Liverpool are said to be lining up a £22 million move for Gonzalo Higuain in January, with the Reds thought to be worried about Daniel Sturridge’s ability to maintain fitness over a long period of time, as reported by Caught Offside.
The Napoli striker has emerged as a target for the Anfield club in recent weeks, with Brendan Rodgers thought to be a fan of the Argentina international.
Higuain is also believed to be unsettled at Napoli, with the club’s inability to qualify for the Champions League, having lost in the qualifying stages, a particular point of consternation for the star.
There is also a belief that the club are required to sell some of their more valuable players to balance the books after the failed campaign.
The Reds are also set to offer Lucas Leiva, who Rafa Benitez is known to admire, in an attempt to push through the deal.
Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their chase for Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Real Madrid star admitted that he was happy to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The Old Trafford club have been repeatedly linked with a move for the stunning forward in recent weeks, with Ronaldo having recently suggested that he would like to return to Manchester before his career is over.
As a result, Man Utd fans recently chose to fly a banner over El Madrigal when Real visited Villarreal, with the hope that their message of ‘Come home Ronaldo’ would encourage their former star to return.
When asked by the press about his reaction to the banner, however, Ronaldo admitted he had seen it, but felt as though he was happy in Madrid and had no interest in moving away.
When asked if he had seen it, Ronaldo said: “How could I not see that plane? It flew past 10 times.”
“I always said that I have a family to Manchester but I’m good in Madrid.
“I’m glad of the affection that United fans have for me, it means that I have left good memories.”
Man Utd were believed to have put aside £60 million to facilitate Ronaldo’s switch.
Arsenal have increased their scouting efforts on Croatian midfield sensation Marcelo Brozovic, with the intention of signing him in January, as reported by the Daily Express.
Brozovic has developed into an important player for Dinamo Zagreb in recent seasons, and made his way to the World Cup in Brazil this summer with the Croatia national side as a result.
The 21 year old wonderkid is under contract with Dinamo until 2019, but it is believed that Arsenal could sign him for as little as £3 million.
The Gunners have therefore sent two scouts to watch the starlet.
They saw him play in the derby against Hadjuk Split three weeks ago, and were clearly somewhat impressed.
With Arsenal already possessing a significant number of attacking midfielders, there is a belief that Brozovic could be signed permanently by the north London club before being loaned out elsewhere in an attempt to aid his development.