Another day filled with rumours of clubs trying to address their urgent requirements and not so urgent requirements. Welcome to another chaotic entry of the January transfer window where we bring you the latest gossip, rumours, reports, and news of every transfer that occurs in Europe.
Barcelona to make an offer for ex-Chelsea star Oscar to replace Coutinho
Barcelona will make an approach to sign former Chelsea midfielder Oscar from Shanghai SIPG, according to TNT Sports Brasil. The Catalan club allowed Coutinho to depart for Aston Villa on loan as the Brazilian failed to live upto expectations upon his arrival from Liverpool to the Camp Nou.
The Spanish giants are in a dire financial situation which will make talks with Shanghai SIPG difficult. Oscar is understood to be keen on a move back to Europe and will not turn down the chance to play for Barcelona but it is understood that the Spanish giants are uncertain about whether they can afford the Brazilian international after needing to restructure contracts to register new signing Ferran Torres.
Arsenal must pay £150m to land Vlahovic
Arsenal are determined to land Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and have made an offer worth £58 million to secure his signature but it is understood that the Serbian striker would want £300,000 a week in wages according to The Daily Mail. The Gunners are content with agreeing to the 21-year-old’s demands as they see Vlahovic as a budding investment that will only get better with time.
Vlahovic would require £300,000 a week for the next five years while his management team could net another £15m from the North London club. Vlahovic has outlined his intentions to not remain with the Serie A club in the future making it likely that he moves in January or in the summer.
Napoli looking at Luis Sinisterra to replace the outgoing Lorenzo Insigne
According to Calciomercato, Napoli have already started looking for replacements for Lorenzo Insigne after the forward confirmed that he is set to sign for Toronto FC once his contract with his boyhood side expires and Napoli have Luis Sinisterra at the top of their shortlist.
The Serie A outfit are on the lookout for a brand new winger and believe that the Colombian is the man to do so with the 22-year-old reportedly overly keen on playing for Napoli.
Inter Milan are confident of getting Marcelo Brozovic to sign a contract extension
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that Inter Milan and Marcelo Brozovic are in talks over a new contract with the discussions in the final stages although there are still more than a few details left to get the deal over the line.
The midfielder has less than six months left on his current deal and has been linked with a move away but Romano has reported that Brozovic is keen on re-signing with the Nerazzurri and thus wants the contract discussions to go well.
Newcastle United in talks to sign Hugo Ekitike
According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United have opened talks with Stade de Reims over young striker Hugo Ekitike. The France under 20 striker made his Reims debut in August but has already registered eight goals and three assists in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
The Magpies are desperate to sign a striker before they face Watford on Saturday as they are short of attacking power after the injury to Callum Wilson in their match against Manchester United. Talks are said to have been progressing well for a deal that could come up to a fee of £30 million.
Lyon to sign Layvin Kurzawa if Chelsea recall Emerson Palmieri
Lyon are looking to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa if Chelsea recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan early according to Foot Mercato. Chelsea are considering bringing back the Italian to Stamford Bridge following Ben Chiwell’s injury which will render him out for the rest of the season.
Lyon are anticipating this likely outcome and are preparing by evaluating their finances to sign Kurzawa. They have already made contact with the representatives for Kurzawa who is open to leaving the Parisian club. It is understood that Kurzawa is eager on any potential move as he aims to play more at his new destination.
Borussia Dortmund considering moves for Nico Schlotterbeck and Becir Omeragic to reinforce their defense
According to Sky Sports Deutschland, Borussia Dortmund are looking into the possibility of signing either Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck or Zurich’s Becir Omeragic this month with Marco Rose keen on improving his defensive line. The Bundesliga giants have been a leaky side so far this season and Rose believes that one of the two defenders will change that.
However, Freiburg aren’t willing to let Schlotterbeck leave now and are asking for around €25 million in the summer with Bayern Munich also keen on signing him while Omeragic has had interest from AC Milan, Olympique Lyon and Sevilla, which could complicate any move.
Tottenham to welcome offers for both Dele Alli and Matt Doherty
With Antonio Conte looking to reinforce his team this month, Sky Sports has reported that Tottenham are open to offers for both Dele Alli and Matt Doherty as they’re looking to raise some funds but only if they get suitable offers for both men.
Alli has featured for Conte this season but hasn’t done enough to show the Italian he deserves a place while Doherty has struggled to find his footing since he joined the North Londoners. That combined with the fact Spurs are looking at players in the same position that Conte wants, has seen the two become surplus to requirement.
Atletico Madrid create four man shortlist to replace Kieran Trippier
According to ESPN, Atletico Madrid have created a four man shortlist to replace Kieran Trippier but their top two choices are Valencia’s Daniel Wass and Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta although both Arsenal’s Cedric Soares and Wolves’ Nelson Semedo are on the list as well.
The report has indicated that the Los Rojiblancos are holding talks with all four full-backs after losing Trippier to Newcastle United last week and Diego Simeone reportedly hopes that a deal can be done before the winter window closes.
Spurs reject Ajax bid for Bergwijn
According to The Telegraph, Totteham have rejected a £15 million bid from Ajax for Steven Bergwijn. It is understood that Antonio Conte is not willing to let go of his depleted attacking options this month and a deal could be more favourable for the Dutch giants to achieve in the summer.
