Javier Hernandez wins Bundesliga Player Of The Month award again

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been named Bundesliga player of the month for December, the second consecutive month that the Mexican international has received the honour.
Hernandez scored five times for Leverkusen in December, or once every 52 minutes — the best rate in the league.

That man again! @bayer04_enstar @CH14_is Player of the Month for December! More here: https://t.co/ArrVQpz5sY pic.twitter.com/MzGkT6g9LB—

Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_EN) December 30, 2015

Hernandez, 27, completed a hat trick in his side’s 5-0 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach and added a goal each against Hertha Berlin and Ingolstadt.

The former Manchester United man also scored in all five games that Leverkusen played in December, including a Champions League draw against Barcelona and a German Cup win over Unterhaching.
He has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga and 19 in all competitions since joining his new club in the summer.

It is the first time a Mexican will be winning the award back to back.

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Cristiano Ronaldo said that he isn’t bothered by those who criticise him for being overconfident.

Manchester United are closing in on a £35m deal for Lazio’s Brazil international midfielder Felipe Anderson, 22.

Valencia boss Gary Neville says he has no desire to take on the Manchester United or England jobs in the short term.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, 48, is learning English and would like to manage Chelsea or Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger says right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 30, could leave the club after losing his place to 20-year-old Hector Bellerin.

Debuchy wants to leave so he stays in contention for a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad. Roma and Lyon could be possible destinations.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he would not be interested in a move away from the French champions in January.

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has dismissed speculation that he could join Real Madrid, insisting he is going nowhere this winter.

Stephan El Shaarawy is set to return from his loan spell with Monaco early and Roma are interested in signing him from AC Milan in January.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has indicated that the club could re-sign their former player Denis Suarez from Villarreal during the January transfer window.

Former Italy manager Marcello Lippi has told Gazzetta dello Sport Carlo Ancelotti is the world’s best coach and predicted that he will excel at Bayern Munich.

Chelsea are set to recall Christian Atsu from his loan spell at Bournemouth

Radamel Falcao has suffered a relapse of a thigh injury, but Chelsea are yet to discuss with Monaco whether the striker will remain on loan

Arsenal and Liverpool will have to wait until the summer if they want to sign Paris St-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi as the 30-year-old is unlikely to leave the French champions in January.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering a £4m bid for Leicester’s England under-20 international Ben Chilwell.

Chelsea, who currently languish in 14th place, have not put relegation clauses into the contracts of their star players, meaning they would be committed to a wage bill of around £200m if they were demoted to the Championship.

Pep Guardiola has made Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan his main targets at Manchester City, but he will wait to sign Thiago Alcantara.

Manchester City have made Schalke youngster Leroy Sane a prime transfer target but are hopeful of paying less than the £32 million asking price.

Watford will hand new bumper contracts to Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney in order to keep them at the club.

Chelsea scout Piet de Visser believes the talent of striker Bertrand Traore, 20, is being “wasted on the bench”.

Harry Redknapp has told former club Spurs not to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino. The White Hart Lane club had several bids for the 22-year-old rejected by the Baggies last summer.

Jurgen Klopp says he is not bothered about being called ‘a soft German’ by Sam Allardyce.

Klopp says his team are struggling to adapt to his tactics because of the wind in England.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was asked how he felt about ex-team-mate El Hadji Diouf calling him “the biggest turkey I’ve seen on a football pitch”. Carragher said: “It’s better than a Donkey & plenty have called me that before!”

Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone returns to Championship side Preston North End on an emergency loan.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says skipper Phil Jagielka will return from a long-term injury within the next 10 days.

Everton have offered Grasshopper Zurich’s Switzerland forward Shani Tarashaj a four-and-a-half-year contract. Grasshopper want the 20-year-old loaned back to them for the rest of the season if a deal is agreed.

Dimitri Payet is expected to return from ankle trouble for West Ham against Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday.

