TOP STORY: Werner wants Klopp connection over Lampard link
Timo Werner has consistently been reported to be one of Chelsea’s primary transfer targets in recent weeks in months, but West London is not the 23-year-old’s preferred Premier League destination, according to German publication Bild.
The report suggests that the RB Leipzig forward is keen on the Premier League, but rather than move to Stamford Bridge, his desire is to join compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. And Bild notes that Leipzig and the Anfield outfit maintain a strong relationship following their negotiations over Naby Keita, which saw the Guinea international move from Red Bull Arena to Merseyside.
There are also details on how the player would be a perfect fit in Klopp’s system.
Just one piece of information is missing from this puzzle: whether Liverpool have any interest in activating Werner’s €60 million release clause.
08.52 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has said he his “100% with the club” amid regular links with interest from Real Madrid.
Asked about the Spanish giants and a potential future switch to Santiago Bernabeu, Mbappe told the BBC it was not the time to discuss his future.
“Everyone talks about it,” he said. “When I was young, I talked about it too, but now I am a player and I know it is not the moment.
“We are in January. It is the money time of the season. Imagine I answer your question and say something. Everybody will talk about it and it is not good for PSG.
“Now I am with PSG and I am 100% with the club. I want to help the club grow this season, to win a lot of titles, so for me it is not good to talk about [my future].
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 21, 2020
08.23 GMT: Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola is likely to leave the club on loan before the end of the transfer window, according to reports in Spain.
COPE radio reports that Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao are closest to landing the 24-year-old, who Madrid signed from Real Sociedad for €30m in 2018. According to Estadio Deportivo, Bayern Munich are also keen to acquire the services of the Spain international.
Odriozola was the most highly rated young right-back in La Liga when he joined Madrid, but his development has stalled and he has failed to seriously challenge Dani Carvajal for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s preferred team.
He has made just four appearances in the league this season, the last coming in Real Madrid’s defeat at Mallorca in October.
08.00 GMT: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will give his players until the end of the season to prove they have what it takes to wrestle the Premier League title back from champions elect Liverpool.
“My bosses have one eye to see if I deserve to continue here,” said Guardiola. “My eyes have to control my players and how their performances deserve to be here. There is no other solution.”
City are expected to prioritise a centre-back in the summer after failing to replace Vincent Kompany and Guardiola may also need a forward if Leroy Sane gets his way and moves to Bayern Munich.
David Silva has announced his attention to leave after a decade at the Etihad Stadium but Guardiola has said in the past he may not seek a replacement for the Spaniard.
“I have an idea what we need,” said Guardiola. “We speak quite often with the club. There are still four months and it depends on that. We are going to take a decision.
“We are not far away to get the standards [of Liverpool]. The way we’ve played is quite similar.
“I think every season all the teams move a little bit of the squad. Some have to move a lot in some areas. Maybe we have to buy some new players. Not much some new players.”
PAPER TALK (by Tom Fenton): PSG set asking price for Cavani
With Edinson Cavani handing in a transfer request, Paris Saint-Germain have accepted that they may not be able to hold on to their all-time record goal scorer, and have moved to set the market for his eventual sale.
The Manchester Evening News writes that Manchester United could be interested in signing the 32-year-old forward to fill in for the injured Marcus Rashford, but that they would have to pay £25m for a player whose contract expires in six months.
Atletico Madrid are said to be in pole position, despite having already submitted an offer for the Uruguay international that PSG sporting director Leonardo said “was not commensurate with the player’s value.”
With three clubs interested (Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spoke openly of his admiration for Cavani on Monday) and a price now set, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel may have summed it up best: “I am not sure that Edinson Cavani will be here in February.”
Moses edges closer to Inter switch
The report suggests that Moses is in Milan, with a medical due to take place on Tuesday. The Chelsea wing-back is set to link up with Conte once more, following a successful spell under the Italian during the club’s title-winning 2016-17 campaign.
Moses has spent the first half of this season on loan at Fenerbahce, with the Nigeria international deemed surplus to requirements by new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
– Wolves are keen to bolster their attacking options, with former Reading man Nelson Oliveira and Ecuadorian marksman Leonardo Campana both on Nuno Espirito Santos’ wish list, according to Sky Sports.