elcome back to our LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news, deals, gossip and rumours with the January window now just days away from opening.
While Covid-19 has had a huge impact on clubs’ finances across the world, big money was still spent in the summer window and will no doubt change hands once again as we enter 2021.
There will also be the chance to land some big players on pre-contract agreements for the summer, with Lionel Messi unlikely to sign a new deal at Barcelona following his extraordinary fallout with the club.
Manchester City look odds-on to land the Argentine legend with Pep Guardiola in charge, but a reunion with Neymar at PSG is also a distinct possibility.
Another player who could be heading to France is Dele Alli. The Sun reports that Mauricio Pochettino wants to make the Tottenham midfielder his first signing when he is confirmed as Thomas Tuchel’s managerial successor at the Parc des Princes.
Elsewhere, one player seemingly on Spurs’ own transfer wishlist is Marcel Sabitzer. It is claimed that the RB Leipzig midfielder is a £45million target for the north London club, with Barcelona rumoured to be keeping an eye on club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
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Tottenham eye £45m Sabitzer in January
Plenty more talk over recent days regarding a potential move to Tottenham for Marcel Sabitzer.
Widespread reports suggest that the RB Leipzig midfielder is a £45m target for Spurs, particularly with Barcelona rumoured to still be keeping a close eye on club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
It is said that Sabitzer made a significant impression on Jose Mourinho when Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Leipzig back in March.
Man United make Alaba, Upamecano decisions
While a fair few of us may be looking at the January sales for some good deals, it looks as though Manchester United may be a little more restrained in the transfer window.
The Telegraph reports that while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a new centre-back a priority in 2021, Dayot Upamecano is no longer top of the list – and has slipped off it altogether.
Solskjaer has had a chance to see Upamecano up close this season with United facing RB Leipzig twice in the Champions League group stages, and the young France international does not seem to have made the right impression.
The Telegraph also suggests that Bayern Munich’s David Alaba – who will be available on a free next summer – is not under consideration either. Such a player doesn’t become available too often – and certainly not for free – but Solskjaer appears happy with the options he has.
Krul signs new Norwich deal
Norwich have delivered a Christmas gift to their fans (and to Tim Krul) by handing the Dutch international a new contract.
The goalkeeper has put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at Carrow Road until 2024.
Remember Raymond Domenech? The man who so nearly won the 2006 World Cup with France, before overseeing their implosion in South Africa four years later?
Well after a decade out of the professional game he is back in business, taking over at Ligue 1 side Nantes, replacing the sacked Christian Gourcuff.
Calvert-Lewin on United’s wishlist
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains very interested in Borussia Dortmund sensation, Erling Braut Haaland.
However, that can be said for any sane manager in world football, meaning the Red Devils would be wise to have other options.
One of those, according to The Athletic, is Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has made a flying start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti.
ICYMI: Atletico eye Ainsley
With Kieran Trippier having been handed a 10-week worldwide footballing ban after being found to have breached FA betting rules, Atletico Madrid find themselves a little short at right back.
According to The Mail, the Spaniards could look to England for a replacement and consider a loan move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The England international almost left the club at the start of the season but worked his way back into Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Marcos Rojo is set for a move to Boca Juniors, according to reports in Argentina.
The defender, on loan at Estudiantes from Manchester United, could be available for less than £4m, according to El Intrasigente.
Feyenoord rule out Tosun move
Cenk Tosun is struggling for game time at Everton having recovered from the ACL injury which curtailed his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season.
The Turkish striker had been linked with a move to Feyenoord, however, their manager, Dick Advocaat has ruled out a move.
“That is an excellent name, but not for Feyenoord,” FC Update report him saying.
“We really can’t afford him. Those are guys who earn seven, eight, nine million gross. We can’t think of that.”
Mbappe bids farewell
Kylian Mbappe is publicly bidding farewell to coach Thomas Tuchel, even before Paris Saint-Germain have done.
The defending French champions have not confirmed Tuchel’s firing but it was widely reported on Thursday, a day after PSG beat Strasbourg 4-0 and after Tuchel was questioned about comments he made to German broadcaster SPORT1.
“Unfortunately it’s the law of soccer but no one will forget your time here,” Mbappe wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “Thank you, coach.”
Mbappe also thanked three of Tuchel’s assistants, including Arno Michels, who responded: “Thanks Kylian, it was a great pleasure.”
Sounds like Crystal Palace fans could be in for a quiet January.
Asked about their plans for the window yesterday, manager Roy Hodgson said: “There’s a lot of things that could happen.
“We haven’t had a lot of discussions about that, we’ve not sat down and seriously thought of what we need to do because to be honest we’ve got a good squad and a big squad.
“A Premier League club has to be alert to players who could come our way and contracts of players that could be moving on or leaving a gap in the squad.”