The rumour mill is fast approaching overdrive as clubs across the Premier League and beyond continue to work hard to bolster their squads for the second half of a hectic season.
The financial uncertainty wrought by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is clearly having an affect on transfers, but deals are still expected to happen this month.
Arsenal look to have been boosted in their pursuit of Julian Brandt amid reports that Borussia Dortmund are willing to sell, while Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah is being chased by West Ham following the sale of club-record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax on Friday. Josh King and Boulaye Dia are also potential targets for the Hammers.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be interested in signing Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Real Madrid, who may have a helping hand in the race to beat Liverpool to Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, while Toby Alderweireld and Harry Winks are attracting attention from PSV Eindhoven and Valencia respectively.
A potential switch to Manchester United looks to have been scuppered for Kieran Trippier, though Moises Caicedo is not on the Old Trafford radar as things stand as the likes of West Ham and Everton show interest in the Ecuador international. Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo are expected to leave the club soon, meanwhile.
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Alaba latest amid Liverpool and Real Madrid fight
The latest on David Alaba now, with Real Madrid and Liverpool believed to be fighting it out over the Bayern Munich stalwart, who is out of contract in Bavaria at the end of the season.
AS report that Madrid’s Adidas sponsorship could potentially play a key role in getting the versatile Austrian to the Spanish capital.
Adidas have a relationship with Madrid dating back to 1998 and recently agreed a new shirt deal until 2028.
The sportswear giants also sponsor Alaba, who has been offered a lucrative four-year deal by Real amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Sergio Ramos.
Man United end Caicedo chase
This was looking as good as a done deal a little while ago according to certain outlets, but it seems that Manchester United will not be signing midfielder Moises Caicedo after all.
Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano claims United have scouted the Ecuador international, 19, and could have had pole position to sign a player whose dream is to move to Old Trafford.
However, he was apparently never seen as a priority and now other clubs will battle to sign the teenager, who has also been linked with the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Everton.
ICYMI: West Ham eye Nketiah as Haller replacement
Last night we brought you the exclusive news that West Ham are tracking Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
David Moyes has been given the green light to quickly reinvest the money from the sale of club-record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax, with Nketiah on a possible list of targets alongside Bournemouth’s Josh King and Boulaye Dia at Reims.
It is unclear if Arsenal would be willing to sanction a loan exit for the 21-year-old, though a permanent sale could be attractive as they look to provide funds for their own transfer exploits this month.
Nketiah is also yet to agree an extension to his current Gunners contract that runs out in the summer of 2022.
Tottenham want Militao
An interesting report from Spain regarding Tottenham and Real Madrid defender Eder Militao.
According to AS, Jose Mourinho has shown interest in signing the Brazilian centre-back before and is willing to reignite that pursuit this month.
Militao has not played for Madrid since October and has amassed just 224 minutes on the pitch to date this season.
His distribution skills and versatility – he can also slot in at right-back – are said to be characteristics admired by Mourinho.
Arsenal get Brandt boost
Arsenal look to have been boosted in their pursuit of German international midfielder Julian Brandt.
Bild report that Borussia Dortmund ARE willing to sell the former Bayer Leverkusen star, who hasn’t yet met the high expectations placed on him after securing a move to Signal Iduna Park in the summer of 2019.
However, it is likely to take a lucrative offer to get Brandt, which could be a major problem for Arsenal.
Doughty wanted by Scotland’s top two
Charlton star Alfie Doughty is a target for Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers, according to the Glasgow Times.
Doughty is available on a free at the end of the season, a deal which appeals to the Scottish giants. However, they face competition from Stoke, who are ready to make a January bid.
Diallo touches down
Amad Diallo is in Manchester!
Caicedo and Diallo latest
Fabrizio Romano is bringing the Manchester United news this evening. First up, it appears as though the Red Devils will not be signing Moises Caicedo. Romano writes: “He’s been scouted and Man Utd were in control of the situation because Moises’ dream was to join #mufc, but he’s not the priority. It was *never* a done deal. ‘Caicedo race’ is now on with many clubs involved.”
As for Amad Diallo, Romano says the young winger has landed in Manchester with all the paperwork signed as a “new chapter” begins.
Exclusive: Nketiah on West Ham’s radar
A great scoop by Simon Collings and Jack Rosser here – West Ham are tracking Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah following Sebastien Haller’s move to Ajax.
Nketiah is understood to be one of the forwards on the Hammers’ radar, though it remains to be seen whether Arsenal would entertain a loan move or a permanent transfer.
Nketiah’s fate could also have an impact on whether Florian Balogun stays or goes, so this is definitely one to watch.
Koeman targets Barca signings – but election complicates business
Barcelona boss Ronaldo Koeman is keen to make signings this month, but says that hinges on who is elected as the club’s new president.
Barca will hold elections on January 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last year but the lack of a permanent board means they are presently unable to trade in the transfer market, something Koeman hopes to do at the end of the month.
“The best thing would be to get a president in place as soon as possible because it would give us negotiating time,” the Dutchman said.
“In the short time, it’s important that we get some reinforcements in because we want to improve the squad. We need to be more effective and increase competition for places.
“There’s many reasons to make signings, but I also understand the situation the club is in and if we can’t make any signings then we’ll wait for next season.”