African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Torino to make January bid for Ola Aina

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Torino to make Janaury bid for Aina

Torino are ready to tempt Chelsea with a bid to permanently sign Ola Aina in January, according to Evening Standard .

The 22-year-old who joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan in the summer is enjoying life in the Italian top-flight with 10 appearances so far this season.

With Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta and Victor Moses above him in the pecking order, Aina might consider turning out for the Bulls.

Juventus quash Benatia exit talks

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has played down rumours of Medhi Benatia leaving the club in January, insisting that he still has a role to play.

Benatia has been linked with moves to both Manchester United and Barcelona in recent weeks, after the return of Leonardo Bonucci to Juventus has seen his playing time reduced.

Read more here on Goal

Wan-Bissaka on Man City’s radar

Manchester City are monitoring the progress of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Crystal Palace, Mirror reports.

The Citizens are pondering a move for the 20-year-old who signed a four-year deal with the Eagles in April as back-up for Kyle Walker and Danilo.

Everton are also interested in signing Wan-Bissaka.

Man City make move for Pepe

English Premier League champions Manchester City have approached Lille about the availability of Cote d’Ivoire forward Nicolas Pepe, the Times reports.

Pepe has been in fine form this season with eight goals and seven assists in 12 games for Lille who are placed second in the Ligue 1 standings.

Diame to sign new Newcastle deal

Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame is set to sign a new contract with the Magpies, according to Chronicle Live .

The Senegalese who joined the Magpies in 2016, has agreed on a new deal with his employers which will be triggered only if the 21-year-old plays a certain number of matches.

AC Milan plan January move for Bailly

AC Milan are eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly who has struggled for playing minutes this season, according to ESPN .

The Ivorian defender is yet to play a game for the Red Devils since his last appearance in their 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle United on October 6.

With his contract set to expire at the end of next season,  talks over an extension of his contract have yet to take place.

Benatia to decide on Juventus future

Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia is set to evaluate his future at the Italian giants over concerns about his playing time.

Benata, 31, has made just four league appearances and one in the Champions League so far this season, and feels that he needs more regular football at this stage of his career.

Read the Morocco captain’s quotes here on Goal

Ziyech rules out Ajax exit

Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech has disclosed that he will remain with the Dutch Eredivisie side until the end of the season.

Ziyech has been a target for Roma, Everton and a host of European clubs after disclosing his intention to leave the Johan Cryuff Arena in the summer.

However, after being named the Player of the Month for October in the Dutch top-flight, the Morocco international has ruled out an exit in January.

“In January I will not move from here,” Ziyech was quoted by Calciomercato .

Everton consider Lookman/Wan-Bissaka swap deal

Everton are eyeing a move for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Sun reports.

The Toffees are looking to bolster their defensive options with the former DR Congo youth international and could allow Ademola Lookman to move to Selhurst Park as part of the deal.

The swap could come as an escape route for Lookman who has been frustrated with his lack of playing time under Marco Silva while Wan-Bissaka has been a regular fixture in Roy Hodgson’s team this term, making nine league appearances.

Moses doesn’t fit Sarri’s style of play

Maurizio Sarri gave an explanation as to why Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater are out of favour at Chelsea as his side prepare to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

Moses was an integral part of Antonio Conte’s last two seasons at Stamford Bridge, where he reinvented himself as a wing-back and helped his side to league and FA Cup titles, but has been sparsely used this campaign.

Read Sarri’s quotes about the Nigeria international here on Goal

Torino to offer Nkoulou new contract

Torino are planning to hand Nicolas Nkoulou a new contract extension in January to fend off transfer interests, according to Mercato365 .

The Cameroon international who is under contract until June 2020 joined the Serie A club from Lyon in the summer after impressing on loan in the 2017-18 campaign.

And the Bulls are looking to keep the centre-back who has produced fine defensive displays with a new deal.

West Ham offer €35 million for Kessie

Franck Kessie’s future in the San Siro Stadium is in doubt after West Ham tabled a €35 million bid for the midfielder’s services, TuttomercatoWeb claims.

Kessie has been a key part of Gennaro Gattuso’s set-up since he joined AC Milan from Atalanta on a two-year loan deal in 2017.

But the Rossoneri now need to decide either to activate the purchase option or release the 21-year-old who has also attracted interests from PSG, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Beijing Guoan. 

Cissokho joins Israeli top-flight outfit

Senegal international Issa Cissokho has joined Maccabi Petah-Tikva until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old was without a club since the end of his contract with French Ligue 1 club Amiens in July.

Napoli reject Barca’s €70m bid for Koulibaly

Napoli have rejected Barcelona’s €70m offer for centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport via Calciomercato .

The Partenopei are resigned to keeping the Senegalese defender who recently signed a new five-year deal despite interests from Manchester United and the Spanish giants.

Meanwhile, Koulibaly has disclosed that he is happy in Naples at the moment.

Atletico Madrid keeping tabs on Kamano

Francois Kamano’s fine form in the French Ligue 1 this campaign has drawn the attention of Atletico Madrid, Mercato365 reports.

The Spanish giants had scouts present at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux to watch the Guinea international who has seven goals this season as Bordeaux bowed to a 1-0 defeat to Nice.

Representatives from Newcastle United, Sevilla and Roma were said to be in the stands during the French Ligue 1 game.

Wolves want Napoli’s Diawara

English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing Amadou Diawara, CalcioNapoli24 claims.

The Molineux Stadium outfit have made enquiries about the availability of the Guinean midfielder who has failed to lock down a regular place in Carlo Ancelotti’s set-up.

Meanwhile, Napoli reportedly value the 21-year-old at no less than €45m.

Tottenham eye Onana

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has become a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, Voetbal International claims.

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The Cameroon international has been impressive in the Eredivisie this term, conceding just four goals in 10 league games so far.

His arrival in Mauricio Pochettino’s side could either be as a competition with French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris or as a replacement option for the first choice.


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