Welcome welcome to another edition of the transfer window where we bring you all the hot gossip, rumours, reports, etc. Clubs are desperate to address their urgent needs and fans are eager to see some new faces represent their teams as we enter the final lap of the current campaign.
Bayern consider Dembele move as Coman replacement
Bayern Munich are considering signing Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona in the summer as they plan for a potential Kingsley Coman departure according to L'Equipe. The German champions are engaged in contract talks with the French winger whose deal expires in 2023 and will hope to see a successful end to negotiations.
Bayern wants to be proactive and receive a transfer fee for Coman in the summer if negotiations fail rather than allowing him to walk on a free. The German champions see Dembele as a suitable replacement who will be available on a free transfer if he doesn't extend his stay at the Camp Nou.
Everton make offer for Sean Longstaff
According to reliable journalist Craig Hope, Everton have made an offer for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff as they aim to reinforce their midfields. Newcastle had made it clear earlier this week that there would be no outgoings but a tempting offer could make them reconsider.
Everton manager Rafa Benitez is a huge fan of the midfielder and will try to take advantage of the fact that the Magpies are interested in Lucas Digne. The Magpies are preparing a formal bid for the French left back and discussions are taking place although it is understood that Digne prefers a move to London.
Rafa Benitez wants Sean Longstaff & Everton have made offer, although latest from NUFC this week was no players going out (yet). Newcastle interested in Lucas Digne but no formal bid (yet). Discussions taking place, although Digne prefers London move.— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 5, 2022
PSG keen to sign Lucas Paqueta from Olympique Lyon
Paris Saint-Germain are keen on bolstering their midfield options and are considering recruiting Lucas Paqueta from Lyon in the summer according to L'Equipe. The 24-year-old has been in fine form for the French club this season as he has scored nine goals in 17 matches in Ligue 1 this season.
It is understood that Lyon will demand a high transfer fee to let him depart the Groupama Stadium for the Parc des Princes. PSG are keen on adding an attacking midfielder to their ranks and are impressed by the Brazilian's impressive performances in the Ligue 1. The French giants will evaluate all their options and make an offer in the summer for the Brazilian international.
Southampton planning to bring back Gareth Bale
Southampton are understood to be keen on resigning Gareth Bale for his second spell at the club and are working on the details to make the deal work according to El Nacional. The Welsh winger has struggled for gametime at Real Madrid this season and will hope to rejuvenate his career at familiar surroundings with this transfer.
The Wales international made a name for himself with the Saints and can join the English club for free when his contract expires in the summer. If the deal materializes in the summer Bale will leave the Santiago Bernabeu with a host of trophies that will seal his legacy with the Spanish giants.
Arsenal waiting on answer from Fiorentina over Dusan Vlahovic
Arsenal are waiting to receive a response from Italian club Fiorentina over Dusan Vlahovic after they made a bid to sign the Serbian striker this month according to CBS Sports. The 21-year-old had outlined his intentions to the Italian club as he made it known that he wouldn't be signing a new deal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi stadium.
It is understood that the Italian side are delaying decisions on the future of the star striker as they wait on other offers from a number of other interested parties. The Gunners will be keen to recruit the striker as the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick- Aubameyang remain uncertain.
Tottenham and Arsenal to battle it out for Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey
According to Express Sport, Brighton full-back Tariq Lamptey has attracted interest from within England again with both Arsenal and Tottenham keen on signing the former Chelsea starlet in the current transfer window.
The 21-year-old has thrived after his return from a long-term injury and has got suitors more than interested in him again with a string of good performances. However, the report has indicated that Brighton are unwilling to part with a prized asset unless a big-fee is involved.
Olympique Lyon facing a fight to keep Bruno Guimaraes at the club
After an impressive two years at the club, the Evening Standard has reported that Olympique Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has begun to attract a lot of interest, especially with the French side under some financial pressure.
However, the report has indicated that while Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle United are keen over a month this month, Lyon will be able to hold out this month but could lose Guimaraes in the summer. Yet, the Standard has reported that any move will cost at least £40million with Lyon looking to double what they paid for the 24-year-old.
Paris Saint-Germain asking for €15 million fee for Julian Draxler amidst Barcelona interest
According to El Nacional, Barcelona are overly keen on signing Julian Draxler in this transfer window but Paris Saint-Germain have upped their transfer fee and are asking for at least €15 million for any of the German's suitors.
