Coutinho not interested in PSG switch; Chelsea in pursuit of Lazio's Immobile
With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here.
TOP STORY: Coutinho not interested in PSG move
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Philippe Coutinho has rebuffed Paris Saint-Germain's advances as he remains determined to join Barcelona in January.
The Catalan giants have found it tough going in their negotiations with Liverpool, leading to reports that PSG are plotting to muscle in on the deal.
But Coutinho has told the Ligue 1 leaders that his heart is set on a move to the Nou Camp, with Barcelona preparing to sell up to five players to fund the £132 million transfer.
Thomas Vermaelen, Aleix Vidal, Paco Alcacer, Arda Turan and rumoured Tottenham target Andre Gomes lead Ernesto Valverde's list of surplus players as Barca gear up for a busy winter window.
Real Madrid eye Ronaldo replacement
Real Madrid have prepared a three-man shortlist to replace Cristiano Ronaldo should the Portuguese star leave the Bernabeu over his latest contract dispute, reports the Daily Mirror.
With Ronaldo asking for more money again, club president Florentino Perez has decided to look to the future, with three "rough diamonds" leading his list of targets.
The three players in question are PSG's Gonçalo Guedes, who is currently impressing on loan at Valencia, Gremio midfielder Lincoln, and 17-year-old Palmeiras prospect Alan Souza.
Paulo Dybala is another option for Real but will probably command a huge fee should he leave Juventus next summer.
Liverpool plot Palmieri swoop
Liverpool are finally planning to strengthen their leaky defence with the addition of Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri, reports Calciomercato.
The 23-year-old Brazilian will cost in the region of £22m after helping Roma finish second in Serie A last season.
Palmieri has been sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury since May, and it will likely take him time to get up to speed once he has resumed full training.
It's thought that hasn't perturbed Liverpool, however, with doubts over Alberto Moreno's long-term future at Anfield.
Chelsea want Immobile
Chelsea are eyeing a big-money move for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile, claims The Sun.
The Italy international has been in blistering form this season, scoring 13 goals in just 10 Serie A matches so far.
That has prompted Lazio president Claudio Lotito to slap a £53m price tag on Immobile's head, but Chelsea are likely to offer players in part-exchange.
It's thought a move for the 27-year-old, who could prove the perfect foil for Alvaro Morata, will go some way in repairing the Blues' strained relationship with boss Antonio Conte.
- Manchester United and Arsenal will duke it out for Barcelona forward Jose Arnaiz, claims the Daily Mirror. The 22-year-old joined the Catalan giants from Valladolid in only the summer but has already impressed in the B team and scored on his first-team debut in the Copa Del Rey victory over Murcia this week.
- Stoke are set to trigger Groningen striker Mimoun Mahi's £2m release clause, according to The Sun. The Morocco international scored 17 goals in the Eredivisie last season and is also being tracked by Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.
- Liverpool are keeping tabs on Mexican forward Diego Lainez following his performances at the Under-17 World Cup in India, according to ESPN Mexico. The 17-year-old Club America youngster has expressed his desire to move to Europe, with the Reds a tempting option.
Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger