We are only a few days away from the opening of the January transfer window and chelsea, Arsenal Y tottenham everyone is expected to be busy. Indeed, Graham Potter is reportedly closing in on his first signing at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues set to put their disappointment with Endrick behind them and sign another young Brazilian in the form of Andrey Santos.
On Arsenal’s side, Mikel Arteta has publicly admitted that the club could turn to the market after Gabriel Jesus’ injury and continues to pursue Mykhailo Mudryk, while Isco and Ferran Torres have also been linked with the Gunners. Meanwhile, Tottenham are reportedly leading the race for Adrien Rabiot, with the Juventus midfielder out of contract in the summer.
A little further and two of the biggest stories come from the World Cup finalists. kylian mbappe He is reportedly on Liverpool’s radar amid apparent unhappiness at Paris Saint-Germain, while Lionel Messi is believed to be close to a new deal in the French capital and Cristiano Ronaldo is about to seal his move to Saudi Arabia. Follow all the latest news, gossip and reactions in the Standard Sport transfer center below!
Ferdinand makes the Bellingham plea
Rio Ferdinand urged Jude Bellingham to join Manchester United and help “change the culture” at Old Trafford.
“Jude Bellingham has been a phenomenon at the World Cup,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five podcast.
“He’s had a lot of growth, he can still improve, but he absolutely influenced the England games in a way we’ve never seen a teenager do for England. Manchester United, bring it here. Make that your home, Jude.
“You come in and help change the culture and take the club to the heights it should be at. You’ve been flying the flag abroad, you’ve done your part in Germany, it’s time to come home baby.”
Athletic Advantage in race Mac Allister
Brighton are set for clubs across Europe to make offers for Alexis Mac Allister.
The 23-year-old shone for Argentina at the World Cup to further enhance his reputation, and the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal, Tottenham and Atlético Madrid are among the clubs interested.
However, it is suggested that North London clubs prioritize other areas of the pitch in the transfer window, which could leave the door open for Atlético.
Ronaldo ready for a massive deal with Al-Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo is close to reaching a £175m a year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
That’s reportedly in Spain, suggesting he’ll play for two and a half years before moving into an ambassadorial role. That will include him helping the country’s bid for the 2030 World Cup.
It is also claimed that Al-Nassr is ready to dump three players to free up financial space for Ronaldo.
Gunners linked with Towers
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Barcelona striker Ferran Torres as they consider their options with Gabriel Jesus facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
El Nacional reports that Torres, formerly at Manchester City, is now open to leaving Barcelona if the right opportunity presents itself, believing he needs regular football to keep his place in the Spain side after the manager change.
It is suggested that Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the 22-year-old and would be interested in taking him to North London.
Arteta urges Arsenal to use a window
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must strengthen their squad during the January transfer window as the Gunners try to stay ahead of Manchester City in the title race. writes Simon Collings.
Arsenal have a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but Arteta has warned of “red lights and red flags” for an “unprecedented” schedule in the second half of the season.
Arteta is prioritizing a new winger, and Arsenal are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Ukraine international Mykhaylo Mudryk.
The Gunners also want to sign a left-sided centre-back and midfielder in the summer, but they could be tempted to speed up those plans as they aim for their first title since 2003-04.
Good news for Chelsea!
Bayern Munich manager Hasan Salihamidzic has played down talks about the club’s move for Josko Gvardiol.
The RB Leipzig defender is in high demand after a brilliant World Cup for Croatia, with Chelsea seemingly leading the race for the 20-year-old. The Blues will be happy to hear Salihamidzic’s comments.
“The signing of another center-back is not planned.” he told Bild.
“We are well equipped in central defense with Matthijs de Ligt, Lucas Hernández and Dayot Upamecano, three top players. We also have Josip Stanisic”.
Raphinha could return to the Premier League
Raphinha was heavily linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal in the summer, before finally joining Barcelona when he left Leeds.
However, Sport claims that his departure from the La Liga club is already being talked about, with a return to the Premier League being suggested.
The Brazilian has made just six La Liga starts this season, scoring twice since his summer move, and is frustrated by the lack of minutes. According to reports, Barcelona will assess the situation at the end of the season.
Isco to Arsenal?
Arsenal are reportedly considering signing Isco.
The 30-year-old is now a free agent, after his contract with Sevilla was terminated just four months after joining the club.
Transfers ensure that the Gunners could be interested in the midfielder, particularly now that a transfer fee would not be required.
Palace in Wan-Bissaka
Crystal Palace are interested in re-signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Manchester United, writes Simon Collings.
The Eagles sold Wan-Bissaka to United for £50m in the summer of 2019, but the right-back has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.
Palace were interested in signing Wan-Bissaka last summer and maintain an interest in him ahead of the January transfer window.
A loan deal until the end of the season is the most likely outcome, but United are expected to want guarantees on any move made permanent in the summer.
Enrique: “Liverpool should move to Saka”
Luis Enrique has been discussing his old club Liverpool and what they should do in the transfer window.
It would be fair to say that his plans are somewhat ambitious.
“I love Bukayo Saka, I think Liverpool should try to sign him,” said Enrique. Mr Ping. “Although Salah has just signed a new contract, he could use a bit of competition from Saka.
“Bruno Guimaraes is also a player who can do well at Liverpool. Although he didn’t play much in the World Cup, he would be a great signing for them.
“The same for Youri Tielemans, who would be very good for Liverpool. Both would fit very well into the system. Cody Gakpo would also be good.”