More used to seeing their Merseyside rivals Liverpool having their best South American players cherry-picked by a certain Spanish side, Everton fans will be none-too-pleased to wake up to the news that Barcelona are giving Richarlison the glad eye.
Speculation abounds that the Brazilian, who will face his former club Watford at Goodison Park on Monday night, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Luis Suárez, but only if La Liga’s leaders are unsuccessful in their preferred bid to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.
Those Toby Alderweireld-to-Manchester United rumours won’t go away and look likely to rumble on through the festive season now that tabloid rumour has it José Mourinho has been given the all clear to sign a shiny new central defender in the January sales.
In a perfect world he’d bring Kalidou Koulibaly in from Napoli, but with the £90m-rated Senegalese defender likely to be out of his price range, the United board are more likely to sanction a bid of around half that amount for the Belgian stopper. United are also interested in Arne Maier, but will have to fend off interest in the 19-year-old Hertha Berlin midfielder from Arsenal, who are rumoured to be seriously keen.
Centre-backs that Manchester United are heavily linked with for a possible January move:
Koulibaly – Napoli
Skrinier – Inter
Milenkovic – Fiorentina
Militao – Porto
— Man Utd Update (@ManUtdsUpdate) December 9, 2018
Out of favour at West Ham, for whom he has made just two appearances in the EFL Trophy this season, Reece Oxford is the subject of interest from Manchester City, Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund, who each sent representatives to watch him play in an under-23 match last week. Similarly unsettled since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, Victor Moses will be put up for sale in January, with Crystal Palace and Fulham both said to be interested in bidding for a winger whose club value him at £12m.
With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, the long-term future of David Luiz looks less than assured and the Brazilian could agitate for a move elsewhere unless Chelsea reconsider their policy of only offering players aged over 30 one-year deals. “We are still talking, let’s see,” said the Brazilian over the weekend. “Let’s see what the future brings.”
What is January transfer predictions on whichever team you support?