Transfer news LIVE – Monday December 9
- Arsenal and Chelsea are expected to scrap it out for Wilfried Zaha in January
- Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is keen on a move to Manchester United
- Tottenham are making checks on Roma striker Edin Dzeko for Jose Mourinho
- Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde opens the door to a potential deal in the new year
Erling Braut Haaland latest
Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc refused to rule the Bundesliga giants out of the race for Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland over the weekend.
The director of sport was reluctant to speak about Dortmund’s interest but admitted they are in the market for a new No 9.
Zorc told Kicker: “The player belongs to RB Salzburg, it’s a matter of respect that you do not speak publicly about players from other clubs, and I do not like that.”
When asked if Dortmund want a striker to lead the line, he said: “We’re working on that, we still have some time.”
Transfer news LIVE: Borussia Dortmund are interested in Red Bull Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland
Arsenal plans ruined
Arsenal saw plans to sign Harry Maguire, Wilfried Zaha and Thomas Partey fall by the wayside after their Europa League final defeat to Chelsea.
The loss in Baku meant Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League, drastically reducing the pot of cash available for transfers.
The Athletic claim that meant Arsenal were unable to land Maguire – who ultimately joined Manchester United after a tug of war with Manchester City.
Haha and Partey, meanwhile, stayed at Crystal Palace and Atletico Madrid respectively with Arsenal likewise unable to afford them.
Transfer news LIVE: Ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Harry Maguire, Wilfried Zaha and Thomas Partey
West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini ultimatum
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has two games to save his jobs as Hammers chiefs look to a future which might not include the one-time Premier League champion.
The Sun reckon the Chilean must get positive results from Monday night’s showdown with Arsenal and the upcoming clash against Southampton.
West Ham then have a free weekend because their match against Liverpool has been postponed due to the Reds’ Club World Cup commitments.
The West Ham board apparently see that as a natural point when a new manager could be bedded in – leaving Pellegrini under the cosh.
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Real Madrid updates
Transfer news LIVE: West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is in danger of being sacked
Everton manager wish list
Everton have got five candidates on their shortlist to replace the sacked Marco Silva at the helm at Goodison Park.
Top of the list are Shanghai SIPG gaffer Vitor Pereira and former Toffees manager David Moyes.
The Mirror claim Leonardo Jardim – currently in charge of Monaco – is also being eyed by Farhad Moshiri and co.
Everton likewise like the look of Erik ten Hag of Ajax, while RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick is an option as well.
Transfer news LIVE: Vitor Pereira is Everton’s first choice to be their next manager
Man Utd boss’ preference
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would sooner play Axel Tuanzebe than give Chris Smalling another chance at Old Trafford.
Smalling was packed off to Roma in August following United’s mega-money signing of fellow centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester.
He has since opened up about returning to United when his loan spell ends, while Solskjaer admitted he expects to see the former Fulham defender again.
However, the Sunday People report Solskjaer is a bigger fan of Tuanzebe now and that might mean Smalling’s opportunities are severely limited.
Transfer news LIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Axel Tuanzebe over Chris Smalling
Man City secret deal
Manchester City are in the market for a new defender despite Pep Guardiola’s claims to the contrary ahead of the January window.
Guardiola claimed just last week that City would not be making the plunge to help solve their centre-back crisis.
However, The Athletic report several sources have told them City are assessing their options and an offer could be slapped in.
City bought Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January 2018 and a similar deal for a defender could be in the works.
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola needs to bolster his defensive ranks
Arsenal next manager latest
Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira admits he has plenty of fond thoughts of the Gunners admit talk he could be Unai Emery’s replacement.
The Nice gaffer enjoyed a stellar playing stint in north London and, while he’s content in France, he could head back to the UK.
“You can never ignore a club where you’ve spent nine years,” Vieira told Canal+. “But, honestly, I’m focused on this project at Nice, I feel very good here. It’s a very exciting project.
“I’ve always said that I’m very happy in Nice. We’re all working to move the club forward and there is potential.”
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira is an option as the Gunners look for a new manager
Chelsea boss speaks out
Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to give him the funds recouped from player sales to help bolster his Blues squad.
“Part of my job here is to push for the best here and when when you’re going into the market, with the level of the player we have here, you only bring in someone if they’re better than what you’ve got,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“Sometimes you’ve got to pay for that seriously and we did bring in some money this summer so those conversations will be had.”
Lampard can sign players in January after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) saw their transfer ban cut in half.
Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to spend the cash made from player sales
Arsenal set Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang price
Arsenal might be willing to part ways with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they can recoup the £60m they splashed out on him last January.
The Sun claim the Gabon international has ended talks over extending his stay at the Emirates because he doesn’t feel they’re going places.
And, with a move to Real Madrid on his mind, Arsenal chiefs are said to be mulling over how much they’d sell him for.
