Transfer news LIVE! Real Madrid hold Haaland edge; Man United eye Icardi; Chelsea, Arsenal rumours

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Transfer news LIVE! Real Madrid hold Haaland edge; Man United eye Icardi; Chelsea, Arsenal rumours
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Transfer news - LIVE!

The January transfer window opens in just a few days and the rumour mill is well and truly up and running.

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a move for Leeds winger Raphinha and could also move to sign a new left-back with Ben Chilwell set to miss the rest of the season after knee surgery.

Tottenham are expected to be busy following the arrival of Antonio Conte are said to be leading the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, with Arsenal and Manchester United also interested.

Manchester United are likely to be more concerned with outgoings next month, with Anthony Martial keen to leave Old Trafford.

In Europe, there yet more speculation over the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland with reports that Real Madrid could be eyeing an audacious double swoop for them both.

Check out all the day’s latest news and rumours with our LIVE blog below...

Latest transfer news and gossip

  • Real eye double swoop for Mbappe and Haaland

  • Mbappe addresses transfer rumours

  • Chelsea consider Lucas Digne move

  • Man United eye Icardi as Cavani replacement

  • Raphinha won’t push for January move

  • Arsenal quoted Guimaraes price

  • Gunners lead race for Coutinho

Dixon: DCL the man for Gunners

17:58 , Malik Ouzia

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the man to solve Arsenal’s striker puzzle.

The Gunners are in the market for a centre-forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of favour and both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract at the end of the season.

“Would I like to see Calvert-Lewin at Arsenal? I think yes,” Dixon told the Mail.

“I think you’d struggle to get one of the top, top strikers like [Erling] Haaland.

“It would be a step up for Calvert-Lewin, no disrespect to Everton.

“I like him, I think he’s got potential to be as good as he wants to be. He is fit and athletic, he is strong and good in the air and a good finisher. I would take him.”

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Spanner in Digne plan

16:56 , Malik Ouzia

Earlier on we heard about Chelsea considering a recall for Emerson Palmieri amid their left-back crisis.

According to reports elsewhere, Everton’s Lucas Digne is also being considered as a short-term option.

However, L’Equipe claim that the Toffees wouldn’t be interested in allowing the Frenchman to leave on loan and would instead be looking for a £25m permanent deal.

Rs Cooking this January?

16:35 , Malik Ouzia

QPR are reportedly leading the race to sign Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.

The Mail claim Nottingham Forest are also interested in the centre-back, but that Mark Warburton’s side are favourites to land the Cherries skipper next month.

Cook was left out of the Bournemouth squad for their 1-0 victory over QPR on Monday and afterwards manager Scott Parker confirmed he may be headed for the exit door.

“Firstly, I am very respectful of Steve’s situation,” Parker said. “I spoke to Steve yesterday – there’s maybe a possibility he may be leaving in this window, due to his situation.”

Mata wanted by Real Sociedad

14:53 , Giuseppe Muro

Sticking with Manchester United, Juan Mata looks to be heading for the Old Trafford exit door and Real Sociedad are keen on a move to take the midfielder back to Spain.

Mata has just six months left on his contract but Sociedad hope to persuade United to release him for free in January.

Man United eye Icardi as Cavani replacement

14:44 , Giuseppe Muro

With Edinson Cavani’s future at Old Trafford up in the air, Manchester United have reportedly come up with a contingency plan in place in case leaves next month.

And, according to Calciomercato, United are preparing a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi should Cavani depert.

Barcelona are interested in Cavani, with the Uruguayan keen on the move too but any move depends on interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

Everton return for Barkley?

14:15 , Giuseppe Muro

Ross Barkley could be back at Everton in January.

The Daily Mail claims Everton are interested in bringing their former player back to Goodison Park.

The England midfielder has featured only five times for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal lead race for Coutinho

14:13 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal are reportedly the frontrunners to sign Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho on loan in January.

Coutinho is free to leave Barcelona after falling out of favour at the Nou Camp and, according to Spanish outlet Sport, he prefers a move to Arsenal over other Premier League clubs.

Arsenal quoted Guimaraes price

13:30 , Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal have been quoted £38million for Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to Brazilian outlet Globo.

The Gunners are set to send Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to Roma in January.

If a loan-to-buy option is included in the deal then Arsenal could use the money, as well as the sales of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, to fund a move for Guimaraes in the summer.

13:24 , Giuseppe Muro

Back to Chelsea as they weigh-up their left-back options, Goal reports that the Blues could recall 27-year-old Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri from his loan at Lyon.

Chelsea also have an option to recall 19-year-old Dutchman Ian Maatsen from Coventry City.

Raphinha won’t push for January move

13:22 , Giuseppe Muro

Chelsea have been linked with Raphinha in recent day and Liverpool and Bayern Munich are also said to be considering a move for the Leeds winger.

But the Mirror reports that the 25-year-old is reluctant to spoil his relationship with the Leeds fans by agitating for a transfer, even if he will eventually move on from Elland Road.

Mbappe addresses transfer rumours

13:19 , Giuseppe Muro

He continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid but, for now, Kylian Mbappe insists his full focus is still on Paris Saint-Germain - particularly with a Champions League tie against the Spanish side to come.

“No, I’m not joining Real Madrid in January,” Mbappe told CNN. “I’m in PSG, I’m really happy and I will finish the season [here] 100 per cent.

“I’ll give everything to win the Champions League, the league and the cup and to give all of the pleasure to the fans because they deserve it.

“And I think I deserve to win something great with PSG.”

13:18 , Giuseppe Muro

Barcelona are said be interested in bringing Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen from Chelsea the Nou Camp.

Gerard Moreno reports that an agreement in principle has been reached between Azpilicueta and Barca, though Barca could wait until next summer to sign the Chelsea pair for free when their contracts expire.

Chelsea consider Lucas Digne move

13:15 , Giuseppe Muro

With Ben Chilwell set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery, Chelsea are considering their left-back options.

Fabrizio Romano says their first move will be to enquire about Everton’s Lucas Digne, who has fallen out of favour with Rafael Benitez.

Sergino Dest is also an option, with the Barcelona defender said to be among the players up for sale at the Camp Nou.

Chelsea also have long-standing interest in Ajax defender Nico Tagliafico.

Real eyeing double swoop for Mbappe and Haaland

13:08 , Giuseppe Muro

According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are confident of pulling off an audacious double swoop for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland next summer.

Mbappe attempted to force a move to Real in the summer transfer window. He is expected to run down the final six months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and a move to Real next summer seems the most likely outcome.

Marca claim Real are also lining up a move for Haaland.

His agent Mino Raiola has named Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real as possible destinations for the striker.

But the report by Marca claims Real “hold the edge” over their rivals because of their strong relationship with Dortmund.

Dortmund chief Aki Watzke is said to be good friends with his counterpart Jose Angel Sanches, as well as Madrid president Florentino Perez.

13:01 , Giuseppe Muro

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s transfer blog.

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