Transfer news: Wednesday, December 30
Arsenal and Wolves are plotting a shock move for Diego Costa after the Spain forward’s Atletico Madrid contract was terminated.
Costa, 32, has established himself as one of Europe’s most prolific forwards during spells with both Atleti and Chelsea in recent years.
But after making just two starts in La Liga this term, he reached a mutual agreement with the club to part ways yesterday — putting several sides on red alert.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo has seen Wolves struggle for goals since Mexican marksman Raul Jimenez fractured his skull last month and The Sun say a move for Costa (pictured above) could be on the cards.
Nuno's hopes of landing the striker are aided by the club’s connection to Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes, who has helped several stars secure deals at Molineux.
The report also claims Arsenal are interested in Costa, with the Gunners deemed more likely to match his excessive wage demands.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum's future is set to be decided in the next three days amid interest from Barcelona.
Wijnaldum, 30, was targeted in the summer by Barca boss Ronald Koeman, who worked with the Reds star while in charge of the Netherlands.
But the Liverpool Echo report Wijnaldum is desperate to stay at Anfield, sparking fresh hope that an agreement can be reached.
One man who could soon depart Barcelona for the Premier League is Lionel Messi, with The Telegraph claiming Manchester City remain confident of doing a deal.
The report states that Messi, 33, mentioned his desire to play in the United States before his career is over — something that City could offer given their ties to MLS franchise New York City FC.
It is thought a lucrative offer consisting of three years at the Etihad before a two-year stint in America could be tabled for the Argentine in the summer.
Meanwhile, Eurosport suggest Paris Saint-Germain may raid Tottenham for players should ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino be confirmed as their new boss.
It is thought Pochettino, 48, would look to offer goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and out-of-favour midfielder Dele Alli the chance to swap North London for the French capital.
Lloris, 34, has obvious ties given his status as France’s No1 goalkeeper, while Alli, 24, is a long-term PSG target and looks certain to exit Spurs after dropping down the pecking order in recent months.