Not content with having a name that makes him sound like two-thirds of a 1970s London prog rock band, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is now the subject of interest from Juventus. A bit-part player at Stamford Bridge, the Italian international has played only two Premier League games this season and would go to Turin as cover for Alex Sandro.
In more well-documented news, Chelsea are this close to finalising a deal to signing Gonzalo Higuaín on loan from Juve; a deal that is so tantalisingly near completion that the Guardian has put not one but two of their best men on the case and ordered them to write all about it. Once that particular deal is finalised, expect Álvaro Morata to pack some belongings in a suitcase and toddle off to Atlético Madrid. Michy Batshuayi is another striker who looks likely to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door but his next destination remains unclear. Everton are interested but would have to pay £40m as they already have a Chelsea player on loan in the hulking form of Kurt Zouma, while Michy himself would rather go to Monaco.
Inter remain determined to add Luka Modric to a cabal of Croatians that already includes Ivan Perisic, Sime Vrsaljko and Marcelo Brozovic. The Ballon d’Or holder has been linked with a move to Italy since the World Cup and, with his Real Madrid contract due to expire in the summer of 2020, may leave the Bernabéu in the summer. In bad news for Tottenham fans, Real will attempt to replace him with Christian Eriksen, who is also getting the glad eye from Manchester City and Chelsea.
PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn is wanted by Manchester United, while Ajax are ready to reject the advances of Manchester City and sell his better known compatriot Frenkie de Jong to Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Mesut Özil has been told he can leave the Emirates but has shown an understandably commendable reluctance to do so considering he is on £350,000 per week. The Gunners are so desperate to offload their non-playing playmaker that they have offered to pay a sizeable chunk of his wages to anyone who’ll give him a gig.
West Ham have renewed their interest in Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez following a failed bid to sign him last summer. Should Marko Arnautovic go to Shanghai SIPG in China, Celta will attempt to rinse up to £45m out of the Hammers for their 22-year-old Uruguay international.
Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been identified as a potential loan signing for Tottenham as they attempt to figure out how to avoid playing Vincent Janssen in the absence of the injured Harry Kane. Well aware that Mauricio Pochettino would almost certainly prefer to send out 10 men rather than give him a game, the Dutch outcast is attempting to engineer a move to Galatasaray.
And finally, Neil Warnock is ready to put his reservations about “the rest of the world” and everyone in it to one side by finalising the purchase of Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala from French club Nantes for £18m. Sala had been expected to pull out of his team’s Ligue 1 match against Nimes on Wednesday night, but started on the bench and came on as a 72nd minute substitute to no avail as Nantes lost 1-0. Cardiff are hopeful they can wrap up what will constitute a record transfer for the club in time to include the 28-year-old in their squad to face Newcastle this weekend.