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Today's Gossip: Coutinho Still Wants Out; Mou Target Ozil, Willian


Coutinho asks to leave Liverpool again
The Barcelona-published Mundo Deportivo have gone big on Philippe Coutinho on Friday with a front-page splash.
The Catalan paper claim that Barca have “two lines of communication open with Liverpool” and are confident they can sign the Brazilian.

They also report that Liverpool have reiterated their asking price for the playmaker is €200million, but the La Liga side are attempting to negotiate over the price.

Willian to Manchester United?
It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to find him a "magician" in January and Chelsea's wing wizard Willian has emerged as the leading target, according to the Daily Mail.
The Brazilian was in fine form in the Blues' victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday but has struggled to nail down a starting spot this term. 

At 29 and with a World Cup just around the corner, it's no surprise to learn he's desperate for first-team football.

Ozil prefers Old Trafford switch
With Mkhitaryan seemingly destined to leave Manchester United after failing to impress Mourinho, Mesut Ozil continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford to fill the gap in the No.10 position.
Despite Barcelona also expressing an interest in the German, it's thought Ozil would prefer to link up with Mourinho again after working with the Portuguese coach at Real Madrid.

The Daily Mirror says United are ready to cash in on Mkhitaryan to fund Ozil's wage demands as his contract edges closer to expiring next summer.

Van Dijk tops Man City's shopping list
In what could be a huge blow to Liverpool's transfer plans, Manchester City have given Pep Guardiola the green light to bring in Virgil van Dijk in January, according to The Sun.
The Southampton captain was linked with a £70 million move to Anfield in the summer, but a botched transfer resulted in the Reds making a public apology to their Premier League rivals.

With Liverpool now trailing in the title race, City look set to step in and take advantage of their lofty position by adding Van Dijk to their ranks for the second half of the season.

Man United Have Bale Agreement
Manchester United have a pre-contract agreement in place with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, according to Diario Gol .

The Wales international is ready to bring an injury-hit spell in Spain to a close and will move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2018.

Valencia Eye Arsenal Flop
La Liga title challengers Valencia are among those mulling over a move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, reports El Gol Digital .

The England international has also been linked with Newcastle and West Ham after finding game time hard to come by with the Gunners.

Barca Plotting Blind Bid
Barcelona are weighing up a January approach for versatile Manchester United Defender Daley Blind, claims Marca .

The Catalan giants are also considering another Dutchman, Stefan de Vrij of Lazio, as they seek to bolster the ranks at Camp Nou.

Kovacic For Coutinho?
Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a January move for Real Madrid Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol .

Liverpool may soon need a replacement for the seemingly Barcleona-bound Coutinho and Klopp is said to see Kovacic as the man to fill the Brazilian's shoes.

And with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Casemiro all ahead of Kovacic in the pecking order, plus Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente also on the fringes, an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu may be on the cards.

Mascherano Off To China
Eager to get in more playing time ahead of the World Cup in 2018, Javier Mascherano could consider a move to Manuel Pellegrini's Hebei China Fortune, Mundo Deportivo claims.


The report suggests the Chinese Super League outfit have offered the Argentine a salary of €7 million per year and lodged a big of €6m to Barcelona themselves.

Dortmund To Hold On To Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund will not sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window, according to Sport Bild .

Aubameyang had been keen to leave Dortmund in the summer, but no offers met his €70 million valuation and he has been linked with a departure in the New Year.

The likes of Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Real Madrid are all said to be interested in Aubameyang, but Dortmund want to keep the Gabon forward to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Others
Barcelona are plotting to bring in Daley Blindon a free transfer next summer, reports Marca. The Manchester United defender's contract expires at the end of the season and he seems likely to make an exit after losing his place in the first team.

According to TalkSport, Manchester United will duke it out with Juventus for versatile Monaco midfielder Fabinho. The Brazilian has outlined his intention to leave the Ligue 1 club after seeing a host of stars depart in lucrative transfers last summer.

Ross Barkley to leave Everton in January? No biggie, says Sam Allardyce, as quoted in the Daily Mirror. With Barkley's contract set to run out in the summer, Allardyce is happy for the Toffees to cash in on the midfielder rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season. Tottenham are thought to be weighing up an offer.

Manchester United have made an enquiry about 29-year-old Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian. (Daily Mail)

United boss Jose Mourinho is also ready to offload 28-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer and wants to sign Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil, 29, as his replacement. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea could use Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, as part of a deal with Monaco for 22-year-old France winger Thomas Lemar, who is also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal.(Sun)

Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 20, may have his season-long loan deal at Swansea cut short and return to the German club in January. (Mais Futebol - in Portuguese)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has reassured France forward Antoine Griezmann he will eventually be allowed to leave the La Liga club. (Daily Mail via L'Equipe)

Liverpool remain keen on signing Southampton's 26-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk in January. (Liverpool Echo)

However, Manchester City want to add a centre-back to their squad in January and may also move for Van Dijk, though the Premier League leaders are also interested in Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, 26. (Goal)

City boss Pep Guardiola is also in the market for a left-back in January. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton boss Sam Allardyce will not argue if the club decide to offload Ross Barkley, 24, in January, with the England midfielder yet to sign a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are keen to sign Manchester United'sversatile Netherlands defender Daley Blind, 27, on a free transfer when his contract runs out in the summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

Manchester United will battle Juventus for the signing of Monaco and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 24. (Tuttosport, via Talksport)

Representatives from Turkish club Fenerbahce are flying to Liverpool in a bid to secure a loan deal for Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic, 21. (Takvim, via Talksport)


England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, has confirmed he is still waiting for a date from Arsenalfor when his contract will be discussed. (Telegraph)


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