Everton do not have the "financial conditions" to sign players in the January transfer window, according to Marco Silva.

The Toffees are 10th in the Premier League having responded to back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City with a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth.

Reports suggest their forward line is set to be depleted with Oumar Niasse said to be nearing a loan move to Cardiff City.

But they may not be able replace the forward, with boss Silva telling reporters: "When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can't sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.

"We don't have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions."

Everton are thought to be keen on signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea following his struggles while out on loan at Valencia during the first half of the campaign.

However, Silva added: "It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team.

"We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.

"What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not."

Unai Emery has given no thought to rumours suggesting Mesut Ozil could be set to leave Arsenal.

The former Germany international has been linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium, having not played for Arsenal since their 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on December 26. 

However, Emery revealed Ozil could feature this Saturday when Arsenal host Chelsea, and insisted he is only thinking about how to get the best out of the former Real Madrid man. 

Asked about the speculation surrounding Ozil at a media conference on Thursday, the Gunners boss said: "I am not thinking about that. I am thinking how he can help us. 

"He helps us sometimes this year with good performances and other moments with not good performances like another player. Other moments he has had injuries and has not been ok to play the matches. Now after these two weeks working with normality maybe this Saturday can be ok for us. 

"I like to create the same spirit for all. Every player gets and gives us consistent work at consistent moments. It's not easy. Sometimes you are better. Sometimes you are worse. With every player I am working and thinking about that the same. 

"The most important for me is how he can help us with being consistent and also when they are okay to train every day and play matches.

"Now he is training with consistent work during the last two weeks. He can be [available]."

Emery also refused to shed light on talk of Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat leaving the club, adding: "I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together. We are working normally. I don't know other different issues to him.

"I don't know [if he is leaving]. When I spoke with him all is normal. My relationship with him for this transfer [window] is that in the last two, three weeks we are speaking about that.

"Today for me the normality with him is working. I haven't spoken with him today but in the last two or three weeks we've had meetings together.

"This transfer [window] is not easy to take players who can help us with more performance than the players we have now. The club is working. I spoke with Sven and [director of football] Raul [Sanllehi] about different possibilities for players. They are working.

"It's not easy to take players who can help us with a big performance now. It's more one transfer [window] for something special you need. The club is working on the possibility to loan players."

RB Leipzig's hopes of signing Hakan Calhanoglu appear over after the club's coach and sporting director Ralf Rangnick declared the deal "financially impossible".

Reports in Italy suggested Leipzig agreeing a €20million deal to bring Calhanoglu back to the Bundesliga from AC Milan.

However, Rangnick effectively ended the speculation, telling reporters: "The deal is financially impossible.

"Obviously we know him, given he played in the Bundesliga, but now he plays for Milan.

"We already knew his price, so it's absolutely not possible for us to make a move from a financial standpoint."

Calhanoglu previously enjoyed spells in Germany with Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen before moving to San Siro in 2017.

The Turkey international has found the net just once for Gennaro Gattuso's men this season.

Championship leaders Leeds United have completed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on a four-year deal from Real Madrid.

Carlos Tevez, Hulk, Oscar and Ezequiel Lavezzi are among the stars Mousa Dembele is following by joining a club in the Chinese Super League.

Belgium international Dembele has completed a move to Guangzhou R and F, ending a seven-and-a-half-year stay at Tottenham.

Dembele is far from the first star of the game to have headed to Asia, but recent history suggests high-class players do not always succeed in China.

Here, we look at eight stars who have moved to the CSL - and assess how they fared.


Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua)

Although probably the biggest name to join the CSL, Tevez's time in China was far from settled. The striker later described a 2017 spell at Shanghai Shenhua as a "holiday" and he returned to boyhood club Boca Juniors after a season in which he managed only four CSL goals, despite earning a reported $40million-a-year.