Norwich bid 10m euros (£7.3m) for Inter Milan’s Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia.

The funeral of ex-Newcastle and Czech Republic goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek will be held in Ostrava on Monday, 4 January.

Islington Council may have got a little bit excited when it tweeted that Arsenal’s parade if they win the Premier League will take place on Sunday, 22 May – before later deleting the post.

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City are considering making a bid for Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair after contract talks with the Anfield outfit stalled.

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Having sent scouts to watch him on at least five occasions, Atletico Madrid are keen to bring Watford striker Odion Ighalo to Spain for around £12 million.

Arda Turan will wear the No.7 shirt for Barcelona, while Aleix Vidal has been handed No.22.

Real Madrid are keen on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic and recently made contact with the midfielder’s representatives.

Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez, 20, has emerged as a target for Tottenham in January.

Inter will make a move for Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta at some point in 2016 with manager Roberto Mancini having worked with the full-back during his time in England.

Alexis Sanchez wants Arsenal to make a move for Javier Hernandez in January, even though the striker has already played in the Champions League with Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal are keen on a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper and are willing to offer €6 million for the 20-year-old.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has told Real Madrid that he wants to join them next summer.

Chelsea have made another approach for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

Louis van Gaal would be the ideal candidate to take over as technical director of the Netherlands national team, says current coach Danny Blind.

United are preparing a £33m bid for Lazio and Brazil winger Felipe Anderson, 22.

The Red Devils are willing to allow goalkeeper Sam Johnstone leave the club on loan in January, with a number of Championship clubs interested.

Cesc Fabregas remains part of Guus Hiddink’s plans but is now set to compete for the No.10 role instead of a deeper midfielder position. Juventus and Inter are keen on the Spaniard.

Juventus are set to sign Genoa midfielder Rolando Mandragora. The 18-year-old, who has been labelled as ‘the next Marco Verratti’, was also wanted by Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.

Lazio are set to look elsewhere after admitting defeat in their bid to lure Kurt Zouma away from Chelsea to the Italian capital.

Both AC Milan and Juventus are interested in signing Ever Banega in January. The midfielder’s contract expires in the summer and he could leave Sevilla for a small fee during the transfer window.

Italian club AC Milan would like to sign the Blues’ 31-year-old defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Having failed in their bid to sign him in the summer, Juventus will return to Chelsea and try to prise Oscar away from Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez, 20, has emerged as a target for Tottenham in January.

The Montreal Impact are actively pursuing strikers, with Didier Drogba very unlikely to return amid speculation he is joining Chelsea’s coaching staff.

Liverpool are considering making a £4m bid for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 19. The England Under-20 international, who was targeted by Arsenal in the summer, is on loan at Huddersfield.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is planning a £10m bid for CSKA Moscow’s Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev, 25, as he looks to add more quality to his squad in January.

Tottenham are targeting 22-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino in a swap deal that would see Spurs winger Andros Townsend, 24, join the Baggies.

Berahino has been warned over persistent lateness by current manager Tony Pulis.

Swansea City’s French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, could be a January target for Qatari club Lekhwiya.

The Swans are ready to sell Gomis for £6.5m if they can secure a loan move for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, 22.

Bamford is seeking to stay in the Premier League despite confirming he wants to leave loan club Crystal Palace.

Bamford has taken to Twitter to apologise for his comments in the wake of Crystal Palace’s draw with Swansea City

Palace will attempt to sign either Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28, or QPR’s Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window.

Alan Pardew’s side are considering making a bid for 24-year-old QPR defender Steven Caulker, who is currently on loan at Southampton.

Old Trafford is officially the most boring place to watch football – Manchester United have seen the fewest league goals in English league football so far this season.

Norwich City are closing in on a £2.2 million move for Dinamo Zagreb defender Ivo Pinto having beaten off the likes of Stuttgart and Anderlecht.

