Transfer Talk: Chelsea given £30m price tag for Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels
The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.
TOP STORY: Chelsea told to pay £30m for World Cup winner Hummels
Chelsea could be set to land a World Cup-winning centre-back in January after approaching Bayern Munich about the availability of Mats Hummels, reports The Sun.
It is claimed the Blues asked the Bundesliga champions to name their price for Hummels and were told he would cost in the region of £30 million.
But Chelsea were also told they needed to move fast so Bayern had enough time to find a replacement, with The Metro claiming they have until Jan. 14 to submit an offer.
Hummels is recognised as one of the world's best centre-backs and is a five-time Bundesliga champion. However, he has only started three of the last nine league games due to a combination of injury and selection.
23:22 GMT: That'll do it for Sunday's edition of Transfer Talk! Tune in tomorrow morning as we investigate all the transfer rumors on the final day before the opening of the January transfer window!
23.14 GMT: Turns out that, as the Sunday Mirror says, Watford will not sell striker Abdoulaye Doucoure for any price in January, leaving PSG very disappointed.
22.19 GMT: Bad news for Manchester City fans as the Manchester Evening News reports that a £45 million bid for star midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rejected by Lyon.
21.39 GMT: football.london reports that Tottenham U23 star left-back Jaden Brown is in talks with Huddersfield Town to move during the January transfer window.
20.43 GMT: First some good news for Real Madrid fans and now some potentially troubling news: According to the Sunday Mirror, Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, a Galactico target, is also a target for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
19.49 GMT: The latest news in Isco's transfer saga may put a smile on Real Madrid fans, at least for now. According to the Evening Standard, the player has put any and all transfer speculation for the January transfer window to rest by stating that he wants to remain in Madrid.
19.02 GMT: Lazio are hoping that they can snag Matteo Darmian from Manchester United, but the Sunday Mirror reports that they have a backup plan in the form of Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta.
Zappacosta's only made 10 appearances for the Blues this season, and seems to be surplus to requirements at Maurizio Sarri's club.
18.11 GMT: Another done deal in MLS, as the Houston Dynamo have re-signed DaMarcus Beasley for a remarkable 20th season.
17.20 GMT: Here's a new name for you, as talkSport reports that Leeds United and Brighton are both gunning for 17-year-old Polish sensation Mateusz Bogusz.
The midfielder has 5 goals in 19 appearances for second-tier Ruch Chorzow and plays for the Polish U-19 squad and is earmarked as a potential star of the future.
16.40 GMT: A done deal in MLS, where Atlanta United have signed free agent Brek Shea...
16.10 GMT: West Brom are Everton are close to reaching an agreement which will see Mason Holgate join the Baggies on loan until the end of the season, the Express and Star report...
West Brom are closing in on a deal for Everton defender Mason Holgate, most likely a loan. Will provide competition at both RB and CB. Deal could be completed early next week. More on @ExpressandStar #wba #efc— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) December 30, 2018
15.50 GMT: Christian Kouame has been turning a lot of heads since his summer move to Genoa.
The Ivorian forward has been attracting the interest of Valencia, Napoli, Milan and Roma, Calciomercato write.
15.10 GMT: Leicester forward Fousseni Diabate has fallen out of favour at the King Power Stadium, and he is not short of January suitors if reports are to be believed.
14.40 GMT: Spanish outlet Super Deporte say that Valencia want Javier Hernandez on loan.
West Ham would like the striker to leave on an 18-month deal, while Valencia only want the Mexico international until the end of the season.
14.00 GMT: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has hinted that the club are closing in on a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.
The England international is yet to make an appearance for Jurgen Klopp's side this season, but told beIN Sport, via Sky Sports News, that Palace are pushing for a quick agreement.
13.20 GMT: Barcelona have denied reaching an agreement with Adrien Rabiot over a transfer to the club from Paris Saint-Germain.
The club denied breaching any regulations, though admitted they had made contact over Rabiot.
13.10 GMT: While Michy Batshuayi has had a torrid time out on loan from Chelsea, Tiemoue Bakayoko has become a key figure at AC Milan, and the Daily Mail report that he is happy at the San Siro.
Could the France international make his Serie A move a permanent one?
12.30 GMT: Crystal Palace and Chelsea are currently playing each other at Selhurst Park, but earlier this weekend, HLN reported that Roy Hodgson's side turned down the chance to bring in Blues forward Michy Batshuayi.
The Belgium international has struggled on loan at Valencia, and is not wanted in south London, either.
11.50 GMT: Calciomercato report that Aaron Ramsey would prefer a move to Juventus over Paris Saint-Germain.
The Wales international is free to talk to foreign clubs regarding a summer move once the January window opens with his contract up in June.
11.00 GMT: A done deal in the Bundesliga, where Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma has joined Hannover on loan until the end of the season...
