TRANSFER GOSSIP: Premier League clubs circle for Roberto Firmino after his struggles at Al Ahli, while Brentford open talks with MLS striker amid fears Ivan Toney could leave… as Barcelona target Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz

  • Roberto Firmino could make a return to Premier League after Saudi struggles 
  • Brentford are making contingency plans over Ivan Toney’s possible exit  
  • Did defeat by Man United expose a chink in Aston Villa’s armour? It’s All Kicking Off 

We are just days away from the January transfer window opening – and Premier League clubs will be eager to bolster their squads at a crucial stage of the season. 

All eyes will be on the likes of Manchester United, who are likely to oversee a handful of exits amid doubts over the futures of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Casemiro.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City should also be busy as they look to strengthen their teams and get a real foothold in the title race. 

Tottenham and Newcastle have also been linked with players next month after being hit with an injury crisis this season.

Mail Sport breaks down all the latest transfer rumours and gossip as we prepare for a busy window. 

Premier League teams are circling for ex-Liverpool star Roberto Firmino after his struggles at Saudi Arabia 

Premier League clubs are circling for ex-Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino after struggles to adapt to life at Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli – who are open to loaning him out in the New Year. Clubs from Turkey – and elsewhere in Saudi – are also interested in the Brazilian. (talkSport)

Tottenham outcast Hugo Lloris is in talks with MLS outfit Los Angeles FC after falling out of Ange Postecoglou’s plans. Negotiations to sign the veteran goalkeeper and former World Cup winner are understood to be in its final stages. (Mail Sport) 

Crystal Palace are eyeing a swoop for PSG forward Hugo Ekitike – who is available to sign on loan this January – with the player likely to arrive should Jean-Philippe Mateta leave. The club are also targeting French midfielder Pierre Ekwah. (Standard) 

Brentford are reportedly in talks to sign MLS striker Brandon Vazquez amid fears Ivan Toney could leave

Brentford are reportedly in talks to sign MLS striker Brandon Vazquez amid fears Ivan Toney could leave

But Arsenal could receive a blow in their bid to sign Toney with Brentford 'desperate' to keep him

But Arsenal could receive a blow in their bid to sign Toney with Brentford ‘desperate’ to keep him

Brentford have opened talks to sign USA and FC Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez amid concerns they could lose Ivan Toney in January. The MLS outfit are supporting the player’s bid to play in Europe. (Goal)

However, Brentford boss Thomas Frank is ‘desperate’ to keep hold of Toney with his side being sucked into a relegation battle amid their poor form. It comes as a major blow to Arsenal, who were hoping to sign him after his ban finishes. (The Sun) 

Chelsea are set to complete a deal to sign Senegal prodigy Pape Daouda Diong from AF Darou Salam in his home country. The 17-year-old, who watched from the stands at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, will join in the summer of 2025. (Fabrizio Romano)

Borussia Dortmund are preparing a ‘big bid’ for Manchester United teenage star Dan Gore after a long-term interest in the youngster. The Bundesliga club want to continue their policy of signing promising stars and plan to make an enquiry over his signature in January. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are targeting a move for Douglas Luiz after his impressive season with Aston Villa

Barcelona are targeting a move for Douglas Luiz after his impressive season with Aston Villa 

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Barcelona are weighing up a move for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz after his impressive season – with Deco a huge admirer of the Brazilian. The LaLiga side are seeking a new midfield pivot after Oriel Romeu’s struggles to establish himself in the team. (Sport)

Sevilla, Lyon and Freiburg are the three main clubs pursuing Man United youngster Hannibal Mejbri over a January loan deal, with the player not set to go to AFCON with Tunisia. United are also planning talks to extend his deal. (Fabrizio Romano

Man United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Benfica teenager Joao Neves after boss Roger Schmidt ruled out any January exits. The German coach insisted ‘we need these player and no one wants to leave’ amid speculation over Neves and Antonio Silva, who is a target for Real Madrid. (Goal) 



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