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Arsenal transfer news: Yannick Carrasco eyed for January move, but Juventus also interested in former Atletico Madrid star

Yannick Carrasco is a January transfer target for Arsenal and Juventus after spending almost a year in the Chinese Super League.

The former Atletico Madrid forward caused controversy nine months ago when he decided to join Dalian Yifang alongside teammate Nicolas Gaitan in big-money moves.

Carrasco wants a return to Europe after spending half a year in China

Despite the lucrative move, the 25-year-old still managed to make Roberto Martinez’s Belgium World Cup squad – helping the Red Devils finish third in Russia.

However, the forward is reportedly on the lookout for a club in Europe.

According to Calciomercato, Carrasco wants to return to Europe and is searching for an interested.

Last year, both Juve and the Gunners were chasing the mercurial winger, who scored in the 2016 Champions League Final.

Carrasco bags in the Champions League Final against city rivals Real in 2016


Should the opportunity present itself, it seems as though one of them should get their man this time around.

The Belgium international has scored three goals in 11 games since making the switch to China, but he could already be about to call time on his spell in the New Year.

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Do Not Count Out Arsenal Just Yet

After two games of the season, Arsenal and Emery were already being written off by some. Four games later, the Gunners have three Premier League wins on the bounce and have made a winning start in the Europa League. Whilst Emery didn’t give youth as much of a chance as many thought, some Arsenal regulars […]

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Nabil Fekir Lit Up Manchester

It may be hard to believe it after watching his performance against Manchester City on Wednesday night, but Nabil Fekir is not yet firing on all cylinders. The Lyon attacker orchestrated his side’s stunning 2-1 upset at the Etihad Stadium, striking what proved to be the decisive goal of the game with a low drive […]

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Leicester City tried to sign World Cup superstar Aleksandr Golovin during the summer

Leicester City failed with an approach for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin this summer.

The midfielder was hot property in the most recent transfer window after shining at the World Cup.

Golovin caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs during the World Cup

Chelsea and Juventus were heavily linked with the 22-year-old, who eventually left CSKA Moscow to join Monaco for around £25m.

And, according to L’Equipe, Leicester also failed with an approach for Golovin this summer.


The Foxes were reportedly tracking the Russian in the hope they could lure him to the King Power Stadium.

However, Golovin was said to be keen to play in the Champions League and that swayed in Monaco’s favour.

 

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Brighton striker Glenn Murray reveals he is NOT in talks over a new contract at the Amex Stadium

Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray has revealed to talkSPORT he is NOT in discussions over a new contract with the club, despite his current deal being up at the end of the season.

Murray has started the final year of his contract with the Seagulls on fire, scoring four goals in five Premier League games.

The 34-year-old has been Brighton’s top scorer for the last two seasons, hitting 14 goals last term to help keep the south coast club in the top flight.

His form in front of goal since the Seagull’s return to the Premier League has even seen the well-travelled frontman tipped for an England call-up.

But Brighton could face losing their top striker for nothing next summer with no new deal currently on the table.

Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, with former team-mate Steve Sidwell in the co-host chair, Murray said: “We spoke about it in the summer, but I’ve put it to bed now.

“I’m fully focussed on the season and trying to get as many goals as possible.

“I’ll revisit it next summer, but for now I’ve let that situation go.

“Now it’s all about how well I can do this season.”

Murray is two away from reaching 100 career goals for Brighton over two spells at the club

If he keeps up his current form, there is no reason why Gareth Southgate shouldn’t give Murray a spot in his next Three Lions squad.

And the striker told talkSPORT it would be the proudest achievement of his career to don an England shirt and represent his county.

He added: “Every English player would like to play for the country. Whether that happens for me, that’s another thing.

“All I can do is keep trying my best at club level in the Premier League and keep trying to score goals, and what comes off the back of that, you never know.

“But as far as I’m concerned, to represent your county that would be one of the proudest moments of my career. If that comes, brilliant, but if not, c’est la vie.”

Will England boss Southgate be at the Amex to watch Murray in action on Saturday?

Brighton host Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday – with LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary on talkSPORT from 5:30pm.

It appears to be the perfect time to face Spurs, after suffering three successive defeats in all competitions for the first time under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

But Murray insists Brighton are not taking the game lightly and are preparing for a tough game at home.

