Transfer Rumours 04/12: ManCity Back in for Messi, Chelsea Decide to Sell Kepa, Madrid Make Contact with Pochettino

Dec 4, 2020, 4:30 PM GMT+5:30
Lionel Messi
Manchester City will reportedly be back for Lionel Messi during the January transfer window | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

As we inch closer to the January transfer window, we take a look at some of the top transfer rumours of the day from the best sources possible.

We will also provide a rating to these transfer rumours, giving our opinion on how likely a particular transfer rumour is to become a reality.

Man City back in for Messi

Manchester City have reportedly reignited their interest in Lionel Messi having failed to prise him away from Barcelona throughout the summer, according to talkSPORT.

Messi still wants to leave Barca which has reopened the door for a possible Man City switch in the January transfer window. Barca could be tempted to sell in January as it would guarantee them a transfer fee, or they risk losing him for free next June.

Rumour Rating: 6/10

Arsenal and Liverpool consider move for Bissouma

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly considering January bids for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, claims talkSPORT.

The Mali international continues to catch the eye on a Premier League stage and could be offered a route out of the Amex Stadium in 2021.

Rumour Rating: 6.5/10

Chelsea decide to sell Kepa

Chelsea have reportedly decided that they will look to sell Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window, according to ESPN.

The Spanish goalkeeper has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and Frank Lampard will now welcome offers in the New Year. The report also claims that Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori could be on their way out too.

Rumour Rating: 7/10

Origi & Shaqiri up for sale

Liverpool are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri during the January window, claims ESPN.

The Reds are willing to offload fringe players in an effort to free up funds and space in their squad for possible additions during an injury crisis.

Rumour Rating: 6.5/10

Real Madrid make contact with Pochettino

Real Madrid have reportedly been in contact with Mauricio Pochettino about replacing Zinedine Zidane at the helm, according to Sport.

The pressure on the French coach increased this week after his side were beaten by Shakhtar in the Champions League. Pochettino is the top candidate to replace him, and the report says talks are already underway.

Rumour Rating: 7/10