The attacker has had an up and down time since signing for the French giants and they are willing to let him go as long as their asking price is met. However, reports have indicated that Barcelona are looking to offload a few more players and high earners before they can make any move.
Krzysztof Piatek set to make Serie A return with Fiorentina
Ever since his phenomenal start for Genoa and AC Milan, Krzysztof Piatek hasn't quite lived up to the hype with the forward struggling to consistently produce but Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the Polish striker could be on his way back to Italy.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Genoa but has opted for the more lucrative Fiorentina move instead with the Viola set to sign Piatek on loan alongside an option to buy at 15 million. The Pole is currently undergoing a medical in Italy ahead of his move and reports have indicated that he could be Dusan Vlahovic's replacement.
Manchester United facing potential mass exodus with 17 unhappy players
According to the Daily Mail, things are getting heated at Old Trafford as Manchester United could be subject to a mass exodus this month. The report has indicated that the Red Devils have almost 17 unhappy players who all want to leave as they're not too pleased at the direction the club is going in.
The Mail has reported that the list Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek are the ones weighing up potential moves while Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic have already, reportedly, told the club that they want to leave.
Hugo Lloris wanted by Rennes
According to France Bleu Armorique, Hugo Lloris is wanted by Rennes as they aim to strengthen and reinforce their goalkeeping department. The French goalkeeper has yet to sign a new contract with Tottenham meaning that he could walk away from the London club on a free transfer in the summer.
The World Cup winner has been with the English side since 2012 and could be set to draw the curtains on a decade-long spell in England if he decides to go back to his homeland. The 35-year-old will have cemented his legacy within the folklores of the English club due to his impressive performances and stature at the club.
Tottenham, Juventus, Atletico and PSG battle for Marcelo Brozovic
According to Sport Italia, Tottenham, Atletico, Juventus and PSG are engaged in a battle to secure the signing of Marcelo Brozovic from Inter.
It was reported that the Croatian was close to signing a new contract extension with the Italian champions in recent months but despite talks between the club and his representatives, more clubs have begun to pay attention to the 29-year-old's situation.
Brozovic will be available on a free transfer in the summer of 2022 and Atletico, Tottenham, Juventus and PSG could spark a bidding war since the Croatian international can be officially approached on a pre-contract agreement.
Barcelona step up their efforts to sign Andreas Christensen
With Chelsea still struggling to come to an agreement with Andreas Christensen, Mundo Deportivo has reported that Barcelona are stepping up their efforts to sign the Danish center-back in this transfer window.
The defender does have a contract offer on the table from Chelsea but has yet to sign the new deal and is reportedly looking to leave the club at the end of the season as a free-agent. However, reports have also indicated that Christensen is looking to re-sign with the Blues but is waiting for the right contract before he makes a decision.
Roma to sign Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira
According to reliable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are preparing an offer for Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira as Jose Mourinho is understood to be a keen admirer of the Portuguese midfielder. Mourinho was keen on recruiting the 29-year-old during his reign at Spurs but the deal didn't materialize.
Spurs have cooled their interest in the Porto star after Antonio Conte took charge of the club giving Roma a clear run to recruit the Portuguese international in the January transfer window. It is understood that a fee of £17 million will be enough to persuade the Portuguese giants to let go of Oliveira.
Roma ready Umtiti loan offer
Roma are planning to recruit several new faces in January with defense being considered a priority by Jose Mourinho according to El Nacional. The Italian club will look to recruit Samuel Umtiti on loan from Barcelona as the French defender is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona are desperate to offload the World Cup winner due to his high wages and his increased susceptibility to recurring injuries. It is understood that Umtiti is unwilling to head through the exits at the Catalan club as he believes he can establish himself in Xavi Hernandez's plans.
Ed Woodward to leave Manchester United in April
Manchester United have confirmed that Ed Woodward will leave his role as executive vice-chairman on February 1, with Richard Arnold taking the step up to be the new chief executive officer at the club. Woodward has spent 9 years tumultuous years at the club with fans being disgruntled with United's lack of success on the pitch and financial management.
