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SportsCafe Desk

01/04/2022

Welcome to another edition of the transfer window coverage where we gather all the gossip, rumours, and reports as clubs look to address their most urgent needs and their not so urgent requirements. Rest assured that we will keep you in the loop regarding all the chaos that typically ensues.


Bayern Munich in talks to sign from Raphinha from Leeds

According to Sky Sport, Bayern Munich have entered into negotiations with Leeds over Brazilian winger Raphinha. The Brazilian who joined Leeds in the summer of 2020 from Rennes has put on a host of impressive displays that has cemented himself as one of the most exciting wingers in the Premier League.

A move to greener pastures could be on the cards for the Brazilian international as the German champions are set to make a €50 million bid in order to bring the winger to Germany. The Bundesliga side have made signing Kingsley Coman to a new contract their top priority but should the Frenchman leave, Raphinha is the primary target to replace him. It is understood that although talks are ongoing, both clubs are far from reaching an agreement.


Antonio Rudiger in negotiations with Real Madrid, PSG & Bayern Munich

According to Sky Sports, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all entered into contractual talks with Antonio Rudiger. The Chelsea defender is free to enter into talks with other teams since he has less than 6 months remaining on his deal. It is understood that the German is not against extending his stay at Stamford Bridge but his contract demands are too high for the European champions.

With both club and player engaged in a deadlock over talks, Rudiger is likely to depart the club in the summer. Several European giants have been trying to secure Rudiger's signature in recent months and are now making their move to lure him away from England.


Atletico Madrid to move for Cesar Azpilicueta as Kieran Trippier replacement

According to AS, Atletico Madrid will move for Cesar Azpilicueta to replace Kieran Trippier if the full-back leaves Spain for a move back to his homeland in the January transfer window. The Englishman desires to make the move back to the Premier League with Newcastle said to be the favourites in landing him.

Azpilicueta has less than a year remaining on his deal and can sign for any club on a free contract in the summer. Diego Simeone is eager to snap up the Spaniard before he moves on a free contract and is hopeful that Atletico can persuade Chelsea into selling him in this transfer window.


West Ham to make another attempt at capturing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United

According to Express, West Ham have not given up on signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United in January as they aim to reinforce their attacking prowess in a bid to finish in the top-four spots. Lingard enjoyed a sensational spell with the Hammers last season but opted to stay at Manchester United this campaign in search of increased gametime.

It has not gone according to plan for the Englishman who hasn't played as much as he would have liked this season. Lingard is free to sign with any club in the summer as a free agent but the Hammers will put forward another bid to land him in the January transfer window.


West Ham targetting former Inter Milan striker Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa

With only Michail Antonio as their forward, reports have indicated that West Ham are looking into reinforcing their front-line in January with David Moyes looking to continue their challenge for the top four places and at the same time, mount a challenge for the Europa League trophy as well.

It has seen Sky Sports report that the Hammers have Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa on their radar with the forward also reportedly keen on signing for the London side. The 25-year-old has thrived in Brazil, netting 84 goals for Flamengo since signing for them from Inter Milan and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.


Atletico Madrid eyeing Barcelona's Sergino Dest as potential replacement for Kieran Trippier

According to El Chiringuito, Atletico Madrid are open to letting Kieran Trippier leave but only once they sign a replacement with Sergino Dest at the top of their shortlist. The young American has struggled to consistently play for Barcelona since arriving in the summer of 2020 and a January departure could be on the cards.

The full-back's agent has also suggested that a departure could happen in January with Chelsea also looking at the 21-year-old following an injury to Reece James. However, Barcelona did reject several offers for Dest in the summer of 2021 although El Chiringuito has reported that they are open now with Xavi looking to rebuild the team again. 


Philippe Coutinho desires Barcelona departure and wants Premier League return

Philippe Coutinho has informed Barcelona that he wishes to leave the club this month according to a report from Sport. The Catalan club acquired the Brazilian midfielder in the winter of 2018 for an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses being met.

The Brazilian has not had the expected impact in his new surroundings and a move could be on the cards in January. Barcelona expected to keep the 29-year-old a few weeks ago but the situation has changed as he wishes to be sold this month. A return to the Premier League could be on the cards and an initial loan move until the end of the season is the most likely outcome for Coutinho.


Arsenal willing to sell Aubameyang to rivals 

Arsenal have informed a number of European rivals that they are open to selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are willing to listen to any offers for the Gabonese striker in the January transfer window according to The Daily Mail. The 32-year-old has been frozen out by the Gunners in recent weeks after the striker followed through on a breach of club discipline.

Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and it has been rumoured that his relationship with manager Mikel Arteta has broken down. It is understood that the Gabon international could be moved on this month if an appropriate offer comes through from any interested parties.


Newcastle United looking to hijack Olympique Lyon's move for Sardar Azmoun

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are closing in on a potential move for Zenit St Petersburg's Sardar Azmoun, with the Magpies keen on adding reinforcements to their squad after Callum Wilson's injury.

The forward has six months left on his current deal with Zenit and has already, reportedly, agreed to a four-and-a-half-year deal with Lyon but the French side are unwilling to pay more than £3 million to sign him this month. It has opened the door for Newcastle to make their move, with Azmoun reportedly open to playing in England.


Juventus unwilling to let Alvaro Morata sign for Barcelona until they bring in a replacement

With reports earlier this week indicating that Alvaro Morata is inching closer to signing for Barcelona on loan, Goal has reported that Juventus are unwilling to let the forward leave the club until they can bring in a potential replacement.

The Spaniard is keen on playing for the Camp Nou side and has agreed to head back to Spain to sign for them, but Goal has revealed that Massimiliano Allegri is unwilling to let Morata leave until they can replace him. Mauro Icardi is reportedly their top target although the Turin giants have yet to come to an agreement with PSG.


Inter Milan officially communicate to Ajax their decision to sign André Onana on free-transfer

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that after months of speculation, Inter Milan have officially told Ajax that they plan on signing Andre Onana on a free-transfer at the end of the 2021/22 season, once his contract with the Dutch giants expires.

The goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away after reportedly refusing a contract extension with the Dutch side and Romano has reported that a deal between Onana and Inter Milan has been in place since July of 2021 with a return to Barcelona not on the cards.


Premier League clubs weighing up move for Christian Eriksen

A host of Premier League clubs have registered interest in former Spurs and Inter player Christian Eriksen following his release by the Italian club as per the Daily Mail. The Danish international suffered an unexpected cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 but recovered safely after a short period of time.

It was announced earlier this season that Eriksen was not permitted to play for Inter in Italy due to the rules of the nation that states that a player cannot play with the help of a defibrillator which Eriksen was required to for his recovery. It is understood that various Premier League clubs are prepared to lure Eriksen back to England as he prepares to make an emotional return to football.


Luis Suarez turns down move to Juventus

According to Corriere dello Sport, Luis Suarez has turned down the chance to join Juventus and replace Alvaro Morata as the Spaniard looks to seal a potential move to Barcelona. The Uruguayan who has suffered a loss in form for the Spanish champions was linked with the Bianconeri before he joined Atletico in the summer of 2020.

The 34-year-old who is currently on the books of Atletico Madrid was unwilling to be a part of the deal which would see Morata who is officially an Atletico player, leave for domestic rivals Barcelona. It is understood that Suarez would finish the season with Atletico before pondering on his future. 


Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa signs contract extension until 2026

Despite months of speculation, Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Angel Correa has signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay till at least the summer of 2026 with the forward reportedly getting an increased wage packet as well.

The 26-year-old signed for Atletico in 2015 from San Lorenzo and has since gone on to make well over 300 appearances, contributing to just over 100 goals. Not only that, Correa has won the La Liga and the Europa League trophies with Los Rojiblancos.

"Ángel Correa has renewed his contract with our club until 2026 and will continue to wear the red and white shirt for 4 more seasons. The Argentine striker came to our team in December 2014 and has played a total of 305 games with the red-and-white elastic," reads the statement on the club's website.


Donny Van de Beek to consider leaving Manchester United this month

According to ESPN, Donny Van de Beek will look to leave Manchester United this month as he assesses his options ahead of a potential exit in January. It is understood that Ralf Rangnick provided assurances to the Dutch midfielder that he would get opportunities in the second half of the season.

The former Ajax star is prepared to stay at the club following the guarantees offered to him by the German manager but Van de Beek has reservations about the prospect of increased playtime after starting just one game since the interim manager's arrival. The 24-year-old will hope to play more as he strives to earn a spot in the Netherlands team ahead of the World Cup. 


Espanyol starlet Mateo Joseph Fernandez is undergoing a medical at Leeds United

According to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton, Espanyol starlet Mateo Joseph Fernandez is currently undergoing a medical at Leeds United with the forward set to sign for the Peacocks ahead of either Manchester City or Barcelona.

The 18-year-old is reportedly set to sign a four and a half year deal with the Elland Road side and will initially link up with their U-23 squad before eventually making his way into Marcelo Bielsa's first-team squad.


