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Transfer Talk: Chelsea ready to pay PSG £50m for Edinson Cavani

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding N'Golo Kante, Callum Wilson and many more in Transfer Rater.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Cavani a perfect fit for Sarri?

Chelsea are considering a £50 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to a report in the Daily Express

The 31-year-old Uruguay international would be the perfect fit for Maurizio Sarri's high-octane style, and is one of the best strikers in the world when it comes to work rate.

Chelsea will also be attracted to his talent and experience, hence the high fee quoted despite the fact the player will turn 32 next month.

Alvaro Morata, who scored twice in an FA Cup victory against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, is likely to leave the club this month, and Cavani would be the perfect replacement, but his quality also means that PSG will be reluctant to let him go.


22.20 GMT: That'll do it for today's edition of Transfer Talk! Tune in tomorrow as we cover another day of the January transfer window.

21.30 GMT: Barcelona are playing hardball with Arsenal over Denis Suarez, according to the Mirror. Apparently, the Blaugrana are against losing the midfielder this window, even on loan.

20.56 GMT: DONE DEAL! Manchester City's website has reported that prized midfielder Brahim Diaz has completed a move to Real Madrid for a reported £15 million, according to ESPN.

Diaz has signed a six-and-a-half year deal to keep him in the Spanish capital until 2025. He will undergo a physical on Monday morning and will be presented later in the day.

20.42 GMT: The Mirror reports that Chelsea want £10.75 million from Monaco for Cesc Fabregas. Monaco don't want to pay that much and are negotiating with a view to hopefully close the deal in time for Monaco's south coast derby match against Marseille.

20.01 GMT: David Beckham's new MLS franchise Inter Miami may not be playing yet, but he's already on the lookout for a first impact signing, and according to the Birmingham Mail, he may already have one in mind.

James Milner is surprisingly Beckham's first target to bring stateside, though Beckham will likely find many other marquee signings to bring to Florida.

19.23 GMT: In other Manchester United news, the Mancunian club are putting out feelers for Bristol City's Antoine Semenyo after his scintillating performance in loan club Newport County's FA Cup victory over Leicester City, according to the Birmingham Mail.

18.42 GMT: Manchester United are ready to trigger the £32 million release clause of Roma Champions League hero Kostas Manolas this summer, according to talkSport.

18.11 GMT: According to, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has emphatically shot down the idea of future star Phil Foden going out on loan, exclaiming "No way!" when he was asked the question by reporters.

17.39 GMT: Lazio, Tottenham and Real Madrid are all gunning for 19-year-old Macedonian wonderkid Elif Elmas, says Lazio see Elmas as a long-term replacement for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Apparently, Borussia Dortmund are also putting out feelers for the young midfielder, so this will certainly be a hotly-contested race for the player.

17.05 GMT: Former Real Madrid defensive stalwart Pepe, currently a free agent after being granted a release from his contract with Besiktas, has turned down the chance to sign with Ligue 1's AS Monaco, according to talkSport.

16.40 GMT: DONE DEAL! Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has completed an 18-month loan switch to Scottish club Rangers in a move that reunites him with former England teammate Steven Gerrard, who is now manager at Ibrox.

Defoe, who has struggled for playing time this season making only four substitute appearances in the league, will remain at Rangers until 2020 but the south-coast club have the option of recalling the 36-year-old in July.

"I'm delighted to be able to welcome Jermain to Rangers," Gerrard told the Rangers website. "He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.

"He'll be a great addition to our dressing room and we look forward to integrating him into the squad whilst we work in Tenerife over the next week."

Former West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland veteran Defoe has made 34 appearances in his second spell at Bournemouth scoring four goals.

He has scored 162 Premier League goals in 496 appearances throughout his 24-year professional career and has 57 caps for the national team to date.

15.30 GMT: Christian Pulisic will cope with the demands of the Premier League and be a success at Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc has predicted.

"He's a lad who comes with that typically American self-confidence," Zorc told ESPN at Dortmund's winter training camp. "Many of his characteristics will help him in England where everything is just little bit more intense than in the Bundesliga.

"He has the pace, he's got the dribbling, he wants to get ahead at all costs. I don't know a single reason why he wouldn't make it there."

14.35 GMT: Barcelona are close to finalising a deal to sign Toulouse's highly rated centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, sources have told ESPN FC.

Todibo, 19, has not played for Toulouse since November, when negotiations over a new contract broke down. His terms expire in the summer and since the beginning of January he has been free to hold talks with other clubs.

Manchester City and Juventus had also been linked with the French defender, but Barca sporting director Eric Abidal, a former France international, has played a big part in convincing him to make the switch to Camp Nou.

A pre-contract agreement has been reached with the player for him to join in the summer but Barca plan to hold talks with Toulouse with regards to doing a deal this month.

If they can agree on an adequate compensation package with the Ligue 1 club, Todibo will join Barca permanently before heading out on loan for six months, preferably in Spain.

13.55 GMT: Reports in Spain this weekend have suggested that Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin is set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Manchester United and Inter Milan have both been linked with the Uruguayan -- ranked No. 3 among the world's centre-backs in the ESPN FC 100 -- but Atletico coach Diego Simeone remains hopeful Godin will stay.

