Arsenal have a five-man midfielder shortlist as they look to bring creativity to their side, Liverpool and Inter Milan are in shock transfer talks, while Juventus are set to beat Leeds to a €40m target, according to Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.
FIVE MIDFIELDERS EYED BY ARSENAL
Mikel Arteta wants to fix Arsenal’s creativity issues in midfield by signing up to two creative midfielders in January, according to reports.
The Gunners finally found their rhythm on Saturday as Chelsea were swept aside 3-1 – but it’s been an inconsistent season so far.
Indeed, the major criticism of Arsenal has been their lack of midfield creativity.
To fix the problem, Arteta has his eyes on two midfield targets.
His No 1 target remains Christian Eriksen, who will be allowed to leave Inter Milan in January.
The Dane’s first choice remains a return to Tottenham and reports on Monday claimed they are exploring that possibility.
However, should that deal fail to come about, Arsenal are waiting in the wings to seal a controversial transfer.
Eriksen though does have some doubts about making the move to Arsenal, as detailed here.
As such, Arteta has also targeted a January move for RB Leipzig’s Christophe Nkunku.
The French midfielder has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time and the Gunners considering signing him prior to his move to Leipzig.
However, his form this season under Julian Nagelsmann has been impressive. Nkunku has scored three goals and registered three assists across 16 games so far.
And technical director Edu believes he’d be the perfect addition to the Gunners midfield and add that creative ingredient they so badly lack.
As per The Athletic, Arsenal are also looking into deals for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt and Barcelona’s Riqui Puig. Norwich City’s creative midfielder Emi Buendia also remains an option.
INTER READY SWOOP FOR DIVOCK ORIGI
Inter Milan are plotting a shock swoop on Liverpool for striker Divock Origi in the coming weeks. (Corriere dello Sport)
Incoming PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino plans a double January bid for Paul Pogba and Sergio Ramos. (Todofijaches)
West Ham are planning to give Barcelona their €18m back for striker Martin Braithwaite in the January window. (Sport)
Frank Lampard could be sacked by Chelsea if they lose to Aston Villa tonight with Thomas Tuchel waiting in the wings. (Bild)
Juventus are ready to make a €40m bid to sign Leeds and Inter target Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese in January. (Sempre Inter)
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ATLETICO MAKE BID FOR AZPILICUETA
Atletico Madrid are planning a €10m approach for Cesar Azpilicueta in January after losing his place at Chelsea. (Todofijaches)
Marcos Llorente could be open to moving on from Atletico Madrid in the future, amid links to Liverpool, claims his agent. (Cadena Ser)
Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu has asked Milan for a new €5m a year deal to sign an extension. Milan though have only offered €3.5m, heightening fears he could leave on a free. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Alex Telles has denied claims in the Portuguese media he forced Porto to accept his sale to Manchester United. (O Jogo)
Tottenham are considering the possibility of re-signing Christian Eriksen on loan from Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)
DIEGO COSTA TO LEAVE ATLETICO
Diego Costa has asked to leave Atletico Madrid in January after making just two starts this season. (Marca)
Parma have told Inter Milan to forget any chance of signing Gervinho in January – but could let him leave in the summer. (Tuttosport)
Samuel Umtiti is determined to regain his top form and prove his worth to Barcelona following his long injury absence. (Mundo Deportivo)
Wolves have made an ambitious enquiry to take Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic on loan for the season. (various)
Diogo Dalot has been told his chances of earning a permanent move to AC Milan are receding after failing to impress. (MilanNews24)
Getafe are exploring the possibility of taking Japanese star Takefusa Kubo on loan from Villarreal. (AS)
AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Lionel Messi has given his most honest interview yet over his Barcelona future, lifting the lid on why he wanted to leave last summer. (La Sexta)
Villarreal have reached an agreement to sign Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue on a two-and-a-half year contract. (RMC Sport)
Sevilla are ready to rival AC Milan to a possible January swoop for Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. (Andaluz Estadio Deportivo)
Former Real Madrid and PSG striker Jese Rodriguez could join Turkish club Fenerbahce on a free transfer in the coming days. (Mundo Deportivo)
Tottenham full-back Serge Aurier says that he would “never turn down” the chance to return to Paris Saint-Germain later in his career. (various)
Willy Caballero will push for a move away from Chelsea in January, with a transfer to the MLS likely. (The Athletic)