Gossip column: Ozil, Keita, Griezmann, Lemar, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard

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Transfer news - 11:30 GMT update

Juventus are ready to challenge Manchester United for the summer signing of Mesut Ozil if the 29-year-old German is not sold by Arsenal this month. (Corriere dello Sport via Mail)

RB Leipzig will resist any attempt from Liverpool to bring 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield this month. (Liverpool Echo)

The Welsh Football Association risk losing out on managerial target Ryan Giggs to Stoke as they seek a successor to Chris Coleman.(Mirror)

Chelsea have no interest in selling Ruben Loftus-Cheek - who is on loan at Crystal Palace - in the summer and still regard the 21-year-old as part of their long-term plans, although Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to sign him permanently. (London Evening Standard)

Sheffield United are set to move for Manchester United striker James Wilson, 22, and Wolves midfielder Lee Evans, 23. (Sheffield Star).

Earlier transfer news

France striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, will demand £400,000 a week to reject Barcelona and join Manchester United from Atletico Madrid. (Sun)

Chelsea want Borussia Monchengladbach and Belgium forward Thorgan Hazard, 24, to join brothers Eden, 27, and Kylian, 22, at Stamford Bridge. (Bild - in German)

Liverpool want Monaco and France forward Thomas Lemar, 22, to replace 25-year-old Barcelona-bound playmaker Philippe Coutinho - and are ready to try to make it happen this month. (Mirror)

Or Liverpool's decision to allow Coutinho to join Barcelona will not bring forward any possible move for Lemar. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid were willing to offer £177m for Coutinho, before he agreed to join Barcelona in a £142m deal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Coutinho will have a medical on Monday and will be presented as a Barcelona player, but his debut could be delayed by an injury. (AS)

The Brazilian is paying £11.5m towards the transfer. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool will attempt to bring Guinea and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita's move to Anfield forward from the summer and are willing to pay more to get the 22-year-old in January. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid's top transfer targets in the summer will be two Chelsea and Belgium players - winger Eden Hazard, 27, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25 - but they will wait for Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, with the 24-year-old a long-term target for the Spanish club. (Sky Sports)

Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, 25, wants to leave Paris St-Germain and join Manchester United this month. (Telefoot via Express)

Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, needs to "wait for his chance" at Barcelona amid rumours Inter Milan want the Spaniard, according to the Catalan club's sporting relations manager. (Bein Sports via Football Italia)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are not close to making any more January additions after they "signed a Greek boy" - 20-year-old defender Konstantinos Mavropanos. (Sun)

Bournemouth are set to sign Colchester United's top scorer Sammie Szmodics, 22, with the English midfielder costing the Cherries about £1m. (Star)

Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazil midfielder Fred, 24, says he is waiting for a phone call from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (GloboEsporte, via Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy, 21. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Leicester City are close to their first signing of the January transfer window - Mali forward Fousseni Diabate. The Foxes have agreed a £1.7m fee for the 22-year-old, who plays for French Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio. (Leicester Mercury)

Leeds United have made Club Brugge's Belgian left-back Laurens de Bock, 25, their top target this month. (Leeds Live)

Sprint legend Usain Bolt, 31, has revealed he will have a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March, but he has his heart set on playing for Manchester United. (Express)

Daily Star
Daily Star

Best of Sunday's gossip

Liverpool are set to sign Riyad Mahrez, with the 26-year-old Leicester City and Algeria forward expected to have a medical on Sunday. (Bein Sports)

Manchester City are set to put in a £25m bid for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, 29, but that move could put an end to their interest in Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 25. (Sunday Mirror)

City are keen on a move for Leicester's England defender Harry Maguire, 24, and could offer £50m to the Foxes for the former Hull City centre-back. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are set to step up their attempt to bring Gareth Bale, 28, from Real Madrid to Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window. (Sunday Express)

Gossip was compiled by Matt Davis.

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