Ruben Neves Prefers to Remain at Al-Hilal over Joining Newcastle on Loan, Chelsea Faces Setback with Victor Osimhen, Kobbie Mainoo’s Salary Set to Double due to Contract Clause

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With less than a month to go until January, football clubs across the land are locked in discussions about who to bring in. 

Whether the Saudi Pro League will make moves for more top stars is one of the talking points, as is the fate of rumoured returners, such as Ruben Neves.  

Chelsea and Arsenal are both looking to bring in strikers but today’s Transfer Gossip column looks at reports suggesting they could be left frustrated in their primary pursuits. 

In managerial news, Real Madrid are keen on making Xabi Alonso their next manager when Carlo Ancelotti leaves, but that’s little surprise given his flying form at Bayer Leverkusen.

Mail Sport rounds up ten transfer rumours to keep you in the know this Sunday morning.  


Ruben Neves told the BBC that he wants to stay at Al-Hilal rather than go on loan to Newcastle

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Ruben Neves said he ‘wants to stay’ in Saudi Arabia and will not go on loan to Newcastle from Al-Hilal, who are also majority owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund. (BBC.)

Chelsea’s hopes of signing Victor Osimhen have reportedly taken a blow as Napoli chairman Aurelio Di Laurentiis revealed the red-hot striker, who scored 31 goals last season, is on the verge of signing a new deal with the Serie A champions. (

Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic has reiterated his desire to stay with Juventus. The Gunners previously tried to sign him before he joined the Italian giants. (La Gazzetta dello Sport.) 

Kobbie Mainoo is set to double his £10,000-per-week wages with Manchester United. He is close to sealing the boost to £20,000 thanks to a clause in his salary. (Daily Star.) 

PSG now lead the race for Corinthians wonderkid midfielder Gabriel Moscardo as negotiations between the clubs advanced. That’s despite Chelsea previously being seen as the frontrunners for the 18-year-old’s signature. (L’Equipe.)

Galatasaray have contacted Donny van de Beek over a potential move in January. He has played twice for Manchester United this season. (Sporx.) 

West Ham have asked for information about Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen and are considering a January move for him. Maatsen has struggled for first-team football at Stamford Bridge after three seasons out on loan. (Rudy Galetti.) 

West Ham are reportedly interested in bringing in Chelsea's out-of-favour Ian Maatsen

West Ham are reportedly interested in bringing in Chelsea’s out-of-favour Ian Maatsen

Real Madrid want to make Xabi Alonso their next manager and have earmarked him as their ideal replacement for Carlo Ancelotti in the long-term, while Liverpool and Manchester City are also keeping an eye on him. (Daily Mirror.) 

Liverpool’s Fabio Carvalho could fall down the pecking order at RB Leipzig, where they are on loan, because the German side are considering bringing in Granada winger Bryan Zaragoza. The Reds don’t want Carvalho back for now, posing questions for his future. (The Athletic.) 

Michael Carrick is looking to reinforce his defence with a Premier League signing, ideally on loan. After Darragh Lenihan’s injury, he is looking at Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall as well as Leeds’ Charlie Cresswell with Middlesbrough sitting 12th. (The Sun.)  

Arsenal's hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic could be thwarted as he wishes to stay at Juventus

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic could be thwarted as he wishes to stay at Juventus


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