"Both Atleti and the player are seeking the best solution for all parties," Simeone told reporters. "The club and Godin know what I think about this. If he does remain with us, it'll be because it's best for him and the club."

12.30 GMT: It has already been confirmed that Arjen Robben will leave Bayern Munich in the summer when his contract expires, and Inter Milan are reportedly interested in bringing him to Serie A.

According to FCInterNews, the 34-year-old's representatives have offered his services to the Nerazzurri as a free agent in June.

The move would be a real coup for fans of Italian football but a blow for those in Robben's hometown of Groningen, who have appealed to him to return to the Netyherlands with a message displayed across the sides of turnip trucks. No, really.

11.10 GMT: Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has completed his medical with Rangers ahead of his proposed 18-month move to the Scottish club, according to Sky Sports.

Veteran striker Defoe, who ranks seventh among the Premier League's all-time top goal scorers with 162 to his name, is expected to completed his switch to Steven Gerrard's side in time to join them on their mid-season break in Tenerife.

10.20 GMT: Jurgen Klopp has played down the prospect of bringing in any new players this month, but Divock Origi could yet join Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne in moving to another Premier League club.

The Sun on Sunday reports that Fulham are willing to pay £15m for the Belgian striker, who reminded everyone of his existence with his last-gasp derby winner against Everton last month.

Origi, 23, has had spells on loan at Lille and Wolfsburg over the last two seasons after joining Liverpool for £10m in 2014.

09.30 GMT: Arsenal manager Unai Emery has refused to rule out a January move for Barcelona winger Denis Suarez after admitting that he wants to sign a wide player and defender this month.

Suarez, who spent time at Manchester City as a youngster, is available for a fee in the region of £18 million this month after being told by Barca that he can leave the Camp Nou.

Emery is an admirer of the Spain international having worked with the 24-year-old during a loan spell at previous club Sevilla and, speaking after Saturday's FA Cup third round victory at Blackpool, he confirmed that a winger is high on his January hit-list.

"I think the club is working for the possibility to take some players who can help us during these next four months," Emery said.

"Maybe the transfer market can help us with a centre-back, but it is not easy because also [Konstantinos] Mavropanos is also coming back after injury. Also a winger, right or left, one player can help us in this position."

When asked directly about Suarez, Emery insisted he "didn't know" the latest on the player's situation. But he referred back to his time with Suarez at Sevilla when asked about his best role.

"He was playing in his career, and also with me also, as a right or left winger," Emery said.

PAPER TALK (Danny Lee, Football Whispers): Anderson to give Tottenham a lift

Tottenham are looking to sign Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, reports Italian outlet Rai Sport.

The 22-year-old centre-back, who is attracting a lot of interest in Serie A, would cost £36m and add depth to the Spurs back line.

Mauricio Pochettino could lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer despite the fact the Belgian defender has signed an extension to his contract.

Replacing him in advance with the big Dane would allow a bedding-in period in the second half of this season, as was the case with Lucas Moura last year.

However, they might have to wait until the summer, when they will have competition from Inter, but Sampdoria are already looking for replacements.

Everton tracking Mancini

According to the Daily Mirror, Premier League side Everton are monitoring Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini.

The report says that the club are in the market for defensive reinforcements, and from their performance against Lincoln City in the FA Cup, it's easy to see why.

The 22-year-old Italian is highly rated by his current club, who want him to sign a contract extension, and by other Serie A sides including Inter Milan and Roma.

The Merseyside club might test Atalanta with a bid this January, but he's likely to make a decision on his future in the summer.

Timothy Weah set for Celtic

Paris Saint-Germain's American forward Timothy Weah will join Celtic on loan until the end of the season, per French outlet L'Equipe.

Weah is the son of Liberia president and onetime Ballon d'Or winner George Weah, and is one of the most promising players to come through for the United States in recent years.

Current club PSG obviously value him highly, too. They will make sure he signs an extension to his current contract before he leaves, and there is no option for the Scottish champions to make the deal a permanent one at the end of the loan.

Weah can operate in a number of attacking roles, and he will add depth to the Celtic squad in the absence of Leigh Griffiths, but will be expecting regular game time.

Football Whispers' top emerging whispers

Football Whispers' transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of 5.

Jean Clair Todibo to Barcelona - 3.5

Manchester City had been in the race for the defender, but the Independent are reporting that Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal has played a big part in convincing the Frenchman to join the defending La Liga champions. The 19-year-old midfielder-turned-defender will look to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot.

Nicolo Barella to Chelsea - 2.9

With Cesc Fabregas set to leave Chelsea this month, Sarri will look to Cagliari midfielder Barella to fill the gap in his squad. Cagliari would demand £45m for the talented Italian, according to the Telegraph.

Youri Tielemans to AC Milan - 2.9

Having seemingly missed out on Fabregas, Milan will now turn their attention to Tielemans of Monaco (the club Fabregas looks headed for), according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea - 2.8

Chelsea are looking to overhaul their striking options this year and could start as early as January, and the Telegraph reckons that £32 million would be enough to bring in the experienced Argentine.

Abdulkadir Omur to Liverpool - 2.5

The Turkish wonderkid is a target for Jurgen Klopp's side, according to reports from Aksam in Turkey. The £27m-rated attacking midfielder would be a versatile addition for the title challengers.


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