Aubameyang set for record-breaking Chinese Super League move
The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Aubameyang set for record-breaking move
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the latest name linked with a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League, and could be set to break transfer and wage records in the process.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker, who has previously been linked with Manchester City and Real Madrid, is the subject of a €150 million bid from Shanghai SIPG that would net him €41m-a-season in wages.
Aubameyang has scored 22 goals in 21 games for Dortmund this season but could miss their next three Bundesliga games because of his participation in the African Nations Cup for hosts Gabon.
23.00 BST: That'll do it for Wednesday's blog, but stay tuned for a fresh blog in the next few hours with a look at all the latest from Thursday morning's papers!
22.44 BST: Liverpool have not yet tabled an offer for Coventry City defender Cian Harries despite his appearance as a trialist for the Merseyside outfit's under-23s side, a source has told ESPN FC.
22.30 BST: Chelsea are prepping a big move for Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Express. The 22-year-old midfielder has been impressive so far this season and his club are sitting pretty in second place in Ligue 1 at present.
22.12 BST: DONE DEAL Venezuela international Adalberto Penaranda has joined Malaga on loan from Watford.
21.50 BST: Brentford have rejected West Ham's £10 million offer for striker Scott Hogan, the Daily Mail reports, with the Championship side keen to sell the 24-year-old for closer to £15m.
21.26 BST: Updates on Stevan Jovetic to Sevilla! The Spanish club and player have come to an agreement, according to reports from AS, but Sevilla and Inter have yet to do so. A transfer seems imminent...
21.02 BST: Are Galatasaray set to offer Mamadou Sakho an escape from Liverpool? Reports suggest yes, according to the Express. The Reds are said to want a £500,000 loan fee for the the France international and coverage for his £80,000-a-week wages, and the Turkish club are willing to comply with both demands.
20.45 BST: DONE DEAL for days in Major League Soccer, with the Houston Dynamo announcing the signing of three-time MLS Cup-winning defender Leonardo!
Leonardo has seven years of experience in MLS under his belt, after originally joining the LA Galaxy on loan from Sao Paolo in 2010. He was selected as LA's Defender of the Year in 2015.
20.24 BST: This just in! West Ham's £6 million bid for Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe may have been rejected earlier on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean that the Hammers are giving up hope just yet. More reports are emerging that suggest the London team are ready to lodge an improved offer for the Black Cats' man.
20.12 BST: Goalkeeper Joel Pereira will return to Manchester United from his time on loan with Belenenses in Portugal, according to the Express. Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the 20-year-old back to Old Trafford and it seems he's gotten his wish, with the keeper set to provide cover for David De Gea and Sergio Romero.
19:52 BST: DONE DEAL The Portland Timbers have acquired defender Roy Miller from Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, the club has announced.
Miller will carry on in Costa Rica through the end of February to take part in his current club's CONCACAF Champions League games before joining the Portland squad ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer season.
19.30 BST: Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay is expected to leave Old Trafford this transfer window, but Nice president Jean Pierre Rivere has rule out a potential move to the club, Sky Sports reports.
"We looked at him, like a lot of clubs have, but it is extremely complicated... It is a situation which is out of our financial reach," said Rivere to French radio station RMC.
19.16 BST: Negotiations for the transfer of midfielder Franck Kessie from Atalanta to Chelsea are ongoing, according to the Express. The player's agent claims the Blues had a £21.3m bid for the Ivory Coast international rejected just last week, but the club are now ready to swoop in with an improved offer.
18.58 BST: Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is not having rumours linking Arturo Vidal to a transfer to Chelsea this January, according to the Express.
"This is absolute nonsense," said the Bayern boss when asked about the Chile international's potential move to Stamford Bridge.
18.36 BST: We've got another DONE DEAL in Major League Soccer! Orlando City SC has completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Victor "PC" Giro.
18.32 BST: Middlesbrough centre-back Daniel Ayala looks set to leave the Riverside this January after falling down Aitor Karanka's pecking order and Galatasaray are showing plenty of interest, according to the Northern Echo. The defender's last Premier League appearance came on Oct. 22 in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
18.10 BST: Watch as the FC TV crew discusses the chances of Jese leaving Paris Saint-Germain this month.
17.48 BST: Championship leaders Brighton have made an enquiry for the loan of Chelsea academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the remainder of the season, according to the London Evening Standard.
