Friday’s Transfer Gossip: Hazard, Rudiger, Casemiro, Dybala, Adeyemi, Vinicius Junior

Transfer rumours: Hazard, Rudiger, Casemiro, Dybala, Adeyemi, Vinicius Junior

  • West Ham have seen an audacious £21m bid for Belgium star Eden Hazard, 30, rejected by Real Madrid. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Real Madrid are confident Chelsea and Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 28, will sign a pre-contract deal with them in January and join on a free transfer next summer. (The Athletic – subscription required)


  • Chelsea are targeting a move for Real Madrid and Brazil midfielder Casemiro, 29. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Manchester City and England midfielder Phil Foden, 21, has been valued at £128m and is among the most expensive players in the world. (Mail)


  • Manchester City are looking to offer Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo, 27, a new contract in early 2022. (Fabrizio Romano)


  • Ralf Rangnick is keen on bringing RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara to Old Trafford and the Bundesliga side are concerned about a release clause in his contract.(Daily mirror)


  • Clement Lenglet is facing criticism from Barcelona supporters after being pictured smiling and laughing with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski after their Champions League defeat on Wednesday.(Daily mirror)


  • Former Celtic winger Lewis Morgan is set to complete a move to MLS with the New York Red Bulls. (Daily record)


  • St Johnstone are close to sealing a permanent deal with Ali Crawford, who is currently on loan with the Perth club from Bolton Wanderers. (Daily record)


  • Celtic are reported to have agreed a deal to bring another Japan star to Glasgow, with Gamba Osaka’s Yosuke Ideguchi set to join Ange Postecoglou’s squad.(The scottish sun)


  • Liverpool have scouted both Leeds and Brazil winger Raphinha, 24, and West Ham’s English forward Jarrod Bowen, 24, ahead of potential January moves. (Liverpool Echo)


  • The Reds are also monitoring Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 28. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Barcelona boss Xavi is set to give the green light for a January clear-out with Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 24, United States full-back Sergino Dest, 21, and Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 29, all set to be made available. (Gerard Romero, via Sun)


  • Barca will also look to offload Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 29, and France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 28. (Sport – in Spanish)


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  • Clubs have been advised to group players together on team buses based on their vaccination status and keep goalkeepers apart from the rest of the squad as the Omicron variant threatens more disruption to football in the UK.(The daily telegraph)


  • Ajax have told Newcastle to “stop calling” about Marc Overmars, who has agreed a contract extension to stem rumours of him becoming director of football at St James’ Park.(The sun)


  • Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has emerged as a possible January target for Newcastle. (The sun)


  • Danny Rose has been told he is not fit enough by unhappy Watford boss Claudio Ranieri. (The sun)


  • Hundreds of Leicester fans missed the first 20 minutes of their Europa League clash with Napoli after police escorted their coaches in the wrong direction. (The sun)


  • Benfica fans have made a mocking website in which each click sends under-fire manager Jorge Jesus one step closer to Brazilian club Flamengo, who he is being linked with.(The sun)


  • Borussia Dortmund are favourites to sign 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg and Germany striker Karim Adeyemi, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich and Liverpool. (Goal)


  • Paris St-Germain are looking to offload players in January, including Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 28, Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, 28, and Senegal centre-back Abdou Diallo, 25. (L’Equipe – in French, subscription required)


  • Real Madrid and Brazil winger Vinicius Junior, 21, has reiterated his desire to stay with the La Liga side, warning club bosses not to put an asking price on him. (Vamos, via Marca)


  • Manchester United are one of the clubs possibly interested in Vinicius Junior. (Mirror)


  • Antonio Rudiger is set to become one of football’s highest-paid defenders, potentially earning up to £400,000 a week if he leaves Chelsea as a free agent next summer.(Daily mail)


  • Chelsea team-mates are said to be “bewildered” that the club has not offered a new contract to Cesar Azpilicueta who, like Rudiger, is free to leave in the summer.(Daily mail)


  • Leeds United defender Junior Firpo says he lost his appetite for football while playing under Ronald Koeman’s management at Barcelona. (Daily mail)


  • Sergino Dest is keen on leaving Barcelona after losing his spot since Xavi’s appointment as manager, and hopes Bayern Munich will firm up their interest in him.(Daily mail)

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