Oscar (Shanghai SIPG)

Eyebrows were raised when Oscar opted to leave Chelsea to move to the CSL, joining Shanghai SIPG for the 2017 season. Oscar's performance levels have been good in Shanghai, but the most notable moment of his time at SIPG was when he was handed an eight-match ban and a $5,000 fine for blasting the ball at an opponent, sparking a mass brawl in a game against Dembele's new club Guangzhou R and F. Oscar has not played for Brazil since heading to China.

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Hebei China Fortune)

A reasonable success on the pitch, Lavezzi has been embroiled in controversy of it in the CSL. The Hebei China Fortune striker - who has hit 32 CSL goals in 63 appearances - apologised after a picture of him appearing to mimic Chinese facial characteristics went viral. Much like Oscar, his international career has all but ended since moving to China. Although he was initially still getting picked, Lavezzi has now not played for Argentina since March 2017. 

Jackson Martinez (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Once considered among Europe's deadliest strikers - he hit at least 20 league goals in three consecutive seasons for Porto - Martinez's time at Guangzhou Evergrande entirely failed to catch light. The €42million signing from Atletico Madrid contributed just four CSL goals in 2016 and saw his contract cancelled as a result. He is now back in Portugal, having signed for Portimonense at the start of the season.

Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning)

Liverpool were among the clubs linked with signing Teixeira but the Brazilian midfielder opted for CSL side Jiangsu Suning when he left Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016, having won five Ukrainian titles. The 29-year-old has burnished his reputation with a series of stunning individual performances and scored 32 league goals in 75 appearances. A move back to Europe remains a possibility, although his chances of earning a Brazil call-up look remote.

Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)

Another success, Hulk has been consistently among the best players in the CSL since his arrival in China in 2016, SIPG having paid €55m to sign the powerful forward from Zenit. Hulk hit 17 goals in his first full season to rank among the league's top goalscorers but SIPG finished second in the table and also lost in the cup final. In 2018 he was effective again, scoring 13 and setting up another 12 in 25 outings but, like compatriot Oscar, Hulk is in the midst of an exile at international level.

Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Another Zenit alumnus, Witsel cost a reported €20m when he moved to Tianjin Quanjian in time for the 2017 season. He contributed four goals as his new club finished third in the CSL and continued to be selected in the Belgium squad after moving to Asia, helping the Red Devils to the World Cup semi-finals. After impressing in Russia, he earned a return to Europe with Borussia Dortmund and has been one of the signings of the season in Germany.

Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)

Joining Dalian in a double swoop that also saw Nico Gaitan make the exact same transfer, Carrasco caught people by surprise when he left Atletico Madrid in 2018. Having previously looked a potential superstar in Spain, this was seen as a massive get for the CSL, given his age, reputation and ability, even if his third campaign in LaLiga was unimpressive. The 25-year-old has not set the world alight in China but remains well-regarded in Europe, with Arsenal reportedly interested.

Mousa Dembele has completed his move from Tottenham to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R and F.

Mousa Dembele has completed his move from Tottenham to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R and F.

In-demand Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong wants to make a decision on his future quickly amid ongoing speculation.

Diego Simeone was unwilling to discuss the prospect of Atletico Madrid signing Alvaro Morata after his side's Copa del Rey exit.

Morata is reportedly close to joining Atletico having fallen out of favour at Chelsea, who are attempting to bring in Gonzalo Higuain.

Atletico are without Diego Costa as the striker is recovering from foot surgery, while Morata would be returning to the Spanish capital after previously playing for Real Madrid.

Strikers Antoine Griezmann and Nikola Kalinic were both on target in Wednesday's 3-3 Copa del Rey draw at home to Girona, who progressed on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate tie as a result.

But Simeone refused to talk about the latest transfer speculation involving Morata's move when he spoke at a post-match news conference.

"We are not going to talk about Morata because he is not with us," he said.

"We understood that from the beginning of the match, we would be alright with [Thomas] Lemar and Kalinic as we gave rest to Griezmann.

"In the second half [Griezmann] came on and made it 3-2."