AC Milan in talks with Lille over potential move for Renato Sanches

With AC Milan looking to build a strong young squad, the Rossoneri have already started adding the building blocks and Calciomercato has reported that Renato Sanches is next on the list with the Portuguese midfielder reportedly open to a move.

The 24-year-old has turned his career around after a failed spell at Bayern Munich and has thrived in France with the report indicating that the midfielder is set to be AC Milan's replacement for Franck Kessie. The Ivorian has six months left on his current contract and hasn't signed an extension so far but has attracted interest from across Europe.


Arsenal make €70m bid for Vlahovic 

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal have tabled an offer for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic in a package that is worth to be €70 million. The Serbian striker was in sensational form in front of goal in 2021 as he scored 16 goals in 19 Serie A matches so far this season to add to the impressive 21 he registered for the Italian side last campaign.

The Gunners are determined to secure the 21-year-old's signature and are willing to allow Lucas Torreira to join the Florence outfit on a permanent basis. Arsenal are in need of a striker after doubts remain over the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.


Sergino Dest wishes to stay at Barcelona despite Chelsea interest

Sergino Dest is keen to remain at Barcelona despite attracting attention from a host of European clubs according to Sport. The American is supposedly free to leave the Catalan club as they wish to raise some funds through a sale. The USMNT international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou to Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid while European champions Chelsea are also said to be interested in the 21-year-old.

Chelsea are weighing up a move for the American after the injuries to full-back pair Ben Chilwell and Reece James. It is understood that even though there are several interested parties, Dest wishes to remain at the Camp Nou and establish himself in Xavi's plans.


Lorenzo Insigne to sign for Toronto FC on free-transfer with a contract worth €11.5 million

After weeks of speculation, Goal has reported that Toronto FC and Lorenzo Insigne have come to an agreement with the forward set to sign for the MLS side as a free-agent, once his contract with Napoli expires at the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 30-year-old has reportedly been looking for a new challenge and will sign a five-year contract worth around €11.5 million a year plus bonuses and Goal has reported that the agreement is set to be announced within the next week or so.


Real Madrid preparing €40 million move for in-demand Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch

According to Rudy Galetti, Real Madrid and Ajax are in talks over a potential move for starlet Ryan Gravenberch with the Los Blancos keen on signing the highly-rated teenager before anyone else. The 19-year-old has attracted interest from all across Europe with some of the biggest clubs keen on signing the Dutch international.

However, Galetti has reported that the Los Blancos could win the race with them in talks over a potential €40 million move for the Ajax starlet although neither party is in hurry to get the deal done. The La Liga giants are in talks with Gravenberch's agent, Mino Raiola, as well over a contract with them looking at a move in June 2022.


PSG keen on recruiting Ousmane Dembele

According to Mundo Deportivo, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona. The Frenchman is in talks with Barcelona over extending his stay at the Camp Nou but both club and player are some way off in coming to an agreement. Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is keen on keeping Dembele but a move could be on the cards for the World Cup winner this month.

PSG are monitoring the French forward and are in constant contact with his representatives over a move. The French club are poised to lose Kylian Mbappe in the summer and Dembele will be a suitable replacement for the outgoing Frenchman in the summer. It is understood that the Dembele is only interested in heading back to his homeland despite attracting attention from the top clubs in the Premier League. 


Nathan Patterson completes move to Everton

Nathan Patterson has officially completed his move from Rangers to Everton after successfully passing his medical and the right-back arrives at the Merseyside club after the Scottish Premiership champions had rejected two offers for him in the summer. Ultimately a bid of £16m comprising an initial fee of £12m, with further add-ons worth £4m, was enough to persuade Rangers to sell their prized asset.

The 20-year-old has only started just two of his six Scottish Premiership appearances this season with captain James Tavernier overtaking him to be the preferred choice at right-back. Everton boss Benitez will hope that Patterson will hit the grounnd running as he aims to turn the fortunes of the club around in the Premier League.

✍️ | We have signed Scotland defender Nathan Patterson from @RangersFC for an undisclosed fee on a deal until the end of June 2027.Welcome, @np4tterson! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💙

— Everton (@Everton) January 4, 2022


Newcastle United confident of completing £30 million move for Kieran Tripper

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that Newcastle United are more than confident that they'll complete a move for Kieran Trippier worth around £30 million in the coming hours. The full-back has been heavily linked with a return to England and is reportedly waiting on a final agreement between Atletico Madrid and the Magpies.

Romano further reported that the two parties have been in talks although AS has reported that Atletico have been trying to convince Trippier to stay but it has been to no avail as the right-back wants to return to England for family reasons. 


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