Real Madrid are making plans to secure the signing of Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer. The Spanish giants are set to contact the Paris Saint-Germain forward in the first week of January to confirm his willingness to join them once his contract expires in June. Real Madrid employed a similar strategy with David Alaba three years ago, and they are eager to finalize the deal as soon as possible if Mbappe gives a positive response.
Juventus are eyeing a move for Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino and are prepared to offer Moise Kean in exchange. Patino, who is currently on loan at Swansea City, is highly rated by Arsenal, but Juventus cannot afford his £17.4 million price tag in the January transfer window. Instead, they are considering a part-exchange deal involving Kean, who previously played in the Premier League.
Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Fluminense midfielder Andre in January. The 22-year-old Brazilian is seen as a potential replacement for Wataru Endo, who will be participating in the Asian Cup. Liverpool had attempted to sign Andre in the summer but were unsuccessful. However, with Fluminense’s season now over, Andre is open to a move to Europe. Fulham is also said to be interested in the midfielder.
Arsenal is facing a decision regarding their pursuit of Ivan Toney. The club needs to raise transfer funds, which may require player sales. One option is to sign a new center-forward and utilize Gabriel Jesus as a wide player. However, top-class center-forwards are scarce in the market, and Arsenal’s finances are tight. A move for Toney in January is unlikely, with Brentford unwilling to sell. A big-money move for a center-forward is more probable in the summer, unless significant departures occur in January.