The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer. Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking.
Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. The 22-year-old is playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo this campaign and has only started seven La Liga matches. The Spanish international has already turned down a move to PSG and has attracted interest from Inter Milan as well as Arsenal. With game time mattering most for the star attacker, Antonio Conte may succeed in bringing him to West London.
DAVID DE GEA
Manchester United will reportedly demand £115million from Real Madrid for de Gea, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season. Los Blancos have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper since last summer and were heavily linked with rising Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga during the January transfer window. The 27-year-old, on the other hand, is eager to return home to Madrid where he previously plied his trade with Atletico in from 2009-2011.
STEFAN DE VRIJ
Manchester United have reportedly joined Liverpool in the race to sign de Vrij next summer. The Lazio defender is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree fresh terms at the Stadio Olimpico. The Dutchman endured an injury-hit 2016-17 campaign with the Serie A club but is still very much on Jose Mourinho’s radar and a bid of around €15m could be accepted. The totemic centre-back would offer more consistency than the incumbent pair of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Man City will have to shell out £8.5m in compensation to get rid of Kompany this summer. The Belgium international has no intention of leaving the Etihad Stadium with his current contract expiring in 2019. Pep Guardiola has serious concerns over the 31-year-old’s health and has a big decision to make whether to keep the centre-back. The City boss has Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones in central defence and has just broken the club transfer record to land Aymeric Laporte from Bilbao.
Liverpool will have to pay £45million to sign Roma goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian is currently keeping Manchester City’s Ederson out of a place in the national team and has been heavily linked to the Reds this summer. The 25-year-old has impressed at Stadio Olimpico over the last 18 months and would be a welcome addition to the Reds. With Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet rotating between the sticks, Jurgen Klopp needs to find a new keeper if they are to seriously compete for honours.
The 24-year-old, whose contract expires in June, was widely linked with the Turin club during the January transfer window but the two sides failed to reach a conclusion over a potential move.
However, it seems as though the German will now end his four-year stay at Anfield and link-up with the Serie A giants on a free transfer after the World Cup.
“Emre Can is a huge coup, even more so because he’ll arrive on a free transfer. Marotta and Paratici have done very well,” Federico Pastorello is reported as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
He added: “Juventus are a club that attract champions, and important signals are coming from the German.”
The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.
Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Wednesday.
Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea star Eden Hazard over a summer transfer, according to Express.
Hazard has reportedly rejected a new long-term contract from the Blues, as he wants to wait until the end of the season to see if Los Blancos table a bid for his services.
The 27-year-old is said to be one of Real Madrid’s prime summer transfer targets, as they bid to bolster their attacking options after a poor 2017/18 campaign.
While Hazard is happy under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, it is believed he is ready for a change after nearly six seasons at Stamford Bridge.
With Madrid set to ramp up their attempts to sign a number of key players during the summer transfer window, it looks unlikely they will fork out over £100 million on Hazard.
Although he would add even more pace and class to a star-studded attack at the Bernabeu, Chelsea and Conte will do what they can to keep hold of their prized asset for next season.
ARSENAL COULD LOSE STAR TRIO
Mesut Ozil’s mammoth new contract could result in Arsenal losing key men Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, according to the Daily Mail.
The German’s new contract is reportedly up to £350,000-per-week, a deal which has doubled the wage paremeters at the Emirates Stadium.
Similarly, new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitryan are earning close to £200,000 per week.
Wales star Ramsey underlined his importance with a hat-trick against Everton at the weekend and with 18 months remaining on his contract, the North London club will have to give Ramsey a massive pay rise or risk losing him to another club.
While Wilshere has proved himself in recent months, he will most likely have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season.
It will be more difficult for Welbeck to bargain a bigger contract as his position is weaker, with the former Man United player only a back-up option in attack.
Wenger will be eager to hold on to his players – but may opt to sell the trio, rather than give into their demands.