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THE transfer window is almost upon us as clubs look to freshen up their squads ahead of a packed second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races meaning there is plenty of work to be done among the big guns.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

  • Craig Mahood

    TRIP BANNED

    Kieran Trippier has been suspended by the FA for 10 weeks and fined 70,000 for a breach of betting rules.

    He was charged for seven counts of going against the FA’s betting rules, primarly section E8 1b.

    The breaches were said to be in July last year.

    Trippier was found guilty of four of the charges, while three were deemed not proven.

  • Craig Mahood

    AU REVOIR, ANT

    Antonio Rudiger appears to be a man in demand this window.

    His comments the other day about ‘not being happy’ with his situation at Chelsea appear to have attracted interest throughout Europe.

    Milan, Barcelona, Roma and Premier League clubs have been linked with the German in recent days.

    Now La Parisien claim PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is mulling over a move for Rudiger.

    They claim Tuchel is an admirer of Rudiger and the player’s name was mentioned to Leonardo (PSG sporting director) following Thiago Silva’s departure in the summer.

  • Craig Mahood

    PREDICTED XI

    Here's how we think Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will line up for tonight's quarter-final clash at Stoke.

    This competition represents a realistic opportunity for Mourinho to deliver silverware to the Spurs faithful.

    What changes would you make?

  • Craig Mahood

    CITY FOR HAALAND?

    Manchester City must start planning for being without Sergio Aguero now – and should look at Erling Haaland, says Jamie Redknapp.

    The Sky pundit said City must enter the market to get a viable option, with Jesus not able to carry the mantra on his own.

    On Aguero, he said: “He can’t keep doing it forever. We’re talking about one of the greats, one of the greatest goal scorers in modern-day football, but he’s not the same Sergio Aguero, so you have to find a different way.

    "That will be trying to find the next superstar, be it Haaland, or whoever it is.

    "Jesus is a very good second striker, he’s someone you want to start games away from home, want him to be involved, he looks like the sort of guy who is happy to play second fiddle at times, but you aren’t gonna score as many goals with that team because you haven’t got the young Aguero who was scoring 20-30 goals a season."

  • Craig Mahood

    LUNCHTIME ROUND-UP

    In case you missed it, here's what we have said so far today.

    • Arsenal considering loan swoop for Vinicius Jr
    • Isco 'set to join Juventus'
    • Juventus and Milan eye Edouard
    • Liverpool approach Sven Botman's agent
    • Everton and Wolves in for Simakan
    • Leicester and West Ham chase Burnley ace

    ISCO BLOW

    Arsenal have been hit with a blow after Real Madrid playmaker Isco ‘set to join Juventus on loan’, reports say.

    They also say the interest in Isco has not been followed up and the player’s decision is made.

    The Star suggest the Spaniard has got his wish to get out the club and will join the Italian giants.

    VINNER WINNER

    Arsenal are ‘considering a loan swoop’ for Real Madrid misfit Vinicius Jr.

    The Star say that Arteta’s approach of bringing in defensive reinforcements first is ‘over’ and a lack of goals is something they will look to address.

    They also say the Gunners retain a good relationship with the 20-year-old’s agent.

    Madrid will listen to offers for the inconsistent winger in the window and are open to the idea of letting him leave on loan.

    MENDES BLOW

    Manchester United and Liverpool target Nuno Mendes has penned a new deal at Sporting.

    The teenager has attracted interest across Europe after impressive displays for the Portuguese giants.

    And they have worked to secure the starlet remains in Lisbon.

    Clubs will now have to pay a sizeable figure to sign the teen, who was valued at 40m euros before signing his improved terms.

    STEADY EDDY

    Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is being chased by Juventus and AC Milan, according to reports.

    Italian outlet calciomercato.it claim the France Under-21 star is being considered by the Serie A duo as they look to add to their striker options.

    Andrea Pirlo – who boasts the likes of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in his attacking ranks – is believed to be keen on adding another striker to support Alvaro Morata in attack.

    Milan – who defeated the Hoops twice in the Europa League group stage this season – have Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their top marksmen but at 39 he is entering the final stages of a glittering career.

    The Serie A leaders got a close look at the striker as he netted in the 4-2 defeat in the San Siro earlier this month.

    The duo are the latest top clubs in Europe to be linked with the Frenchman who has previously attracted plenty of interest.

    READ MORE HERE

    • Craig Mahood

      SIX-POINTER

      Juventus suffered a rough Tuesday night – losing out on SIX points in the Serie A march.

