La Liga champions Barcelona are reportedly considering making a bid in January for new Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking options, given that Luis Suarez is struggling with injuries and form currently.
Their bitter rivals Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on the Gabon international, as manager Zinedine Zidane continues to refresh his squad.
Aubameyang has been a revelation in an Arsenal side that has struggled for consistency and has missed out on Champions League qualification for the past two seasons. He recently scored his 50th goal for the club in just his 78th appearance.
However, Aubameyang has yet to commit his long-term future to the Gunners and could be tempted to move on if they don’t reach the Champions League again this season.
It has been claimed that Arsenal would listen to offers if Aubameyang decides he wants to leave. However, they would not want to lose their star player who has scored so many goals for them since he arrived in January 2018. If they were to consider an offer, they would certainly want something in excess of £50 million.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making a player-plus-cash deal to try and tempt Manchester City into parting with Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
Sky Sports News has claimed that Real are lining up a bid of £70 million plus Gareth Bale for Sterling.
Madrid officials are understood to be monitoring Sterling’s performances for City and England over the next month before finalising their plans.
Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in Sterling – they met with his representatives in the summer but no bid was forthcoming – and president Florentino Perez is know to be a big fan of the player.
However, it is thought that City boss has little interest in signing 30-year-old Bale. He will also not want to part with a crucial part of his side who is entering the peak years of his career.
While Sterling is on record as saying he would like to play in La Liga at some point, it would likely take a bid of close to if not more than the £198 million record that Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.
Premier League champions Manchester City and top-half side Arsenal could make a bid for Real Madrid forward Isco in January as it is reported he is on his way out of the club.
Isco has been a peripheral figure at the Bernabeu under Zinedine Zidane this season, playing just 170 minutes. He also struggled for game time last season.
With Madrid said to be considering a January clear-out of some squad players, Isco is a clear candidate for the exit door.
Spanish news outlet AS has reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested. With Madrid wanting Isco out, they may consider taking a reduced fee for him. Given that at 27 and with a contract that runs to 2022, they could ask top dollar for Isco, it could be a tempting deal.
It would certainly make sense for Arsenal, who have lacked creativity in midfield this season, especially without Mesut Ozil – who himself could be set to leave the Emirates in January.
For City, Isco would add to the already fierce competition for places at the Etihad stadium.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus could be set to go head-to-head to sign Chelsea midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante, according to reports.
Kante, who scored in Chelsea’s 1-4 win at Southampton yesterday [October 6], has established himself as one of the finest defensive midfielders in the world in recent seasons. He has won the Premier League title with Leicester City and Chelsea.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly interested as they see him as an upgrade on current starter Casemiro, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail adds that bidding for 28-year-old Kante could start at £70 million.
Kante was reportedly unhappy being played out of position last season under Maurizio Sarri. However, since Frank Lampard has taken over he has been restored to his favoured defensive position.
The French international could be tempted by a move to Champions League challengers such as Juventus and Real Madrid, where several of his countrymen play.
However, whether Chelsea would be willing to sell is another matter. Jorginho plays in the same position but the club are under a transfer ban and presumably would be loathe to let more players go.
Italian champions Juventus are planning to make a move to sign Manchester United star David de Gea in January if his contract situation isn’t sorted out.
Spanish international de Gea is out of contract next summer and has so far stalled on signing a new deal at Old Trafford. Talks shave been ongoing for more than a year but a resolution isn’t in sight.
Juventus bosses are aware of this and know that from January de Gea will be able to sign a pre-contract with other clubs.
The Turin-based side have form with this sort of move, having signed Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Emre Can from Liverpool for nothing after their deals ran out.
Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are also thought to be monitoring the situation. Both clubs could afford the rumoured £350,000 a week de Gea wants.
Real Madrid have had an interest in de Gea for years – almost signing him in 2015 – so could also come in for him.
While United want to keep hold of their keeper, and remain in talks with him and his representatives, they are thought to be lining up a replacement if he does go. Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is thought to be top of their wish list, but it would take a mighty offer to get Diego Simeone to part with one of his key players.
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