Transfer rumours: Coutinho, Kessie, Mbappe, Haaland, Alvarez, Trippier, Rudiger

Tottenham want to sign 29-year-old Barcelona and Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho on a free transfer, but the Catalans are holding out for a £17m fee amid possible interest from Everton and Arsenal. (El Nacional – in Catalan)external-link

Meanwhile, Tottenham are set to offer AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 25, a lucrative deal to tempt him to sign a pre-contract agreement to join in the summer. (ESPN)external-link

Manchester United are ready to pay the £16.8m release clause to sign River Plate’s Argentina striker Julian Alvarez in January, having edged ahead of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the race for the 21-year-old. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Newcastle are close to agreeing a deal for Atletico Madrid’s England right-back Kieran Trippier, 31, with clauses around possible Premier League relegation among the final details to be ironed out. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Lille’s Dutch centre-back Sven Botman, 21, is Newcastle’s top defensive target in the January transfer window. (Mail)external-link

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Real Madrid are aiming to sign both Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 23, and Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, in the summer. (ESPN)external-link

Chelsea will have to offer Germany central defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, a higher weekly wage than any other Blues player to convince the Tottenham target to extend a contract that expires at the end of the season. (Football Insider)external-link

Rudiger wants a signing-on bonus of more than £16m to run down his Chelsea contract and sign for Real Madrid as a free agent in the summer. (ABC – in Spanish)external-link

Tottenham remain interested in 25-year-old Wolves and Spain attacker Adama Traore. (Fabrizio Romano on YouTube)external-link

Arsenal are to hold talks with England midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24, over his future at the club. The player is also wanted by Everton and Roma. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester City are prepared to allow 19-year-old Dutch winger Jayden Braaf to leave the club in January, with a number of clubs interested in a cut-price deal as he nears the end of his contract. (Manchester Evening News) external-link

Sunderland are close to a deal for 24-year-old Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts. The Englishman is currently on loan at French side Troyes. (Football Insider)external-link

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