The transfer window opens in less than two weeks as January edges ever closer and it is set to be one of the most exciting ones in recent years.

Arsenal’s top stars are ripe for the picking as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez near free agency with Manchester United in for the German while Manchester City will go back in for the latter.

United themselves could see exits in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw while Liverpool FC ’s resolve will surely be tested again with  Fc Barcelona’s interest in Philippe Coutinho.

Follow all the live news below…

Live Updates

15 mins ago

The Sun report that Manchester United could be tempted to use Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a makeweight in a deal for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.
It is thought that United would be willing to spend £60 million on the Brazilian left-back, who came close to a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer, though would be happy to use Mkhitaryan in a bid to lower the price.
However Juventus are reportedly more interested in United defender Daley Blind, in a player-plus-cash deal.

35 mins ago

West Ham are reportedly keen to join the race to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings according to the Daily Star, with Newcastle and West Brom also known to be interested.
Ings has struggled for game time since his return to fitness following two lengthy spells on the sidelines, and has Firmino, Sturridge and Solanke ahead of him in the pecking order at Liverpool.
The Sun are also reporting that David Moyes is an admirer of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, and believes the Republic of Ireland international could be a successor to Mark Noble, 30, in the heart of West Ham’s midfield.

56 mins ago

Former Chelsea man John Obi Mikel has rejected suggestions that he could be set for a return to the Premier League with Everton rumoured as a potential destination. The Nigerian international, who has been capped 76 times by his country currently plays for Chinese Super League side TJ Teda.
Speaking to Tianjin TV Mikel stated “I don’t know from where such a rumour could come, but this story is untrue.

“I want to stay in the CSL and play for Teda. I’m sure there will be lots of speculation about me as the transfer window nears but it is a false rumour.”


1 hour ago

The BBC are reporting that Manchester City midfield duo Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho are close to signing new deals with the club.
De Bruyne is already contracted until 2021 but City want to reward the midfielder for his stellar start to the season, with 6 goals and 8 assists already to his name in the league.
Fernandinho is also expected to sign a new deal with the Manchester club with his current deal running out at the end of the season.

1 hour ago

Italian based paper Calciomercato are reporting that Turin-based forward Paulo Dybala could be on his way to PSG in the summer after his brother and agent Mariano Dybala fell out with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Dybala’s brother reportedly told him that he will replace Neymar at PSG, who is being courted by Real Madrid, leading to tension between the club and player.

1 hour ago

Alan Pardew has confirmed he is to meet with West Brom technical director Nicky Hammond to discuss potential January transfer targets. West Brom are currently the second lowest scorers in the league this season with 13 goals, and have been linked with Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
Pardew said “I’d be foolish to say I don’t like Danny Ings because I quite like him. It’s a shame about his injury – he’s had to battle back and everyone wishes him well.”
The Liverpool striker has struggled for game time since coming back from two long term knee injuries and Jurgen Klopp has conceded that when his forward line is fully fit “that makes it a bit difficult for Danny” opening the door for a January move as the former-Burnley forward seeks first team football.

2 hours ago

PSG manager Unai Emery has revealed his intentions to sign a holding midfielder this winter as Thiago Motta, his side’s regular defensive midfielder, has been sidelined with a knee injury sustained in October. 
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Ligue 1 meeting with Caen Emery stated, “We are lacking a player with the profile of Thiago Motta, a real number six. 

“Perhaps we can look for a player there. Even those that have filled in in that role such as Giovani Lo Celso last Saturday, have done very well.” 


2 hours ago

Manchester United’s plans to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in January have been dealt a blow. Following his sides 2-2 draw with Atalanta at the weekend the Serb stated ‘I play for Lazio and I don’t care who came to watch me’. 
Similar sentiments were also echoed by Lazio boss Angelo Peruzzi; ‘”I know he is happy at Lazio and he wants to stay here for as long as possible. It is normal that he is observed by big clubs, he is a player with a lot of talent.

Chelsea will hope that they can use the services of former Blues forward Mateja Kezman who represents Milinkovic-Savic to keep their hopes of a deal alive.


3 hours ago

Real Madrid are keen to bolster their attacking options this January and are reportedly in advanced negotiations with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard according to the Daily Star.
It is well known that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of the Belgian attacker; and with Hazard scoring 8 times and assisting a further 7 this season, Madrid are keen to complete a deal in the January window. 

