PEP CHASING INTER DEFENDER
Manchester City are interested in signing Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January, claims Calciomercato.com .
Skriniar only joined Inter in the summer in a €20 million deal from Sampdoria and he has enjoyed a stellar first half of the season.
The centre-half recently dismissed reports of interest from Barcelona, but now City boss Pep Guardiola is weighing up a deal for Skriniar to boost his defensive options.
MAN CITY EYE €56M BUSQUETS
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is ready to raid former club Barcelona to sign midfielder Sergio Busquets, reports Don Balon .
The 29-year-old has a €200 million release clause at Camp Nou, but Guardiola believes that a bid of €56m will be enough to convince Barca to sell him to the Premier League leaders. Busquets’ contract runs until 2021, but Philippe Coutinho’s imminent arrival in La Liga could pave the way for the Spain international to move to City.
PSG TO MAKE €170M MILINKOVIC-SAVIC BID
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay €170 million to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, reports Corriere dello Sport .
Milinkovic-Savic has enjoyed an impressive season for Lazio, and has already attracted interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, along with Barcelona.
The 22-year-old has insisted he is happy at Lazio, but PSG could test both the player and Serie A club’s resolve with a mammoth bid.
ARSENAL EYEING BARCELONA WINGER
Arsenal are ready to make a move for Barcelona winger Jose Arnaiz as they prepare to lose Alexis Sanchez, according to Marca.
The 22-year-old was placed in the B side at Camp Nou following a move from Real Valladolid and has a release clause of just £17.8 million.
MAN UTD OPEN SERGI ROBERTO TALKS
Manchester United have started transfer talks with Barcelona regarding a possible deal for Sergi Roberto, claims Diario Gol.
Liverpool are also said to be keen on the versatile midfielder, with the Red Devils now eager to beat their arch-rivals to his signature.
BARCELONA CLOSE ON COUTINHO DEAL
Barcelona are nearing the completion of a deal to bring Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou, according to Sport.
The report says a contract of €12 million per year with the Brazilian has already been agreed, and that unlike the summer, Liverpool have set a fee of €150m for the player.
Barcelona still need to agree with Liverpool on a potential payment installment plan, however, in order for the deal to come to fruition.
SPURS PLOT AUDACIOUS SUAREZ MOVE
Tottenham are plotting an audacious move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon.
Spurs believe Barca may be open to selling Suarez as they target Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, with the north London outfit having already opened talks with Suarez’s representatives.
But the former Liverpool striker is reluctant to leave Camp Nou despite the increased competition for a place in the starting XI.
ATLETICO TO SELL GRIEZMANN TO MAN UNITED
Atletico Madrid are ready to offload Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United in order to avoid a move to rivals Barcelona, reports Metro.
The Liga club were moved to make an official complaint on what they see as an illegal approach from Camp Nou on their player.
That bad blood could see United move into pole position for his signature, as relations between the two clubs have soured.
MASCHERANO SET FOR CHINA
Javier Mascherano’s move to Hebei China Fortune is all but finalised after the club reached an agreement with Barcelona, reports Marca.
Barcelona will pick up around 10 million for the sale of the defender, who has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season.
Mascherano, however, will not be allowed to leave until the second half of January, when Samuel Umtiti returns from injury.
LUIZ TRIED FOR BARCELONA MOVE
Barcelona have ruled out signing David Luiz after the Chelsea defender offered himself to the Camp Nou club, according to Catalunya Radio, via Sport .
Luiz’s future at Chelsea appears uncertain and the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid, has recently travelled to Barcelona for treatment on an injury.
During his trip, Luiz offered himself to Barcelona, who are looking to sign a new centre-back due to the expected departure of Javier Mascherano.
However, due to Luiz being 30 and the financial implications of signing him, Barca are instead focusing on other defensive targets.
BARCA MEET GRIEZMANN’S FAMILY
Barcelona are making major advances to sign Antoine Griezmann and met the Atletico Madrid forward’s family for dinner, according to Mundo Deportivo .
There were strong rumours linking Griezmann with an Old Trafford switch in the summer but a move fell through due to Atletico’s transfer plan that prevented them being able to replace the Frenchman.
However, a transfer will be back on the table in 2018 and Barcelona are desperate to lead the pack in the race for his signature after such stinging failures to sign their targets during the summer, such as Philippe Coutinho.
BARCA TO IMPROVE COUTINHO BID
Barcelona’s main objective this winter will once again be the signing of Philippe Coutinho, with the Spanish side ready to come back in with an improved bid according to Mundo Deportivo .
While Liverpool turned down their star man’s transfer request this summer, it is thought they will be more open to his move during the January transfer window and Barcelona believe there is a price set around €145 million
BARCA PLOTTING BLIND BID
Barcelona are weighing up a January approach for versatile Manchester United defender Daley Blind, claims Marca .
The Catalan giants are also considering another Dutchman, Stefan de Vrij of Lazio, as they seek to bolster the ranks at Camp Nou.
BARCA TO COMPLETE €9M MINA DEAL
Barcelona will complete a deal to bring Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina to the club in the January transfer window, according to AS .
The Catalan side were previously planning to bring the Colombian to Camp Nou at the end of the season, but defensive concerns have prompted Barca to finalise the €9 million transfer in the New Year.
COUTINHO PREPARED TO SEE OUT SEASON
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is willing to wait until the end of the season to join Barcelona, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Brazil international is eager to move to Camp Nou to play alongside Lionel Messi, but has come to a compromise at Anfield which will see him turn down the chance to move in January if the transfer is agreed with Barcelona for a summer transfer.
This would give Coutinho the move he desires, but also give Reds boss Jurgen Klopp enough time to find an adequate replacement for the 25-year-old.