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Report: Manchester United, Chelsea in battle for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly being eyed up by Manchester United and Chelsea, a year on from leaving Premier League rivals Liverpool. Manchester United and Chelsea will reportedly battle it out to bring Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League later this year. The Brazil international has struggled to hold down a spot in Barca’s starting lineup this term, being used from the off in just half of their La Liga matches. Coutinho cost the Catalan giants £142m to sign from Liverpool 12 months ago but could be sold on this summer, with Ernesto Valverde supposedly keen on re-signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. Spanish outlet Marca indicates that Chelsea have been quoted £100m for the former Liverpool favourite, potentially as a replacemen...

Report: Liverpool trying to offload winger Lazar Markovic

A report claims that Liverpool are still listening to offers for Lazar Markovic, who is into the final six months of his Anfield contract. Liverpool are reportedly trying to sell flop winger Lazar Markovic before the end of the January transfer window. The Serbia international earns around £50,000 a week and is due to be out of contract at the end of the campaign. Markovic has never been part of Jurgen Klopp‘s plans, but the club have failed to find a suitable bidder over the past three-and-a-half years. According to the Liverpool Echo, though, Liverpool are listening to offers for the 24-year-old in the hope that a team steps forward in the next two weeks. Clubs in the Chinese Super League are believed to hold an interest in Markovic, who has spent the season training with the Reds&...

Report: Barcelona, Chelsea join race to sign Christian Eriksen

Teams from England, Spain, Italy and Germany are all reportedly interested in signing Christian Eriksen, who is due to become a free agent at the end of next season. Real Madrid reportedly face competition from Chelsea and bitter rivals Barcelona in the race to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur. The Danish playmaker is believed to have ruled out signing a contract extension with the Lilywhites, meaning that he will become a free agent at the end of next season. Madrid have long been considered the favourites to sign the 26-year-old, but Spanish outlet AS suggests that they will have to fight hard for the Ajax youth product’s signature. Teams from England, Spain, Italy and Germany are said to have shown an interest, with Barca keen on a creative talent in midfield and Chel...

Report: Arsenal, Barcelona reach Denis Suarez agreement

A report claims that Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could be on his way to Arsenal following positive talks between the two clubs this week. Arsenal have reportedly held positive talks with Barcelona over a January transfer for out-of-favour midfielder Denis Suarez. The 25-year-old is keen to leave Camp Nou and is believed to have been Unai Emery‘s top target throughout the winter window. Emery confessed last week that Arsenal have no money to bring in players on permanent deals this month, however, which appeared to hit his side’s chances of luring Suarez to North London. Talks have continued between all three parties, however, and The Mirror suggests that an agreement may now have been reached. Arsenal will take the 25-year-old on loan until the summer, it is claimed, befo...

Report: Atletico Madrid only want loan deal for Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid is in jeopardy as the Spanish club are only interested in a loan arrangement for the Chelsea striker, according to a report. Atletico Madrid have reportedly informed Chelsea that they only want to sign Alvaro Morata on loan, putting the transfer in jeopardy. The Spanish club have been in talks with the striker in recent days, giving the 26-year-old hope of ending his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. Morata has nine goals in 23 appearances this season and is no longer part of Maurizio Sarri‘s plans, having been left out of the squad entirely to face Newcastle United last weekend. Sevilla pulled out of a move for the Spain international at the end of last week, claiming that it was “impossible” to reach an agreement with ...

Report: Chelsea put £100m price tag on Eden Hazard

Real Madrid have reportedly been told by Chelsea to pay more than £100m if they are to sign Eden Hazard in the summer. Chelsea will only entertain offers upwards of £100m for Real Madrid target Eden Hazard, according to a report. The Belgium international, into his seventh year at Stamford Bridge, has made no secret of his desire to play for the reigning European champions. Hazard is about to enter the final year of his contract and, despite mixed messages in recent weeks, he does not look likely to agree fresh terms. According to The Telegraph, both the 28-year-old and Chelsea are keen to get the issue resolved by the end of this month, though the ball is firmly in Madrid’s court. Should Hazard get the assurances he wants from Real, he will reportedly tell his current employers that...

