Football gossip: Pogba, Benatia, Neymar, Morata, Koscielny, Batshuayi

Football gossip

Last updated Friday 11 January, 15:15 GMT

Juventus want to re-sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, in the summer and Manchester United are reportedly willing to consider it if Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 28, moves to Old Trafford as part of the deal. (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato)

Juventus are ready to offer Morocco centre-back Medhi Benatia, 31, to Arsenal as part of the deal that would see Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, moving the other way. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Metro)

Paris St-Germain and Brazil winger Neymar, 26, has reportedly contacted former club Barcelona several times in recent months over a possible return to the club. (El Mundo - in Spanish)

Barcelona are considering a loan move for Chelsea and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 26, who is also a target for Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny, 33, has rejected a transfer approach from Monaco. (Le10 Sport, via Mirror)

Monaco are in talks with Chelsea over a deal for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 25. The player's agent has flown out to France to discuss a potential move. (Goal)

Everton are interested in signing Southampton and Portugal defender Cedric Soares, 27, with the Saints reportedly willing to sell. (Sun, via Star)

Leicester want to sign Hull winger Jarrod Brown with Tottenham and Everton also tracking the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Hull are close to completing the loan signing of Cardiff defender Matthew Connolly, 31. (Hull Daily Mail)

Earlier updates

Chelsea are in talks to sign Juventus and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan until the end of the season - although the Italian giants would prefer to sell him on a permanent basis. The 31-year-old is on loan at fellow Serie A side AC Milan at the moment. (Telegraph)

The Blues have rejected an offer from Barcelona for 30-year-old Willian which would have involved fellow Brazil forward Malcom, 21, going the other way. (Telegraph)

Barcelona could look to sell playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 26, in the summer to fund a move to bring his Brazil team-mate, 26-year-old Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, back to the Nou Camp. (Standard)

Bayern Munich are in talks with PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who was linked with a free transfer to Barcelona in the summer, and could sign the 23-year-old France international in January. (Radio Montecarlo, via Express)

England winger Jadon Sancho, 18, wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, despite reports linking the former Manchester City player with a return to the Premier League. (Mail)

Everton are among several clubs interested in signing Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi after the 25-year-old's loan spell at Valencia was cut short. (Telegraph)

Crystal Palace and Fulham are also interested in signing Batshuayi. (Mirror)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 27, went straight down the tunnel following his substitution in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Burton Albion because he was unhappy at being taken off after 58 minutes. (Times - subscription required)

Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra's agent says Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is interested in the 28-year-old Argentine. (Mirror)

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says 30-year-old English goalkeeper Fraser Forster is not part of his plans. (Daily Echo)

Newcastle United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old has been dubbed the "Turkish Lionel Messi". (Sun)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering recalling Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32. (Mail)

Wolves have been linked with a move for Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi in the January transfer window. Origi scored in the FA Cup tie between the two teams on Monday but has only started one Premier League game this season. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp intends to keep 23-year-old Origi at the club for the rest of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has described reported Liverpool interest in 26-year-old England defender James Tarkowski as "bizarre", adding that "there are a lot of rumours out there, and not much fact". (Express)

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella intends to turn down a move to Chelsea this month. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is prepared to pay £45m for the 21-year-old Italy midfielder. (Tutto Mercato, via Talksport)

Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 30, says he does not know where his future lies with his Old Trafford contract set to expire in the summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Huddersfield have had a bid for Japan forward Shinji Okazaki, 32, rejected by Premier League rivals Leicester City. (Sun)

Watford manager Javi Gracia says he will not be signing any players in January. (Independent)

Fulham are in talks to sign Bordeaux and Senegal right-back Youssouf Sabaly, 25. (Sky Sports)

Watford striker Jerome Sinclair's loan spell at Sunderland has been cut short and the 21-year-old Englishman will now return to his parent club. (Watford Observer)

Swansea City and Sunderland are among the clubs interested in signing 23-year-old Ayr United and former Scotland Under-21 striker Lawrence Shankland, with Ayr boss Ian McCall saying any deal must include the player being loaned back to the Scottish Championship club for the rest of the season. (Wales Online)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Brentford's 21-year-old English left-back Rico Henry, who played for Villa boss Dean Smith at Walsall and Brentford. (Birmingham Mail)

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira wants to speak with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho about returning to his homeland to manage the club. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

However, Mourinho has ruled out a return to Portugal. (Correia de Manha - in Portuguese)

Real Madrid are still interested in bringing former manager Mourinho back to the Bernabeu but Manchester United will demand £10m from the Spanish giants if they re-employ him. (Sun)

Tottenham want to sign Hoffenheim and Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch, 23. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool and Spain left-back Alberto Moreno, 26, has told the Reds he does not want to renew his contract and wants to return to La Liga. (Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

West Ham and England Under-20 defender Reece Oxford, 20, will hold talks with his agent in the coming days over his uncertain future at London Stadium. (Mail)

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Zenit St Petersburg over a deal for Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes, 24. (Sportitalia, via Metro)

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo wants to return to the Premier League in January. The Nigerian international, 29, joined Chinese club Changchun Yatai in January 2017. (Sky Sports)

Leeds are watching Kilmarnock and Scotland Under-21 striker Eamonn Brophy, 22. (Mail, via Talksport)

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