The Italian will also look to use the Dutchman in the second half of the season as they aim to secure a top-four spot in the league. The Dutch club are however confident that a deal can be finalized within this month that will allow the Netherlands international to head back to his homeland.
Kingsley Coman to sign a new contract with Bayern Munich
According to Goal, Kingsley Coman and Bayern Munich have come to an agreement over a new contract for the Frenchman that will see him extend his tenure at the Allianz Arena until 2027.
The German champions had prioritized the renewal of Coman as their number one priority this season amidst interest from a host of European clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.
The French winger will reportedly earn around €17 million-a-year, making him one of the highest earners in the squad. It was reported earlier that Bayern were unwilling to agree to his demands but the club has supposedly changed their minds in order to secure Coman’s future.
Memphis Depay not looking for a Premier League return
Despite a lacklustre start to his time at Barcelona, El Nacional has reported that Memphis Depay is not looking to leave the La Liga giants amidst interest from England. The Dutch forward has been linked with a move back to the Premier League but the report has indicated that Depay is not looking to make his return yet.
The forward is instead keen on staying with the Camp Nou side and wants to prove his mettle in Spain before he even thinks about leaving. Furthermore, El Nacional has reported that Xavi is also keen on keeping Depay but is still looking to sign a new striker this month after Sergio Aguero announced his retirement due to a heart problem.
Tottenham are the front-runners for Franck Kessie’s signature next summer
According to transfer expert Rudy Galetti, Tottenham are leading the race for Franck Kessie’s signature with the North London side having already offered the Ivorian a wage packet worth around €10 million-a-year.
However, Galetti has reported that AC Milan are confident they can get Kessie to sign a new deal but so far the midfielder has rejected the club’s €5 million-a-year offer and is looking to leave as a free-agent at the end of the 2021/22 season right now. Galetti further revealed that PSG and another Premier League club are also in the running.
Newcastle offered option to buy Nikola Milenkovic
Newcastle United have been provided the opportunity to sign Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as Eddie Howe looks to reinforce his defense in the January transfer window according to NewcastleWorld.
The Magpies have been trying desperately to sign Sven Botman from Lille but the French club have made it clear that they would not sell this month. It is understood that Newcastle could sign Milenkovic who could be available on the cheap.
A proven centre-half is the priority for Newcastle this month as they look to steer their way out of the relegation spots by the end of the season.
Isco not interested in January move
Real Madrid midfielder Isco is not interested in pursuing a move in this January transfer window according to Marca. The 29-year-old has been approached by a host of European clubs including Fiorentina but he would prefer to run down the final six months of his contract.
The Spaniard has been playing a bit-part role for the Spanish giants at present and will look to secure a chance of moving to a top European club in the summer. It is understood that the Spanish international will also increase the likelihood of bagging a more lucrative financial package as a free agent.
Juventus interested in Lyon midfielder Guimaraes
According to GOAL, Juventus are interested in recruiting Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes this month as they aim to reinforce their midfield depth. The French club are willing to let the 24-year-old leave this month but will only opt to sell if a potential suitor agrees to an initial six-month loan with the obligation to buy the Brazilian for €45 million.
The Brazilian midfielder has been spectacular for the French outfit and several clubs such as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in his services alongside Juventus. Lyon would love to hold on to Guimaraes until the end of the season but will agree to a potential deal only on their terms.
Sevilla ready to give up on Anthony Martial deal
According to Marca, Sevilla are ready to give up on their efforts to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United. The Frenchman had reiterated his desire to move on to greener pastures and rejuvenate his career elsewhere and United interim manager Rangnick had confirmed that the French attacker would be sold if a suitable offer came in.
Sevilla have been interested in signing Martial and had submitted an offer which was declined by the Manchester club as it didn’t suit their demands. It is understood that the La Liga club will turn their attention elsewhere as they are keen on bolstering their attack by recruiting a striker and a deal for Martial will prove to be difficult as United aren’t willing to compromise.
Crystal Palace open talks with Arsenal over a move for Eddie Nketiah
With less than six months left on his current contract, the Times has reported that Crystal Palace have opened talks with Arsenal over a potential move for Eddie Nketiah. The young striker has reportedly refused a contract extension from Arsenal as he wants more game-time and has been mooted with a move to Germany.
However, the Eagles are looking to reinforce their front-line and believe that a cheap move for Nketiah would be worth the price if Arsenal agree to it. Reports have indicated that the North Londoners believe they can get the forward to extend his contract but are also open to letting him leave.
Tottenham are interested in signing Jesse Lingard in the summer
According to Football London, Tottenham are hoping that Jesse Lingard becomes a free-agent in the summer as the club are reportedly very interested in signing the 29-year-old. The attacker has less than six months left on his current deal and is reportedly set to leave Old Trafford in the coming months although no move has materialized yet.
However, Football London has reported that despite West Ham and Newcastle United making contact, Tottenham are looking to swoop in as Antonio Conte reportedly believes that the England international could be a key star for them. The 29-year-old has struggled for game-time this season but has shown his quality in the past.