Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid star Isco rules out Chelsea move, Pulisic deal ‘confirmed’, Manchester City want Betis defender

Transfer news and football gossip: Real Madrid star Isco rules out Chelsea move, Pulisic deal ‘confirmed’, Manchester City want Betis defender

The transfer window opens tomorrow and there is plenty of speculation doing the rounds. Here’s the top news and gossip from Monday’s papers and across the web…

Isco has played down reports linking him with a move to Chelsea by insisting that he will not be leaving Real Madrid in the January transfer window. (Metro)

Manchester City are tracking Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo — but will have to beat Real Madrid to get him. Blues boss Pep Guardiola has been checking on the 22-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid as a long-term replacement for Marcelo. Premier League champions City are now weighing up whether to make a move for Firpo, who could provide cover, and competition, for Benjamin Mendy. (Daily Mirror)

Junior Firpo is on Man City’s radar

Manchester City have been knocked back in a bid for Lyon defensive midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. City bid £45m for the 22-year-old, who impressed twice in the meetings with Lyon in the Champions League, however the French club are looking for at least £75m for the French international. (The Times)

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has had a medical with Crystal Palace ahead of his loan move. The 21-year-old has had limited opportunities at Anfield since joining the club from Chelsea in 2017 and is now set for regular Premier League first team football at Selhurst Park. (Daily Mail)

RB Leipzig have become the latest club to express their interest in signing Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to reports. Bayern Munich are very keen on the 18-year-old with reports claiming the Bundesliga champions had already bid £13million for the Chelsea man and now Leipzig have entered the race for Hudson-Odoi. (The Sun)

Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi could be on the move

Barcelona have dismissed reports of an agreement with Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and insist they have not broken the rules over his potential recruitment. (FULL STORY HERE)

Chelsea have reportedly won the race to sign United States wonderkid Christian Pulisic, and his move to Stamford Bridge appears to have been confirmed on social media by former United States international Eddie Johnson. (FULL STORY HERE)

Mohamed Elneny has been told to leave Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window to help himself force his way into Unai Emery’s plans. Elneny has made just seven appearances under Emery since the Spaniard took over from Arsene Wenger last summer. (London Evening Standard)

West Brom are closing in on a loan deal for Everton defender Mason Holgate. The Baggies are keen on bolstering their defensive line in January and have targeted the England Under-21 international, who can play at centre-back or right-back. (Birmingham Mail)