Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Kessie, Alli, Raphinha, James, Haaland, Coutinho, Botman

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Kessie, Alli, Raphinha, James, Haaland, Coutinho, Botman

  • Tottenham are leading the race to sign Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, whose contract with AC Milan runs out in the summer. Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in the 25-year-old but Spurs have already held talks with Kessie’s camp. (Express)


  • Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe does not want to make a move for Tottenham’s 25-year-old English midfielder Dele Alli as he wants to strengthen other parts of his team in January. (Football Insider)


  • Chelsea are ready to compete with Liverpool to try to sign Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, from Leeds United in the summer. (Sport Italia, via Express)


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  • Real Madrid are interested in Chelsea and England right-back Reece James, 22, and could try to tempt the Blues by offering Belgium winger Eden Hazard as part of any deal. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Real Madrid’s priority is to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, from Borussia Dortmund next summer but the Spanish club are looking at Fiorentina’s 21-year-old Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic as an alternative if they miss out. (El Nacional – in Catalan)


  • Chelsea and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21, is a target for Napoli, who are managed by ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. (Tuttosport, via Football Italia)


  • Ferran Torres has reportedly passed his Barcelona medical ahead of his £55m switch to the Nou Camp once the January transfer window opens.(Daily mail)


  • Real Madrid are willing to include Eden Hazard in a bid for Chelsea star Reece James, according to reports.(Daily mail)


  • Barcelona misfit Samuel Umtiti has emerged as a £17m target for relegation-haunted Newcastle. (The sun)


  • Bayern Munich are stepping up their interest in Leeds star Raphinha to rival Liverpool. (The sun)


  • Manchester United are not currently negotiating a January Paul Pogba sale, according to reports. (The sun)


  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly approved the pursuit of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho. (Daily mail)


  • Blackburn are offering a sensational £10m bonus to their squad if they secure Premier League promotion this season.(Daily mail)


  • Only 0.3 per cent of fans have been unable to show their Covid status when asked, according to recent Premier League data.(Daily mail)


  • Lewis Hamilton is taking a “social media break”, according to his younger brother, who expressed his concerns that social platforms have become “a very toxic place”.(Daily telegraph)


  • A police force formally apologised on Monday to the family of Dalian Atkinson, six months after an officer was jailed over the footballer’s death.(Daily telegraph)


  • Newcastle are reportedly ‘in the mix’ for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang though the frozen-out Arsenal forward is believed to be eyeing up a different destination.(Daily star)


  • AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing young Manchester United defender Charlie Wellens. (Daily star)


  • Barcelona want to offload Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho and the 29-year-old’s preferred option is a switch to Arsenal. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • French club Lille want at least 30m euros (£25m) if they are to sell 21-year-old Dutch defender Sven Botman. (Tuttomercatoweb – in Italian)


  • Italy striker Andrea Belotti is set to leave Torino when his contract with the Serie A side runs out in the summer, with AC Milan, Napoli and Fiorentina interested in the 28-year-old. (Calciomercato, via Football Italia)

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