Transfer rumours: Saka, Botman, Laporte, Kessie, Dembele

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Liverpool are interested in Arsenal and England winger Bukayo Saka, 20, whose contract at the Emirates expires in 2024. (Transfer Window podcast, via Express)external-link

Liverpool have also made a contract offer to AC Milan’s 25-year-old Ivory Coast international Franck Kessie, whose deal at the San Siro expires at the end of this season. (Ansa – in Italian)external-link

Barcelona want to sign 27-year-old Manchester City and Spain defender Aymeric Laporte next summer. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle are closing in on Lille’s £30m-rated Dutch defender Sven Botman, 21, as a key piece of their January transfer business. (Mail)external-link

The Magpies are also monitoring Juventus’ Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, with West Ham and Everton also interested in the 31-year-old. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle have put together a “monster” contract offer for Barcelona’s unsettled French winger Ousmane Dembele, 24. (Rudy Galetti on Twitter)external-link

Arsenal have earmarked Real Sociedad and Sweden’s Alexander Isak, 22, and Lille and Canada’s Jonathan David, 21 as possible options to bolster their strike force. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Chelsea are edging towards a deal for Monaco’s 21-year-old French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who may be a cheaper option than West Ham and England’s Declan Rice, 22. (Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law on the London is Blue podcast, via Chelsea Chronicle)external-link

Lyon have rejected Chelsea’s attempt to recall 27-year-old Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, who is on loan at the Ligue 1 side. (L’Equipe, via Get French Football News)external-link

Leeds are interesting in signing 26-year-old Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, currently on loan at Verona from Cagliari, in the summer. (L’Arena, via Sport Witness)external-link

Barcelona have made 29-year-old former Chelseastriker Alvaro Morata, currently on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, their top target for January. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

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