Football gossip: Isco, Firpo, Pulisic, Pepe, Holgate, Solanke, Manolas

Football gossip

Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco, 26, has played down the prospect of a move to Chelsea in January by saying he will not be leaving the Bernabeu during the transfer window. (Deportes Cuatro, via Metro)

Manchester City are tracking Real Betis' 22-year-old Spanish left-back Junior Firpo but face competition from Real Madrid. (Mirror)

Liverpool and England striker Dominic Solanke, 21, has had a medical at Crystal Palace as he nears a loan move. (Mail)

Liverpool target and Borussia Dortmund and USA midfielder Christian Pulisic, 20, looks set to join Premier League rivals Chelsea, according to an announcement made by former USA striker Eddie Johnson on social media. (Calciomercato)

Lille and Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, who has been linked with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City, appears open to a move next summer. (Le Voix du Nord, via Star)

Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, says he is open to staying at AC Milan at the end of his season-long loan at the Italian club. (MilanNews, via Mail)

Manchester United want to sign 27-year-old Roma and Greece centre-back Kostas Manolas. (Tuttomercato, via Express)

Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 26, has been told to leave the Gunners on loan in January in order to force his way into manager Unai Emery's long-term plans. (Standard)

Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, could leave Selhurst Park in the summer but not in January, says chairman Steve Parish. (Mirror)

Fulham may sell French striker Aboubakar Kamara, 23, after he ignored manager Claudio Ranieri's orders and insisted on taking a penalty - which he missed - against Huddersfield on Saturday. (Times)

West Brom are closing in on a deal to sign Everton's 22-year-old English defender Mason Holgate on loan in January. (Express & Star)

German club RB Leipzig have joined the race to sign Chelsea's 18-year-old English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. (Kicker - German)

Middlesbrough hope to sign Huddersfield's Dutch midfielder Rajiv van La Parra, 27, on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. (Yorkshire Post)

Manager Brendan Rodgers says Celtic have work to do in the January transfer window to bring in new players. (Irish Times, via Celtic TV)

Assistant manager Steve Holland says England did not handle the 2018 World Cup semi-final in Russia as well as they could have done. (Telegraph)

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