Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Saka, Botman, Laporte, Kessie, Dembele

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Saka, Botman, Laporte, Kessie, Dembele

  • Liverpool are interested in Arsenal and England winger Bukayo Saka, 20, whose contract at Emirates Stadium expires in 2024. (Transfer Window podcast, via Express)


  • Liverpool have also made a contract offer to AC Milan’s 25-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, whose deal at the San Siro expires at the end of this season. (Ansa – in Italian)


  • Barcelona want to sign 27-year-old Manchester City and Spain defender Aymeric Laporte next summer. (Sun)


  • Newcastle are closing in on Lille’s £30m-rated Dutch defender Sven Botman, 21, as a key piece of their January transfer business. (Mail)


  • The Magpies are also monitoring Juventus’ Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, with West Ham and Everton also interested in the 31-year-old. (Sun)


  • Kyle Walker has recovered from illness and is set to return to the Manchester City squad for Saturday’s match against Arsenal. (The times)


  • Lyon are planning to offload Xherdan Shaqiri, who is on a reported £3.5million-a-year at the Ligue 1 club, just six months are signing the Swiss winger from Liverpool in the summer.(The times)


  • Hearts are confident Craig Gordon will be one of the club’s first out-of-contract players to agree new terms.(Scottish sun)


  • Rangers could let defender Jack Simpson leave on loan in January, with a number of Championship clubs potentially interested.(Daily record)


  • Newcastle have put together a “monster” contract offer for Barcelona’s unsettled French winger Ousmane Dembele, 24. (Rudy Galetti on Twitter)


  • Arsenal have earmarked Real Sociedad and Sweden’s Alexander Isak, 22, and Lille and Canada’s Jonathan David, 21 as possible options to bolster their strikeforce. (The Athletic – subscription required)


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  • Chelsea are edging towards a deal for Monaco’s 21-year-old French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who may be a cheaper option than West Ham and England’s Declan Rice, 22. (Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law on the London is Blue podcast, via Chelsea Chronicle)


  • Lyon have rejected Chelsea’s attempt to recall 27-year-old Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, who is on loan at the Ligue 1 side. (L’Equipe, via Get French Football News)


  • Leeds are interesting in signing 26-year-old Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, currently on loan at Verona from Cagliari, in the summer. (L’Arena, via Sport Witness)


  • Barcelona have made 29-year-old former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, currently on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, their top target for January. (AS – in Spanish)


  • Barcelona are hoping to sign Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte next summer, after completing the transfer of fellow Spain international Ferran Torres from the Premier League champions earlier this week.(The sun)


  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be reprimanded by the Football Association for questioning the impartiality of referee Mike Dean following the draw versus Brighton but he has escaped a formal investigation.(Daily mail)


  • Italy has joined France in making vaccination compulsory for anyone wanting to play outdoor team sports, meaning Premier League players will need to be jabbed in order to move to Serie A this January.(Daily mail)


  • Juventus have rejected a swap deal from Barcelona involving Memphis Depay as head coach Xavi targets Spaniard Alvaro Morata. (Daily mail)

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