Report: Leeds United to push through move for Fraser Forster

Out-of-favour Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster will reportedly be offered a route out of the club this month by Championship leaders Leeds United. Leeds United are hopeful of getting a deal over the line for Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster by next week, according to a report. The six-cap England international is unwanted at St Mary’s and has been told that he can move on this month, as was the case last summer. Forster, who joined the Saints in a £10m move from Celtic in 2014, has slipped down the pecking order and is currently behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn. Leeds are on the lookout for a new number one, meanwhile, and the Daily Star suggests that they will swoop for the out-of-favour Southampton stopper. Bailey Peacock-Farrell is Marcelo Bielsa‘s current first...

Report: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to push for Marouane Fellaini exit

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly shaping Manchester United’s squad for the long term and is ready to offload deadwood such as Marouane Fellaini. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly intends to offload the deadwood from Manchester United‘s squad, starting with midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Interim boss Solskjaer has made a strong case to land the job on a permanent basis after winning all six of his games in charge, including Sunday’s 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur. Fellaini has featured for a combined half an hour across those fixtures and, according to talkSPORT, he could soon be on his way out of Old Trafford. Solskjaer is said to have already decided on his favoured team and is now preparing to rid United of unwanted players – a category Fellaini falls into ̵...

Mercedes to use all-new engine in 2019 – report

Mercedes could once again be about to pull away from its rivals in the horse power department. Mercedes could once again be about to pull away from its rivals in the horse power department. Last year, Ferrari closed the gap on the German team, and also Renault and Honda made progress in 2018. But La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a brand new, “deeply redesigned” power unit has been produced at Mercedes’ Brixworth engine headquarters, “keeping little” of the 2018 unit. The Italian newspaper said Mercedes has made progress particularly in the area of energy recovery, accounting for 12 horse power extra for no more fuel consumption. That is notwithstanding the fact that fuel consumption can actually increase in 2018, with the FIA giving the teams an extra 5kg ...

Report: Juventus reject Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata swap

A report claims that Juventus rejected the chance to land Alvaro Morata from Chelsea in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain as they want cash for the striker. Juventus have reportedly rejected Chelsea‘s offer of a swap deal that would see Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata move clubs. The Blues have been negotiating with Juve over a permanent switch for Higuain, who is currently on loan with AC Milan to complicate matters. Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso revealed on Saturday that the Argentina international wants to leave San Siro before the end of the month, and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion, three years after last working with the striker. Calciomercato claims that the Blues offered former Juve ace Morata as leverage to help push through a deal, but the Italian champ...

Report: Chelsea offer striker Alvaro Morata to Barcelona

A report claims that Barcelona rejected the opportunity to sign Alvaro Morata from Chelsea as they are more interested in giving youth a chance. Barcelona were reportedly offered the chance to sign Alvaro Morata earlier this month but declined the opportunity. The 26-year-old has started exactly half of the Blues’ 22 Premier League matches this season and appears to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. Sevilla have been most strongly linked with the Spain international, but an agreement has been reached to sign Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona, meaning that a move for Morata appears to be off. Mundo Deportivo suggests that Barca were another possible option for the ex-Real Madrid ace, only for the Spanish champions to reject the chance to discuss terms after mulling over the proposal...

Report: Chelsea have bid for Mbaye Diagne rejected

A report claims that Turkish side Kasimpasa have rejected an offer from Chelsea for prolific striker Mbaye Diagne. Chelsea have reportedly had a bid of £13.5m for striker Mbaye Diagne rejected by Turkish club Kasimpasa. The Blues are frantically searching for a new goalscorer as Alvaro Morata edges closer towards the Stamford Bridge exit. Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani have both been touted as targets for Maurizio Sarri‘s men, but Milliyet suggests that a lesser-known player could plug the gap. Kasimpasa are said to have knocked back Chelsea’s offer for their free-scoring attacker, who has 32 goals in 34 matches since arriving from the Chinese Super League 12 months ago, and are instead holding out for double the amount offered. Diagne has already played for clubs in Italy,...

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