The Canaries have agreed an £8million deal to sign Steven Naismith from Everton.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will make a move for Bayern Munich’s 6ft 5ins centre-back Jan Kirchhoff, 25.

Players had to comfort a Tunisian referee after he was reduced to tears after abuse from the crowd.

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Manchester City could be a step closer to making Pep Guardiola their next manager after director of football Txiki Begiristain met with the 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss last week.

Chelsea have chosen Manuel Pellegrini to become their next permanent manager and view the Chilean as the ideal candidate after Jose Mourinho’s turbulent reign.

Real Madrid are doing everything in their power to persuade Jose Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, following his sacking at Chelsea, but the Portuguese boss would prefer a move to Manchester United.

Mourinho, 52, would like to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the 68-year-old leaves the job after next summer’s European Championship.

The Football Association, however, is lining up Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, 54, and Valencia manager Gary Neville, 40, to replace Hodgson.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says he will speak to striker Diego Costa about his temperament after the 27-year-old Spain international was booked against Watford, ruling him out of Monday’s match against Manchester United.

Didier Drogba has recommended to Chelsea’s decision-makers that the Stamford Bridge club should take steps to re-sign Romelu Lukaku back from Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti has begun planning his summer signings for when he takes over at Bayern Munich & will return to former club Real Madrid to try sign Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Real Madrid will not make a bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in January, but will launch a £40 million bid in the summer of 2016.

The Spanish giants are keeping close tabs on Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Ante Coric, a Croatian Under-21 international. A financial proposal has not yet been made by the Spanish club.

With Denis Cheryshev struggling for first-team appearances at Real Madrid, Villarreal are looking at making a move for the Russian winger in the winter window.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to have made contact on several occasions with Neymar’s camp over a move to the Bernabeu, though each team the answer has been the same: not interested.

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida is said to be a big fan of Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva, with the player himself interested in a move to Camp Nou. Barca would be unwilling to meet the player’s current valuation of €35 million, however.

Manchester City are planning a £30m bid to take Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, to Etihad Stadium.

However, Leicester City will offer Jamie Vardy a new contract that will see his wages doubled from their current £40,000 per week.

Kevin de Bruyne has urged his Manchester City team-mates to give injured captain Vincent Kompany a happy new year by claiming top spot in the league for his return.

The agent of 19-year-old Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane has told Liverpool he does not want to discuss a potential transfer for the £11m-rated player until the summer.

In the market for a new goalkeeper, Liverpool are weighing up the merits of a move for Lazio shot-stopper Federico Marchetti.

Alternatively, the Reds could bid £15 million for Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera as they look to replace the out-of-form Simon Mignolet.

Arsenal will make a £33 million bid in January for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak as they look to cover the loss of Francis Coquelin in midfield.

Arsenal have agreed a £5 million deal to bring Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny to the Emirates Stadium, with the 23-year-old having undergone a medical.

Tigres winger Jurgen Damm, said to be one of the fastest players in the world with the ball at his feet, has attracted the interest of Arsene Wenger. The £10.1m-rated wideman is also being monitored by PSG and Sporting CP.

Manchester United are set to lodge a £10 million bid for Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto in a bid to bolster their attacking options.

Former United striker Dwight Yorke said his old club were “painful to watch” as they lost 2-0 at Stoke.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to sign Matt Ritchie, 26, from Bournemouth but West Ham, West Brom and Manchester United are also keen on the winger.

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor will be allowed to leave next month for £3m – and three clubs in the United Arab Emirates are interested in signing the 29-year-old forward.

The Villans will offer QPR £8m for striker Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are on the trail of Juventus striker Simone Zaza, who could be available for £19.9 million, as the Italian is behind Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in the Turin pecking order.

Stoke are considering a permanent move for 25-year-old Ghana forward David Accam – the top scorer for MLS side Chicago Fire last season – after he impressed during a trial.

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Manchester United are ready to make a move for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward looks to muscle in ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.


