Sir Alex Ferguson is driving Manchester United’s push to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The Scot has taken the opportunity to sweet talk the Madrid star on several occassions recently as he tries to persuade the Portuguese to shun PSG for Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Paris St-Germain will offer Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital.
Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new £17m-a-year contract to remain as Bayern Munich manager.
Luis Enrique is keen on a move for Miralem Pjanic but the Roma midfielder’s €50 million valuation is too high for Barcelona. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also keen on the 25-year-old.
Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Muller received a boost as the latest round of talks between the striker and Bayern Munich hit a roadblock. The German is hesistating over a new deal, but his current contract runs until 2019.
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China.
Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians.
Juventus are lining up a January move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco as they look to move back up the Serie A table, following their disappointing start to the season.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries.
Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.
Tottenham are in pole position to sign Axel Witsel in January. Spurs are long-time admirers of the Belgian, who is keen to leave the Russian Premier League. AC Milan are also interested, but Witself rejected a loan move to San Siro previously.
Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea.
Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira’s former assistant and was a member of Manchester United’s so-called ‘Class of 92’.
Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.
Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.
Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham.
Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.
Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano.
Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.
Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.
Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.
Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October.