The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done, and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.
TOP STORY: Man Utd want Trippier from Atletico
Manchester United could be set for a shock move for Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier in January, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is believed to be looking to bolster his defensive options and England international Trippier tops the list, but he may find the former Burnley man a tricky player to prise away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
Trippier is contracted to La Liga leaders Atletico until 2022 and such has been his consistency this season — he has started all 10 games for far in La Liga — that Diego Simeone is keen to extend his contract.
The former Manchester City youth player joined Atletico from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 for £20 million, and he now appears to be reaching peak form.
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14.31 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players to prove they belong at the club and book their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
United need at least a point from a tricky trip to RB Leipzig on Tuesday to earn a place in the round of 16 and Solskjaer has told his star men they will be expected to show up on what is a crucial night.
“The players are Manchester United players because they have qualities we’ve looked for,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Monday. “I’m sure they will prove the reasons why they’re here, they will show it. The character of the group is getting better and better.
“It’s something we want, games like this, it’s a tradition for Man United, we never make it easy for ourselves.”
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13.25 GMT: Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has dodged questions about whether Lionel Messi will still be at the club next season, or if Neymar will make a return to Camp Nou.
Coutinho, who has himself been linked with interest from Juventus, was asked about his current club captain and Messi and his international teammate while speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Juventus,
Coutinho told a news conference: “I don’t know what will happen next year. I can only speak about the present, about myself. Of course everyone wants to play with the best and we think the same here.
“The team’s in a rebuilding process. Coaches have changes, players, important parts of the team. There has to be patience and on the inside we have to do everything possible so that things come together quickly.”
12.40 GMT: Mario Balotelli is set to join Serie B club Monza on Monday, subject to the striker passing a medical.
Balotelli is a free agent after leaving Brescia at the end of last season. The 30-year-old is expected to sign with the club co-owned by former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and ex-sporting director Adriano Galliani until to the end of this campaign.
“I told him this is truly his last chance,” Galliani told reporters at the weekend. “I love him but Mario should’ve done so much more. He’s shown amazing quality. I don’t see why he can’t still go forward, he’s only 30.”
11.56 GMT: After Sunday’s 2-0 defeat in the north London derby, the pressure has increased on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Can he turn things around?
Gab Marcotti feels Mikel Arteta will have to produce a coaching miracle to lift Arsenal out of their rut.
11.09 GMT: Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is hopeful that star striker Danny Ings will sign a new contract at the club.
Ings, 28, has scored five goals in eight games for the Saints this season to add to the 25 he scored in all competitions last term. The England international’s contract at St Mary’s expires in the summer of 2022, but Hasenhuttl is keen to secure his future soon.
“It’s very important for us as and I think it’s important for him that he does it and hopefully he is also managed by his agent in this way,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“He has to make the decision. We know that good players always have more options to go somewhere but I don’t think he wants to go anywhere because he knows what he has with this club. It’s understandable that big clubs are looking at him; this is normal.”
Hasenhuttl hinted that he would rather lose Ings on a free transfer in 18 months’ time rather than be forced to sell him sooner, adding: “For us as a smaller club we have our limits. You can be sure we will stretch these limits as much as possible and then if it’s still not [enough] we would not be the only club that loses players without a transfer fee because they go somewhere else when they don’t want to extend their contract.”
10.22 GMT: Chelsea will not entertain any approaches to take Callum Hudson-Odoi on loan or on a permanent transfer in the January transfer window, according to The Athletic.
Sources told ESPN’s Tom Hamilton in October that Chelsea had rejected a bid for the England international from Bayern Munich, who have long-term admirers of the winger.
Hudson-Odoi, 20 has not been included in the matchday squads for Chelsea’s two most recent Premier League matches, with manager Frank Lampard preferring to call upon the attacking talents of Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.
However, despite this, The Athletic reports that Chelsea still see him as a player with great potential who can provide options in their squad.
09.35 GMT: Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has urged the club to make the first public statement regarding his future at the club.
