Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester City are all running through the transfer gossip mill this weekend.
The London Evening Standard has linked Arsenal with a sextet of players in January, apparently eschewing the tradition of a low-movement winter window.
Bayer Leverkusen defensive midfielder Lars Bender is the headline subject, with Arsenal looking for answers at the position outside of current options Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers. If they don’t get him — and this is purely cheeky conjecture — perhaps his twin brother Sven could be lured from Borussia Dortmund.
Also linked with the Gunners: Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak andSporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, with Napoli’s Lucas Biglia and a pair of Nice players in the fray (Vincent Koziello and Nampalys Mendy).
Will Louis Van Gaal go for another Ligue 1 forward to help inject danger into his attack? Former Alex Ferguson-era target Lucas Moura is said to be in play, and the 23-year-old PSG attacker is only a part-time starter in France.
The Daily Mirror tabs Martin Demichelis as a potential departure from Manchester City, at least on loan. And it says they could use him to shore up the back line at brother club New York City FC.
Speaking of MLS, this one slipped through the cracks over Thanksgiving, but could Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins make a short-term return to goal-hungry Northeast England?
Let’s say you’re a 16-year-old goalkeeper who’s already appeared five times for AC Milan. What are you worth on the transfer market? Gianluigi Donnarumma’s super agent Mino Raiola says, “I’d compare him to a [piece by Italian artist Amadeo] Modigliani. He’s worth 170 million.”