West Ham are also reportedly interested in the England U21 international, but Chelsea are seeking assurances that the 20-year-old midfielder will receive regular first-team football.
17.25 BST: Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison is training with Wigan Athletic as he attempts to find himself a new club, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Morrison has been told by Lazio that he can move on.
17.05 BST: Another DONE DEAL from Major League Soccer, where New York Red Bulls have re-signed their former player Aurelien Collin from Orlando City...
16.42 BST: Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has confirmed that the club are hoping to sign Nancy defender Clement Lenglet and Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic during the January transfer window.
16.24 BST: Another DONE DEAL and this time from the Premier League, with Stoke making Lee Grant's loan move from Derby permanent...
16.13 BST: DONE DEAL Sporting Kansas City have signed Gerso Fernandes as a Designated Player from Belenenses...
15.54 BST: DONE DEAL Borussia Monchengladbach have signed Timothee Kolodziejczak from Sevilla on a four-and-a-half-year deal...
15.39 BST: Chelsea are ready to cut short Patrick Bamford's loan spell at Burnley to send him to another club, sources close to the London side have told ESPN FC, with the striker having made just six substitute appearances for Sean Dyche's men since joining last summer.
15.27 BST: Former Hammer Rio Ferdinand, for one, believes West Ham should be doing all they can to sign Jermain Defoe from Sunderland...
Goals and more goals... would be good signing! Back down London as well ���� https://t.co/1Ih7P8BqwZ- Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 4, 2017
15.18 BST: An update on West Ham's pursuit of Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe from the Daily Telegraph...
Told West Ham will go in with a fresh offer for Jermain Defoe after Sunderland reject initial £6m bid today- Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 4, 2017
15.07 BST: Talking of the Chinese Super League, Beijing Guoan are one of the clubs interested in Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder, according to Voetbal International.
14.49 BST: Who's the next player to be linked with a big-money move to China, I hear you ask? The answer -- Carlos Bacca. Tianjin Quanjian, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua are all reportedly interested in the striker, but his agent Sergio Barila has told calciomercato.it that his client wants to remain at AC Milan.
14.30 BST: In an interview with an Inter Milan fan website, Wesley Sneijder's agent Guido Albers has claimed the former Netherlands international has interest from two clubs to leave Galatasaray but no firm offers currently.
Albers adds that Sneijder, who won the Treble with Inter in 2009-10, is in no rush to end his time in Turkey but he has a release clause of €7.5m.
14.16 BST: Steve Mandanda may be about to cut short his stay at Crystal Palace and return to Marseille, L'Equipe claims. The goalkeeper joined Palace on a three-year deal from Marseile last summer, but he has apparently met with the Ligue 1 club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta while recovering from a knee operation in France.
14.09 BST: Sunderland have turned down an offer of £6 million from West Ham for Jermain Defoe, according to Sky Sports...
Sky sources: Sunderland reject £6million bid from West Ham for striker Jermain Defoe.- Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 4, 2017
14.01 BST: DONE DEAL It's a busy day for Torino, with the Serie A club also just confirming that Iago Falque has joined permanently after arriving on loan from Roma last summer...
13.51 BST: DONE DEAL Torino have confirmed the signing of Juan Iturbe from Roma on loan with an option to make the move permanent...
13.45 BST: Celtic are closing in on their first signing of the transfer window after holding talks with FC Krasnodar midfielder Kouassi Eboue, Press Association Sport reports. Eboue is in Scotland to push through a £2.8 million move and will need to secure a work permit before a deal can be finalised.
13.34 BST: Hatem Ben Arfa and Claude Puel know each other well from their time at Nice together last season, and they could be about to reunite at Southampton, The Sun claims. Southampton boss Puel wants to sign Ben Arfa on loan from Paris Saint-Germain after conceding that the Saints cannot afford a permanent deal.
13.20 BST: News of a DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Luke Varney has moved from Ipswich Town to Burton Albion...
13.09 BST: Join the ESPN FC TV crew as they discuss the chances of Dele Alli leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid...
12.54 BST: Could Gerard Deulofeu be on his way to AC Milan? Well, according to Corriere della Sera, Milan have submitted a written offer to Everton to take the 22-year-old on an initial loan with a view to a permanent transfer. They may face competition for Deulofeu, with Roma, Middlesbrough and several Spanish clubs said to also be interested.
