Football transfer rumours: Morata to Atlético? Wilson to Chelsea for £50m?

Today’s fluff wants to go out with a bang

The hum around Álvaro Morata continues. With Chelsea keen to bolster their forward line, Maurizio Sarri is said to be ready to cast Morata off into the Spanish sunset, with Atlético Madrid joining Sevilla in the race to land the striker. Morata’s £140,000-a-week salary could be taken off the books if they can ship him out on loan this month, freeing up funds to make a swoop for Callum Wilson or Gonzalo Higuaín, though Bournemouth will command around £50m for the former.

If that figure makes you feel faint, then wait to hear of the dizzying sums of cash that Real Madrid are prepared to flutter in the direction of Napoli for their defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The European champions are mulling over splurging £90m on the Senegal defender, the kind of money they hope will blow Manchester United – another interested party – out of the water. Liverpool are also keen to strengthen at the back but are likely to baulk at the £50m price tag Burnley have slapped on the centre-half James Tarkowski; that’s effectively two-thirds of Virgil van Dijk. And Tottenham Hotspur are sniffing around a ball-playing defender too, with Sampdoria’s great Dane, Joachim Andersen, a target should Toby Alderweireld wander on to pastures new.

Arsenal, meanwhile, fancy the idea of luring Yannick Carrasco away from China for a stint in north London, while Unai Emery is also weighing up a move for the Porto midfielder Héctor Herrera as a replacement for the Turin-bound Aaron Ramsey. Elsewhere, Newcastle are keen on Trabzonspor’s Abdulkadir Omur and Andy Carroll is desperate to extend his stay at West Ham, while Cardiff are still eyeing up the Nantes forward Emiliano Sala, though are reluctant to cough up £20m.

Blackburn, Brentford and Hull are forming an orderly queue to take Ben Woodburn on loan, with the 19-year-old winger set to be recalled from Sheffield United by his parent club, Liverpool. Also in the Championship, Wigan have given Sunderland the green light to sign Will Grigg, who has scored only once in the league since August. And keen to put out fires at the other end are Nottingham Forest, who are ready to snap up the Leicester goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on loan until the end of the season.