      Juve were thumped 3-0 by Fiorentina after Juan Cuadrado was sent off early on in the game.

      But hours earlier their 3-0 forfeit hand-out was retracted after Napoli won their appeal against the decision.

      The game, supposed to be played on October 4, was postponed after Napoli failed to show up because Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas had tested positive for COVID.

    • Craig Mahood

      NA NA NA BOTMAN

      Liverpool have made an initial approach to Sven Botman’s agent regarding a switch to Merseyside, reports claim.

      The Lille centre back signed in the summer from Ajax and has impressed in his short spell in Ligue 1.

      He has started 16 games in the league this term and earned his first call-up to the Netherlands squad in November.

      FootMercato report the initial contact has been made but no further talks have taken place.

    • Craig Mahood

      SIMAKAN RACE

      Everton and Wolves have entered the running for Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan.

      AC Milan are in talks to sign the 20-year-old star who has already appeared 41 times for his boyhood team.

      A centre-back by trade, Simakan has played as a right-back and in midfielder.

      Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb say the Premier League dup are interested in signing him, worth up to £18million.

    • Craig Mahood

      BOTTLED IT

      Aaron Ramsey booted a water bottle in frustration after being hooked just 19 minutes into Juventus' match against Fiorentina.

      The Welsh midfielder, 29, was hauled off before the halfway mark in the first period after Juan Cuadrado's red card.

      It meant the Welshman's difficult spell in Italy continues.

      After his 2019 free transfer from Arsenal, the midfielder started just 14 games in the 2019-20 campaign – despite his staggering wages of £400,000 per week.

      He has enjoyed more game time this season, which will come as a relief to Wales fans ahead of next summer's Euros.

      Ramsey's start against Fiorentina was his tenth of the season, coming on in a further three while making every matchday squad he has been fit for.

      READ MORE HERE

    • Craig Mahood

      TARK ON ME

      James Tarkowski has emerged a target for Leicester and West Ham.

      The Burnley centre-back is reported to be stalling on a fresh deal and has 18 months remaining on his current deal.

      It is believed other top half Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation too.

      But Eurosport claim the Hammers and Foxes are the two to have registered interest so far.

    • Craig Mahood

      WILD ONE

      Sheffield United are monitoring ex-Celtic and Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan.

      Chris Wilder is looking to add to his attacking reinforcements as misfiring Scottish duo Oli McBurnie and Oli Burke struggle for goals.

      The Mail report that Wilder is keeping tabs on another Scot in an attempt to lure him to the Premier League.

      Thoight a deal would likely cost just £2million, tempting the player away from life in Miami, working under David Beckham, may prove more difficult.

    • Craig Mahood

      BALL-PLAYERS

      Barcelona are eyeing moves for ‘experienced ball-players’ Antonio Rudiger and Fabian Schar as short-term signings, reports claim.

      The La Liga giants are languishing in fifth place after a stuttering start to the campaign.

      Chelsea’s Rudiger has been linked with a move to the Catalan side before and his ‘frustration’ at a lack of playing time has meant he is sourcing a move away.

      Barca’s money problems mean a move for a world-class centre-back is unlikely in the near future.

      And the Athletic report a move for either of the two Premier League defenders will see them until the summer.

    • Craig Mahood

      RIDICULOUS NUMBERS

      Lionel Messi broke Pele’s goalscoring record in Barcelona’s 3-0 win at Valladolid last night.

      The Argentinian magician scored his 644th goal for the Camp Nou side, a record for any player for a single club.

      After equalling the record at the weekend, Messi scored the third of Barca’s goals after 65 minutes.

      After the game, Messi posted on Instagram: “When I started playing football I never thought I would break any records.

      “And even less the one that I achieved today which belonged to @pele … I can only thank everyone who helped me over the years, my teammates, my family, my friends and everyone who supports me every day.”

    • Joshua Jones

      GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

      There could be one big departure from the Premier League next month, as Fabrizio Romano claims that there is a ‘huge chance’ that Dele Alli leaves Spurs – with PSG believed to be waiting in the wings.

      He wrote: “We have to see what happens with Paris Saint-Germain, we know PSG are looking for this type of player and they have seen a lot of Dele Alli, so it’s possible they will try again,

      “But at the moment, the player is focusing on talking with the club, he has to talk with Daniel Levy, the president of Tottenham, to understand the price, what kind of formula they have to find to sell Dele Alli, if it’s a loan or a permanent deal.

