Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Ibrahimovic, De Jong, Pickford, Tolisso, Gavi, Xhaka

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Ibrahimovic, De Jong, Pickford, Tolisso, Gavi, Xhaka

  • AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to extend his stay at the Serie A club. The 40-year-old Swede, who re-joined the club in January last year, is out of contract in the summer but will sign a new contract until June 2023. (Football Italia)


  • Manchester City are close to signing Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 24, for £75m. (El Chiringuito, via Sun)


  • Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is interested in Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 27. The Italian is said to be lining up a replacement for 35-year-old Frenchman Hugo Lloris, who is in the final year of his contract at Spurs. (Mirror)


  • Spurs are also interested in Bayern Munich and France midfielder Corentin Tolisso but could face competition from Internazionale for the 27-year-old. (Kicker – in German)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held crisis talks with his senior players – including Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes – on Thursday as he tried to salvage Manchester United’s season – and save his job.(Daily mail)


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  • Ferran Torres is ready to step up his rehabilitation from injury, with the Manchester City striker hoping for a return to action before New Year.(Daily mail)


  • Chelsea have been given another injury boost this week with striker Timo Werner returning to training following a hamstring problem.


  • Chelsea are planning a move for 17-year-old Barcelona midfielder Gavi. The Spaniard, whose contract runs until the summer of 2023, has a release clause of £42m with Chelsea looking to make a move. (Sun)


  • Meanwhile, Chelsea are unlikely to loan out Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech, 28, in January. (Telegraph)


  • Arsenal are only willing to offer French striker Alexandre Lacazette, 30, a short-term contract to keep him at the club for another season. (Athletic – subscription required)


  • Roma could reopen talks to sign Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 29. (Corriere dello Sport, via Football 365)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be ready to roll the dice and gamble against Watford by bringing in two of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho. (The sun)


  • Solskjaer is sure he can turn around Manchester United’s fortunes and will not walk away from Old Trafford.


  • The agent of Red Bull Salzburg’s German forward and Liverpool target Karim Adeyemi, 19, has met with Paris St-Germain. (Sport 1 via Express)


  • Newcastle United have received a boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule. The 26-year-old German wants to leave the Bundesliga side and is out of contract at the end of the season. (Bild, via Sun)


  • Manchester United have denied suggestions they are interested in Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, 49, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. (Athletic – subscription required)


  • Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez believes his team’s forward Eden Hazard is “sad” at Real Madrid. The 30-year-old has been linked with former club Chelsea and Newcastle. (Metro)


  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche says English centre-back James Tarkowski, 28, is “clear minded” and “focused” despite interest from Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham. (Burnley Express)

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