Nottingham Forest target Abdoulaye Doucoure
Nottingham Forest have joined the chase to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure from Everton, according to the Daily Mail.
Fulham are also keen on the midfielder who is out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of the season.
LAFC sign Denil Maldonado
LAFC have confirmed the signing of Denil Maldonado on loan with an option to make the deal permanent.
Denil Maldonado is Black & Gold.— LAFC (@LAFC) December 22, 2022
📝 #LAFC signs Honduran defender Denil Maldonado on loan through the 2023 @MLS season with an option to exercise a permanent transfer from CD Motagua.
Benfica reject HUGE Enzo Fernandez offer
Benfica have rejected an offer of €100 million for Argentinal international Enzo Fernandez, as reported by Sport.
The Portuguese side are said to be holding out for €120m for the midfielder who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid keen on Locatelli
Real Madrid are interested in Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli but only as a back-up option, according to Diario AS.
Los Blancos's top midfield targets are Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez, but the Spanish side could move for Locatelli if they miss out on their preferred duo.
Avram Grant appointed Zambia boss
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been appointed as the new manager of the Zambia national team on a two-year deal.
"I was looking for the right challenge and that's why I chose Zambia," he told a press conference.
"I came here because of the challenge and I hope when I leave here I will look around and say we did a good job and made a good foundation for the future."
Chelsea enquire about Vlahovic
Of the many clubs vying for the signature of Juventus wantaway Dusan Vlahvoic, journalist Ben Jacobs told GiveMeSport that Chelsea were in pole position.
“It’s actually Chelsea, from a Premier League point of view, making the inquiries at this point, and we know that they need a striker as well," Jacobs said.
Vlahovic is thought to be interested in a move away from Turin, with the Vecchia Signora keen on shipping the £80m($96.1m)-rated striker due to their financial irregularities.
Spurs frontrunners for Rabiot's signature
Tottenham are reportedly leading the race to sign Juventus' Adrien Rabiot, as reported by Corriere dello Sport.
The 27-year-old was one of the unsung heroes in France's World Cup run, before Didier Deschamps' side lost out on penalties against Argentina in the final. It is thought that Spurs boss Antonio Conte is keen on bringing in the France international in January, and leads the way ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
Raphinha could make shock England return
Barcelona winger Raphinha could make a shock return to the Premier League after a disappointing start to life in Catalonia, writes Spanish outlet Sport.
They argue that the Brazilian's inability to mark one-on-ones and the upcoming wealth of young talent in that position at the club - such as Spanish starlet Ansu Fati - could see Raphinha look for a swift exit, with England cited as the most likely destination.
The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have been mooted as potential suitors in the past, with the Blues potentially reigniting an interest that started in the summer and ended in Barca pipping them to the Brazilian.
Liverpool lead the race to sign Bennacer
Liverpool are reportedly frontrunners to sign AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer, writes Italian outlet SOS Fanta.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be a big fan of the 25-year-old, as Liverpool look to bring in midfield reinforcements in January ahead of a condensed second half of the season.
They could face competition from Arsenal for Bennacer's signature, though, who was actually an ex-teammate of Mikel Arteta and was on the Gunners' books until 2019, when he left the club in search of first team football.
Tottenham set Pedro Porro transfer fee
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly been set a transfer fee of around £26m ($31.3m) to sign Sporting's Pedro Porro, writes Portuguese outlet A Bola.
The 23-year-old would be seen as a long-term replacement for right-back Emerson Royal, who is yet to shine under Antonio Conte since his move in the summer of 2021.
That outlet writes that the Portuguese outfit would be reluctant to accept a mid-season departure, although the above fee could be enough to change their minds.
Vlahovic open to leaving Juve in January
Dusan Vlahovic is reportedly open to a move away from Juventus in the January transfer window, according to Metro.
The Serbia international only joined the Vecchia Signora in January 2022 and has already scored seven goals for Juve across all competitions this season.
However, the club's financial troubles - which saw their entire board retire in November - combined with an underwhelming start to 2022-23, both in the league and in Europe, means Vlahovic is reportedly assessing his options, which include the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Bellingham prioritizes Madrid over others
Jude Bellingham remains firm that he wants to join Real Madrid, according to AS.
The England international does not want to return to England and hence Manchester City, United and Liverpool, are likely to miss out on the midfielder. He is likely to cost over €120m.
Wan-Bissaka part of Ten Hag's plans
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has taken in just two appearances for Manchester United this season, but Erik ten Hag insists the defender has a future at the club.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka, it is clear he has a future (here). He’s had some good years with United, but from the start of this season he had a lot of illnesses and injuries, and so was running behind. His fitness levels are getting better, his performance levels are getting better. When you get an assist, especially the way he got that assist with his movement and the right moment, the timing and then great pass of course from Bruno (Fernandes). But this is great and so I’m happy with his performance. He did good," he told reporters.