But, City are set to land Pep Guardiola after offering him the most lucrative contract in the history of football. The Spanish coach will receive a record-shattering €25 million (£18m) per season.


Another report suggests Guardiola is close to agreeing a three-year-deal with City but is holding out for an offer from either United or Chelsea before he makes a final decision.


Chelsea have sounded out Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli as Hiddink’s potential successor next season.


Chelsea would have to continue paying Mourinho, who was sacked as Blues manager earlier this month, even if he became United boss.


The Blues are also plotting bids for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 24, in a deal worth £110m and could finance the move by selling playmaker Eden Hazard, 24.


Liverpool’s hopes of signing Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, 28, have been boosted after the player’s agent told Italian radio station Radio Marte he is 99% certain to leave in January.


The father of reported Liverpool target Marko Grujic has confiscated the passport of the 18-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder in an attempt to block a move despite the Serbian club saying they have accepted a £5.14m bid.


Arsenal have suffered a blow after one of their targets in the January transfer window, Jorginho, signed a new deal to keep him at Napoli until 2020.


Arsenal full-back Calum Chambers, 20, is heading back to Southampton on loan – 17 months after joining the Gunners from the Saints for £16m.


The Gunners are in the hunt for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who could cost up to £25 million, though Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested in the Algerian.


Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, 22, has claimed that both Manchester United and Tottenham want to sign him but wants to stay with Steve McClaren’s side.


Paris Saint-Germain are set to tie down Marco Verratti to a new five-year contract, as the Ligue 1 champions attempt to hold onto one of their prized assets.


Milan are set to swoop for out-of-favour Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens as they look to bolster their options in wide areas.


Napoli duo Juan Zuniga and Jonathan de Guzman are close to agreeing moves to Bournemouth.


Bournemouth are set to swoop for Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson in a January deal worth up to £1million.


Manchester City’s new badge may have been leaked accidently by the Intellectual Property Office ahead of its intended launch date on Boxing Day.


Leicester City’s owners will reward the club’s fans at their last home game of the year against Manchester City by giving them all a free beer.


The hiring of Gary Neville as manager of Valencia was based on his qualifications not friendship, according to club owner Peter Lim.

Lim, a Singaporean businessman, co-owns semi-professional Salford City F.C. with Neville and other members of the Manchester United class of 1992.


Arsene Wenger has defended under-pressure Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal and said his treatment is “disrespectful.”


Jordi Cruyff could delay Fulham’s plans to appoint Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Slavisa Jokanovic before 26 December.


Lionel Messi told his countryman and former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron that he had a desire to play for Internazionale in Serie A.


Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Rafinha has backed Neymar to overtake Blaugrana teammate Lionel Messi as the best in the world, but cautions the “from another planet” Argentine is still No. 1 and is his pick to win a fifth Ballon d’Or trophy in January.


David Villa has crowned the Barcelona attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as “undoubtedly” the best in the club’s history.

Villa, Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, won the 2011 Champions League with the Blaugrana alongside Messi and Pedro up front. That team’s triumph came just two seasons after the trio of Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o fired the Catalans to the club’s third UCL crown.

While three years before that still, Messi, Ronaldinho and Eto’o often provided the offence as Barcelona stormed to Champions League glory against Arsenal in Paris.

“I can say I was part of one of the best forward lines that the club has had.”


Tottenham striker Harry Kane was told he can match Lionel Messi’s scoring record for the year with 21 goals against Norwich on Saturday. “No problem,” he said on Twitter.


Former Liverpool and England keeper David James could be a surprise appointment as the new Luton Town boss.


Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton are all pondering a £10million swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Loic Remy in January.


Montreal Impact are in talks with Didier Drogba amid reports he is set for a player-coach role back at Chelsea.

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Jose Mourinho’s agent denies a deal has been agreed for the former Chelsea boss to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.


Louis van Gaal stormed out of a news conference after blaming the media for stories that he is on the brink of losing his job.


