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The January transfer window is open and rumours are swirling around the Premier League and across Europe.

Romelu Lukaku’s future has suddenly been thrown into doubt after his recent interview expressing his desire to one day return to Inter Milan, despite only joining Chelsea for £97.5m last summer.

Liverpool are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal and England forward Bukayo Saka and are monitoring the 20-year-old’s contract situation at the Emirates, according to the Express. Saka, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, is under contract until 2024 at Arsenal, while Liverpool have reportedly also made an offer to AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of his deal expiring at the end of the season.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have identified Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Lille’s Jonathan David as potential additions to their forward line, amid uncertainty over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is receiving interest from Barcelona, while Newcastle, West Ham and Everton are tracking Aaron Ramsey and are set to offer the Juventus midfielder a return to the Premier League. Newcastle are also closing in on a deal for Lille defender Sven Botman, according to the Mail.

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More uncertain futures at Chelsea

The future of Romelu Lukaku is not the only problem for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, with as many as four defenders out of contract in the summer and now able to line up potential next moves to foreign club.

Both Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are of interest to Barcelona, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

Antonio Rudiger is wanted by Real Madrid, while Thiago Silva is another who could leave for free at the end of the season.

It may be unlikely that all leave the club but it could be a very busy month for Marina Granovskaia and the rest of the Chelsea top brass.

A record move!

From Italy to Germany, now, and a record transfer that has just a few final ‘i’s to dot and ‘t’s to cross before completion. American teen sensation Ricardo Pepi has been a breakthrough star of MLS over the last two seasons and appears to now be Bavaria-bound, with FC Augsburg’s offer of just short of $20 million (£14.8 million) enough to secure the 18-year-old from FC Dallas.

An official announcement is due soon, barring unforeseen problems uncovered in yesterday’s medical.

More reports from Italy

Here’s another intriguing little rumour emerging from Turin-based Tuttosport – ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri could raid his former club for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The winger has been in and out of the side under Thomas Tuchel and could look to move away in search of more regular football.

Sarri, now at Lazio in Serie A, is said to be keen to bring the 21-year-old to the Italian capital.

What about Lucas Digne?

Whereabouts might Everton’s out-of-favour Frenchman end up, then? Lucas Digne has been commonly connected with Chelsea, who are in need of a left-wing-back after Ben Chilwell’s injury, while La Gazzetta Dello Sport in Italy mentions Inter Milan as a potential suitor.

An untidy financial situation at the club means a fee may prove a stumbling block for Inter, which could mean a swap deal is required as an alternative – La Gazzetta floats Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino as a makeweight.

A deal close to completion at Everton

One move that could go through this week at Goodison Park is that of Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson. There has been a flurry of early transfer activity at Everton as Rafa Benitez looks to shore up both defensive flanks, with Dynamo Kyiv defender Vitaliy Mykolenko already added.

With Lucas Digne all but certain to be headed for the exit door after a row with Benitez, Patterson would add further options out wide defensively, and an initial fee of just under £10 million has been agreed, according to The Guardian.

Jose Mourinho wants to add Ainsley Maitland-Niles

A player who may be leaving the Emirates Stadium is Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The 24-year-old utility man is reportedly a target of Jose Mourinho at Roma.

Maitland-Niles spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and has also been connected with Everton in recent weeks after a loan deal to Rafa Benitez’s side fell through at the backend of August 2021.

After the collapse of that temporary move, Maitland-Niles publicly voiced his frustration, writing on social media: “All I want to do is go where I’m wanted & where I’m going to play.”

He may now belatedly get his wish.

And across North London…

It may also be an intriguing window for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future (or lack thereof) likely to become clear and reinforcements perhaps required if the club are to maintain an impressive recent string of performances.

Thomas Partey has stood out, but the Ghanaian is bound for the African Cup of Nations this month, and Arsenal perhaps need further high-class midfield options. Granit Xhaka has proved a useful foil for Partey, but is a little unreliable.

Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is the latest name to be linked as an option for Arteta.

Brazilian outlet Globo report that Lyon would be looking for £38million from any prospective suitor.

Incomings at Spurs?

As well as squaring away his skipper’s future, Antonio Conte is also said to be hoping to strengthen his Tottenham squad significantly either in January or in the summer. With Tanguy Ndombele seemingly very out of favour, and Conte as yet unconvinced by signs of promising steps out of poor form from Harry Winks and Dele Alli, a midfield recruit heads the agenda for the new Spurs boss.

The Express report that Spurs have held talks with the AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie’s camp with his contract in Italy set to expire in the summer.

Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with the midfielder, while Tottenham are also assessing other options – Juventus’ Weston McKinnie is similarly cited as a potential target, which could open the door for Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco to make a switch to Turin.

Tottenham keen to keep hold of Hugo Lloris

He’s Tottenham’s all-time leading Premier League appearance-maker and a World Cup winning captain and Antonio Conte has no desire to see Hugo Lloris leave Spurs in the summer.

The Frenchman is out of contract come the close of the season and can now begin to negotiate with clubs overseas about a potential free transfer, but Conte hopes his club captain, who is in outstanding form, will remain in London.

“Hugo is a Tottenham player, he’s the captain. For sure he will talk with the club to try to find a solution,” he said. “I think Hugo wants to stay in his club, he loves the club, he stays well in Tottenham.”

The 35-year-old has been linked with a return to former club Nice.

Hugo Lloris ‘loves Tottenham and Tottenham loves him’

Davinson Sanchez’s last-gasp winner ensured Spurs left Watford with all three points.

Manchester United look to Leverkusen for latest German wunderkind Florian Wirtz

While signs of a dramatic immediate improvement may have been absent since the interim appointment of Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford, the German’s arrival may have aided Manchester United’s chances of landing Florian Wirtz.

The Daily Star report that United believe the appointment of Rangnick as interim boss could give them the inside track in the chase for one of the most-wanted young players in Europe.

The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine season for Bayer Leverkusen which has caught the eye of the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as United.

Leverkusen could look to cash in next summer and are said to be looking for upwards of £70million.

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