Transfer Talk – Spurs join Chelsea in race for Palace’s Wilfried Zaha

Transfer Talk – Spurs join Chelsea in race for Palace’s Wilfried Zaha

It’s go time as the January transfer window is open. Find out when it closes across Europe, view the latest transfers as they happen and keep up to date with the newest gossip below.

Spurs join Chelsea in race for Zaha

While the Express reported that Chelsea are monitoring Wilfried Zaha‘s availability this January, the Mirror is reporting that the player’s agent is trying to push through a move to Tottenham.

The north Londoners were keen on Zaha in the summer but were put off by the £80 million asking price, but with Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko out three months with an injury, Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his squad.

Zaha is reportedly still keen to leave Selhurst Park and a move across London would suit the 27-year-old. Not only would he be able to stay close to friends and family, but he would also get the chance to play the Champions League football he craves.

Aston Villa offered Reina loan deal by AC Milan

Aston Villa are looking for a goalkeeper to replace the injured Tom Heaton and Italian giants AC Milan have offered them an unlikely lifeline in former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, say the Mail.

Villa manager Dean Smith has already added to his squad with the addition of Danny Drinkwater and Barcelona teenager Louie Barry. However, a new goalkeeper remains a top priority given the season-ending injury to Heaton and Reina, who has been providing cover for Gianluigi Donnarumma at the San Siro, appears to be open to a move back to England.

The 37-year-old custodian has played just five times in the Italian capital but would bring a wealth of experience to the Midlands. He played 285 times for Liverpool and clocked another 140 appearances for Napoli across two spells, and at those two clubs he won five cup winners’ medals.

The move would appear to suit all parties, with Villa in particular landing a marquee name to try and help lift the club out of a difficult patch of form.

Juventus eye Mertens move

Juventus could make a shock move for Napoli striker Dries Mertens this January, if Calciomercato are to be believed.

The Italian title is putting two and two together as the end of the Belgian’s contract draws nearer next summer and they believe Juventus lead a number of other Italian clubs including Roma and Inter keen to lure the mercurial player away from the club he’s represented for six years.

Mertens has been out of action recently and has been granted time to rest by Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso, but the Belgian’s future remains a hot topic in Italy.

He has been a key player for Napoli since joining the club from PSV Eindhoven in 2013, scoring 88 goals in 219 games.

With a record of one goal every two-and-a-half games, plus an ability to dribble past players and create chances for others, it’s no surprise the diminutive playmaker is a wanted man.

Conte targets Alonso reunion at Inter

Inter Milan could bolster their Serie A title charge by signing Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, reports the Telegraph.

Chelsea are willing to listen to offers from former Blues coach Antonio Conte who appears keen to work with the attacking left full-back again. Alonso has played 14 times this season but Lampard appears to prefer Emerson Palmieri on the left-hand side, and so would be prepared to offload the Spaniard for the right price.

Lampard is also reportedly tempted to re-sign defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, and he could use any money raised from the sale of Alonso to net the former Chelsea youngster, though the Blues boss faces stiff competition for Ake’s services from Manchester City, among others.

Alonso’s current contract runs until 2023, which leaves them in a strong position at the negotiating table. Alonso joined Chelsea in 2016 and formed a pivotal part of the team that won the title under Conte. It could be that Conte, and his penchant for wing-backs, tempts the Spaniard away from London this month.

Tap ins

– A host of Championship clubs are queueing up to sign Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jack Clarke, reports The Mail. Clarke joined Spurs for £11m following his breakout season last year but he was loaned back to Leeds before he was recalled after playing just 19 minutes. However, the likes of Middlesbrough, QPR, Stoke City, Fulham and Brentford are all keen to add his attacking powers to their armoury.

– The race to sign Chelsea hotshot Conor Gallagher continues to gather momentum, with Norwich City the latest club interested in adding the freescoring midfielder to their ranks. Gallagher has bagged six goals and more assists during his loan spell at the Valley and is likely to cut his season-long deal with Charlton short. As well as Norwich, Burnley are also keen to sign the 19-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.

– Juventus could be fairly busy in this transfer window and the emphasis of their signings appears to be on youth, with Nantes teenage full-back Jean-Claude Ntenda topping of their shopping list. In fact, Calciomercato believe the deal to be close to the finishing line, with Nantes said to be devastated at losing one of their rising stars at such an early stage of his career. Ntenda is considered to be one of the best up and coming defenders in France, and Juve are making a play at scouring Europe for the best young players.

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