The Netherlands international’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and he has been regularly linked with a move to Barcelona to reunite with his former national team boss Ronald Koeman.
Speaking after Sunday’s 4-0 win over Wolves, in which he scored, Wijnaldum told Amazon Prime: “I already said I don’t speak about my contract situation, I speak about the games. The club should speak about my contract.
“There was a connection from the first moment that I came here. The supporters support me a lot but like I said it’s not for me to speak about my contract right now.”
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08.48 GMT: AC Milan are waiting for the right time to approach Zlatan Ibrahimovic in order to discuss a contract extension.
Ibrahimovic, 39, has scored 10 goals in six Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri this season. The Swedish forward, who returned to MIlan for a second spell in January, is tied to the Rossoneri until June.
“Ibra is now with us and we haven’t spoken about renewing his contract,” AC Milan sporting director Frederic Massara said. “We will do so at the right time. It will depend a lot on his state of mind and what he wants. So far, he has proved that he wants to remain here. I think Milan is giving him a lot in terms of motivation. We hope to have him with us for a long time.”
Ibrahimovic recently said he is still eager to continue playing. When asked last week about retirement, he told Sky: “I have no fear, but I know what awaits me. I’m not ready to hang it up, I feel too good. I will play at this level provided I can continue to give something. If I can’t manage, I don’t want it. That is why in January, I signed a six-month contract so that I could be honest with them and with myself. I didn’t know if after those six months I would continue.”
Gab Marcotti outlines the importance AC Milan’s win vs. Sampdoria had with Zlatan Ibrahimovic absent.
08.00 GMT: Spanish forward Jese Rodriguez has agreed to terminate his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced on Sunday.
Jese, who had a contract with the Ligue 1 giants until June 2021, scored two goals in a total of 18 appearances in all competitions for PSG since arriving at the club in the summer of 2016 from Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old failed to break into PSG’s squad and was loaned to UD Las Palmas, Stoke City, Real Betis and Sporting Lisbon during his four years at the club.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Ozil eyes move next summer
Mezut Ozil believes he will earn a move to another top club next summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
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Ozil, 32, has been frozen out at Arsenal by Mikel Arteta and doesn’t feature in their squad either to play in the Premier League or Champions League.
Ozil had admitted that he wants to stay at the club and fight for his place and that he doesn’t want to leave in January. However, his wages are believed to be the main reason why other clubs have yet to come in for him.
His contract expires next summer, and he is determined to kickstart his career when he becomes a free agent.
Ozil hopes there will be strong interest in him and that he will be an attractive signing for another top-flight club. He will, no doubt, have to take a pay cut.
Conte closes in on young Brazilian signing
Inter Milan are looking to strengthen their squad for the end of the current campaign as well as next season, and Sky Sports Italy believe Antonio Conte is eyeing young Brazilian striker Marcos Paulo.
Marcos Paulo’s contract at Fluminese expires at the end of the campaign and so Inter could sign him on a pre-contract agreement in January so that he can move to the San Siro next summer.
The player, who has represented Portugal at the youth levels, has already caught the eye of a number of Italian clubs, namely Parma and Torino in the summer, but it appears to be Inter who have made the first, and boldest move.
He has scored three goals already this season, including a brace this weekend against Atletico Paranaense. The 19-year-old can play on either wing as well as in attack.
– Should Manchester United’s aforementioned move for Trippier prove unsuccessful, they have a plan B up their sleeve in the form of Real Madrid defender Lucas Vazquez. Defensa Central believe United are set to make a bid of £15m as they look to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Vazquez has become a key player for Zinedine Zidane this season in the right-back position after starting life as a winger.
– Sami Khedira is proving popular in England, according to Calciomercato. Premier League side Everton have been linked with the Germany international in recent weeks, but he’s also become a target for not one but three Championship clubs including Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich City. The 33-year-old is entering the final six months of his contract at Juventus and the Italians are keen to offload him in January in order to save themselves €3m in wages.
Published: 2020-12-07 14:36:46
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