EPL rivals in pole position to secure signature of sought-after Liverpool target
Arsenal are leading Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Paris Saint-Germain’s wantaway midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to the bookies.
The star will not sign a new contract after turning down the Ligue 1 leaders’ management final efforts to keep him at the Parc des Princes. The Gunners are favourites to secure the signature of the 23-year-old star at 10/1.
Meanwhile, Spurs trail their Premier League rivals and are 16/1 in the transfer market. Rabiot’s contract expires in summer, meaning he can agree to sign for foreign sides in the January market.
Arsenal could inflict more misery on Tottenham Hotspur by beating them to Adrien’s signature, after thrashing them 4-2 in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
Betfair’s Katie Baylis said: “With new contract talks reportedly stalled between Rabiot and PSG rumours are that he could be headed to England. Arsenal and Spurs are being talked about as potential suitors and we make the Gunners the favourites at this stage.”
Arsenal Spanish manager Unai Emery worked with France international star during his time as Paris Saint-Germain boss, meaning the pair could reunite at the North London.
Beside Tottenham Hotspur, the north London giants, Arsenal, are also leading Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the hunt for the versatile midfielder.
Entourage of £60,000-a-week star issues update on Liverpool future
Simon Mignolet’s representative, Nico Vaesen, has revealed that his client wants to depart from Liverpool but has admitted that it is unlikely that the star will be able to secure a transfer until the summer.
Mignolet is currently Reds’ backup to first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker and with German ‘keeper Loris Karius out on loan at Besiktas, Simon has been told that he must stay at the club in case he’s needed to fill in for the Allison.
Speaking to ESPN, Nico acknowledged that securing a switch for his client in January will be difficult and that Mingnolet understands why the Reds won’t want to let him depart until the summer.
Vaesen said: “We have to be realistic. There are not many good possible transfers in January, especially not for a goalkeeper. Circumstances have to be right for everybody.”
“If something is to happen in January, it will be very difficult to do something. If Simon goes or could go in January, Liverpool have to look for a replacement as well.”
“So I understand from a club’s point of view that it’s not easy to do. In that respect, we know each other’s problems. We’ll see how and when we can solve them.”
Spanish giants plan to use Liverpool-linked forward as makeweight in 14-goals star deal
Barcelona’s management are reportedly hopeful of using French star Ousmane Dembele as part of a deal to bring Brazilian superstar Neymar back to Camp Nou.
Reports suggested earlier this week that Blaugrana were considering the idea of re-landing Neymar, who left the Spanish champions for the Parisians in a world-record deal last summer.
Dembele was brought in as Neymar’s substitution, but the France international star missed a large chunk of his first season due to injury and has fallen out of favour with coach Ernesto Valverde this term.
The 21-year-old netted five goals in his first six appearances this campaign, but his ill-discipline – including turning up late for training and missing some training sessions altogether.
Dembele has reportedly asked to depart Barcelona in January, with Liverpool and Arsenal among the sides thought to be interested, but Goal.com states that he could now be used as a makeweight in a return for Brazil international.
Neymar has frequently been connected with a move back to Spain since departing from Barcelona, although their Clasico rivals Real Madrid had been the favourites to land him.
Liverpool will try to ward suitors off by rewarding exciting talent with fresh deal
Liverpool are set to offer young striker Bobby Duncan a new contract, in spite of the fact that he only joined the club in the summer transfer market.
Bobby, the cousin of Steven Gerrard, has been in fine form for Liverpool’s youth sides, as proved by the fact that he netted four goals as the Reds under-18s defeated Middlesbrough 6-5 in a great match earlier today.
As reported by The Times, as quoted by Football365, Reds are aware that some German sides are interested in the 17-year-old talent and as such, they’d like to offer him a fresh deal to ensure that his future lies at Anfield.
RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich have both been keeping tabs on the England Under-17 international and are thought to be interested in taking the star to the Bundesliga, where he could follow in the footsteps of Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho, who have excelled since moving to Germany.
Duncan joined the Anfield outfit from Manchester City in the summer transfer window and is said to be happy at the club, where he’s been able to train with the senior team.
£16m Liverpool signing could leave Anfield on loan in upcoming transfer window
Premier League outfit Fulham have asked Liverpool if they can take full-back Nathaniel Clyne on loan for the second half of the season, according to the latest reports in the British media.
The BBC exclusively reports that the club’s new manager Claudio Ranieri has spoken to Reds about a potential deal for Clyne on loan.
Clyne is currently out-of-favour at Reds and has been linked with a January move to Cardiff City and Leicester City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are both ahead of Clyne in the pecking order at Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Jurgen Klopp seemingly set to let the one-time Southampton defender go.
