It’s the beginning of December, so what better time to crack open the advent calendar of January gossip and find out which tasty morsels of salacious goodness have been delivered in today’s Transfer Talk.
Manchester City want Frank Lampard stay and rule out Sergio Aguero sale
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed talks are set to take place over a potential extension to Frank Lampard’s loan deal, and also dismissed any suggestion Sergio Aguero could be sold.
Lampard signed a contract with new MLS franchise New York City after leaving Chelsea in the summer, but was sent to sister club City on loan to maintain his fitness ahead of the U.S. club’s first official matches in March 2015.
Arsenal weigh up mega-deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani
Cavani tempted by Arsenal?
Arsene Wenger’s move for Danny Welbeck on transfer deadline this summer was a canny mix of hope and desperation. There’s no doubt the former Manchester United forward has the potential to become a top-class forward, but there is no denying Arsenal need a player for the here and now — someone such as Edinson Cavani, for instance.
Ronald Koeman to ask Southampton board for transfer reinforcements
Ronald Koeman will ask Southampton’s board for January transfer reinforcements to boost his side’s chances of staying the Premier League’s top-four course.
Boss Koeman has admitted Saints have “a long way to go” to learn how to handle life at the Premier League’s sharp end.
The former Netherlands defender will target seasoned campaigners who know how to secure Champions League football if handed a sizeable January transfer kitty.
Everton’s Roberto Martinez dismisses speculation over James McCarthy
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dismissed Arsenal’s chances of signing James McCarthy — after weekend newspaper reports suggested that the Gunners were planning a 16 million-pound bid for the Republic of Ireland midfielder — but sees the link as a compliment.
McCarthy, 24, signed a long-term contract when he joined Everton from Wigan in September 2013 for 13 million-pounds, and Martinez sees him staying on Merseyside for years to come.
Javier Hernandez seeking ‘guarantees’ over regular first-team football
On-loan Real Madrid striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez will seek “assurances” from his next club that he will play regularly.
Hernandez signed for Real on a season-long loan from Manchester United in the summer but he has since made one start and five substitute appearances in La Liga for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar attracting interest as Schalke contract nears expiry
Schalke have confirmed other clubs are showing interest in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as the Netherlands international approaches the final six months of his contract.
Huntelaar, 31, scored the fourth Bundesliga hat trick of his career as Schalke beat Mainz 4-1 on Saturday, taking his tally to 101 goals in 157 competitive matches for the Royal Blues.
His contract is due to expire in the summer, though, and Schalke had intended to wait until the winter break to try to finalise an extension.
There are no Marco Reus transfer talks with , says agent
Marco Reus’s agent has dismissed reports of negotiations with Bayern Munich, telling kicker he was not in talks with the Bundesliga champions.
Persistent rumours have suggested that the 25-year-old Borussia Dortmund star is set to trigger a 25 million-euro release clause in his contract and join Bayern next summer.
But Dirk Hebel told football magazine kicker: “There is no topic of Marco Reus and FC Bayern Munich, and there are no talks.”
Manchester City target Swansea’s striking star, Gerrard’s future in doubt
Fresh off his goal against Crystal Palace in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea’s Wilfried Bony has to deal with new rumours linking him to a Champions League side.
This time, the Daily Star says it is Manchester City who are keen on the bustling striker.