Today’s Football Titbits
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering bringing former manager Avram Grant back to Stamford Bridge to assist boss Frank Lampard.
Real Madrid plan to sell six players this summer to raise funds for the signing of Paris St-Germain’s France striker Kylian Mbappe, 22. Wales forward Gareth Bale, Brazil left-back Marcelo, Serbia striker Luka Jovic and Spanish trio Isco, Dani Ceballos and Brahim Diaz are the players earmarked.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is wanted by Barcelona and Paris St-Germain. The Argentine, 32, would be available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 23, is set to move to Bayer Leverkusen for £1.5m after turning down a contract extension at Old Trafford.
Wolves will not pursue Nuno Espirito Santo’s interest in Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud, 34, and Liverpool and Belgium forward Divock Origi, 25, after telling their Portuguese coach he has no money to spend in January.
Bayern Munich are set to sign 22-year-old Reading defender Omar Richards to a pre-contract agreement. Everton and West Ham were also interested in the Englishman, whose contract expires at the end of this season.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, 35, could yet extend his stay with Manchester City as he is unsure whether to take up offers from Europe and South America when his contract ends in the summer.
Arsenal are monitoring Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon, with a view to making an offer for the Israel international, 21, in the summer.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly – heavily linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United – would only be sold in the January transfer window if a team offered £100m for the 29-year-old Senegal international.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, 28, has the highest market value of all the current Real Madrid players, says a report by audit specialists KPMG.
Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo is set to stay at the Nou Camp during this transfer window despite interest in the 24-year-old Spaniard.
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s suggestion that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham. Spurs boss Mourinho said he would not want the 32-year-old German.
AC Milan want to sign Chelsea’s 23-year-old English centre-back Fikayo Tomori on loan for the rest of the season.
Manchester City are considering a summer move for Sassuolo’s 23-year-old Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli.
Leicester City and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 32, is set to have a medical at French club Lyon on Wednesday.
Tottenham, Sheffield United, Rangers and Celtic are all interested in signing Wigan’s 19-year-old Scotland youth striker Kyle Joseph.
West Ham will need to raise their £7m bid if they are to beat Marseille to the signing of 26-year-old Poland and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
Ipswich are interested in bringing in Preston’s English midfielder Josh Harrop, 25, in January.
Premier League and English Football League referees will not be able to book players for close-contact celebrations or hugging opponents – both of which break Covid-19 protocols. Compliance officers will handle the issue instead.
Newcastle United’s takeover dispute with the Premier League is to be resolved in a “timely manner” – according to the competition’s chief executive Richard Masters.
Monaco’s French right-back Djibril Sidibe, 28, will turn down interest from Newcastle and Crystal Palace to stay with his current club.
Source: BBC Sport