Piotr Zielinski headlines our rumour mill as Liverpool plot raid for Napoli star

David Cooper 28/02/2018
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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.

PIOTR ZIELINSKI

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 15: Piotr Zielinski of SSC Napoli in action during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Napoli and RB Leipzig at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Piotr Zielinski has been a key player in Serie A and the Champions League.

The Serie A table-toppers have slapped a huge £57 million (Dh291m) price tag on the attacking midfielder to keep reported interest from Liverpool at bay.

Zielinski has been a vital cog in the finely oiled Partenopei machine this season, netting five goals in the league and weighing in with a further two in the Champions League.

That has led to interest from the Merseysiders, as well as Arsenal, with Napoli remaining adamant he won’t be sold cheaply, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The Pole, who joined the Naples side two summers ago from Empoli, is said to be happy at the Stadio San Paolo.

JANN-FIETE ARP

HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 04: Jann-Fiete Arp of Hamburg celebrates after he scored a goal to make it 3:1 during the Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart at Volksparkstadion on November 4, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Jann-Fiete Arp is one of the top Bundesliga talents.

Chelsea are monitoring the rising Hamburg star, who is demanding a significant increase in his salary to stay with the Bundesliga side.

The 18-year-old homegrown striking talent, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost, wants a new deal worth €2m a season (Dh8.9m) – a significant increase on his existing €500,000 (Dh2.2m) sum.

Arp has let it be known he isn’t fully content at the relegation-threatened side, prompting interest from the Blues who has apparently scouted the talent this term.

The Stamford Bridge club could test Hamburg’s resolve to keep hold of the Germany under-17 forward this coming summer.

ALVARO ODRIOZOLA

Real Sociedad's Spanish defender Alvaro Odriozola eyes the ball during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Odriozola lung-busting runs from full-back have caught the eye.

Manchester United could strengthen their defence when the transfer window reopens with the acquisition of the Real Sociedad full-back.

The Red Devils sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old Spain international in the Europa League last Thursday, and were apparently impressed with what they saw according to the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear defensive reinforcements will be the priority in the close season, having revealed the club’s business at the top of the pitch is done and dusted.

Odriozola’s rise has been rapid and he is expected to star in the World Cup in Russia for La Roja.

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Eden Hazard headlines our rumour mill as Chelsea plan new contract to ward off Real Madrid interest

David Cooper 27/02/2018
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Chelsea are set to offer Eden Hazard new contractual terms.

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 Tuesday.

EDEN HAZARD

Chelsea are ready to make the Belgian playmaker the highest-paid player in the club’s history, in a move which should end speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. According to the Daily Mail, the Blues will offer the 27-year-old £300,000-a-week to ensure he commits his long-term future to Stamford Bridge. This, however, is despite the fact his current deal runs until 2020. Los Blancos have been monitoring the mercurial No10 for a great length of time but were reluctant to come up with a world-record transfer deal, close to £200m, to sign him last summer.

Eden Hazard

Hazard has netted 15 goals in 37 appearances this season.

SCOTT ARFIELD

The Canadian star is set to return home with both Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal vying for his signature at the end of the season, according to The Sun. The Scotland-born Burnley midfielder, who has been a key part of Sean Dyche’s men this campaign, is out of contract in June and wants to experience playing in the Great White North for the first time in his career. Arfield’s dynamic presence in the middle of the park will be a significant loss for the Clarets and it is reported he could pen a designated player contract in Canada, meaning either the Whitecaps or Montreal could sign the 29-year-old, despite the likelihood his annual salary would be outside of their salary cap.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Scott Arfield of Burnley evades Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Scott Arfield has been a key man during Burnley’s impressive season.

OMAR MASCARELL

Los Blancos are ready to re-sign their former midfielder, who is currently plying his trade with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. The defensive midfield star, who started his career at the Whites aged just 17 and made his one and only appearance for the first-team in 2013, is set to return to the Bernabeu as Madrid exercise their €4m buyback option. Those terms were agreed two summers ago, with Real hierarchy now being satisfied the 25-year-old has grown in stature and that the deal represents value for money. According to Marca, Mascarell will train with the Spanish giants in the summer before finalising the switch.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 10: Omar Mascarell of Frankfurt (r) fights for the ball with Marco Hoeger of Koeln during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Koeln at Commerzbank-Arena on February 10, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Omar Mascarell has proved himself as a talent in Germany.

MALCOM

Borussia Dortmund are ready to beat Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich to sign Bordeaux frontman Malcom, by using transfer funds worth £55m that they received for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in January. The 21-year-old forward, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, is said to be keen to join the Black and Yellows. Malcom has netted eight Ligue 1 goals for the mid-table outfit this season but is desperate to test himself in the Champions League. Dortmund, have course, also have money in their coffers following last summer’s sale of Ousmane Dembele.

Highly-rated: Malcom.

Highly-rated: Malcom.

FRANCK KESSIE

The AC Milan midfielder has revealed it is his dream to play in the Premier League with Manchester United. Kessie is a rising star in the game, who is currently enjoying a two-year loan deal from Atalanta with the San Siro side, has, according to Sky Sports, already given a huge indication of his future ambitions. The midfielder has been in a rich vein of form this term, scoring four goals and creating four assists for the Italian giants. However, at this point in time, it looks unlikely he will be leaving the Rossoneri unless a big-money bid comes in to his parent club.

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Alisson headlines our rumour mill as Man United and Chelsea battle it out for Roma goalkeeper

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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 Monday.

ALISSON

Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea will lock horns to try and sign the outstanding Roma goalkeeper this summer. Both clubs are fearful they could lose their current No1s, with Red Devils star David De Gea and Stamford Bridge man Thibaut Courtois being heavily linked with Real Madrid. According to the Mirror, United and the Blues see the Brazil shot stopper as the perfect man to come in, should either of those leave when the transfer window reopens. However, 25-year-old Alisson is unlikely to enter talks with any other side until after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia. Roma also want to keep their man between the sticks.

Highly-rated: Goalkeeper Allison.

DAVID BROOKS

Tottenham have made an approach to sign the Sheffield United prodigy, The Sun reports. Club scouts have been keeping track of the 20-year-old star in the making following his breakthrough season in the Championship and maiden international call-up with Wales last November. Reportedly, the Bramall Lane side have already slapped a £10 million (Dh51.5m) price tag on his head to ward off potential suitors, though a huge bid would be very difficult to turn down. Brooks, who has the ability to operate across the midfield, interestingly started his career in the youth ranks at Manchester City before eventually getting his chance at the Blades following a successful loan spell with Halifax.

Rising star: David Brooks.

NICOLAS GAITAN

According to AS, the long-term Manchester United target is set to move to the Chinese Super League and join Dalian Yifang, after being made surplus to requirements by Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. The Argentina winger, who joined the Spanish giants back in the summer of 2016 from Benfica, is seeking regular first-team football after featuring only 13 times, predominantly from the bench this term. Interestingly, Gaitan spurned the chance to join Swansea during the January transfer window and seems to have bided his time in the hope of cashing in on the riches of the CSL before their market closes on Wednesday.

Out of favour: Nicolas Gaitan.

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