According to Calciomercato, via The Star, Manchester United are readying themselves (six months early) to splash the cash for Philippe Coutinho in the summer.
Barcelona will want to make back as much of the £140 million they spent on the Brazilian to bring him over from Liverpool, both to save face, but also for another reason: they want to bring back Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
Reports differ on Coutinho’s compatriot. Some claim that he’s unhappy in Paris and begging Barcelona to bring him back; others that he’s not going anywhere. But United are, reportedly, revving their engines in case the first domino falls.
In what would be one of the more surprising moves of the window, Barcelona could make an increased bid for Chelsea’s Willian, according to the Evening Standard.
An original offer worth £50m had been proposed, with 21-year-old Malcom moving in the other direction, but Chelsea said no.
Malcom signed from Bordeaux in the summer for £38m and has struggled in Spain — it seems so much that the Catalan club want to bring in a 30-year-old instead.
Now that the Marcelo Bielsa is in the dug-out at Elland Road, Leeds is suddenly a much more attractive proposition it seems.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Championship leaders are poised to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
The 32-year-old is due to fly to the gorgeous climbs of Leeds-Bradford airport next week to go through a medical and finalise the deal.
Watford’s Roberto Pereyra has been linked with his second Italian manager in as many weeks, with Tuttosport, via the Metro, reporting a link to Chelsea.
Pereyra’s agent name-dropped Maurizio Sarri in an interview while also mentioning Torino’s Walter Mazzarri (who used to manage Pereyra at Vicarage Road).
The agent was quick to cover his tracks and say that he tends to exclude the possibility of transfers in January though. Of course he does, of course he does.