TRANSFER NEWS live – Starsport brings you all the latest news and gossip from across Europe as anticipation builds ahead of the January transfer window.
Kovacic future in doubt
Chelsea are not planning to sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old has been a regular in Maurizio Sarri’s side, making 12 appearances in all competitions since his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
A permanent clause was not included in the terms of the temporary arrangement so Chelsea would have to negotiate with the Spanish giants from scratch.
And Starsport understands the Premier League title contenders currently have no plans to keep the Croatia international.
Kovacic has been reluctant to comment on his long-term future.
Hazard delaying decision
Chelsea star Eden Hazard will wait until the New Year before deciding his Chelsea future.
The Belgian has been toying with the idea of a move to Real Madrid in recent months despite the pleas of Chelsea fans.
Hazard hasn’t let the transfer talk spoil his game though, starting the season in impressive form.
Sections of the Stamford Bridge faithful are resigned to the attacker leaving in the near future.
But according to the Telegraph, Hazard will wait until January to decide his future – mainly due to the uncertainty surrounding Real Madrid’s next manager.
Liverpool ace Fabinho is reportedly ‘bored’ at the club and is ready to consider a move to Paris St-Germain in January, according to reports.
The Brazilian has featured in just two of Liverpool’s ten Premier League games this season, with Klopp admitting he needs time to adjust to his new surroundings.
The Reds already have a wealth of talent in his position, with the likes of Naby Keita, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum all seemingly ahead of him.
And French newspaper Le Parisien claim the 25-year-old is already bored with life on Merseyside, which has led PSG to identify Fabinho as a potential target.
Mourinho on a mission
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been busy spying on new players ahead of the January transfer window opening.
The Red Devils made three signings in the summer, which left Mourinho frustrated.
But the United boss has been busy preparing for his next chance to get players on board by checking out potential arrivals in the flesh.
Journalist Duncan Castles revealed the news on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
“He is pushing Ed Woodward, the board, the Glazers to get reinforcements as soon as possible, to be allowed to sign the high-quality, experienced leader centre-back he’s been asking (to sign) for months and months and trying to do in the January window.
“The club has come up with a list of proposals for the position that Mourinho is not convinced about.
“He’s been scouting some of them in person and proposing other players.”
Mourinho’s Martial decision
Jose Mourinho has now urged bosses to secure the long-term future of Anthony Martial.
Despite being a critic of the player, Mourinho performed a U-turn yesterday, saying: “I don’t belong to the discussions of contracts. To be honest I don’t even know their contracts in the sense of numbers and I’m really happy with that, not participating in these kind of discussions.
“But obviously I hope they will agree. Obviously I hope. One thing is that he’s a talented player that everybody knows he is.
“Everybody knows since he was in Monaco that he is a talented player. Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality.”
Gomez’s new deal
Liverpool will reward Joe Gomez’s emergence among the Premier League’s elite defenders with a new, improved contract.
The England ace still has three and a half years remaining on his current deal, so there is no urgency to commit to new terms on either side, but the Reds want to recognise a player that manager Jurgen Klopp said is “the future of Liverpool”.
And Anfield chiefs are confident the centre half will extend on significantly improved terms within months if not weeks.
Klopp is keen to tie up all his best young players on extended, big money deals to secure a nucleus of talent at the club, and he certainly believes Gomez is part of that elite.
Speaking about the England star, he said: “He has a big future here at Liverpool, no doubt about that. Joe is a very important part of the squad and it’s so nice to see.”