Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Arsenal open to Ljungberg appointment, Eriksen and Fernandinho futures



The January Transfer Window opens in 29 days’ time, as clubs across Europe consider sticking or twisting with the squads they assembled last summer.

With no fewer than three managerial changes made in the Premier League already this season, the likes of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and interim Arsenal manager Freddie Ljungberg may look to adjust things next month.

Will Manchester City bolster in an attempt to chase-down league leaders Liverpool? Will West Ham offer further investment to Manuel Pellegrini? Will Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester strengthen their push for top-four and above? And there’s Manchester United…

Elsewhere, we’ll keep you abreast of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s movements, and bring you best from the Championship also.

Here are the latest transfer news and rumours on Tuesday December 3rd…

Arsenal

We understand that Arsenal consider Freddie Ljungberg as a genuine contender to be their next permanent manager and will offer him the job if he instigates a sufficient turnaround in fortunes.

Chelsea

The Blues could be set to miss out on Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, with Calciomercato reporting Serie A outfit Roma ready to make a move for the Albania international in January.

The same outlet also offers an exclusive on out-of-favour striker Olivier Giroud being offered to AC Milan by the west London outfit.

Liverpool

The Reds are set to battle it out with Chelsea for Genk’s highly-rated midfielder Sander Berge, according to reports in Norway.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola says the club will wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to hand Fernandinho a new contract.

The 34-year-old’s current deal runs out next summer and he’s already been told he is unlikely to play in midfield again after impressing at centre-back.

“I think at the end of the season we are going to decide on the situation,” said the City manager.

“The players who finished their contracts, the players with full contracts, what we have to do is what we believe is the best for the club and organisation for next season.”

Manchester United

The Manchester United board have “no intention” of sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite a series of disappointing results, report The Athletic.

Gazzetto dello Sport say United could face a battle from Arsenal to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral, the 21-year-old who only joined the Bianconeri in the summer from Sassuolo.

Real Madrid

The LaLiga giants are said to re preparing to make an offer for Napoli’s 28-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Calciomercato.

Tottenham

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is planning for life without Christian Eriksen after the midfielder made it clear he will not be renewing his contract at Spurs.

The Telegraph reports that Eriksen will allow his current deal to run down before departing North London for free at the end of the season.

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Guardiola unsure over Fernandinho new deal

 

James Robson

 

Fernandinho will have to wait until the end of the season to find out if he has a future at Manchester City.

 

Photo: AFP

 

And Pep Guardiola has also ruled out making any January additions, despite the Premier League champions’ title defence being in danger of falling away before Christmas.

Fernandinho is out of contract in the summer and has already been told he’s unlikely to play in midfield for City again.

The 34-year-old has had to deputise for the injured Aymeric Laporte as a makeshift centre back this season, with Guardiola no longer considering him among his holding midfield options.

City have begun fresh contract negotiations with Raheem Sterling, despite the England international only just committing himself to a new deal in the past 12 months.

But Guardiola confirmed Fernandinho will have to wait. “I think at the end of the season we are going to decide on the situation,” said the City manager. “The players who finished their contracts, the players with full contracts, what we have to do is what we believe is the best for the club and organisation for next season.”

Guardiola is still eager to add a centre back to his squad after missing out on Harry Maguire in the summer. But he insists there will be no new additions when the mid-season transfer window opens.

“I don’t want any players in January,” he said. “I don’t want any players. If we cannot do it in summer, we cannot do in January.

“When they come for an incredible opportunity in January for the next four, five, six years maybe we could think about it, but that is not possible.

“Normally the players we could think it would be interesting to add something for our squad they are not going to sell.

“We could not sign a centre-back (in the summer). You know the history – we could not sign one. Nico (Otamendi) continued and we decided to adapt Fernandinho in this position and that’s all.

“Sometimes the club wants to try to do their best, but we cannot. We have to adapt and adjust with the players that we have and next season we will see.”

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Pochettino ready for job offers in Europe

 

Mauricio Pochettino was only sacked by Tottenham last month but the Argentinian coach insists he is ready to take on his next challenge.

 

Photo: Getty/Tottenham Hotspur FC

 

Pochettino is out of work for the first time since early 2013, following five and a half year with Spurs and, previously, just shy of 18 months with Southampton.

But after turning Tottenham into Champions League regulars, and then runners-up last season, Pochettino is not lacking admirers and says he will listen to job offers.

“There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on,” said Pochettino, speaking to Fox Sports in Argentina.

“But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.

 

“My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back.

“It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here.

“But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.

 

“My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future.

“My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for 10 days. At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”

We’ll bring you the latest transfer news and rumours throughout the day.



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