-year-old rejected recently, AC Milan are said to be keen and Borussia Monchengladbach also want to take the Denmark international back to the club on loan, Christensen having previously spent two seasons at the German side on a temporary deal.
Nathaniel Clyne to Crystal Palace – 2.5
Another player who isn’t short of potential suitors is Nathaniel Clyne. We have reported previously how Fulham, Cardiff and Leicester are keen on the 27-year-old, but so are his former club Crystal Palace. It is unclear whether Liverpool would be open to a permanent departure or only a loan move.
Goncalo Guedes to Manchester United – 2.4
Jose Mourinho is believed to be a long-term admirer of Valencia striker Goncalo Guedes, and after TV cameras picked up a heated exchange between the player and manager Marcelino at the weekend, reports of a potential departure have surfaced. The Portugal international was signed only in the summer for a fee in the region of £36m, but it is claimed a bid of around £58m might be enough to secure his services, after no goals in 13 outings this season.
Cengiz Under to Arsenal – 2.3
Arsenal are contemplating a move for Turkish star Cengiz Under, and their scout was watching on at the weekend when he scored a magnificent 30-yard strike in their 2-2 draw with Inter Milan. The 21-year-old would reportedly cost in the region of £45m.