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Chelsea & Vasco reach agreement to sign Santos
Chelsea have full verbal agreement in place to sign Brazilian talent Andrey Santos, confirmed — final fee around €20m, personal terms agreed too. 🚨🔵🇧🇷 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
Chelsea & Vasco will now prepare documents. Born in 2004, Andrey will be part of Chelsea talents project.
Here we go 🤝🏻 pic.twitter.com/WD50I2YeYZ
Watford get Manga as new technical director
ℹ Watford FC confirms the appointment of Ben Manga as its new Technical Director.— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 22, 2022
Helena Costa has also joined as Head of Scouting, while further appointments to Manga’s team are likely to follow.#WatfordFC
Poland set to part ways with head coach Michniewicz
The Polish FA have announced that they will not renew the contract of head coach Czesław Michniewicz after the team's last 16 exit to France in the World Cup.
"After a thorough analysis of all the information, PZPN decided not to extend Michniewicz's contract, which expires at the end of the year," the PZPN said in a statement.
[KOMUNIKAT]— PZPN (@pzpn_pl) December 22, 2022
Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej informuje, że z dniem 31 grudnia 2022 roku Czesław Michniewicz przestanie pełnić funkcję selekcjonera reprezentacji Polski.
Chelsea set to complete Datro Fofana deal
Excl: David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go! There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed. 🔵🤝🏻 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
Been told medical tests will take place today in London, on his birthday.
Born in 2002, Ivorian striker will join Chelsea from Molde for €12m fee. pic.twitter.com/3JVwIxWSZu
Barcelona cool down their interest in Bernardo Silva
FC Barcelona have cooled down their interest to sign Bernardo Silva as the Catalan club are stifled by the terms of La Liga's financial fair play, according to Mundo Deportivo.
They were also keen to get Martin Zubimendi from Real Sociedad but need to rethink the acquisition as it will cost around €60m. Ruben Neves has emerged as an option but Xavi is not impressed with the player.
Bayern pull out of Gvardiol race
Bayern director Salihamidžić on Josko Gvardiol links: "No signing of another centre-back is planned", tells Bild. 🚨🔴 #FCBayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
"We're well-equipped at centre-back with de Ligt, Lucas Hernández and Upamecano, three top players. We also have Josip Stanišić". pic.twitter.com/RGE927dklF
Mendy turn down Chelsea offer
Edouard Mendy has snubbed a six-year contract offer by Chelsea as he feels that the club is not showing enough "respect" with the wages, according to The Sun via Sky Sports.
The Senegal international has a contract with the Blues until the summer of 2025 and is not willing to renew unless his wage demands are met.
Madrid to move for Mbappe again in 2023
Real Madrid will once again look to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2023, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport via Marca.
It has been reported that Los Blancos are ready to spend €1bn on the operation. They have set side €150m as transfer fees, €630m for salary and another €220m as commissions.
Ochoa set to sign for Salernitana
‘Memo’ Ochoa will land in Italy today - he will undergo medical tests then he'll be unveiled as new Salernitana player, plan confirmed. 🇲🇽🤝🏻 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2022
Ochoa will sign with Serie A side until June 2023. pic.twitter.com/upbcM8zLZ4
Portugal pushing for Mourinho to take over as coach
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) are waiting on Jose Mourinho to make a decision regarding his future.
Sky Sport in Italy reports the governing body wants him to leave Roma to take over as the national team coach and are considering Rui Jorge as an alternative should Mourinho reject their advances.
Benfica demand €100m for Enzo Fernandez
Benfica are pushing for a €100 million transfer fee for star player Enzo Fernandez, Tuttosport reports.
The 21-year-old midfielder has seen his value skyrocket in the wake of his World Cup success with Argentina.
Liverpool have been linked to him, but the Eagles are not willing to let him go for a low price.
Newcastle make €20m Memphis Depay offer (Mundo Deportivo)
Newcastle are prepared to offer Barcelona €20 million for Memphis Depay in January, Mundo Deportivo reports.
The Dutch attacker's contract expires in the summer but he wants to leave Barca next month and the club are willing to sell him for the right price. Galatasaray are said to be interested in him, but he is reluctant to move to Turkey and could end up in the Premier League with Newcastle.
Chelsea close to Andrey Santos signing
Chelsea are close to signing Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama.
GOAL understands he will sign a five-year contract with the Premier League side and join the club in January.
Charlotte sign midfielder Cambridge
Charlotte FC gave up $50,000 in General Allocation Money to Vancouver Whitecaps to sign Brandon Cambridge.
The midfielder signed a deal that runs through the 2024 MLS season with option to extend to 2025 and 2026.