With the stock of Keylor Navas at Real Madrid having plummeted in recent weeks, the under-performing Spanish side remain in the market for a new goalkeeper. The Costa Rican has made quite the name for himself since signing shortly after the 2014 World Cup, but has recently fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and the Mirror reports that Real have switched their attention from longtime target David de Gea to his Chelsea counterpart Thibaut Courtois. No stranger to Madrid, having spent three happy seasons on loan at Atlético before establishing himself as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper, the Belgian has yet to renew his contract, which runs until 2019.
The Mirror report that Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter could be on the move in January, with both West Ham and Crystal Palace believed to be interested in securing the Republic of Ireland international’s scrawl. Signed from Woking for £4,000 when the Cherries were League One minnows, the 27-year-old could move on in January for a considerably larger fee.
With his hopes of making England’s World Cup squad fading due to a lack of game time, Daniel Sturridge is pondering a January move and has been linked with Milan. Unable to nail down a place in Liverpool’s front three, Sturridge has been largely restricted to a series of substitute appearances this season and has only three goals to his name, but ahead of his side’s 3-3 draw with Sevilla, Jürgen Klopp said he had no wish to sell the striker. “I can imagine actually that a player with these qualities is not happy he is not starting all the time,” said Klopp. “I really can imagine that. But that’s all. At the moment we need all our players.”
Thursday’s passing mention of a potential move by Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United midfielder-cum-frontman Marouane Fellaini has gathered momentum, with assorted news outlets reporting the French league leaders have offered the Belgian, whose contract expires come the season’s end, a lucrative four-year deal. Meanwhile in Spain, Don Balon claim that Cristiano Ronaldo is tiring of life at Real Madrid and could also head for Paris should the mood take him. In-demand Schalke playmaker Leon Goretzka has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, but former Barcelona midfielder reckons he’d fit in well at his the Camp Nou. “I’ve seen him play and I think he’s a good player,” said Xavi. “Without doubt, he could play for any team the world. He would fit in well at Barça,”
Yet to make an appearance this season, the future of Hatem Ben Arfa at PSG is looking anything but secure, but the 30-year-old former Hull City and Newcastle midfielder could be on his way back to the Premier League. Having spent time playing for Claude Puel when the pair were together for Nice, Ben Arfa could be reunited with his former manager at Leicester City if a loan deal can be negotiated.
Despite moving to Chinese side Changchun Yatai in January, Odion Ighalo has not been forgotten. Stoke, West Ham, Southampton and Everton are all plotting moves to bring the 28-year-old Nigerian back to England. Ighalo earns £190,000 per week playing in the Chinese Super League, but would almost certainly be open to a return. “On a personal level, it is good money for me but if I had my way I would love to stay in the Premier League,” he said at the time of his surprise £20m transfer. “I have my family here, the kids are in school here, they have their friends here and getting that stability is never easy when you keep moving your family. But what can we do? Life goes on.”