Transfer news LIVE! Liverpool and Man Utd latest, Chelsea want £40m defender and more gossip

TOM DUTTON
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The January Transfer Window opens for business in 24 days, with clubs across the continent thinking about bolstering the squads they upgraded during the summer months.

Chelsea have won their CAS appeal against their Fifa transfer ban, meaning Frank Lampard could be busy in the winter market. With no fewer than five managers sacked in the Premier League already this season, the likes of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg - if he is still in charge - may also look to adjust things next month.

Will Manchester City bolster in an attempt to chase down league leaders Liverpool? Will West Ham offer further investment to Manuel Pellegrini? Will Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester strengthen their push for top-four and above? And there’s Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boost his striking options with a move for Erling Braut Haaland?

Elsewhere, we’ll keep you abreast of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s movements, and bring you best from the Championship as well as the latest on the future of Everton boss Marco Silva.

Here are the latest transfer news and rumours on Sunday December 8th…

Arsenal

Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg says he is planning talks with record signing Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe has failed to impress since arriving in a £72million deal from Lille over the summer and remained an unused substitute for Sunday's 2-2 draw at Norwich - Ljungberg's first game at the helm.

"I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play." the Swede said on Wednesday.

Chelsea

With their Fifa transfer ban lifted, Chelsea are looking to bring Nathan Ake back to the club in a £40m buy-back deal from Bournemouth - so says the Telegraph.

Jadon Sancho is a top target for the likes of Chelsea and a host of other top clubs, but Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc "does not see any scenario" where the England forward leaves in January.

The Blues have spoken to intermediaries about potentially signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal palace next summer, according to the Independent.

According to Goal.com, the Blues - who are waiting to discover the result of their appeal against a Fifa-imposed transfer ban - are confident of beating the likes of Manchester United to the England forward either in January or next summer.

Liverpool

Liverpool are in the race to sign highly-rated teenage Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi, say reports in Spain.

Adeyemi, 17, has scored plenty of goals during a productive loan stint in Austria's second tier with FC Liefering and could be seen as one for the future at Anfield.

However, Arsenal and Barcelona are also said to be keeping a close eye on the player.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is considering bringing back Domenec Torrent as his assistant if Mikel Arteta is lure away by Arsenal, according to The Sun.​

Manchester City are among the clubs hoping to sign in-demand Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, says speculation from Italy.

The Argentine has netted 13 goals for Antonio Conte's side so far this term and Barcelona were thought to be pressing to secure his signature.

However, Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio claims that City are also in the race and eyeing a release clause worth €111m that is only available to be activated for a certain number of weeks by clubs outside of Italy.

Manchester United

Manchester United could try and entice England manager Gareth Southgate to Old Trafford.

The Sun report that Southgate could be a contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United decide to part company with their current boss at the end of the season.

Real Madrid

Los Blancos are willing to offer Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez as part of a proposed swap deal for Paul Pogba, according to Spanish outlet Eldesmarque.

Meanwhile, Real may have to give up Vinicius Junior in any deal for Kylian Mbappe, according to Diario AS.​ PSG have reportedly told Los Blancos that any deal for their star striker must include the Brazilian, who is admired by compatriot Leonardo, currently the Ligue 1 champions' sporting director.

Tottenham

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey could become the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Tottenham.

The Daily Mail report that Mourinho is considering his central defensive options amid the uncertainty surrounding Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with the £25m-rated Godfrey a potential future target.

We'll bring you the latest transfer news and rumours throughout the day.