The 2022 January transfer window is closed, but there’s still plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Rodrygo, Asensio on way out of Madrid?
Real Madrid are planning to move on Rodrygo this summer as they prepare for the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, according to Sport.
It is reported that the LaLiga club received interest from the Premier League for the 21-year-old winger and will let him leave for a fee in the region of €40 million.
Rodrygo has made 35 appearances for Real Madrid this season but, after scoring just two goals from those games, Sport suggests that he will be one of the first players moved on to accommodate the expected arrival of at least one of football’s most sought-after stars.
Marco Asensio is also reported to be one of the players that manager Carlo Ancelotti intends to move on, as the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy look to overhaul the squad at the end of the season and land Mbappe on a free transfer from PSG, while also paying Haaland’s €75m release clause at Borussia Dortmund.
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21.30 BST: Marseille are keen to secure a deal with Roma for Jordan Veretout, reveals Calciomercato.
There has been plenty of circulation surrounding the 29-year-old midfielder as he continues to be linked with a move away from Roma, and it looks as though he could be set for a return to Ligue 1 where he would link up with Giallorossi teammates Pau Lopez and Cengiz Under. Veretout has certainly been a steady performer in Serie A this season, contributing 11 goals in 29 league appearances this season for Jose Mourinho’s side.
21.00 BST: Manchester City have suffered a blow in their reported pursuit of Patrik Schick, with Bayer Leverkusen director Fernando Carro claiming that he will not be sold this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports Germany on the future of the 26-year-old striker, he said: “No we’re not going to sell Schick, we count on him playing with us for the next few years.”
The forward has remained in impressive form this season, scoring 20 times from 20 Bundesliga starts.
20.30 BST: Club Brugge will only part ways with Charles De Ketelaere if they receive an offer in the region of €35million, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The versatile 21-year-old forward has caught the attention of clubs across Europe with his performances this season, contributing 22 goals in 37 appearances, and it is reported that AC Milan are one of the clubs that want to secure his signature.
20.00 BST: N’golo Kante turned down an approach from Paris Saint-Germain in January, reveals Le Parisien. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder was contacted by PSG late in the transfer window as the Ligue 1 club made another attempt to persuade him to make the switch to the Parc des Princes, but he once again decided to remain at Chelsea.
Kante will have just one year remaining on his deal that expires in the summer of 2023, after joining from Leicester City in 2016.
19.28 BST: Barcelona are yet to begin contract talks with Gavi despite calls from manager Xavi Hernandez to get the deal over the line, writes Sport.
It is reported that there are still differences to amend over personal terms for the 17-year-old midfielder, and uncertainty is beginning to grow with the Camp Nou hierarchy still yet to initiate a second round of contract talks.
19.07 BST: Talks will begin between Arsenal and William Saliba in the coming weeks as the Gunners consider resolutions for the centre-back’s future, writes Goal.
It is reported that Mikel Arteta’s side will make a decision this summer whether to bring him into the first team or move him on after he returns from his loan spell with Marseille. The 21-year-old centre-back has two years left on his deal at the Emirates Stadium, and it is reported that the Ligue 1 club would like to keep him if they can reach an agreement over a fee for his services.
18.34 BST: Internazionale will challenge Lazio and Roma for the signature of Filip Kostic if Ivan Perisic leaves, reveals Calciomercato.
The 29-year-old has remained in impressive form this season for Eintracht Frankfurt, contributing to 14 goals in 29 starts, and that has seen teams in the Serie A remain at the negotiating table for the Serbia International with hopes of landing him in the summer.
18.11 BST: AC Milan could be set to cool their pursuit of Marco Asensio due to the Real Madrid star’s salary demands, according to Tuttosport.
The 26-year-old winger currently earns €5.5m per season on his deal that expires in the summer of 2023, and the Rossoneri aren’t confident of securing a deal amid uncertainty over what fee the LaLiga side could also quote for his services.
17.49 BST: Barcelona are set to begin a new round of contract talks with Ousmane Dembele after his return to form, reports the Daily Mail.
Manager Xavi Hernandez is reported to be impressed with the 24-year-old winger’s form and despite previous suggestions that the Blaugrana were ready to give up on him, the latest suggests that they will now look to reach an agreement before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
The France international has previously been linked with Paris Saint-Germain.
17.22 BST: Newcastle United are keen to sign Scotland international fullback Aaron Hickey, reports Fabrizio Romano.
A number of clubs are already reported to be monitoring the 19-year-old defender, who’s made 27 appearances this season for Bologna in Serie A, and the Magpies are the latest team to join the race for his signature. If there’s a deal to be done, the Italian side could be prepared to accept a deal in the region of £17million to part ways with him.
16.25 BST: Barcelona have a decision to make over winger Ousmane Dembele.
15.16 BST: Sky Germany says that Barcelona are in concrete discussions to sign 16-year-old Kenan Yildiz from Bayern Munich.
The attacking midfielder’s agents, Leaderbrook, also represent Barcelona players Ferran Torres and Pedri, which could aid the negotiations, while Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring the situation.
Yildiz, who has both German and Turkish nationality, was promoted to Bayern’s U19 this season and has six goals and eight assists so far.
14.50 BST: Arsenal are in the market for a new striker, but they may look to keep one they already have.
According to L’Equipe, Alexandre Lacazette is in line for a new short-term deal after the club let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave on a free transfer to Barcelona in February.
Lacazette, 30, could sign a one-year contract with the option of an extra year, as the Gunners also have Eddie Nketiah out of contract in the summer.
Lacazette has seen interest from Lyon and Barcelona but has also played well in recent months and Arsenal won’t want to have to replace three strikers all at once.