Claudio Ranieri is interested to improve his defence at the Cottagers and has identified Clyne as the ideal target for the January transfer market.
Clyne has been capped 14 times by his country at senior level and made almost 100 matches for Liverpool in all competitions since his move to the club from Southampton.
Liverpool purchased the Englishman from the fellow Premier League club in the summer of 2015 for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £16 million.
Liverpool €45m signing pours cold water on UCL giants hopes of landing him
Brazilian midfielder Fabinho insists he has no plans to depart from Liverpool after being connected with a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazil international star has a slow start at Anfield after he was purchased in a £43.7 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain’s league rivals AS Monaco in the summer.
The 25-year-old star has only started five games this campaign and reports have claimed that the Parisians are looking to sign him in the January transfer market. But Fabinho insists he has ‘no reason to leave’ Reds.
‘Now I just want to increase my number of games. In the last few matches I’ve played more and I believe that playing a good role. Since football is very intense here, I have to be very well prepared when the opportunity arises,’ the star told UOL.
‘I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I would like to leave Liverpool. I was aware that I needed to have the patience to wait for my moment. I’m happy at Liverpool, there’s no reason for me to leave.’
Liverpool jump ahead of Premier League duo as Reds open talks for French star
Liverpool have reportedly made official contact with Lyon and asked to be kept updated regarding the future of Manchester City and Chelsea target Houssem Aouar, according to the latest reports from the French media.
According to reports from the French football programme Telefoot, as quoted on Tribal Football, the Reds want to stay in the loop as the club prepare to battle their EPL rivals for the midfielder’s signature.
Houssem Aouar has been catching the eye of many with his stunning performances for Lyon this campaign, especially in the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been tipped to snap up him after being left impressed with his possible following their meeting with the French club in the Champions League.
The west London giants, Chelsea, have also been touted with an interest, as Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be a huge admirer of the star.
Liverpool will be fully aware that Les Gones’ Jean-Michel Aulas is known to be a difficult negotiator and the Anfield side face a battle to tempt him away from the Ligue 1 outfit.
Liverpool handed big boost in long-term pursuit of German giants wonderboy
Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund winger and long-term Liverpool target Christian Pulisic would reportedly prefer to move to Reds than join their Premier League rivals, Chelsea.
A report from the free daily newspaper The London Evening Standard has revealed that Chelsea have lodged an official bid to sign the star after holding talks with the German side over the weekend.
Borussia Dortmund remain keen to keep the attacker until the end of the season, but the west London giants are said to be hoping to try and convince the Germans into selling in the new year.
Pulisic has been a long-term target for Blues and has always been viewed as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, who is still yet to sign a fresh contract at the club.
German manager Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the technically gifted and could look to pursue a deal for the American prodigy at the end of the season.
Die Borussen value the winger at £70 million, meaning any possible suitor for Pulisic is planning to need to spend big to secure his services.
Liverpool on alert as EPL rivals showing interest in €35m-rated youngster
Arsenal have joined the list of clubs who are interested in landing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is also a target for Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The 20-year-old star has been on the radar of few sides in Europe but he really grabbed the headlines with a display against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League this week.
Pep Guardiola praised the talented midfielder and it has been stated that Manchester City got in touch with his representative about the prospect of him moving to the Etihad Stadium.
Lyon are said to have turned down an approach from Chelsea, while Liverpool have also been keeping an eye on the technically gifted midfielder for over two years.
But it looks like there is more Premier League interest in Houssem and according to French outlet L’Equipe, Arsenal are also keen to get their hands on the youngster.
The 20-year-old ace has managed to attract the interest of the Gunners board, who have been continuously looking at landing talented young players.
But Les Gones are not keen to lose prized asset next summer and the club’s management have been in touch with his agents over the midfielder’s future.
Premier League rivals preparing January offer for 23-year-old Liverpool target
The Premier League giants Arsenal will reportedly make a move for French outfit LOSC Lille winger and reported Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe in the January transfer window, according to the latest reports in the British media.
Pepe has netted eight times and registered seven assists in 13 Ligue 1 appearances for his club this season.
The 23-year-old star has a contract with his French side until the end of the 2021-22 season, but speculation surrounding his long-term future has gathered pace in the latest weeks.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Liverpool rival duo Manchester City and Manchester United have all been touted with an interest, but according to The Times, Gunners are in the driving seat as they line up a January offer.
The report states that English star Danny Welbeck’s long-term ankle injury will force the north London giants into the winter market, with versatile attacker Nicolas Pepe a £27 million transfer target.
Pepe has scored 22 times and registered 12 assists in his 52 appearances for LOSC Lille since moving to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy from the French club Angers in the summer transfer window of 2017.