As the January transfer window draws near, clubs are reassessing their players and players with limited opportunities are looking for better offers.

  • John Obi Mikel is set to leave Chelsea in January and the 29-year-old Nigeria midfielder is a target for clubs in France and China. (Le 10 Sport, via Daily Star)
  • Chelsea are looking to move for Inter Milan’s France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 23, who is unhappy at not playing regular football at the Serie A club. (Daily Mirror)
  • Inter Milan will make a £50m move for Paris St-Germain’s Argentina winger Angel di Maria, 28, if a bid for Real Madrid’s 25-year-old Colombia international James Rodriguez fails. (Sun)
  • Arsenal have joined Juventus and Bayern Munich in a race to sign 17-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak from AIK. (Calciomercato)
  • Everton have had a £7m approach for 19-year-old striker Ademola Lookman rejected by Charlton. (Daily Mirror)
  • Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, is “disgusted” by his treatment at the club and wants to leave, with AC Milan and Inter both interested in the France international. (La Parisien, via Daily Star)
  • Wayne Rooney will be stripped of the England captaincy after pictures emerged showing him at a wedding at the team’s hotel while on international duty. (Sun)
  • Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has ruled out becoming the next manager of MK Dons after the League One side made contact with the player’s representatives. (ESPN)
  • Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning a £25m move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 25, who will link up with Wales team-mate Gareth Bale. (Sun)
  • Everton manager Ronald Koeman is interested in signing out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22, having tried to recruit the Netherlands international when in charge of Southampton. (Daily Mirror)
  • Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 26, was “absolutely spot on” to describe their relationship at Anfield as a “disaster”. (Talksport)
  • Reds striker Daniel Sturridge, 27, has emerged as a shock £25.5m transfer target for Italian side AC Milan. (Calciomercatoweb, via Sun)
  • Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho was pictured going into the city’s Spire Hospital on Thursday. It is thought the Brazil international, 24, was having a scan on an injury that leaves him doubtful for Saturday’s match at Southampton. (Liverpool Echo)