Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, is the centre of a tug of love. Inter Milan want him so much it hurts and Joao Mario, 24, can go to Manchester United as part-exchange…
…But Paris St-Germain are not worrying about a trifling thing like a UEFA investigation into FFP breaches and they want the Armenia international as well.
Samuel Umtiti wants 24 hours to think about an offer from Manchester City, and compare their offer to the one Barcelona recently made.
It’s Groundhog Day! Olivier Giroud, 31, joined Arsenal as a replacement for Robin van Persie, 34, and now Fenerbahce want to sign the Frenchman to replace the Dutchman.
Arsenal meanwhile, are close to completing the signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos, 20, from PAS Giannina. A fee of €2.5m is being mooted.
Barcelona must pay £133m if they want to sign Philippe Coutinho, 25, from Liverpool. It might be a good idea; Nike are selling shirts with his name on them and he’s chosen his squad number.
It’s been a while since Chelsea had a good old-fashioned transfer splurge and Antonio Conte is determined to put that right. First in is Juventus defender Alex Sandro, 26…
…while the former Italy coach want to land Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, 33. Roman Abramovich is right to wonder if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to buy the club.
He’ll be able to fund it by selling David Luiz, 30, who has been linked with Arsenal, and Michy Batshuayi, 24, who hasn’t. The Chelsea owner signed off on both players leaving in January.
Joe Allen, 27, will get to strut his Pirlo-esque stuff in the London Stadium if West Ham can persuade Stoke City to sell.