3 hours ago

John Terry has lifted the lid on the intense training sessions that made Jose Mourinho such a success at Chelsea.
The former skipper won three Premier League titles under the Portuguese in his two spells at Stamford Bridge as the Blues and their charismatic and revolutionary boss changed the face of the English football landscape.
“He was the best manager, and the best coach as well. He did everything,” Terry said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football. “He was the first one to come and revolutionise it at Chelsea. He would be the first in, 8am, he’d be the one setting the cones out, and you’d come in as players and he’d be out there, if it was pouring with rain, getting his session organised.

“He brought three young boys in as ball boys, every time the ball went out of play we had a ball back in instantly, and if that was a bad pass, or a bad roll from one of his staff, he would stop the session and go absolutely berserk at one of his staff.
“And to a point, it was pretty embarrassing for them, but his standards were so high, and he demanded from everyone. The players, staff, people inside the medical team, everyone at the football club. He was on everything. His intensity and attention to detail was incredible.”

John Terry reveals what a Jose Mourinho training session is really like

3 hours ago

Liverpool have been put on red alert by former player Luis Suarez… but not in a good way.
The Barcelona forward has talked up his former teammate Philippe Coutinho joining him at the Nou Camp, with La Liga leaders likely to be back in for the Brazilian in January.
He also talked up the prospect of Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann arriving in the summer.
“Both Griezmann and Coutinho are elite players that are playing at the top level,” Suarez told Spanish radio. “They are where they are for a reason.
“They’re both young and have long careers ahead of them. And Barca always want the best players.
“If you look at (Greizmann), at Atletico he needs to play with a no.9.
“He’s not a fixed no.9. Obviously, Griezmann would come here to add to the team and to help the side in the position that the coach wants him to play in.”

4 hours ago

Manchester City are the latest side to declare their interest in Wilfried Zaha as they join Chelsea and Arsenal in the hunt for the Crystal Palace star.
The Mirror report that Zaha has a £40m price-tag on him but that City see him has a potential alternative to Alexis Sanchez.
However, Arsenal also see him as a Sanchez replacement, with the Chilean moving to either City or PSG.

4 hours ago

The race for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is heating up according to Goal, who report that Chelsea and Manchester City are now also in for the defender, as well as Liverpool.
They claim Antonio Conte has told the Blues board that they cannot afford to let City beat them to Van Dijk’s signature.
However, the Daily Echo says that Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will recommend to his board that they resist any and all offers for the Dutchman in next month.

4 hours ago

Borussia Dortmund are likeliest to end Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s struggles at Manchester United, with the Germans expressing an interest in bringing the playmaker back to his old club. 
Read more here on Miguel Delaney​’s story:

Borussia Dortmund interested in Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Manchester United willing to sell for right price

4 hours ago

Naby Keita will not arrive at Liverpool any earlier than originally agreed, after suggestions the midfielder could arrive in January.
RB Leipzig confirmed that he was still their player until the summer and made it clear that they would not entertain any talk about him leaving early.
Jurgen Klopp was similarly dismissive of the idea, saying, when asked if he kept in contact with his new signing: “No. He is a player of Leipzig.”

5 hours ago

Arsenal will move for David Luiz in a surprise £30m move in January, according to the Daily Express.
The Chelsea defender has been out of favour with Antonio Conte this season after a falling out and a loss of form and reportedly appeals to Arsene Wenger as he can play either as a centre back or defensive midfielder.
He is also thought to be happy as it would weaken a rival, similar to what Manchester United did to the Blues with Nemanja Matic last summer.

5 hours ago

Here are some of the news making the headline today…
David Luiz’s future makes the papers for a second day in a row, with the Daily Express reporting that Arsenal are considering making a move for the 30-year-old defender. It follows reports in the Daily Mail that Real Madrid and Juventus are looking at taking on the Brazilian in the January transfer window, following reports of a fallout with manager Antonio Conte after a defeat to Roma in the Champions League in October.

Following from yesterday’s reports that Wilfried Zaha could be heading to Stamford Bridge, the Daily Mirror says that Manchester City and Arsenal are joining the hunt to snare the forward from Crystal Palace, who has a price tag of around £40million.

Inter Milan are said to be interested in signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports. The Armenian has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford and the club will ask for at least £35million for the midfielder, the paper said. But the Independent reports that Borussia Dortmund are interested in bringing the 28-year-old back to his former club

Danny Ings and Harry Arter are in the sights of West Ham, claims the Daily Star. David Moyes will look to land Arter from Bournemouth for £15million and bring Ings in from Liverpool as a replacement for Andre Ayew.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been linked to a number of top European clubs in recent months, but the Daily Mirror reports that he has signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund keeping him at the German side until 2021.

5 hours ago

Good morning and welcome to The Independent‘s live transfer blog for Tuesday 19 December.
Join us throughout the day as we bring you all the latest rumours, gossip and news as we head into the January transfer window.

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