      “Now is the time to prepare the exit of Dele Alli of Tottenham, but there are huge chances to see the player out of Tottenham in January.”

      Elsewhere across London, there could be a number of outgoings at Stamford Bridge.

      Sky Sport in Germany claim that Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses could all be leaving West London for good.

      And in return, the Blues could go after the likes of Erling Haaland and Declan Rice.

      Looking further north, Aston Villa are ‘expecting’ approaches from both Manchester City and United for captain Jack Grealish in January.

      The Mirror claim that Dean Smith’s side value their star man at an eye-watering £100million.

    • Etienne Fermie

      WHAT THE DEL?

      PSG target Dele Alli was reportedly baffled by his latest Tottenham snub by Jose Mourinho.

      The outcast midfielder had played in Spurs' previous two fixtures but did not even make the bench against Leicester on Sunday and he is said to have been left in the dark over the reason.

      The 24-year-old had come off the bench in Tottenham's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool and their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace before their 2-0 loss to the Foxes.

      And with Mourinho allowed to name NINE subs against Brendan Rodgers' side, the writing seems to be on the wall for Alli.

      Alli was not injured and he has had no explanation from the the 57-year-old about his omission, according to the Mail.

      The silent treatment is not said to be unusual from Mourinho.

      Credit: AFP
    • Etienne Fermie

      ICYMI – CRACKER JACK

      Aston Villa ‘are expecting approaches’ from Manchester City and Manchester United in January for Jack Grealish, according to reports.

      The Villa skipper has cemented himself in Gareth Southgate’s England plans after a stellar start to this season.

      And despite only recently signing a new deal at Villa Park, both Manchester clubs are expected to ‘test the water’ in January after vying for his signature in the summer.

      The Mirror also claim he could cost in the region of £100million and it is ‘highly unlikely’ a deal will be struck in January.

      Credit: Alamy Live News
    • Etienne Fermie

      'TOUGH SELL'

      Chelsea will struggle to offload outcast goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to former England stopper Robert Green.

      He told the Athletic: "It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing. Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money.

      “They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

      “I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle.

      “The transfer fee and the wages is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation."

      Credit: Reuters
    • Etienne Fermie

      DEL OF A LOSS

      There is a 'huge chance' that Tottenham sell Dele Alli in January, according to Fabrizio Romano.

      He wrote: "We have to pay attention to Dele Alli in January, because he can leave the club.

      “So, there are huge chances to see Dele Alli out of Tottenham in January, now, we need to understand where he’s going, because last summer we had rumours about Real Madrid, but they are not going to sign any players in January as they did last summer.

      “We have to see what happens with Paris Saint-Germain, we know PSG are looking for this type of player and they have seen a lot of Dele Alli, so it’s possible they will try again,

      “But at the moment, the player is focusing on talking with the club, he has to talk with Daniel Levy, the president of Tottenham, to understand the price, what kind of formula they have to find to sell Dele Alli, if it’s a loan or a permanent deal.

      “Now is the time to prepare the exit of Dele Alli of Tottenham, but there are huge chances to see the player out of Tottenham in January.”

      Credit: PA:Press Association
    • Etienne Fermie

      GETTING YOUR PHIL

      Manchester United forgotten man Phil Jones is a target for West Brom and Derby County, according to the Star.

      The centre-back could join up with former team-mate Wayne Rooney at Pride Park, in a bid to revitalise his career.

      Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    • Etienne Fermie

      FREDDY FOR ACTION

      West Ham have signed Danish centre-back Frederik Alves for an undisclosed fee and he will join up with the Hammers on January 2.

      The East Londoners have landed the 6ft 2in Denmark Under-21 international from Danish side Silkeborg on a deal until 2024.

      The 21-year-old is expected to bed in slowly – likely getting games with the Under-23s at first – before moving up to the first team in time.

    • Etienne Fermie

      RED-Y TO GO

      Liverpool have reportedly had a bid accepted for 15-year-old star Calum Scanlon.

      The Reds are said to be keen on adding the versatile left-back to their academy and Birmingham have reportedly given the deal the green light.

      Blues have accepted an undisclosed offer believed to be around the £500k mark, according to the Times.

      The England youth international could follow in the footsteps of former Birmingham ace Jude Bellingham, 17, who signed for Borussia Dortmund in a £25million deal in July.

      Birmingham are said to be considering restructuring their academy.

      But the Reds' interest in Scanlon is believed to have emerged before such plans.

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