14.17 BST: Arsenal are leading the race to sign Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to Nieuwsblad.
Tielemans, 24, has a contract which expires in 2023 and seems keen to move on to a club who can offer him Champions League football this summer.
The Belgium international has been a star performer in the Premier League over recent seasons and Leicester will be looking to get at least £40m from any interested clubs.
13.30 BST: Manchester United are exploring the possibility of including Anthony Martial to facilitate a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
United are in the market to sign a striker ahead of the summer transfer window with Kane one of the options being monitored. Tottenham’s valuation of the England captain — more than £100m for a player who will turn 29 in July — is considered problematic but there is hope that Martial moving the other way, either in a separate deal or as part of the same agreement, would offset some of the cost.
Tottenham have enquired about Martial’s availability in the past, although sources have told ESPN the France forward would prefer a move to Italy or Spain if he leaves Old Trafford permanently in the summer.
Martial, who has a contract at United until 2024 with the option of another year, has scored one goal in eight appearances on loan at Sevilla but the Spanish side have indicated they are not likely to pursue a permanent move at the end of the season.
12.55 BST: Chelsea forward Timo Werner wants to leave the club and the Blues will let him if an appropriate bid is made, says Sport1.
Werner, 26, has seven goals in 28 games this season but hasn’t settled since making the €53m move from RB Leipzig in 2020.
Chelsea want €40m from clubs to sign the Germany international, with Dortmund particularly keen on landing him.
12.12 BST: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to leave the club as a free agent when his contract this summer, but his wages may limit the clubs he can join, according to Calciomercato.
Pogba, 29, earns a reported €15m-per-season at Old Trafford but will struggle to match that at a new club, despite the lack of transfer fee.
Juventus, where the France international played between 2012 and 2016, would only be able to offer him €8m, while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are looking to save money to sign other targets.
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10.44 BST: Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea, but now Bild claims that Real Madrid are interested too.
Gnabry, 26, has a contract which expires in 2023 but has not managed to agree an extension yet.
The former Arsenal player has now attracted Los Blancos‘ interest and this summer could be Bayern’s last chance to recoup a transfer fee for him as they look at Ajax’s Antony and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku as a replacement.
Madrid are ready to cut their losses on Eden Hazard, while Gareth Bale will depart when his contract ends in the summer, so the LaLiga leaders will need to sign another winger.
09.58 BST: Manchester United are considering hiring Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and the Daily Telegraph reports that he may bring a player with him.
Ajax and Brazil winger Antony, 22, has 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 games this season and has been linked with a €40m move.
09.13 BST: Borussia Dortmund are looking to find a replacement for Erling Haaland and Fabrizio Romano claims they are in advanced talks for FC Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi.
Haaland, 21, has a €75m release clause and has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern, Man United and Man City. Meanwhile, Adeyemi has emerged as a top talent in Austria, and has been rated at around €40m.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild: “When Haaland leaves, we will again find a new talent and develop it into a superstar,” but refused to comment “any transfer rumour.”
08.30 BST: ICYMI — Manchester United are ready to open contract talks with Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw after agreeing a new long-term deal with Bruno Fernandes, sources have told ESPN.
Rashford and Shaw are considered part of a key group of core players that United want to keep at Old Trafford and they are keen to push ahead with negotiations despite uncertainty over the identity of the club’s next permanent manager.
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Fernandes has verbally agreed terms on a new five-year contract with an announcement expected after the international break.
Sources at Old Trafford have stressed the fresh deal is designed to bring the midfielder in line with the highest earners and reflect his contribution since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020 rather than as reward for a season during which the 27-year-old has suffered a dip in form.
Fernandes scored 28 goals in all competitions last season but has managed just nine so far this term.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Bruno Fernandes has agreed to a new deal that will see him extend his stay at Old Trafford until 2027, reveals Fabrizio Romano. The report says that Manchester United will announce the deal in the coming days after the 27-year-old midfielder returns home from international duty with Portugal. Fernandes scored a brace in his side’s 2-0 victory over North Macedonia to secure qualification to the 2022 Qatar World Cup later this year.
– Arsenal have joined the race for Raphinha and have made an official enquiry to Leeds United, according to the Here We Go podcast. While Barcelona are reported to be frontrunners for the 25-year-old winger, the Gunners are ready to challenge them for his signature if the Blaugrana fail to get a €35m deal over the line.
– Valencia will ask for a fee of €40m if they are to agree to part ways with Goncalo Guedes, according to Calciomercato. AS Roma have recently shown interest in the 25-year-old forward, who has contributed to 16 goals in 26 LaLiga appearances for Los Che this season. The Spanish side are reported to want to recoup the fee they paid back in 2018.
– Borussia Dortmund are looking at Timo Werner as a potential replacement if Erling Haaland leaves in the summer, reports Calciomercato. The 26-year-old is yet to establish himself since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig for €53m in 2020, and it looks as though BVB are prepared to bring him back to the Bundesliga where he enjoyed some of his best form.
– Atletico Madrid could look to extend Antoine Griezmann’sloan and delay paying the €40m option to make the move permanent, according to Goal. The 31-year-old forward has scored seven goals for Diego Simeone’s side this season, but Los Colchoneros haven’t yet decided whether they want to sign him on a permanent deal. Griezmann’s contract with Barcelona will expire in the summer of 2024.
– AC Milan are looking to acquire a number of players from Real Madrid this summer, writes Sport. The San Siro hierarchy are first looking to secure a permanent move for Brahim Diaz, the 22-year-old attacker who is currently on loan for Stefano Pioli’s side. There is also interest in Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, two players who have struggled to earn regular minutes for Los Blancos this season. It is reported that the Serie A side will enquire about both stars as they look to negotiate a deal for Diaz.