Arsenal handed Borussia Dortmund a whopping £60m for Aubameyang almost two years ago and they’d like to recover as much of that fee as possible.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fancies a move to Real Madrid
Everton next manager update
Everton chiefs are ready to let Duncan Ferguson lead the Toffees against Manchester United as they seek out Marco Silva’s permanent successor.
Farhad Moshiri and the rest of the Everton board had been hoping to find a new manager as soon as possible following Silva’s dismissal.
However, last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea has provided them with a bit of time to think on the appointment.
The Mirror reckon that means Ferguson is likely to be in charge of Everton when they visit Old Trafford on Sunday.
Transfer news LIVE: Duncan Ferguson is poised to lead Everton against Manchester United on Sunday
Man Utd legend’s Anthony Martial verdict
Manchester United hero Gary Neville believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. kept hold of Anthony Martial over fears they could rue selling the forward.
“Myself, I’m confused as to whether he’s a world-class striker or whether he’s someone who is going to pretend to be something,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Even today you look at him you think he’s a fantastic player, great composure, cool, strong, can hold the ball up.
“And then other weeks you look at him… there’s definitely a persistence that needs to occur with Martial in the sense that he has to have his chance.
“Because the idea of selling him and then him coming back to bite you which he could do with his talent is something that you can’t risk.
“And that’s the reason why the club have kept him and now Ole is giving him his opportunity.”
Transfer news LIVE: Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United beat Manchester City on Saturday
Celtic win hailed
Moussa Dembele might have left Celtic in acrimonious circumstances but he’s clearly still a fan of the Glasgow giants.
Celtic overcame Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday to scoop the Scottish League Cup trophy at Hampden Park.
Dembele reacted to their victory on Twitter with a series of crying laughing emojis in an attempt to troll Rangers.
Dembele’s transfer from Celtic to Lyon last year came after he forced a move but it’s safe to say he remains fond of his former side.
Transfer news LIVE: Moussa Dembele left Celtic for Lyon under something of a cloud last summer
Liverpool star opens up
Liverpool midfielder James Milner admits he’d love to play for boyhood club Leeds again in the future.
Milner told The Sportsman: “Well yes, but I am a Leeds lad and I want the team to do well, I’m a fan. I always follow the team and the results. So you can never say No or even Yes because just so much changes in football, you never know what happens.
“At the moment I’m a Champions League winner with Liverpool and this year we’re really going for the Premier League, but I don’t know what the future will hold.
“It would be amazing to play for Leeds again but no one from the club has ever contacted me about that.
“People talk about my age and that I’m getting on, and could I continue after Liverpool, but I don’t think I’m typical physically for my age.”
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool’s James Milner has opened the door to rejoining Leeds one day
Barcelona to Man Utd boost
Manchester United have been handed reason to believe they could land Arturo Vidal from Barcelona during the winter transfer market.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that while he’s “happy” with the Chilean, a January exit might be on the cards.
“Vidal is our player,” Valverde said. “We are happy with him. There are so many rumours. We will see tomorrow if he plays or not.
“And when the January transfer window arrives, we will see what happens. There’s a lot of things going on in January but it’s true that we have a lot of midfielders. Some have played more than others but all of them are needed.”
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal could head to Manchester United in January
Tottenham scout Edin Dzeko
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has ordered club personnel to take a look at Roma striker Edin Dzeko ahead of the January transfer window.
The Sunday Mirror report the new Spurs supremo wants to land a forward who can act as backup to Tottenham hotshot Harry Kane.
Dzeko is in the frame for the role having continued the prolific form he’s enjoyed throughout his career while plying his trade in Italy.
Tottenham currently only have Troy Parrott who can come in for Kane as a like-for-like replacement at the top of their attack.
Transfer news LIVE: Jose Mourinho wants Roma striker Edin Dzeko at Tottenham
Real Madrid exit planned
Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez would rather join Manchester United than Wolves if he’s to head to the Premier League.
The Colombian returned to the Bernabeu over the summer after his two-year loan spell with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich came to an end.
He’s already said to be planning his next move, though, with El Desmarque reporting Old Trafford is in his sights.
They claim Rodriguez would sooner sign for United than Wolves because he believes the Red Devils will finish higher in the Premier League.
Transfer news LIVE: James Rodriguez would rather sign for Manchester United than Wolves
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal and Chelsea are expected to make January moves for Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal and Chelsea want Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal are poised to reignite their interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in time for the upcoming transfer window.
Express Sport understands the Gunners are expected to go toe-to-toe with London rivals Chelsea for the former Manchester United flop.
Arsenal looked at landing Zaha over the summer before they convinced Lille to part ways with the then in-demand Nicolas Pepe.
However, he might still end up at the Emirates with Arsenal hoping to beat Chelsea to the twinkle-toed ace.