Transfer gossip: Ronaldo, Boateng, Traore, Rice, Janmaat, Upamecano


Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all interested in Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng. The German, 32, could move on a free transfer, with Bayern not interested in offering him a new contract. (Bild, via Sun)external-link

Wolves are becoming increasingly annoyed at Adama Traore, who has yet to sign a new contract. The Spain winger, 24, agreed a contract in principle last week but has not committed to it yet. (90min)external-link

Chelsea will make another bid for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice in January. The Blues will sell two senior players to fund a move for the 21-year-old. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester United have made a formal bid to Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent in an attempt to sign the Portugal forward from Juventus. The Serie A champions are willing to let the 35-year-old go if they do not win the Champions League. (Record, via Sport Witness)external-link

But Ronaldo has no interest in leaving Juventus and plans to see out his contract. (AS)external-link

Inter Milan will try to sign Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 34, in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Liverpool are considering a move for Netherlands and former Watford defender Daryl Janmaat, 31, as short-term cover to ease their defensive crisis. (Teamtalk)external-link

The Premier League champions also have RB Leipzig and France centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 22, at the top of their list of further reinforcements. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 20, after the Hungarian’s agent denied claims he was moving to RB Leipzig. (Mirror)external-link

Sporting Lisbon have increased the release clause for Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes from 45m euros (£40m) to 70m euros (£62m). The 18-year-old is a target for Manchester United. (Record – in Portuguese)external-link

Besiktas would be interested in re-signing Everton and Turkey forward Cenk Tosun. The 29-year-old spent four years at the club before joining the Toffees in 2018. (beIN Sports – in Turkish)external-link

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic’s future remains in doubt – with the club still winless in the Premier League this season – and Charlton’s Lee Bowyer is among the names in the frame to replace him. (Mirror)external-link

Denmark and former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, says his current situation “is not what I dreamt of”. (TV2, via Goal)external-link

Real Madrid will ask their players to take a further wage cut because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (ESPN)external-link

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