Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip: Rudiger, Bellingham, Pepi, Haidara, Salah, Dybala, Torres

  • Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Rudiger, Bellingham, Pepi, Haidara, Salah, Dybala, Torres
  • Real Madrid are favourites to sign Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, who is getting closer to leaving Chelsea as a free agent at the end of the season. Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham have also expressed an interest. (Independent)


  • Liverpool are leading the race to sign 18-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer. (Mirror)


  • Manchester United and Liverpool face competition from Atletico Madrid for 18-year-old American striker Ricardo Pepi. (Mirror)


  • The player top of Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s transfer targets is RB Leipzig’s 23-year-old Mali midfielder Amadou Haidara. (Mirror)


  • West Ham’s bid to break into the Premier League’s top four has suffered another setback after Kurt Zouma seriously injured his hamstring. (The times)


  • Premier League clubs are to push for a new regulator that is part of the FA instead of a government-imposed watchdog.(The times)


  • Celtic’s supporters liaison officer laughed off former Hearts chairman Leslie Deans‘ comment that the clubs should replay their Premiership clash because of refereeing decisions and objects thrown at Barrie McKay. (Daily record)


  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah’s situation is “completely normal” as the club seek to finalise new contract terms with the 29-year-old Egypt forward. (Guardian)


  • Liverpool are interested in 28-year-old Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Calciomercato – in Italian)


  • Barcelona have contacted Chelsea over possible deals for Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany forward Timo Werner, 25, however Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to let either leave. (Sport – in Spanish)


  • Barcelona hope a compromise can be reached with Manchester City to allow them to sign Spain forward Ferran Torres for £38m. City want £51m for the 21-year-old. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)


  • Fenerbahce have denied that the club’s 23-year-old Hungarian centre-back Attila Szalai is close to joining Chelsea. (90min)


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  • West Ham are considering a loan bid for Nathan Ake after being rocked by the news Kurt Zouma faces months on the sidelines through injury.(The sun)


  • Brazilian legend Ronaldo has told critics to stop having a go at Neymar over his partying – and defended the outgoing lifestyle.(The sun)


  • Ajax are considering a move for Manchester United’s English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 24, on loan in January. (MEN)


  • Ajax are also interested in signing 24-year-old Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham. (Times)


  • Lille’s 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches is open to a move to Arsenal, however the Gunners may face competition from AC Milan. (Mail)


  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will target a forward in the January transfer window. (Mirror)


  • Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 26, is frustrated with his lack of playing time at Arsenal and will assess his options in January. (Football.London)


  • Atletico Madrid’s 22-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix could leave the La Liga club. (AS – in Spanish)


  • West Ham are considering a loan bid for Manchester City and the Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, 26. (Sun)


  • Brighton want to sign Besiktas and Canada striker Cyle Larin, 26. (TEAMtalk)


  • Robert Lewandowski has clarified that he is grateful for Lionel Messi’s kind words at last week’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, insisting that he was not aggrieved by any perceived lack of sincerity during the Argentine’s acceptance speech.(Daily mail)


  • The Premier League are braced for Tottenham to request the postponement of Sunday’s game at Brighton after their Covid outbreak.(Daily mail)


  • Manchester City are left sweating over the fitness of Phil Foden again after he was forced off during their Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig with another ankle problem.(Daily mail)


  • Leeds could lose star midfielder Kalvin Phillips until February and be without Patrick Bamford in the shorter term after he injured a hamstring celebrating Sunday’s late equaliser against Brentford. (Daily mail)


  • Jamie Vardy is ready to spearhead Leicester’s bid for a place in the Europa League knockout stages as he is set to start a fixture in the competition for the first time this season.(Daily mail)


  • Newcastle United have hired an external recruitment firm to help in their search for a director of football.(Daily mail)

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