“It’s well known they’ve lost three on the bounce for the first time in a long time,” the striker said.

“But you can look at it too ways: you can say it’s a great time to play them, but you can also say they’re a wounded animal.

Spurs have lost successive games against Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan – could Brighton be next?

“We’re going into the game and treating them with the respect they deserve, no matter what their previous results have been.

“We’re very cautious of them because we understand they are a very good football team and they can hurt us.

“So we’ve done our homework and we’ll go into the game as well prepared as we can be, but we’re expecting a good performance from what is a very good Tottenham side.”

Listen back to Glenn Murray on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!

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Transfer news and gossip: Liverpool’s Milner contract shock, Arsenal tracking Germany starlet, Pochettino ‘facing the sack’ as Tottenham boss?

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Friday’s national newspapers and online…

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is yet to be offered a contract extension by the Merseyside club, with the 32-year-old’s current deal set to expire and the end of next season. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella – the 21-year-old Italy Under-21 star who has been lauded by Andrea Pirlo  – after Juventus dropped out of the race to sign him. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United and Arsenal are both tracking 19-year-old Hertha Berlin midfielder Arne Maier,  who plays for the Germany U21 side. (Sport Bild)

United have also joined Tottenham in the pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Red Devils sending scouts to watch the 22-year-old Netherlands international against France earlier this month. (The Sun)

Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp to ramp up interest in Nicolo Barella ahead of summer window
Italian legends Pirlo and Del Piero apparently can’t stop talking about Liverpool target Nicolo Barella – who scored six league goals last season

Mauricio Pochettino has said he is facing the sack as Tottenham manager after his side’s run of poor form – suffering three straight defeats for the first time under his tenure. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ thigh injury is down to the stress of the World Cup winner’s drink-drive conviction, according to Pochettino. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says he was “living in hell” during his time at Manchester United under David Moyes. The 25-year-old made just two league appearances for United in a two-year spell at Old Trafford – FULL STORY

Arsenal have a keen eye on Germany U21 starlet Arne Maier

Former West Ham defender James Collins has been invited to train with Aston Villa as manager Steve Bruce considers a move for the Welsh free agent. (Daily Telegraph)

Italy legend Francesco Totti has revealed he attempted to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join him at Roma during his playing career. (La Repubblica)


Latest talkSPORT.com exclusives and transfer headlines:

Joey Barton does not believe Liverpool fans are excited for normal games as they are for European games

The Fleetwood Town boss also labelled Neymar a ‘disgrace’ for his performance against the Reds in the Champions League

Stuart Pearce has shared a brilliant story about how legendary coach Brian Clough could be absolutely brutal with his players

Adrian Clarke thinks Pep Guardiola was to blame for Man City’s poor performance in the Champions League, not the fans

However, Jason Cundy believes City fans are a ‘disgrace’ and Wednesday night proves they are in United’s shadow

Inter Milan want to sign Spurs man Serge Aurier in January

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Tottenham Hotspur transfer report: Inter Milan plotting summer move for Spurs defender Serge Aurier

Inter Milan want to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier, according to reports in Italy.

Ivory Coast international Aurier moved to Spurs last summer from Paris Saint-Germain for £23million.

Aurier in action against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday
 

The right-back enjoyed a solid first season in England and he has continued his good form this term.

And, according to TMW, Inter Milan are now sniffing around the Tottenham ace and would like to sign him next summer.

The Italian club got a first-hand look at the 25-year-old on Tuesday when they secured a 2-1 comeback victory over Spurs in the Champions League.

Aurier was in fact partly at fault for Inter’s winner, as he lost track of midfielder Matias Vecino who headed home from six yards out.

However, that has not put Inter off and they are now interested in doing a deal for the full-back.

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West Ham United transfer news: Chelsea star Alvaro Morata linked with January loan move to London rivals in stunning switch

Alvaro Morata has been linked with a stunning move from Chelsea to West Ham United in the January transfer window.

The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker has failed to ignite the Premier League after a huge £58 million deal last summer.

Morata celebrates scoring against Arsenal with Ross Barkley

Although he was linked with a move back to Serie A with AC Milan reportedly interested, a move failed to materialise.

As a result, he has started the season back at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri and managed to score against Arsenal.

But the 25-year-old could be given a chance to kickstart his Premier League career at another London rival.

