Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and beyond
KESSIE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET
Chelsea have suffered a blow in their chase for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, as the Serie A side have taken him off the market until the summer, according to reports from Sky Sport Italia.
Atalanta have rejected €25 million offers from Antonio Conte’s side and French champions Paris Saint-Germain in view of selling him for a higher amount at the end of the season.
CHELSEA SEARCH FOR GOALKEEPER
Chelsea are considering a move for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blues have fielded interest in backup stopper Asmir Begovic this month but are unwilling to allow him to leave until they have found a replacement.
NIANG TO JOIN WATFORD ON LOAN
AC Milan will loan young striker M’Baye Niang to Watford until the end of the season, according to the Sun.
The Hornets will have the option to purchase the striker, who has struggled in Serie A this term, for £13 million at the end of the campaign.
MARSEILLE ISSUE PAYET ULTIMATUM
Marseille have told West Ham they are unwilling to pay more than £25 million for Dimitri Payet, according to Sky Sports.
A split is said to have emerged within the French club’s hierarchy over whether their ex-player is worth pursuing further but they could compromise with a loan deal closer to the transfer deadline.
SUBOTIC SET FOR KOLN
Neven Subotic is set to leave Borussia Dortmund for a loan spell with fellow Bundesliga side Koln, according to Bild.
The Serbian defender was considered one of the top centre-backs in Europe under Jurgen Klopp but has struggled with persistent injury problems more recently.
PEPE AGREES CHINA MOVE
Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has agreed terms with Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune over a €15 million-per-season deal, Calciomercato reports.
The 33-year-old Portuguese had been linked with moved to Man Utd and Juventus, but will ultimately end up playing under former boss Manuel Pellegrini at Hebei, where he will earn three times his Santiago Bernabeu salary.
MILAN & JUVE WANT GUSTAVO
Juventus and AC Milan are weighing up the merits of a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
Juve are willing to meet the Bundesliga side’s valuation of €15 million in the January window, while the Rossoneri are keen to bring the anchorman in during the summer.
MAN UTD WANT LAZIO DUO
Manchester United are said to be lining up a double move for Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij and Keita Balde Diao, according to reports from Corriere dello Sport.
Jose Mourinho has lined up De Vrij as he looks to shore up his Red Devils backline, and Keita as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, who has been linked with a move to China.
NIANG TO FORCE PL MOVE
M’Baye Niang is reported to be pushing for a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool, West Ham and Crystal Palace all interested in the attacker, according to Football Italia.
AC Milan are thought to be keen on sending the striker to fellow Serie A side Genoa, but the player, valued by the San Siro club at €18 million, would prefer a switch to England.
LEICESTER STAR LINKED WITH CHINA MOVE
Islam Slimani is the latest Premier League star to be linked with a move to China as Tianjin Quanjian consider a €40 million move for the Leicester City striker, according to gianlucadimarzio.com.
Should Slimani follow the likes of Carlos Tevez and Oscar in heading to the Chinese Super League, Leicester will look to bring Guangzhou Evergrande attacker Jackson Martinez in the opposite direction.
CHELSEA FIND COURTOIS REPLACEMENT
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte intends to make a bid for AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez if Real Madrid succeed in luring Thibaut Courtois away this summer, according to The Sun.
Lopez has fallen out of favour at San Siro due to the emergence of talented teenage shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
GUARDIOLA WANTS NEW CONTRACT
Pep Guardiola is keen to extend his future at Manchester City by signing a new and improved five-year contract at the club, according to The Sun.
Any fears the manager is coming the end of his coaching career are unfounded as he intends to remain in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.
MAN UTD & CHELSEA PREPARE BALE BIDS
Both Manchester United and Chelsea are willing to break the world transfer record to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League, according to Marca.
Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are preparing €200 million bids for the Real Madrid superstar, who played for Tottenham before moving to La Liga. Bale would demand a salary of €400,000 a week.
SERIE A TRIO CHASE FABREGAS
Serie A clubs Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter are all interested in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, according to Fichajes.
Despite not being a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte does not want to lose the Spain international and will demand around £25 million for his services.
ALVES TO JOIN HULK & OSCAR?
Dani Alves has received an offer worth £160,000 a week from Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian only joined Juventus last summer but would have the chance to link up with compatriots Oscar and Hulk in China.