European Paper Talk: Barcelona ponder January move for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil
By Andrew Gibney, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 31/12/17 11:35am
Some major deals are already in place ahead of the January transfer window opening next week, while many of Europe's biggest clubs are finalising their mid-season recruitment plans.
Our friends at Football Whispers have trawled through the continental media to round-up the latest transfer stories.
Philippe Coutinho remains Barcelona's first-choice signing, but they are keeping tabs on Gremio's Arthur and also Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. It is claimed the Spanish side would be willing to offer the Gunners Arda Turan to sweeten any January deal. (AS)
Nike made a huge error on their website in the early hours of Sunday morning. Offering the option to add a name to the Barcelona shirt for free, they jumped the gun in suggesting Liverpool's playmaker was an option. "Coutinho is already prepared to impress the Camp Nou. Get the shirt of Barça 2017/18 with the name of the magician" said the site before it was quickly removed. (AS)
The imminent arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao has put the future of Real Madrid's second-choice keeper Kiko Casilla under doubt. He has been limited to cup duties and with the new man on his way, it could herald his exit from the Santiago Bernabeu. (Marca)
Despite all the transfer talk surrounding Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hopes he can bring Diego Costa and the Frenchman together in their attack for a period of time. Costa will finally be allowed to play when the transfer window opens. (Marca)
Liverpool remain one of the favourites to land Leon Goretzka from Schalke, either on a free, or for a cut-price deal in January. However, Barcelona are also monitoring the situation and see him as the ideal addition to their midfield. (Marca)
Javier Pastore wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January. Unhappy with his playing time, the former Chelsea transfer target should be granted his wish by the club. Both Inter Milan and Valencia are known to be interested, but no offers have been made. (L'Equipe)
After joining on deadline day in the summer, Marseille are already willing to send former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou on loan, if they can land another striker in the January window. (L'Equipe)
Terence Kongolo is set to join Huddersfield on loan from Monaco. The left-back, who can also play in the middle, will arrive in West Yorkshire until the end of the season, but there will be no option to buy. (RMC)
Brazilian midfielder Ramires is close to joining Inter Milan. He has long been linked with a move away from China and the Italian club are close to sealing the signing of the former Chelsea man. (Corriere dello Sport)
Ex-Southampton defender Martin Caceres is set to join Lazio from Verona once the transfer window opens. He scored for his current club in the 3-1 defeat to Juventus and next Saturday's game against Napoli will be his last. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
Liverpool transfer target Manuel Akanji had been thought to be close to sealing a move to Borussia Dortmund, but the German side have ceased negotiations with FC Basel regarding the centre-back, with the Swiss side looking for €30m for the 22-year-old. It is believed Dortmund now want to wait until the summer. (Bild)