Dembele trains with the rest of the squad
The January transfer window is open and rumours are swirling around the Premier League and across Europe.
Romelu Lukaku’s future has suddenly been thrown into doubt after his recent interview expressing his desire to one day return to Inter Milan, despite only joining Chelsea for £97.5m last summer.
Liverpool are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal and England forward Bukayo Saka and are monitoring the 20-year-old’s contract situation at the Emirates, according to the Express. Saka, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, is under contract until 2024 at Arsenal, while Liverpool have reportedly also made an offer to AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of his deal expiring at the end of the season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have identified Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Lille’s Jonathan David as potential additions to their forward line, amid uncertainty over the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is receiving interest from Barcelona, while Newcastle, West Ham and Everton are tracking Aaron Ramsey and are set to offer the Juventus midfielder a return to the Premier League. Newcastle are also closing in on a deal for Lille defender Sven Botman, according to the Mail.
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Barcelona ready to return to Man City for Aymeric Laporte
No sooner after completing a £55million move for Ferran Torres, Barcelona are circling around Manchester City again.
Reports this morning have claimed Barcelona are now interested in City defender Aymeric Laporte and are planning a move next summer.
The Spain international, who joined City from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, has been a regular in the City first team since season and has formed a solid defensive partnership with Ruben Dias.
Jack Rathborn3 January 2022 08:10
Mikel Arteta’s shortlist to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of players to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should he leave the club in January.
The 32-year-old, who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon next month, was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy by Arteta following his latest disciplinary breach.
Although he signed a bumper contract extension to 2023, the striker’s future at the club seems to be drawing to a close while Arteta remains in charge.
And now ESPN have reported that Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins have been added to Arteta’s shortlist as he eyes a replacement.
Jack Rathborn3 January 2022 08:05
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘very happy’ at Manchester United, says Jorge Mendes
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has refuted suggestions that his client is unhappy at Manchester United.
Ronaldo only returned to Old Trafford last summer and while he has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, there have been suggestions that the Portugal international is already looking for a move away following United’s poor start to the season.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is very happy at Man United,” Mendes told Sky Sports. “He’s going to continue with his solid, great performances as always in his career. It’s going to be a great season for him, I’m sure.”
Jack Rathborn3 January 2022 08:00
Romelu Lukaku could force Antonio Conte reunion at Tottenham after Chelsea fallout
Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea future remains uncertain after his recent interview in Italy angering Thomas Tuchel.
And Gazzetta Dello Sport sensationally claim the Belgian forward could force a reunion with former manager Antonio Conte at Tottenham in the summer.
The Blues paid £97.5m last summer to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan, which suggests the European champions would want at least that sum to move off their No 9.
Jack Rathborn3 January 2022 07:52
Man United could be offered Martial-Dembele swap with Barcelona
Manchester United could be offered a swap deal from Barcelona involving Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial.
That’s according to Ara, who claim the French forwards could swap clubs with neither settled long-term.
Martial has also been linked with Sevilla and Juventus, while Dembele could depart after failing to advance contract talks and his current deal at the Nou Camp expiring this summer.
Jack Rathborn3 January 2022 07:49