lAs with news of illegal ‘work events’ in Downing Street being held during the lockdown, transfer rumors continue to come thick and fast and like Thursday, Manchester United are featured prominently in Friday’s tell-all and have been linked to all sorts of things. come and go.
Dissatisfied midfielder Donny van de Beek waits impatiently in the departure lounge, after being offered to Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund, while Paul Pogbag still linked to Paris Saint-Germain, whose manager Mauricio Pochettino can go the other way. United have identified Napoli’s Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz as a potential replacement for Pogba, whose contract expires in June and the future is still up in the air.
With their star Federico Chiesa up for the season following an ACL injury sustained in his side’s win over Roma last weekend, Juventus are looking at replacements in the form of United’s Anthony Martial or Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Juve had already been looking for a new striker before Chiesa’s unfortunate clash with Chris Smalling and were forced to urgently rethink their January transfer plans.
Signed successfully Chris Wood from Burnley, Newcastle remains interested in bringing Todd Cantwell to Norwich’s St James’ Park in a move that probably wouldn’t be seen as weakening another relegation rival given how little time the playmaker has spent on the pitch this season. Cantwell, who is also linked with Leeds, is expected to be part of Norwich’s squad for Saturday’s game against Everton after recovering from illness.
With their trolley dash continuing into January, Newcastle have also bid for the Sevilla centre-back diego charles and have been warned they will have to pay the fat end of £40million to praise the Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic away from Fiorentina.
Currently Aston Villa “wins” the January window after signing Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne, and Aston Villa hopes to consolidate by luring Yves Bissouma away from Brighton. The Mali midfielder, who is worth £50million and also on the radars of Manchester United and Liverpool, is at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and has an 18-month contract with Brighton. However, his employers have hinted that they might be tempted to make money if they get a decent offer. “There are many ifs and buts,” Graham Potter said when asked about Bissouma’s future. “I’m sure. Yves enjoys his football here, but like I said, with the transfer window you never know.”
After their impressive performance against Liverpool, Arsenal are looking at Youri Tielemans and Gini Wijnaldum. In the final 18 months of his contract, Tielemans is unlikely to leave Leicester this month, but Brendan Rodgers has revealed a summer break may be on the way. “For players it’s about ambition, the challenge and sometimes it’s about a different environment,” he said. “We’ve seen it before.”
In more heartwarming news for Leicester fans: their club is determined to make Ademola Lookman‘s loan move from RB Leipzig permanently.