12.40 BST: Sticking with the Bundesliga, Augsburg say they have no plans to do any business in January. "We believe that we are well-equipped," sporting director Stefan Reuter told kicker. "Nothing is planned right now."
12.31 BST: With Wolfsburg having just sold Julian Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain, L'Equipe reports that Paul-Georges Ntep is set to replace the German at the Bundesliga club. Rennes attacking midfielder Ntep is out of contract at the end of the season.
12.05 BST: Middlesbrough have completed a DONE DEAL with Rudy Gestede joining from Aston Villa on a contract until 2020.
Gestede, who will wear the No. 29 shirt for Boro, joins for an undisclosed fee.
11.49 BST: Australia international forward Robbie Kruse is set to join the growing list of international players moving to China after telling Bayer Leverkusen he wants out.
"He has a good character. We won't put stones in his way," Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade told Express.
Kruse, who has 48 caps for the Socceroos, will join fellow Australians Dario Vidosic and Michael Thwaite at Liaoning Whowin if the transfer is done.
11.35 BST: More Bundesliga news: Borussia Monchengladbach say Sevilla defender Timothee Kolodziejczak is already in Germany and will sign a deal until 2021 for a reported fee of €7.5m.
The 25-year-old is set to replace Alvaro Dominguez, who retired from professional football late last year, and is sure to be popular with the shirt printers in the club shop!
11.27 BST: Hertha Berlin have wished midfielder Jens Hegeler well following his move to Bristol City.
"We would like to thank Jens for his efforts for Hertha and wish him much success with his new challenge," Hertha's general manager Michael Preetz said.
Hegeler played just six times this season, although he played the full 90 minutes in their final two fixtures of 2016 against RB Leipzig and Wolfsburg.
He made a total of 53 appearances for Hertha and 159 in Germany's top flight, which also included spells with Nurnberg and Bayer Leverkusen.
11.10 BST: Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest could face a battle to hold on to some of their brightest young talent in the January transfer window, the Mirror reports.
Matty Cash, 19, is linked with a £6m move to RB Leipzig, where he could link up with former Forest teammate Oliver Burke.
And 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton is wanted by Manchester United, despite signing a new contract on New Year's Eve.
10.58 BST: Rio Ferdinand has asked former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra about the chances of him returning to Old Trafford in January.
Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during eight-and-a-half years with United, left in 2014 to join Juventus.
10.41 BST: Arsenal youngster Jon Toral, currently on loan at La Liga side Granada, is a target for Glasgow Rangers in the January transfer window.
The Daily Record claims Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who previously managed Toral at Brentford, has flown to Spain to convince the 21-year-old to move to Glasgow.
10.25 BST: Arsenal are set to sign 20-year-old left-back Cohen Bramall from seventh-tier club Hednesford Town and hope he can develop into a player for the future, a Gunners source has told ESPN FC.
The deal is reportedly worth just £40,000 and the defender is expected to play with Arsenal's under-23s rather than the first team this season.
10.12 BST: DONE DEAL Bristol City have signed Jens Hegeler from Hertha Berlin on a two-and-a-half year contract.
City boss Lee Johnson said of the 28-year-old: "Jens has a fantastic pedigree and boasts more than 150 appearances in the Bundesliga.
"He's a big, mobile and intelligent footballer who can slot into the midfield, as well as in a defensive role if needed."
09.59 BST: Paulo Dybala has been linked with Real Madrid but Juventus general manager Beppe Morata is not concerned.
He said: "I've heard the rumours, but we have a great relationship with him and his agent," Marotta said at the presentation of Tomas Rincon as a Juve player. "When he arrived, he signed for five years and now we are in the renewal phase.
"It's a spontaneous step for the club, there's no tension at all -- in fact, I think he feels such pride in being able to wear this shirt."
09.47 BST: BBC Sport reports that Everton are stepping up their pursuit of new recruitsin the January transfer window.
Ademola Lookman is expected to arrive from Charlton for £11m and once a deal for the 19-year-old attacker is sealed the Toffees will focus on adding Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.
09.28 BST: Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Borussia Dortmund are all reportedly interested in Montpellier's Morgan Sanson, while Marseille are due to hold talks with him over a potential move.
Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin has told FootMercato that France under-21 international Sanson can leave the club if they receive an offer of up to €15m for the midfielder.
09.04 BST: China or Manchester United? That could be a decision Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra has to make, according to FootMercato.
Should Morgan Schneiderlin leave United this month the France international, who played under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Real Madrid, could be his replacement.
08.50 BST: Chelsea are monitoring West Ham United's Michail Antonio, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
He impressed Conte in West Ham's EFL Cup win over Chelsea earlier this season and could play in a variety of positions in the manager's 3-5-2 formation -- a system also used by West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.
08.34 BST: The Corriere dello Sport front page holds some interesting news. The splash is that AC Milan and Fiorentina are leading the chase for Juventus striker Simone Zaza, currently on loan at West Ham United.
And there is also a story from Juventus director Beppe Marotta who says, in light of rumours about Alvaro Morata's future at Real Madrid, that the striker loves the Bianconeri.
08.18 BST: Reported Liverpool target Emil Forsberg could leave RB Leipzig during the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.
"I can't confirm any names. But after the great first half of the season, big clubs have reached out to me," Hasan Cetinkaya said, with Bild reporting that Juventus and Arsenal also approached the agent.
"RB are on a good way to become a big club, which plays in Champions League soon. In spite of that I can't promise that Emil will stay in Leipzig this winter."
08.02 BST: Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Transfer Talk live blog. We'll start with the news from The Sun that Michael Carrick, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is now available to agree a deal with teams outside England about a move.
It is reported the 35-year-old midfielder, who has made 15 appearances for Jose Mourinho's side this season, winning 13 and drawing two, would prefer to remain at Old Trafford. Surely it is only a matter of time before something is sorted out?
Juventus move for Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti has never played in Serie A, but that could soon change as Tuttosport believes Juventus have begun to make moves for the 24-year-old.
Italy have always seen it as something of an embarrassment that the Azzurri midfielder has never graced their top flight, after promotion with Pescara in 2012 led to Paris Saint-Germain swooping in for the super talent.
But now it appears as if Verratti is ready to move on from Ligue 1, with his agent insisting "he will not stay at PSG."
The Old Lady's general manager Giuseppe Marotta has added fuel to the fire by telling Italian media "in July [there will be] a big investment for centre-midfield."
Pep eyes N'Zonzi swoop
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola appeared unhappy after Monday's victory over Burnley, but the Sun believes the January arrival of Steven N'Zonzi could provide him with a mid-season boost.
Ilkay Gundogan's season-ending injury and Fernandinho's recurring discipline problems mean Pep is short of a midfielder and the Sevilla star has been highlighted as the ideal January acquisition.
The former Stoke and Blackburn star would cost around £25 million, though City loanee Samir Nasri and former Sevilla favourite Jesus Navas could move in the opposite direction permanently as part of the deal.
Sunderland snub West Ham's Defoe bid
Jermain Defoe's goalscoring form is single-handedly giving Sunderland a chance of escaping the drop once again, which is surely why the Black Cats have knocked back a bid for their star striker from West Ham, according to the Mirror.
The report suggests that the Hammers want to bring the 34-year-old back to the club and will pay up to £5 million for his services.
For a frankly insignificant sum -- considering the riches of staying in the Premier League -- and the player's current deal running to 2019, it is no wonder West Ham have been told emphatically to drop their interest.
Marseille targeting Schneiderlin
Everton and West Brom will face competition for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin with the Sun reporting that Marseille have registered an interest in the France international.
It seems that the Red Devils are reluctant to do business with the Toffees, and with the Baggies yet to meet the £24 million asking price, the possibility of a move to OM is on the cards.
The French club's majority shareholder Frank McCourt has promised fresh investment to return them to the top of Ligue 1 and bringing Schneiderlin back to France would show serious support for new manager Rudi Garcia.
- Inter Milan appear to have won the race for Atalanta starlet Roberto Gagliardini with Gazzetta reporting that a €28 million deal is pretty much done.
The 22-year-old maintains he will be back training with La Dea tomorrow, but his agent insists he will meet with the Nerazzurri to discuss a contract.
- Milan and Fiorentina have made approaches to bring West Ham flop Simone Zaza back to Serie A, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Azzurri striker has failed to score since joining the Hammers on loan and will almost certainly leave the London Stadium this month to reignite his stuttering career.