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The January transfer window is open and rumours are swirling around the Premier League and across Europe.
The drama this month has centred around Romelu Lukaku’s future after his recent outburst following an unauthorised interview where he admitted to being “not happy” at the European champions and eager to one day return to Inter Milan, despite only joining Chelsea for £97.5m last summer.
Meanwhile Newcastle appear keen to spend lavishly this month after their newfound Saudi investment, with Sven Botman an early target, as Eddie Howe considers the Dutch defender an option after impressing with Lille.
Liverpool are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal and England forward Bukayo Saka and are monitoring the 20-year-old’s contract situation at the Emirates, according to the Express. Saka, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, is under contract until 2024 at Arsenal, while Liverpool have reportedly also made an offer to AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of his deal expiring at the end of the season. Arsenal, meanwhile, have identified Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Lille’s Jonathan David as potential additions to their forward line, amid uncertainty over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is receiving interest from Barcelona, while Newcastle, West Ham and Everton are tracking Aaron Ramsey and are set to offer the Juventus midfielder a return to the Premier League. Newcastle are also closing in on a deal for Lille defender Sven Botman, according to the Mail.
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Lorenzo Insigne set for Napoli departure and move to Toronto FC
One of the biggest signings or agreements shall we say of January could be Lorenzo Insigne lining up a move to MLS.
Sky Sport Italia reports that the Italian forward is being tempted by an offer from Toronto FC.
The Major League Soccer club are pushing to sign the 30-year-old in January, but he could finish the season with Napoli, who have been unable to agree terms on a new contract.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 10:30
Alvaro Morata edging towards Barcelona move
Barcelona are looking to do a deal to bring Alvaro Morata in on loan.
New boss Xavi has already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City in this window but is also keen for an out and out number nine and believes Morata can fill that role.
Goal report that Barca have sounded out Juventus about taking over his loan from Atletico Madrid with Memphis Depay, who only joined from Lyon in the summer, a possible makeweight to go the other way.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 10:22
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger in talks with Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus
Antonio Rudiger appears to have a number of options as his contract winds down at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea defender has opened talks with Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus over a pre-contract agreement this month.
The 28-year-old German defender’s deal expires this summer, meaning he is primed to dictate the terms of his future.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 10:15
Denis Zakaria set for Gladbach exit with Arsenal, Leicester City and Everton all keen
Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that Swiss international Denis Zakaria will leave the club when his current contract runs out in the summer.
Arsenal, Leicester City and Everton among others have been credited with interest in the 25-year-old, who can play in the centre of midfield or defence.
German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 10:08
Inter Milan set to close André Onana free transfer
Inter Milan have informed Ajax they will sign goalkeeper André Onana in June on a free transfer.
A return to Barcelona has failed to materialise, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Cameroonian, 25, will now seek a fresh challenge in Milan with the Nerazzurri, who may lose Samir Handanovic, 37, this summer with his own deal set to expire.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 10:00
Arsenal and Spurs join race to sign Dejan Kulusevski
Juventus could be willing to let Dejan Kulusevski go in the January window.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich are said to be the main contenders for the 21-year-old’s signature.
Reports in Italy suggest a bid in the region of £30m could be enough to get a deal for the Swedish international done.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 09:52
Georginio Wijnaldum emerges as Newcastle target in January
Newly-minted Newcastle could well be one of the biggest spenders of the January transfer window.
One new recruit could be a familiar face with Georginio Wijnaldum a potential target, according to the Daily Star.
The Dutchman was signed by the Magpies back in 2015 before going on to enjoy a hugely-successful career with Liverpool.
He left Anfield in the summer but has struggled to nail down a consistent place in Mauricio Pochettino’s team since prompting talk of a move back to England.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 09:30
Manchester United lead race for German wonderkid Florian Wirtz
Manchester United believe they have the upper hand in the race for German wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
The Daily Star report that United believe the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim boss could give them the inside track in the chase for one of the most-wanted young players in Europe.
The 18-year-old is enjoying a fine season for Bayer Leverkusen which has caught the eye of the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool as well as United.
Leverkusen could look to cash in next summer and are said to be looking for upwards of £70million.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 09:19
Harry Winks set for Tottenham stay
Harry Winks is set to stay at Tottenham after impressing Antonio Conte and fighting his way into the Italian’s plans.
Winks was considering his future a couple of months ago after being frozen out by former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, but Conte has reintegrated him into the squad.
“Winksy is playing well. And Winks has shown (himself) to be a reliable player. And for this reason, Winksy will stay here,” Conte said.
“I find players that are reliable and then I can count on them. And Winksy showed me that I can count on him.”
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 09:11
Manchester United offered swap deal involving Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial
Manchester United could be offered a swap deal from Barcelona involving Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial.
That’s according to Ara, who claim the French forwards could swap clubs with neither settled long-term.
Martial has also been linked with Sevilla and Juventus, while Dembele could depart after failing to advance contract talks and his current deal at the Nou Camp expiring this summer.
Jack Rathborn4 January 2022 09:03