As the dust settles on arguably the greatest World Cup final of all time and Lionel Messi cements his legacy among the sport’s true greats with Argentina, attentions begin to turn to club football and the impending January transfer window. Arsenal, chelsea and Tottenham are among the clubs vying for some big early-game deals to boost their hopes for the second half of a busy season, while Messi himself is out of contract in the summer.
Arsenal have opened talks about Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is now pushing for a dream move to the Emirates. The Gunners are also reportedly going after the likes of Cody Gakpo and former Spurs target Nicolo Zaniolo, with Facundo Torres also prominent on Mikel Arteta’s wish list.
Chelsea are set to launch a £45m move for Josko Gvardiol and may also go after Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo in a big two-way move in January, having already secured deals for Christopher Nkunku and Datro David Fofana. Spurs could battle Liverpool for Weston McKennie or Sofyan Amrabat, and both clubs are interested in the two midfielders. Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip LIVE below!
Thuram available at low price
Manchester United have reportedly received encouragement in their bid to sign Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Marcus Thuram.
The 25-year-old entered with France at the World Cup and picked up an assist, heading a header for Kylian Mbappe, who was volleyed into the bottom corner.
Thuram’s contract expires at the end of the season and, according to Sport Bild, he will be available for just £10m in January. Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea are among those aware of the situation.
Winterburn tells Arsenal to avoid Ronaldo
Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has urged the Gunners to stay away from Cristiano Ronaldo as the 37-year-old looks for a new club after leaving Manchester United.
Winterburn told Free Super Tips: “It’s a no from me and there’s only one simple reason – it would be a short-term void to fill.
“A lot of people might say it’s cool, let’s do it. I couldn’t argue with that, but I think the way Arsenal start games, they push high, they’re full of energy.
“And Ronaldo is an incredible player, but I don’t think he has the legs to be able to do that anymore.”
Napoli: Kvaratskhelia is not going anywhere
Napoli manager Cristiano Giuntoli has made it clear that the Serie A leaders have no intention of selling Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
Newcastle are among the Premier League clubs linked with the 21-year-old, who has eight goals and as many assists so far this season.
Kvaratskhelia only came to Italy in the summer, so it’s no surprise that Napoli are already loath to lose him.
“No, there is no chance that we will let him go,” Giuntoli told Sport Express.
“It does not depend on the rate or the proposal. He’s just going to stay with us.”
Premier League fight for McKennie
Tottenham and Liverpool could be set to battle for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
Liverpool’s desire to increase their midfield options is no secret, with the Daily Mail claiming they are considering a loan move from McKennie in January before moving on to either Jude Bellingham or Enzo Fernandez in the summer.
However, Spurs have a long-standing interest in McKennie and are aware of the situation, with big fans of both Fabio Parataci and Antonio Conte.
Juventus refuses to sell Vlahovic
This time a year ago, Dusan Vlahovic was being linked with Arsenal every 30 seconds.
He moved to Juventus, but 12 months later, here we are again. Both the Gunners and Manchester United are reportedly considering a surprising move for the 22-year-old.
Bayern Munich and PSG are also believed to be interested, but Calciomercato say Juventus do not want to hear any offers until the end of the season.
It is suggested that an offer of at least €80m will be needed to convince the Serie A outfit to reconsider.
Melo will continue at Liverpool
Arthur Melo’s agent has insisted that the midfielder will remain at Liverpool for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old has played just 13 minutes since his summer arrival from Juventus, and serious injury could keep him out until February.
Despite that major setback, Federico Pastorello has dismissed talks about rescinding the loan deal.
“He will stay 100% at Liverpool in January,” Pastorello told Tuttomercatoweb. “It is an aspect that has never been discussed, I don’t know who questioned the rumors about his possible return to Turin, but it is not like that. Absolutely.
As for the next season, the current one ends and then we’ll see. If Liverpool wanted to renew the loan or make an offer, in my opinion they would find fertile ground.”
Is Benzema finished with international football?
In the world of international football, Karim Benzema has apparently announced his retirement from the French service.
The Ballon d’Or winner was included in France’s squad for the World Cup but suffered a thigh injury in the days leading up to the tournament, forcing him to fly home from Qatar.
In the days leading up to the final, L’Equipe claimed that Benzema had cut off communication with the French coaching staff, due to his frustration with Deschamps and the medical team. The Real Madrid star reportedly wanted to stay with the national team in Qatar and see how the injury progressed, but was instead told to return home.
One day after France’s final defeat, and on his 35th birthday, Benzema posted a somewhat cryptic message online.
“I made the effort and the mistakes necessary to be where I am today and I am proud of it,” Benzema posted on social media.
“I have written my story and ours is over.”
Arsenal interested in Danilo
Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Brazilian midfielder Danilo dos Santos.
The 21-year-old plays for Palmeiras and has attracted attention from across Europe, with the Gunners being one such interested club.
Transfers reports that Arsenal are interested and are considering signing him in January.
Rabiot, ready to stay with Juventus
Adrien Rabiot could end up staying at Juventus until the summer as a result of Paul Pogba’s injury.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who report that Max Allegri is reluctant to let the Frenchman leave in January, despite his contract running out at the end of the season.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the midfielder in the past, and with the 27-year-old almost out of contract, a move seemed likely.
However, it is claimed that Pogba’s uncertain injury situation means Juventus are reluctant to go short in midfield and may opt to stick with Rabiot.
Wan-Bissaka on the move?
West Ham are reportedly considering a January move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The Manchester United right-back has played four, yes, four minutes so far this season under Erik ten Hag, and it seems almost certain that he will soon be on the move.
The Manchester Evening News claims that West Ham were interested in Wan-Bissaka in the summer and may try to make a loan move for him when the window opens in January.