Football Gossip: Arsenal wants Edinson Cavani, Lampard snubs Wilfred Zaha


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Chelsea are prepared to part with 23-year-old Denmark defender Andreas Christensen in order to raise funds to trigger a £40m buy-back option for Bournemouth and Netherlands centre-back Nathan Ake, 24. (Sun)

TottenhamArsenal and Manchester United are all in the race to sign centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 26, from Barcelona as the Spanish champions are ready to sell the France international. (El Desmarque – in Spanish)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has ambitions of managing Manchester United and therefore has turned down other offers in the hope of replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. (Mail)

Ajax want Matthijs de Ligt back to the club on loan even though the 20-year-old Dutch defender only moved to Juventus during the summer. (A Bola – in Portuguese) 

Arsenal and Manchester United are battling it out for the signature of Paris St-Germain and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32 and have reportedly submitted offers to sign him. (El Chiringuito – via Metro)

West Ham defender Issa Diop, 22, have fallen on Chelsea’s radar. The Blues have made him their primary target and will bid £40m for the Frenchman. (Express)

Manchester City are looking to sign four to six players this year, with a centre-back and left-back at the top for manager Pep Guardiola’s priorities. (Telegraph)

Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 34, says he is close to activating clauses in his Manchester City contract which would automatically trigger a contract extension. (ESPN Brazil, via Mirror)

Chelsea have submitted £17m bid for Metz and Senegal attacker Habib Diallo, 24. (Republicain Lorraine – in French)

Chelsea will keep defender Reece James at Stamford Bridge with the 22-year-old close to signing a new contract. (Metro)

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe, 19, is among the 12 players the club is looking to offload this January. Smith Rowe is set to leave the club on loan. (The Athletic – via Metro)

Watford are planning a bid for Fulham left-back Joe Bryan, 26. (Sky Sports)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed that midfielders Luke Freeman, 27, and Ben Osborn, 25, will not be going on loan this month but a host of other names could be set for moves away from Bramall Lane. (Mirror)

Lyon and France striker Moussa Dembele, 23, is being scouted by Chelsea and Manchester United(Mail)

Chelsea may not move for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha because manager Frank Lampard does not see him as the right fit for the squad. (90min)

Crystal Palace have rejected Bayern Munich’s Zaha interests. (Guardian)

Tottenham are interested in AC Milan’s 24-year-old Poland international striker Krzysztof Piatek but the Italians want £30m for the man. (Guardian)

Spurs will not replace Moussa Sissoko, 30, who is out until April but are focused on signing a midfielder with the sales of Kenyan Victor Wanyama, 28, and Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 27. (Evening Standard)

Napoli and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, 25, has come on the radar of Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United are rumoured to be interested in signing Hellas Verona and Albania defender Marash Kumbulla, 19. (Star)

Aston Villa are contemplating the signing of Burnley and England striker Jay Rodriguez, 30. (The Athletic)

Aston Villa are set to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 37, from AC Milan. (AS – in Spanish)

Brighton, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all in the race to sign Tottenham right-back​ Kyle Walker-Peters, 22, on loan. (Sky Sports)

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