According to TransferMarketWeb, a temporary loan switch to the London Stadium in the New Year could be a distinct possibility.

Chelsea fans remain unconvinced by Morata – this young fan reminds him at the Community Shield Final

Although the report suggests Morata may not be a fan of this particular move, there are also several other interested parties.

Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and the aforementioned Milan are all said to be interested in a temporary switch for Morata.

Last season, he scored 11 Premier League goals but picked up seven yellow cards as frustration began to get the better of him and he lost the backing of the fans.

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Transfer news and gossip: Chelsea forward Morata linked with West Ham, Arsenal want Banega, Newcastle made summer move for Ligue 1 ace

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Thursday’s national newspapers and online…

West Ham have been linked with making a shock January loan move for Alvaro Morata, the Chelsea forward. The Hammers were linked with Spain international Morata over the summer. (Daily Star)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is planning to raid former club Sevilla for 30-year-old midfielder Ever Banega. The Argentine has an £18m release clause in his contract with the LaLiga side. (The Sun)

Newcastle made an offer for Nice starlet Allan Saint-Maximin, the winger, over the summer. However, their ‘tempting’ bid did not even get a response. (Nice-Matin)

=26. Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) has a WhoScored.com rating of 7.06 in 14 appearances
Liverpool are also known to have tracked 21-year-old Saint-Maximin

Liverpool and Manchester City have joined Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in tracking 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Lucas Paquet. (Le10 Sport)

The Gunners new head of football Raul Sanllehi is also reportedly keen on signing Argentina winger Cristian Pavon, 22, from Boca Juniors – FULL STORY

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he remains keen on bringing Monaco ace Keita Balde to the club. The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)

Man United have sent scouts to watch 23-year-old Lille winger Nicolas Pepe in action. The Red Devils’ interest comes after Southampton failed with a bid for the Ivorian in the summer. (Telefoot)

England striker Marcus Rashford is receiving extra coaching sessions from United team-mate Romelu Lukaku. The 25-year-old Belgian is said to be running attacking drills with Rashford after regular club training. (Metro)

22-year-old Cristian Pavon is on Arsenal’s radar

Chelsea winger Willian says he never planned on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa and Watford are both considering summer moves for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 32-year-old England centre-back’s contract is up at the end of the season. (La Gazette des Transferts)

Liverpool star James Milner has revealed he was banned from wearing red shirts as a kid because of his Leeds United-supporting father’s hatred for Manchester United. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face up to five years in jail after he was charged with perjury in his native Croatia, but the 29-year-old World Cup finalist denies the charges. (The Guardian)

Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded it will be “difficult” for his eight-year-old son to be better than him at football. Cristiano Jr currently plays for Juventus’ academy following his father’s move to Turin this summer. (The Sun)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s son practicing dad’s famous free-kick technique as Rio Ferdinand granted access for Nike special
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr has a lot to live up to…

Former Liverpool defender and current Wolves captain Conor Coady could get an England call-up from Gareth Southgate. (Daily Mirror)

England boss Southgate also sent assistant Steve Holland to watch Jack Grealish in Aston Villa’s victory over Rotherham on Tuesday, as he considers calling up the 23-year-old. (Birmingham Mail)

The son of former Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips trained with City’s first team before their Champions League game against with Lyon. 16-year-old D’Margio Wright-Phillips is also a winger and plays for City’s Under-18 side. (Daily Mail)


Latest talkSPORT.com exclusives and football headlines…

Mohamed Salah’s poor start to the season has ‘gone under the radar’ due to Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season and the constant focus on Harry Kane’s dry spell for Tottenham , says Tony Cascarino

Neymar wouldn’t get in the Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp, claims John Barnes

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ‘would get in any team’ based on his performance against Paris Saint-Germain, says John Barnes

Liverpool’s unsung hero Georginio Wijnaldum has been hailed as the club’s ‘best midfielder in the last four or five months’ by John Barnes

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are on alert after Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic was told he would not be getting a new contract

Hatem Ben Arfa rejected an offer to join West Ham before signing for Rennes this summer

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Guillem Balague Joins Football Index

Renowned football expert takes on wide-ranging ambassador role High-profile author, journalist and presenter Guillem Balague has joined us as a brand ambassador. Balague will host trader events and produce regular, exclusive blogs and videos. Our collaboration will help organically extend our reach among football fans, with Balague boasting a huge social media audience that includes […]

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