Atletico's exit means they have been knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the last-16 stage for the first time in Simeone's spell in charge.

"It was a beautiful match, a classic cup game," said Simeone. "We had the intention of winning at all times.

"We got an early goal and had chances to extend our lead. Girona's physical nature was their greatest ally.

"Congratulations to Girona - we gave everything, we continued to go for the comeback, but the 3-3 hurt us.

"I say to the fans what they saw: a side that gave everything. The intention was always to win the game.

"Sometimes you play well and do not advance. I prefer to play badly and always go through."

Gennaro Gattuso insists Gonzalo Higuain started AC Milan's Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus on the bench due to a fever, as speculation on the striker's future continues to mount.

Higuain has been tipped to link up with his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea during the transfer window.

Those rumours were exacerbated when he did not partake in a team photo with Saudi prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal ahead of the Supercoppa contest in Jeddah, which Juve won 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's header.

Argentina striker Higuain came off the bench with just under 20 minutes remaining and Milan head coach Gattuso is adamant that illness, and not a potential departure, was behind his thinking.

"He's unlucky at the moment. He had a fever last night," Gattuso told Rai Sport. 

"We did everything to get him better, but he didn't play much, so I preferred a fresher player.

"It might seem like a joke, but honestly, it's true. Higuain wasn't in the picture when the Saudi Prince came to visit because I was afraid the virus would spread among the other players, so that was my decision."

Pressed on the issue, Gattuso added: "I've got a burning inside me, we have 25 players, so let's not talk about this now.

"We lick our wounds and will see what happens tomorrow."

On the match itself, which saw Milan finish with 10 men following a red card for Franck Kessie, Gattuso felt his team battled well.

"The team showed character and fought hard against a great opponent," he said. 

"The performance remains, but there are always regrets when losing a final."

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed the club are in talks over a deal for Michy Batshuayi.

Sevilla have revealed that Salzburg striker Munas Dabbur will undergo a medical with them. 

Dabbur has been linked with a £22million move to Liverpool but the Israel international instead looks set to sign for Sevilla.

The LaLiga side posted a photograph of Dabbur arriving in Seville for a medical on Wednesday.

Salzburg confirmed Dabbur is in talks over a move away but said he will stay at the club for the rest of the season.

Dabbur has hit nine goals in 18 league appearances for the Austrian outfit this season, having found the net 22 times in the league last term.

The 26-year-old also scored six goals as Salzburg recorded a perfect record in the group stage of the Europa League under highly-rated coach Marco Rose. They face Club Brugge in the last 32 next month.

Salzburg are 14 points clear at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga table, seeking to defend the title they have won five years in a row.

Sevilla, third in LaLiga, have already boosted their attacking options this month with the signing of striker Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona.

Pablo Machin's side were also linked with a deal for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, but have been priced out of the proposed move.

Their surprise title challenge has fallen away of late, with Sevilla having only won one of their last six LaLiga matches to fall 10 points adrift of Barca. 

Josef Martinez is staying in Atlanta for the foreseeable future after signing a new five-year contract.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is open to welcoming new recruits in January but remains tight-lipped over the possibility of signing Frenkie de Jong.

Gonzalo Higuain was named on the bench for Wednesday's Supercoppa Italiana clash between AC Milan and Juventus amid reports he will leave the Rossoneri during the transfer window.

Higuain's future at San Siro has been subject to intense speculation with a reunion with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea said to be in the offing.

Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso insisted the striker had not asked to leave during January, but he did not name the 31-year-old in his starting line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Instead, Milan opted for Patrick Cutrone in attack with Lucas Paqueta handed only his second appearance since arriving from Flamengo.

Cristiano Ronaldo starts up front for Juve, with Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa in support after Mario Mandzukic was ruled out for four months with a knee injury.

Rodrigo Bentancur is preferred to Sami Khedira in midfield, while Joao Cancelo returns from a knee injury at full-back.


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