The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, concluded business!
TOP STORY: Barca de Morata suspended as Juventus and PSG disagree over Icardi
The January transfer windows can lead to difficult negotiating scenarios for clubs and players, with Calciomercato reporting that the search for a new striker by Juventus is causing a traffic jam in the market.
This scenario begins with Alvaro Morata, who wants to cut short his loan to Juve and return to Spain to join Barcelona, who have already signed forward Ferran Torres Manchester City for 55 million euros this winter despite debts of more than one billion euros.
However, Juventus insist they must find a suitable replacement before letting Morata leave, with Fiorentina Dusan Vlahovic and that of Sassuolo Gianluca Scamaca unlikely to join in January as these are summer targets.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro icardi is a player who could move to Turin this month, however, the Italian giants are hoping to sign the Argentina international on loan with an option to sign him permanently later, as PSG are only ready to accept a permanent transfer until ‘at present.
If Morata is to move to Barcelona, it looks like Juventus or PSG will have to change their position on Icardi. Considering that there has been no sign that they are doing it yet, everyone seems to be stuck in limbo.
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10:25 GMT: Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester United is willing to let winger Amad Diallo go on loan.
United spent € 21million (with an additional € 20million in add-ons) to sign Diallo From Atalanta last year, but he’s only made nine appearances since.
The Ivorian is expected to join Birmingham on loan to gain more experience, although there are apparently four other clubs also interested.
09:56 GMT: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga doesn’t appear to have a long-term future at the club and was left on the bench for the 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield, with Marcus Bettinelli given the chance.
Kepa, 27, became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper at € 80m when he joined Chelsea, but can no longer usurp Edouard Mendy as # 1.
With Mendy playing for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations this month, Kepa has a chance to shine and athleticism says Lazio are interested in signing him permanently. However, his salary of € 200,000 per week is a bit of a problem for the Serie A team.
09.34 GMT: Many Tottenham players fear for their future as Antonio Conté plans a ruthless overhaul of the squad with more than half a dozen players at risk of being moved, sources told ESPN.
The Italian delivered a scathing assessment of the squad in the aftermath of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Chelsea, saying ‘we are a team in the middle’ and far from ready to compete at the top of the Premier League.
Sources told ESPN that this view was replicated in private meetings Conte held with prominent figures at the club to determine how to reshape his squad, a strategy focused on a major overhaul underway.
It is understood that Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty and Tanguy Ndombele are on the list of players Conte is willing to part ways with. There is also some uncertainty about Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso, among others.
09:00 GMT: Ralf Rangnick Fears that the unrest in Manchester United’s dressing room could derail their bid to finish in the Premier League top four this season, sources have told ESPN.
Speaking after the 1-0 loss to Wolves on Monday night – Rangnick’s first loss as interim manager at Old Trafford – Luke Shaw said the team did not feel ‘together’ on the pitch while questioning his motivation and intensity during the match.
Sources told ESPN that although Rangnick was disappointed with the comments, Shaw’s interview did not come as a huge surprise and there are concerns that if the issues are not resolved, United’s hopes will ‘getting Champions League football next season is fading quickly.
Rangnick has been in his post for a month and a number of players have said they want to leave. Sources said fringe players who were frustrated with the lack of playing time under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed they were getting a clean slate under the 63-year-old but felt underused again.
Craig Burley and Jan Aage Fjortoft say Ralf Rangnick has to make big statements to Manchester United players.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Cristiano Ronaldo had crisis talks with his agent, Jorge Mendes, regarding his future at Manchester United, according to The sun. The Portuguese international striker, 36, is frustrated with the Red Devils’ performance and disappointed with the tactics of interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Nothing is said to exclude for the moment.
– Julien alvarezThe agent, Fernando Hidalgo, is due to travel to Italy in the coming days to try to reach a deal for the River plate attacker, says Calciomercato. Fiorentina are the most interested club right now, but Hidalgo looks bigger at the moment and hopes to continue talks with Juventus, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan for a $ 20million transfer.
– Atletico Madrid have already been reported to be interested in Arsenal Cedric Soares as they seek Kieran TrippierThe replacement following the Englishman’s move to Newcastle United. However, Nicolo schira added two more names to the mix, mentioning Lille’s Zeki Celik and RB Leipzig Nordi Mukiele.
– West Ham United have moved to sign Aston Villa center-back Kortney Hause, according to Football initiate, with Kurt zouma and Angelo Ogbonna both having suffered injuries for the Hammers. Steven Gerrard is reportedly willing to let the 26-year-old go if another center-back is signed in January, with Watford also investigating.
– Marseille seeks to bring in Spartak Moscow Samuel Gigot and that of Arsenal Kolasinac Sea during the January transfer window, as reported by The team. Club president Pablo Longoria is under pressure from Jorge Sampaoli to strengthen his squad while working with tight finances. Kolasinac would replace Jordan Amavi, who joined Nice on loan.