Mourinho want Dani Alves
Daily Mail has learned that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is weighing up winter bid for Barcelona full-back Daniel Alves.
With long-serving defender Branislav Ivanovic appearing to be past his prime, it looks as though the Blues will soon be in the market for new right-back.
And the latest reports suggest that Chelsea have made Barcelona’s Daniel Alves their primary target.
The Brazilian was on the verge of leaving the Catalans in the summer, but he ultimately changed his mind and remained at the club.
Nevertheless, it is believed he would seriously consider an offer from the Premier League holders as he wants another fresh challenge at the late stage of his career.
Chelsea are slowly getting their season back on track and they can be backed at 4/6 to defeat Newcastle on the road next weekend.
Nolito holds out for Barca move
Celta Vigo forward Nolito hopes to complete a proposed switch to Barcelona at the earliest opportunity, according to El Mundo Deportivo.
It is no secret that the Catalans have made their former player the number one target to replace Pedro Rodriguez and they are widely expected to make a move in the January window.
Barcelona would have no problems matching the player’s €18 million release clause, but they are concerned as Nolito is in talks over a new deal at Balaidos.
However, with the club chiefs hoping to increase the amount of said clause to €25 million, there is little chance that the forward will agree to such an offer due to the fact that he is keen on returning to Camp Nou.
Nolito left Barcelona for Benfica four years ago after making just two La Liga appearances for the club, but it was at Celta Vigo that he kick-started his career.
The 28-year-old has been in impressive form since arriving at Balaidos, scoring 31 goals and producing 16 assists in 75 league outings.
Gaitan keen on Premiership switch
Portuguese daily newspaper Record understands that Benfica hotshot Nicolas Gaitan aims to continue his career in English Premier League.
The highly rated footballer is widely tipped to join a top European club in the near future and the Eagles have no problems letting him leave as long as the €35 million buy out clause is matched.
Manchester United and few more English sides are believed to be keen on Gaitan’s services and it is no secret that he wants to move to England.
The 27-year-old would also have to meet certain work permit requirements in order to play in the Premier League and he will be glad to have been named in Tata Martino’s squad for 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Gaitan was in the starting line-up in Argentina’s 7-0 triumph over Bolivia earlier this month and he clearly did enough to keep his place.
The winger started all five league matches for Benfica this term, scoring one goal in the process, but the Eagles could only win three of those games.