The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.
Malcuit to help solve Arsenal injury crisis?
Arsenal are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis. With Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny injured this week, plus Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding out long-term, the Gunners may need to dip into the market in January to ensure they can actually field four recognised defenders each week and stop poor old Ainsley Maitland-Niles being forced to fill in everywhere.
France Football claim that Napoli right-back Kevin Malcuit is high on the agenda, having become first-choice under Carlo Ancelotti this season.
The former Lille and Saint-Etienne defender only joined the Italian club last summer for around £11m and has a contract until June 2022, so might it might be a tough ask to land him. And that’s before you consider that Arsenal will have to deal with president Aurelio De Laurentiis, a known tough negotiator.
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel and his superiors do not agree over Adrien Rabiot‘s status for the second half of the season with the wantaway midfielder set to stay at Parc des Princes past the end of January, sources have told ESPN FC.
Rabiot, 23, has been frozen out of the senior setup since late 2018 after enraging sporting director Antero Henrique by refusing to sign an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of this campaign, so Tuchel has been deprived of the France international at a time of great need in midfield.
According to a source close to PSG, the German remains keen to have Rabiot reinstated as part of his squad if he is still at the club by the end of this week and he has hinted a few times in public that he would like this option considered.
Vincent Janssen has no future at Tottenham and Sky Sports News report that Real Betis have made a move to sign the Dutch striker. The club value him at £15m, but they’d be lucky to get that much.
Alvaro Morata knows what to say to get his new fans on side. Can’t wait to see his reception at his former club Real Madrid.
Morata: My childhood dream was to play for Atleti
Former Atletico Madrid ball boy Alvaro Morata is excited to live a childhood dream after joining the club on an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea despite having played at Real Madrid.
Memphis Depay is just really, really bad at keeping his own fans happy. The Lyon winger was pretty blunt when asked about his future.
“Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe, I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich,” he told Helden Magazine. “I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football.”
Note Man United isn’t on there … because he’s already tried and failed to make his mark there. But a move to rivals City would be fun.
Maurizio Sarri revealed that Chelsea have assured him Callum Hudson-Odoi will still be at the club next season after the 18-year-old’s request to join Bayern Munich for £35m was rejected.
Sources said on Monday that Chelsea have turned down Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request and will not be selling him to Bayern before Thursday’s transfer deadline, despite the fact that the winger has no intention of committing to a contract extension.
Hudson-Odoi enters the final year of his deal at the end of the season, when he expects Bayern to revive their interest. Should they do so Chelsea will be in a very difficult position, but Sarri insisted that the club have told him they are unlikely to consider offers for their prized academy asset in the summer.
“I have not the power to sign new contracts here,” Sarri said. “On the pitch I am really very happy with him. I know the club told me that, in this window, he will remain with us for sure. Very probably also in the next. So we are really very happy with this. As I said, he is improving on the pitch and he is the future of our club and the future of English football.”
Mauricio Pochettino says his optimism that Tottenham might be able to sign players before the transfer deadline has faded in the last few days.
Spurs face the prospect of ending a second successive window without adding anyone to their squad, as Thursday’s 11 p.m. cut-off approaches. And, while Pochettino has not ruled out a late move, he admits it looks unlikely that there will be a new arrival.
“You know how we work — in the last minute everything can happen,” said Pochettino. “Of course different players maybe will have the opportunity to leave the club. We’re going to see. Of course there’s not too much time. A few days ago I was very optimistic about some options to sign — realistic options to sign — but today no, I’m not optimistic.”
Juventus have signed Martin Caceres from Lazio, with Medhi Benatia completing a move to Qatari club Al-Duhail.
The BBC are reporting that Manchester United are in talks with a Chinese club over the sale of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Sources revealed a few weeks ago that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to selling Fellaini this month and said that Chinese Super League sides Beijing Gouan and Guangzhou R&F are targeting him.