Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Bale, Isco, Mbappe, Rudiger, Torres, Maitland-Niles, Kelly

Monday's Transfer Gossip: Bale, Isco, Mbappe, Rudiger, Torres, Maitland-Niles, Kelly

  • Wales international forward Gareth Bale, 32, and Spain midfielder Isco, 29, are the main candidates to leave Real Madrid in January, with the contracts of both players running out in the summer. (Marca).


  • Real Madrid are increasingly confident of signing France striker Kylian Mbappe from Paris St-Germain and, although the 23-year-old can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1 January, his future will not be decided until March – after the Champions League last-16 tie between the two clubs. (AS, via Mail)


  • Real Madrid also expect Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, to join on a free transfer at the end of the season. With only six months left on his contract, the Spanish club are hopeful of meeting Rudiger’s wage demands. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen, Leeds star Raphinha and Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz (The sun)


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  • Motherwell assistant manager Chris Lucketti has admitted Tony Watt could leave the club in January after being left out of the 2-1 Boxing Day win over Livingston. (Daily record)


  • Liverpool may have to wait until next summer to land Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma. (The sun)


  • Manchester City forward Ferran Torres, 21, is in his native Spain and will have a medical on Monday before completing his move to Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)


  • Manchester United are targeting four promising German players as potential transfers. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz, 18, Borussia Monchengladbach’s 18-year-old left-back Luca Netz, 19-year old RB Lepizig midfielder Eric Martel and VfL Bochum centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap, 20, are all among interim manager Ralf Rangnick wanted list. (Sun)


  • Newcastle United are planning to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara. The 22-year-old Frenchman is a free agent at the end of the season, with Manchester United and Chelsea also interested. (Sun)


  • England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, is set to leave Arsenal to join Italian side Roma on loan. (Goal)


  • West Ham boss David Moyes is interested in signing English centre-back Lloyd Kelly, 23, from Championship promotion-chasers Bournemouth to help deal with his side’s defensive problems. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 21, will return to Stamford Bridge to fight for a place in the Blues side following the end of a season-long loan at Crystal Palace. (Metro)


  • Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly rejected Arsenal’s latest contract offer – leaving boss Mikel Arteta with a striker dilemma ahead of the January transfer window.(Daily mirror)


  • Arsenal are reportedly ‘ready to sell’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window and already have two replacements eyed up – Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (Daily star)


  • Manchester United will have to compete with Chelsea for Wolves star Ruben Neves in January.(The sun)


  • Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry is set to return to the club to help with youth development. The 41-year-old left his role as assistant to then-Aston Villa boss Dean Smith in the summer to pursue a career in management. (Athletic – subscription required)

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