Herzlich willkommen bei #H96, Kevin #Akpoguma! 🤗 Der 1,92 Meter große Innenverteidiger wechselt auf Leihbasis bis zum Saisonende von der @tsghoffenheim nach #Hannover! 🙌 #NiemalsAllein ⚫⚪💚https://t.co/Doi8oKgK5E— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) December 30, 2018
10.40 GMT: While Adrien Rabiot has been frequently linked with a free transfer to Barcelona at the end of the season, the Daily Mirror write that Liverpool could tempt Paris Saint-Germain into selling the midfielder in January instead.
Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Rabiot, who has failed to agree a new contract at Parc des Princes.
10.00 GMT: Newcastle's search for goals in their bid for survival could take them to Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe, the Daily Mirror report.
The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals so far this season, and has been one of the star performers at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa.
09.20 GMT: Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne could be on his way on Anfield next month with several Premier League clubs keen on a loan deal, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Clyne, 27, has missed much of the season so far through injury. Although he returned to action this month with four appearances -- including Saturday's 5-1 win over Arsenal as a substitute -- Joe Gomez's imminent return to fitness will limit his first-team opportunities.
Cardiff City are said to be leading the race for the England right-back, while Fulham and Leicester are also interested.
PAPER TALK (Frank Smith, Football Whispers): Man City make enquiry over Atleti man
Manchester City may be suggesting they do not expect to do any business in January but they are still working away behind the scenes, with an enquiry being made over the availability of Thomas Partey. The Manchester Evening News carried quotes from veteran journalist Ian McGarry, who is now a football operations consultant, which stated City had approached Atletico Madrid over the 25-year-old.
The midfielder, who often just goes by the name Thomas, is the latest off the Ghanaian defensive midfielder conveyor belt and has described his game in the past as being like a combination of his countryman Michael Essien and Yaya Toure. Capped 17 times by his country, he is one of Africa's best players and last season established himself as a regular for Atleti.
Arsenal join the race for rising star
There was already a lengthy list of clubs eyeing up Norwich City's talented teen Max Aarons and now Arsenal have joined the chasing pack, according to The Mirror.
The full-back only made his professional debut in August and doesn't turn 19 until next week but he is already being valued at around £15m. If the Gunners are to sign Aarons then they will need to fight off North London rivals Tottenham and also RB Leipzig, to name a couple.
Norwich have reportedly told clubs that if they hope to sign the England Under-19 international next month then the deal will only be sanctioned if he is loaned back to his current club, with the Canaries currently occupying one of the two automatic promotion places in the Championship.
Solskjaer begs United duo to stay
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may only have a contract until the end of the season but that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about the long-term health of Manchester United, with the interim boss making personal pleas to David De Gea and Anthony Martial to remain at Old Trafford.
The back page of The Star on Sunday carries quotes from the former striker where he tells the duo that the grass is rarely greener away from United and they are currently at the best club in the world. Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, and cares deeply about the club.
Both De Gea and Martial turned down contracts before Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager earlier this month and United have had to trigger 12-month extensions to ensure both don't leave the club in the summer when their deals would have run out.
Blues could be set to offload Italy international
Lazio will look to sign Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta in January if they fail in their bid to land Matteo Darmian, according to The Sunday Mirror.
Zappacosta joined the Blues for a reported £23m plus add-ons in the summer of 2017 but was never able to establish himself in the first team. The 26-year-old, who has 13 Italy caps, has only played 18 minutes this season in the Premier League and would be allowed to leave if an acceptable offer was received.
Football Whispers' top five emerging whispers
Football Whispers' transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of five.
Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich -- 4.2
Bayern Munich have reportedly made two offers to sign one of England's brightest prospects Callum Hudson-Odoi, the second believed to be in excess of £20m. Chelsea are said to want at least £22.5m for the 18-year-old, whose contract runs out in the summer.
Christian Pulisic to Chelsea -- 4.1
Chelsea have reportedly won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic. The 20-year-old is wanted by several clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool, and will cost in the region of £45m. Sources have told ESPN FC that the Blues have submitted a bid "north of €50 million."
Isco to Paris Saint-Germain -- 3.7
It has been claimed that Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelafi has held talks with Isco's representatives over a potential move in January, with Chelsea among the clubs hoping to sign the 26-year-old Spanish midfielder.
Luis Muriel to AC Milan -- 3.2
AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has confirmed that Sevilla forward Luis Muriel is one of the players the club are considering signing in January. The 26-year-old is a versatile forward who is a regular for Colombia and signed from Sampdoria for around £20m in the summer of 2017.
Cesc Fabregas to Manchester City -- 1.3
One of the more bizarre rumours in recent weeks and one which seems unlikely, it has been reported that Manchester City are considering a move for Cesc Fabregas, despite their embarrassment of riches in his position and the fact he cannot get into the Chelsea team. The 31-year-old does look set to leave in January though.