Van Gaal is still clinging onto his job as Man United manager because club officials want to stand by their word and give him the chance to meet the effective ultimatum he was set.


Real Madrid are set to move for recently sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with president Florentino Perez worried that head coach Rafa Benitez has lost the dressing room after falling out with James Rodriguez and Isco.


But Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano says he finds it hard to believe speculation in the local media that Mourinho will replace Benitez as coach in the coming days.


If Mourinho is appointed as United boss, his first move would be to sign Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder.


United are also considering Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc as a potential replacement for Van Gaal, should they fail to land Pep Guardiola.


One of the conditions for Carlo Ancelotti signing for Bayern Munich is that Robert Lewandowski will not be sold to Real Madrid.


After the Spanish midfielder was booed by Chelsea fans in the 3-1 win over Sunderland, Real Madrid are interested in bringing Cesc Fabregas to the Santiago Bernabeu, as the playmaker has fallen out with a number of Blues team-mates.


Fabregas has welcomed Pat Nevin’s apology after the latter suggested the midfielder was leaking negative comments about Mourinho


Pep Guardiola will join Manchester City in the summer according to reports in Germany, despite rumours linking the Bayern Munich boss with Manchester United.


Manchester City could join Chelsea in the race to sign £30 million-rated Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy.


Chelsea are looking to make Inter Milan and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini their next permanent manager.


Alternatively, Abramovich will have to change Chelsea’s transfer strategy to make Diego Simeone the club’s next permanent manager, as the Argentine would demand the final say over technical director Michael Emenalo on all incoming players.


Meanwhile, the Blues have agreed to sign £30m-rated Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, from Shakhtar Donetsk.


Manchester United have been given the green light by PSG to sign winger Lucas Moura, with Liverpool expected to rival Louis van Gaal’s side for the £22 million-rated Brazilian.


Wayne Rooney has led crisis talks between senior Manchester United players and Louis van Gaal. The striker is desperate to save the Red Devils’ season.


Liverpool are lining up a January move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is considering his future having fallen out of favour at Camp Nou.


Red Star Belgrade have confirmed they have accepted a £5.1million bid from Liverpool for Marko Grujic, who will stay in Serbia on loan.


Ashley Cole is ready to make a fresh start in MLS and join Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy after a forgettable spell with Serie A side Roma.


Arsenal are ready to start contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with the duo expected to take home a combined total of £300,000 per week.


But French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 31, is set to leave the Gunners when his deal expires in the summer despite having never lost a league game at home.


Cristiano Ronaldo, has given his Twitter followers a look around his £4.8m mansion, which has seven bedrooms, a swimming pool and mini football pitch.


Real want Andriy Yarmolenko, the new ‘pearl’ of Ukrainian football who had been groped by FC Barcelona.


Real are interested in 17-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.


Ex-Norway striker and German television pundit Jan Age Fjortoft believes Van Gaal will be sacked and replaced by assistant Ryan Giggs in the next few days, possibly even before Christmas.


Everton are set to be taken over by an American-led consortium within the next six weeks.


Aston Villa are prepared to offer West Ham reject Morgan Amalfitano a route back into the Premier League


Villa are considering Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler and Bodeaux winger Wahbi Khazri as possible transfer targets


Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 24, is closing in on a move to Liverpool after rejecting a contract offer from Schalke.


Bournemouth look set to beat Watford to the signing of 22-year-old Roma forward Juan Iturbe.


Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, 36, is interested in playing in the MLS.


Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, says he was “disappointed” he was dropped for Sergio Aguero by manager Manuel Pellegrini for Monday’s match against Arsenal.


Sampdoria want to sign Leicester’s 28-year-old French defender Yohan Benalouane in the January transfer window.


Southampton tweeted a pictureof goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 27, on his return to full training after nine months out with a knee injury.

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Jose Mourinho is willing to take a £16m pay cut to become Manchester United’s next manager.