It is understood that Woodward will stay on and continue to attend football board meetings until the end of the season but will play no part in the day-to-day management of the club. The Englishman will leave the club in its entirety in April.
ℹ️ We are pleased to announce that Richard Arnold will become Chief Executive Officer of the club, effective from 1 February.#MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 6, 2022
Danny Rose told he can leave Watford this month
Despite signing for Watford only in the summer of 2021, Sky Sports has reported that Danny Rose has been told he is free to leave Vicarage Road this month. The full-back has made just nine appearances for the Hornets since arriving but has played sporadically since Claudio Ranieri arrived at the club.
The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal when he arrived but Sky Sports has reported that the Premier League side have made him available for transfer and won't use the left-back for the remainder of the month. Watford, meanwhile, have been looking to sign Udinese's Samir and Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida to reinforce their team.
Watford eyeing move for Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips
While Nathaniel Phillips impressed during Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk's absence last season, the 24-year-old has struggled to get minutes this term with just four appearances and Football Insider has reported that the defender could leave for Watford.
The Hornets are looking for defensive reinforcements and with Philips expected to leave Anfield this month, the report has indicated that a £12 million fee could be enough for the Vicarage Road side to get their man. Furthermore, Claudio Ranieri's side are also looking at Domagoj Vida and Udinese's Samir as well.
MK Dons' Matt O'Riley attracting interest from all across Europe
According to ESPN, Matt O'Riley's form this season has seen him scouted by clubs from across Europe with the likes of Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, Porto, FC Koln and a few other teams all keen on signing the 21-year-old. The midfielder arrived on a free-transfer last January and has since thrived for the club, with him contributing to 11 goals this season.
However, while O'Riley does have interest from abroad, ESPN has reported that Swansea City are leading the race although Championship outfits Barnsley, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth are monitoring his progress as well. The report has further indicated that MK Dons are asking for a £2 million fee, with clubs more than open to the fee.
Newcastle to consider Origi signing
Newcastle are continuing to evaluate several options in the January transfer window as they wish to make several additions to reinforce their squad according to The Telegraph. The Magpies are considering making an offer for Divock Origi as they aim to engage in talks with Liverpool over a possible deal.
The Belgian forward has struggled to establish himself in the starting lineup for the Reds in recent seasons and could be interested in the move as he would feature more.
Newcastle forward Callum Wilson suffered an injury recently against Manchester United and leaves the Magpies short of options in attack as they aim to survive relegation at the end of the season.
Barcelona look to sign Anthony Martial after missing out on Morata
Barcelona have missed out on signing Alvaro Morata with the Spanish international set to continue his loan spell at Juventus until the end of the summer according to Sport. The Blaugrana have turned their attention to recruiting Anthony Martial as a potential replacement for the Spaniard as Xavi Hernandez looks to reinforce their attacking options.
The French international has expressed his desire to leave United this month to interim manager Ralf Rangnick and his wish may be granted if a suitable offer comes in. The 26-year-old will hope to have a fresh start in life at Barcelona as he hopes to rejuvenate his career.
Manchester United are not looking to sign River Plate starlet Julian Alvarez
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that despite being heavily linked with a move for Julian Alvarez, Manchester United are not planning on signing the River Plate forward in this transfer window.
The 21-year-old has caught the eye this season with him thriving for the Argentine side and while his €17 million release clause is within reach for the Red Devils, the club's interim manager Ralf Rangnick is just looking into the possibility of a move.
Julián Álvarez. Manchester United are currently not in the process to sign him in January. Rangnick staff monitored Álvarez at Lokomotiv and Man Utd sent scouts - there’s nothing else as of now. 🔴🇦🇷 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2022
His agent’s gonna meet with many clubs.
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Tottenham ready to rekindle their interest in Adama Traore
According to the Athletic, Tottenham are overly keen on getting a deal done for Adama Traore with them set to rekindle their interest in the Spaniard. The North Londoners were looking into a move for the Wolverhampton Wanderers forward in the summer but Wolves rejected both bids from Tottenham.
However, the Athletic has reported that a part-exchange deal with Matt Doherty going the other way could be on the cards as Wolves are open to re-signing the wing-back this window. But Wolves are looking to let Traore leave as manager Bruno Lage is looking to add reinforcements and are looking at a way to gain funds.