Transfer rumours: Wijnaldum, Isco, Khedira, Lingard, Papastathopoulos

Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, has made it clear to Liverpool that he wants to sign a new deal, but the two parties remain divided over terms. With his current contract set to expire in the summer, he is free to talk to other clubs from 1 January. (90 Min)external-link

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been in talks with the agent of Sven Botman, who expects the Reds to make a January bid for Lille’s 20-year-old Netherlands Under-20 defender. (The Transfer Window podcast)external-link

Juventus and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 33 – out of contract at the end of the season – is to talk to Everton over a prospective move. (Mail)external-link

Arsenal are keen to bring in Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco for the rest of the season but face a wait to see if the Spanish club will release the 28-year-old midway through the campaign. (

Arsenal and Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 32, is close to an agreement over a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. (Takvim, in Turkish)external-link

Manchester United have activated England midfielder Jesse Lingard’s one-year option and the 28-year-old’s contract now runs until the summer of 2022. (Sky Sports)external-link

Spain defender Eric Garcia, 19, has reached an agreement with Barcelona to rejoin them on a five-year deal following the expiry of his contract with Manchester City in June, and the Catalan giants may try to complete a deal in January. (CBS Sports)external-link

Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 24, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is wanted on a free transfer by Roma and Benfica. (Sun)external-link

Agent Mino Raiola has dismissed suggestions that Borussia Dortmund and Norway forward Erling Haaland, 20, will join Barcelona should Emili Rousaud win the club’s forthcoming presidential election. (90 Min)external-link

Real Madrid remain confident they will sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. (AS)external-link

Chelsea have joined AC Milan and Nice in expressing interest in Strasbourg’s French defender Mohamed Simakan, 20. (Le10 Sport, in French)external-link

QPR are ready to sell English midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel after failed attempts to tie him down to a new contract, and West Ham are monitoring the 23-year-old. (Teamtalk)external-link

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri plans to bring in a new manager “as soon as possible” but has not yet drawn up a shortlist and will press ahead to make signings himself if a new boss is not appointed. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Manager Sean Dyche will have the support of Burnley’s new US owners ALK Capital in the January transfer window as he seeks to secure the Clarets’ Premier League status for the fifth season in a row. (Mail)external-link

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael has confirmed the Tykes are close to signing Norwich’s English striker Carlton Morris, 25, who is currently on loan at Milton Keynes Dons. (Eastern Daily Press)external-link

Celtic are vying with Genk to sign centre-back duo Ben Davies – the 25-year-old Preston defender -and Philadelphia Union’s Mark McKenzie, 21. (Football Insider)external-link

Retired midfielder Jimmy Bullard, 42, says he left Fulham in 2009 over a clash of styles with former boss Roy Hodgson and his backroom team. (Mirror)external-link

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta understands West Brom counterpart Sam Allardyce’s concerns about coronavirus but says the Premier League does not need a two-week “circuit breaker” – as Allardyce has suggested – despite a sharp rise in positive Covid-19 cases at clubs. (Evening Standard)external-link

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Transfer gossip: Szoboszlai, Sanchez, Messi, Willian, Isco, Khedira

Arsenal are exploring ways to structure a deal for Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 20, who has a £23m release clause at RB Salzburg. (Mirror)external-link

Tottenham are likely to make further signings in January and could be in line for a new central defender, with Colombia international Davinson Sanchez, 24, a possible departure. (Football Insider)external-link

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman remains convinced that Lionel Messi will stay at the club and has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding the 33-year-old Argentine playmaker’s future. (Goal)external-link

Brazilian midfielder Willian, 32, has been ‘dealt with internally’ by Arsenal after his break in Dubai during the international fortnight – with Mikel Arteta insisting the issue is ‘resolved’. (Sun)external-link

Jurgen Klopp insists he has no idea if Premier League champions Liverpool will target a new defender in the January transfer window. (Goal)external-link

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has played down rumours of moves for two of his former players; Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco, 28, and Juventus and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 33. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

West Ham have also been linked with former World Cup winner Khedira. (Sport Mediaset, via Team Talk)external-link

Khedira is not expected to move to the American MLS. (Bild)external-link

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez has denied reports he was involved in a changing room fracas on international duty. The Everton midfielder was reported to have been involved in a clash with international colleagues Jefferson Lerma, 26, of Bournemouth and Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez, 24. (Star)external-link

USA midfielder Giovanni Reyna, 18, has signed a new long-term contract with Borussia Dortmund just months after being linked with Liverpool. (Team Talk)external-link

Erling Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City midfielder, admits his Norway international striker son, 20, is attracted to the Premier League but is focused on winning trophies with current club, Borussia Dortmund. (Sport 1, via Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester City midfielder Trevor Sinclair, believes the arrival of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, at the Etihad is ‘inevitable’ following City boss Pep Guardiola’s contract extension. (Talksport)external-link

Chris Smalling has criticised Manchester United for offering him little clarity on his future before his initial move to Roma last year, but the 30-year-old ex-England defender says he is relishing his time in Italy. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

The iconic ‘Wembley Way’ has been demolished to make way for a new approach to the national stadium. (Sun)external-link

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has revealed he nearly appeared in ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ – and has not ruled out a future stint on the ITV programme. (Mail)external-link

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