Sir Alex Ferguson will help United’s hierarchy decide on Van Gaal’s future at Old Trafford.


Van Gaal will have extra security if he is still in charge of the club when the Red Devils face Chelsea at home on 28 December.


Meanwhile, United are ready to pay £51m for Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 27.


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola he will give him anything he wants in a bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.


Abramovich is planning to make Guardiola the world’s highest-paid manager and will also fund a massive overhaul of the Blues’ playing staff.


Fulham hope to unveil former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager this week.


Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich exit will not be followed by an exodus of key players joining their old boss at a new club, says the Bavarian side’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.


Roma striker Juan Iturbe has arrived in London to complete a loan move to Watford after falling out of favour in the Italian capital.


New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is said to have asked the London club to make a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, who would be open to a switch due to a poor relationship with Rafa Benitez.


With several Chelsea stars’ futures up in the air following a dismal start to the season, Rafa Benitez is said to be keeping tabs on former Barca star Cesc Fabregas with a view to bringing the Spaniard to Real Madrid


Chelsea are looking for a new attacker and it is said that Atletico’s Jackson Martinez fits the bill. The Colombian allegedly hasn’t impressed Diego Simeone and the ever-controversial Diego Costa could be used in a part-exchange deal.


Papy Djilobodji is in talks over a move to Besiktas, despite only moving to Chelsea in the summer.


Arsenal will be without star Alexis Sanchez for another three weeks, manager Arsene Wenger said after Monday’s 2-1 win over Manchester City.


Riyad Mahrez, 24, is likely to stay at Leicester in January according to his agent, despite interest from other Premier League clubs including Manchester United.


Manchester City scouts are interested in 19-year-old Partizan Belgrade winger Andrija Zivkovic.


City are set to rival Napoli for Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes and will make a huge bid for the 22-year-old.


Midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, has agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool ahead of completing a £5m move from Red Star Belgrade.


Liverpool and Everton are watching Marseille captain Steve Mandanda, with the 30-year-old keeper considering a move to the Premier League.


Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is hopeful of signing Mandanda.


Villa are keeping close tabs on Bordeaux midfielder Wahbi Khazri with a view to a summer move.


Tottenham are preparing another attempt to bring West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to White Hart Lane. The 22-year-old was the subject of a £23m bid by the London club in the summer.


Spurs will look to sign Valencia’s former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 30, if they fail to revive a deal for Berahino.


Southampton have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in showing interest in 18-year-old Charlton forward Ademola Lookman.


Roberto Mancini is said to be in the market for a new midfielder, with the Inter boss closely monitoring the situation of Lazio’s Lucas Biglia.


Roma striker Juan Iturbe has arrived in London to complete a loan move to Watford after falling out of favour in the Italian capital.


Saul Niguez has been denied a January move to Arsenal after Atletico Madrid midfielder Thiago picked up a serious injury.


Arsenal’s players celebrated their win over Manchester City on Twitter. Mesut Ozil, who provided both assists in his side’s 2-1 victory on Monday, expressed himself through emojis.


Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted his thanksto the home fans. The 24-year-old Wales international wrote: “Brilliant performance by the boys tonight. Had to dig deep in the end and with your help we got through. Have a good Christmas!”.


Manchester United’s squad paid a Christmas visit to local hospitals to visit young patients. Defender Daley Blind tweeted a picture of himself posing with a fan, saying: “Great to give some children a big smile on their faces today”.


Tottenham’s players have been playing Secret Santa by choosing a Christmas present for one of their team-mates and defender Jan Vertonghen cheekily suggested he would get young midfielder Dele Alli a girlfriend.


FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has been questioned by a United States grand jury regarding an alleged illegal payment of $10 million from South Africa to ex-Fifa vice president Jack Warner, the BBC is reporting.


David Beckham says he would love to see Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic line up for his proposed Major League Soccer team in Miami.