Barcelona’s Firpo ‘surplus to requirements’
Marca claims Gaya is Barcelona’s preferred choice, but add that Valencia may be reluctant to depart with 25-year-old because of his importance in the club’s first-team. Consequently, Pedraza appears the more financially viable option for Ronald Koeman’s side at this moment in time.
Napoli set high price for Koulibaly
Premier League giants Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have all expressed their interested in securing the 29-year-old’s services, but De Laurentiis stated he would only genuinely consider selling the defender if an offer greater than or equal to £100 million is submitted.
It means Koulibaly is highly unlikely to leave Napoli without becoming the world’s most expensive defender. Liverpool are understandably still interested in Koulibaly amid a defensive injury crises which sees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined, however it is unclear if they would be willing to meet Napoli’s high demands.
Gunners target Villa keeper Heaton
Arteta sees Heaton as an ideal replacement for Icelandic shot-stopper Runarsson.
– Despite playing only 180 minutes of competitive football this season, Aston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert has rejected a move to Istanbul Basaksehir. That’s according to Football Insider, who say the right-back has been granted clearance by manager Dean Smith to leave Villa Park this transfer window.
– Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could have his trying loan spell at Atletico Madrid cut short amid reports suggesting as many as four clubs are monitoring his talents. AS claims that Serie A giants Torino, Fiorentina and Lazio are interested in signing the 24-year-old, plus Valencia who have made signing Torreira their priority before the winter transfer window closes.