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Wednesday’s transfer rumors – Eriksen to join Arsenal in shock trade deal?

Wednesday's transfer rumors - Eriksen to join Arsenal in shock trade deal?
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Balotelli ‘in talks’ for shock Barnsley move

Mario Balotelli is a free agent once more following Brescia’s relegation into Serie B last season. A return to England is possible – albeit in the Championship rather than the Premier League.

Barnsley, who sit 16th in the standings and just six points above the drop zone, have held talks with Balotelli. Although the striker, who is training with Serie D side Franciacorta, appears to have lost interest. [The Sun]

Chelsea set sights on Bellingham

Jude Bellingham turned down interest from Manchester United to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer and has made a decent start in the Bundesliga. A return to England, however, could already be on the cards.

Chelsea have kept tabs on the 17-year-old’s progress and view him as an ideal transfer alternative to West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. [Eurosport]

Traore trouble for Wolves?

Adama Traore set the Premier League alight last season with some sublime performances. The 24-year-old has captured the interest of several clubs, including former side Barcelona and Liverpool. This prompted Wolves to begin talks for a new contract.

But a lack of regular game time this season has left Traore unhappy and caused contract negotiations to stall. [Goal]

Arsenal consider Xhaka & Eriksen swap deal

Christian Eriksen may be out of favor at Inter Milan, but he still seems to be a wanted man elsewhere. Now a surprise return to north London could be possible – albeit with Arsenal.

The former Tottenham playmaker is reportedly under consideration for a swap deal by the Gunners, involving Granit Xhaka. [Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport]

Barcelona to offload 4 players

Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia remain top of Barcelona’s transfer list for this January. But to sign them will require sacrifices, namely the sale of four players to be exact.

Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite, and Matheus Fernandes are allegedly the stars that Ronald Koeman has decided to offload. [Daily Mail]

Desperate Kepa seeks loan exit

Summer signing Edouard Mendy has thrived in goal and appears to have eased Chelsea’s defensive woes, leaving Kepa Arrizabalaga out in the cold.

The 26-year-old, who is the club’s transfer record signing alongside Kai Havertz, has made just three appearances this season. His lack of games has also caused him to slip down the pecking order for the Spanish national team.

Now Kepa is allegedly prepared to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in January and would be prepared to accept a pay cut on his £150,000-per-week salary. [The Sun].