Arsenal to swap Ozil for Isco? Chelsea to swap Morata for Higuain? Liverpool to sign Leipzig star?

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Manchester United feared mass exodus, Chelsea revive Gonzalo Higuain interest, Liverpool in race for German international

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Plus, Steve Bruce could be set for a return to management, while Claude Puel could be on his way out of Leicester City

The transfer window reopens in less than two weeks and there is set to be plenty of business done across British football.

Here’s the top football rumours, news and gossip from Saturday’s newspapers and across the web…

Arsenal will investigate the possibility of a swap deal involving Mesut Ozil for Real Madrid’s Isco. The German has fallen out of favour with Unai Emery, who on Wednesday refused to confirm Ozil has a future at the club. Ozil’s huge £300,000-a-week contract will make him hugely difficult to offload, but some club figures feel a solution may be possible with Isco, with Real ready to move their playmaker on. (Independent)

Chelsea are keen on signing Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan in a swap deal with Alvaro Morata. It is understood Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has huge respect for Higuain, who he worked with at Napoli and was interested in bringing to Chelsea in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea have previously been linked with Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea have previously been linked with Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea have ruled out sending Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January after the England midfielder’s recent impressive form but the club are considering the futures of Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham before the transfer window. (Guardian)

Chelsea star Victor Moses is expected to join Crystal Palace in a £12million deal next month. Moses is the first casualty of Maurizio Sarri’s overhaul of the squad at Stamford Bridge after failing to impress the Blues boss. (The Sun)

Thierry Henry wants to sign Cesc Fabregas in January. The Chelsea midfielder is unhappy with his lack of game time at Stamford Bridge and is a long-term target of AC Milan. But Henry wants the Spain star to help out his struggling Monaco team. (Daily Mirror)

Timo Werner is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between Liverpool and Bayern Munich. The 22-year-old shot to prominence last season when he was targeted by Real Madrid after a stellar season with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Jurgen Klopp has continuously sent scouts to watch the speedy striker. FULL STORY

Werner is a transfer target for both Liverpool and Bayern Munich

Werner is a transfer target for both Liverpool and Bayern Munich

Claudio Ranieri is considering a January move for Danny Simpson. The pair won the Premier League together and Ranieri wants to strengthen his leaking Fulham defence. Simpson is out of contract next summer and Leicester are deciding whether to make him available when the winter window opens, to recoup some money. (Daily Mail)

Claude Puel is facing a battle against the sack, with Leicester’s Christmas schedule the potential final stage of his tenure. (Daily Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday are offering Steve Bruce a stunning £2million-a-year contract to tempt him back into management. The Owls want promotion specialist Bruce to take charge and hope that the salary package will prove they mean business. (The Sun)

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