The Dutch midfielder is keen to return to the Premier League, where he spent four years with Liverpool before moving on to Newcastle. The Reds will not make a move for their former player but Arsenal are interested in securing his services.
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The January transfer window for 2022 is open (see when it shuts here), and there’s a lot of speculation about who’ll be heading where. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
Wijnaldum hopes to return to the Premier League with Arsenal.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be set for a move back to the Premier League, with Sky Sports reporting that he is keen on the idea of joining Arsenal.
Wijnaldum, 31, is apparently ready to return to England’s top flight, barely six months after leaving Liverpool on a free transfer to join PSG. He has battled to keep down a regular spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield in Ligue 1.
Instead of returning to Merseyside, the Netherlands international is rumoured to desire to join Arsenal, a club he idolized as a child. And with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta eager to bolster his midfield in north London, Wijnaldum might have a chance to make that ambition a reality.
PSG, on the other hand, do not want to lose the midfielder in the middle of the season, and Wijnaldum is unlikely to loudly demand a transfer elsewhere.
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Alvaro Morata’s representatives have landed in Italy to speak with Juventus regarding his future, according to Sky Italia.
Morata, 29, was informed he wouldn’t be permitted to cut short his loan from Atletico Madrid to join Barcelona this month, but Juve’s acquisition of Vlahovic has them reconsidering their position.
Following the €55 million purchase of Ferran Torres from Man City, sources informed ESPN in December that Barcelona had made Morata their priority January target.
Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s head coach, has been lobbying for Morata’s acquisition, and the club has already started preliminary talks about a loan deal with the possibility to make it permanent in the summer.
13:13 UTC: Juventus have struck a deal with Fiorentina to acquire forward Dusan Vlahovic, according to Goal.
Vlahovic, 21, has 17 goals in Serie A this season and is considered one of Europe’s top young forwards.
A €75 million deal has allegedly been approved, with Juve desperate to sign the Serbia international before the summer transfer window opens.
Diego Carlos, a defender for Sevilla, is in high demand, with Newcastle and Tottenham interested in signing him.
Carlos, 28, has been in negotiations with Newcastle about a possible €45 million transfer, but the two clubs have yet to reach an agreement.
According to Football Insider, Tottenham are in early negotiations and are willing to add midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in any move to reduce the total sum.
12.34 a.m. GMT: Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, according to Voetbal International.
Gakpo, 22, has 10 goals and 11 assists in 28 appearances this season in all competitions, and Bayern Munich was interested in him before the season started.
Liverpool and Manchester City are apparently interested in signing him, but his contract expires in 2025, so they would have to pay a huge transfer price.
According to ABC Sevilla, Andres Guardado has signed a new contract with Real Betis that would keep him at the club until 2023.
Guardado, 35, was set to leave Betis at the conclusion of the season, but the club has chosen to extend his stay since he is an important player for boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The Mexico international follows in the footsteps of Sergio Canales and Nabil Fekir, who have signed new Betis contracts in recent weeks.
Ivan Morales has said his goodbyes to Colo-Colo ahead of his transfer to Liga MX club Cruz Azul.
The 22-year-old forward’s contract with the Chilean squad was about to expire in June, and Cruz Azul took advantage of the opportunity to sign him for $400,000.
Valencia has signed Switzerland international defender Eray Comert on a deal until June 2026 from FC Basel.
Since joining Basel in 2018, Comert has made 140 appearances for the club and earned his international debut in November 2019.
11.22 a.m. GMT: Is Anthony Martial’s loan transfer to Sevilla from Manchester United a smart one?
Jill Scott, a midfielder from Manchester City, has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan.
Scott, 34, has more than 150 senior England appearances and led City to the Women’s Super League championship in 2016.
Carla Ward, the Villa manager, said: “It was a no-brainer when we learned of Jill’s availability. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get one of England’s most accomplished football players. Jill will add a lot to our squad, not just on the field, but I think she’ll have a big effect off the field as well. We have a lot of great new talent coming through, so having someone of Jill’s caliber teach them would be tremendous.”
9.34 a.m. GMT: According to ESPN’s James Olley, former England coach Roy Hodgson is expected to be named the next Watford manager.
Hodgson, 74, is expected to accept a six-month deal with the Premier League’s ailing team. He’ll take over for Claudio Ranieri, who was fired as manager on Monday following just 14 games in charge.
According to ESPN, Hodgson will be joined by long-time assistant coach Ray Lewington, and the two will be tasked with maintaining the team in the Premier League this season despite a dismal run of play that saw Ranieri’s tenure come to an end. Hodgson was at Watford’s training field on Monday evening, according to sources, awaiting formal confirmation of his transfer.
09.26 GMT: According to Estadio Deportivo, Anthony Martial is set to be in Seville within the next 24 hours after Manchester United agreed to loan the midfielder until the end of the season.
Sevilla will not pay a fee for Martial’s loan, but instead pay him €5 million as part of his salary. United is said to have agreed to pay a portion of Martial’s salary as well.
The French striker is due to practise with them on Thursday after lowering his pay to enable his temporary transfer to Sevilla.
Sevilla acquired FC Porto winger Jesus “Tecatito” Corona from Mexico last week, but they are still looking for another offensive player.
08:46 UTC: Tottenham Hotspur has enquired about the availability of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, according to the Daily Mail.
Since his €20 million transfer from Club Brugge in January 2020, the Moroccan international has struggled to adapt at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. He is now with his national squad in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Amrabat, 25, has only made 11 league appearances for La Viola this season, indicating that he and his club may contemplate a move to Spurs.
08.00 GMT: According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Manchester City is close to completing a deal for River Plate attacker Julian Alvarez.
City think they have beaten AC Milan to the 21-year-old Argentinian’s signature, with the last details to be worked out before a deal is struck. According to ESPN, the total cost of the move might be less than £20 million.
Alvarez, who has already earned five Argentina caps, is unlikely to join the Etihad until next summer at the earliest, but insiders have informed ESPN that he would be regarded a first-team signing.
City would contemplate loaning him back to River Plate or arranging another loan until he is ready to come to England.
Julien Laurens reveals he fantasizes about Dusan Vlahovic joining Juventus to play with Paulo Dybala.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Adam Brown)
– Juventus will make contact with Dusan Vlahovic in the coming days, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 21-year-old Fiorentina striker has been linked with a move away from La Viola since the start of the season, and it looks as though he can expect to receive contact from Turin as they look to make a case to secure his signature ahead of Arsenal.
– The future of FC Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi is becoming clearer, with Sky Germany reporting that he has decided on Borussia Dortmund as his next destination. The Bundesliga club have reportedly already started talks over a permanent transfer for the 20-year-old Germany international.
– Calciomercato writes that Theo Hernandez has agreed to a new contract with AC Milan. The 24-year-old left-back has been on the radar of a number of clubs around Europe — most notably PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea — but he has instead chosen to remain at San Siro until 2026 in a deal worth €4m-a-year in wages.
– Hull City are plotting a move for former Liverpool star Ryan Babel, according to Hull Daily Mail. The 35-year-old has mainly featured as a substitute for Galatasaray this season, but with his contract set to expire in the summer, Hull are said to believe they can reach an agreement with the Dutch winger who is open to a return to England.
– L’Equipe reports that Lille left-back Reinildo Mandava is in Spain and will sign a pre-contract with Atletico Madrid. The 28-year-old Mozambique international has been a key part of the Lille’s recent success, making 25 appearances this season after helping his side to the Ligue 1 title in 2021, and will sign a deal that will see him move to the Spanish capital on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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