6.15pm Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid to recall Odegaard, Donnarumma rejects new AC Milan deal with Wenger set to take over – The Sun

WITH the football back in full swing, clubs around the world will be beginning to focus on where they can freshen up their squads in January.

Arsenal are still having defensive issues, Man Utd are lacking up front and Chelsea will be looking to make up for lost time if their ban is overturned.

Get all the latest transfer news and gossip here…

  • CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE clubs love a January splurge – could any of these fees be broken in the next window?

  • ARSENAL are reportedly lining up a bid for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard.
    Sport Witness claims Unai Emery wants the Norwegian to replace Mesut Ozil next summer.
    Odegaard, 20, appears to have finally found his form after years in the wilderness following a high-profile to move to Real at the age of 15.
    His time in the academy was far from straight forward, but loan spells in the Netherlands with Heerenveen and Vitesse helped secure a move to La Liga giants Real Sociedad this summer.
    He has since been in terrific form, scoring twice and assisting once in just six appearances to be named Player of the Month.
    And Arsenal are now said to be looking at bringing Odegaard to the Premier League.
    Ozil has fallen down the Emirates pecking order under Unai Emery.
    Dani Ceballos is the preferred No 10 for the Gunners right now.
    But his deal from Real Madrid is just a loan, and there is every chance Zinedine Zidane will want him back at the Bernabeu.
    However, Odegaard could be available for transfer after failing to make the grade for Los Blancos.
    But Arsenal may have to spend as much as £71m to secure his signature.
    Prem rivals Wolves are also interested, although they are hoping to pay a significantly smaller fee.

  • SON HEUNG-MIN has opened up on his tough start at Tottenham – and how Mauricio Pochettino persuaded him to stay.

    The South Korea ace, 27, struggled when he first arrived in the Premier League as the most expensive Asian player ever.

    But Pochettino was convinced Spurs had made the right choice in splashing out £22million for the former Bayer Leverkusen star.

    Son told Goal: “The Premier League is different.

    “I do not want to compare this with the Bundesliga, because the Bundesliga has great quality, but in the Premier League everything goes faster and is much more physical.

    “At the beginning I played and also scored some goals. Unfortunately, I injured myself and it was difficult to find a connection to the team again.

    “I did not get any more games and wanted to go back to Germany because I felt very comfortable there.

    “But the coach has always encouraged me. He was the right coach for me in this situation.

    “I said I’d like to leave the club, but he really wanted me to do well at Tottenham. He gave me new self-confidence.

    “The talks went so well that at some point I pushed aside my thoughts of change.”

  • DIEGO COSTA has reportedly emerged as a shock transfer target for Qatar side Al Rayyan but Atletico Madrid are desperate to keep the star until the summer.

    The Spanish bad-boy looked set to leave Diego Simeone’s side for the second time in August after the arrivals of Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata.

    The 30-year-old's relationship with club bosses also deteriorated after he was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga authorities for verbally abusing a referee last term.

    But now Costa has been the chance to reinvigorate his career in the Middle East with Al Rayyan holding negotiations with Atletico, according to AS Diario.

    The Qatar-based outfit view the Brazilian-born striker as a viable alternative to Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic after they failed to land the Croatian this summer.

    Al Rayyan are thought to be keen on a January move for Costa, who is under contract at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2021.

  • MANCHESTER UNITED target Gianluigi Donnarumma has reportedly rejected a new £5.3million-a-year deal with AC Milan.

    The Italian goalkeeper, 20, was heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A giants this summer.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan held talks with agent Mino Raiola last week.

    Marco Giampaolo's side are keen to tie the Italian down with a new deal before his contract expires at the end of next season.

    But the report claims that the two-year offer was deemed unacceptable by Raiola.

    Donnarumma emerged as a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side this summer.

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