The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next stars. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.
Bayern have Hudson-Odoi bid rejected
Bayern Munich are already facing a rocky start to the 2019 winter window, with Sky Sports reporting that Chelsea have rejected a £20 million bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi from the Bavarian giants.
The 18-year-old is after regular playing time in much the same was as his England youth international teammate Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City and is now playing a starring role for Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The news gets doubly worse for Bayern — and any other potential suitors — with Sky suggesting Chelsea value “the England U19 international at closer to £40m” while their German rivals Dortmund are hoping to use Sancho as leverage to bring the talented winger to the Westfalenstadion before his contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2020.
Huddersfield ready to spend big
Dean Hoyle, the owner and chairman of Huddersfield Town, has said that the Terriers will be spending money this January as he won’t let the club “sleepwalk into relegation,” he says in a statement on the club website.
In a New Year’s message to fans, Hoyle has said that the club will be “active” in the January window, but not at a level that would risk the financial state of the club.
Winger Rajiv van La Parra left on loan to Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve as the Yorkshire club sit bottom of the Premier League on just 10 points.
Keeping the Heaton on this winter
A return from the cold has convinced Tom Heaton to stay at Burnley this winter, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
The start against West Ham, which resulted in a clean sheet and 2-0 win for the team, was his first in 15 months, after being sidelined by injury and being replaced by first Nick Pope and then Joe Hart.
The 33-year-old admitted that he’d been thinking of leaving the club, but only because he wasn’t playing, and getting back into the team put the thought to the back of his mind again.
Manchester City sign 15-year-old
The chances that you’ve heard of Manchester City’s latest signing are slim to none. They’ve secured the signature of 15-year-old Oscar Tarensi from Espanyol, reports Sport.
Conveniently for City, Tarensi turns 16 on Jan. 10, at which point he can officially sign for another European club and formally join the Premier League holders.
The teenager is highly thought of within Espanyol, a club who have had players depart for Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Manchester United this year already. Something good is clearly in the water over there.
Not too old for the Old Firm
The Mail says Southampton will let Steven Davis depart for Rangers if the Scottish club can agree a contract with the player.
The Northern Irishman only has six months left on his deal at St Mary’s and Steven Gerrard interested in bringing him to Ibrox, where Davis played between 2008 and 2012.
The midfielder has only made three Premier League appearances this season and is reportedly keen on a move back to Scotland.
Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona — 4.5
Rumours over De Jong’s future have swung this way and that with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain the principle clubs in the frame. SportBild now report that the Ajax 21-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Catalan giants.
Fernando Llorente to Athletic Club — 3.4
A return to Llorente’s boyhood club is “taking shape,” according to Marca. The 33-year-old striker has been linked with Galatasaray and Olympiakos, but has said that he’d like to return to Athletic if they wanted him.
Manolo Gabbiadini to AC Milan — 3.2
The Southampton striker has been contacted by AC Milan after their pursuit of Luis Muriel fell through, reports Calciomercato. The Italian reportedly wants to leave the Premier League for Serie A, and the 27-year-old has only made six starts in all competitions this season.
Oliver Burke to Celtic — 2.3
The West Bromwich Albion winger is set to go on loan for the second half of the season and Celtic are weighing up a move for him, according to the Daily Record. The 21-year-old cost West Brom £15m to sign from RB Leipzig in 2017, but has made just three Championship appearances this season.