Antonio Rudiger’s future at Chelsea is in doubt, with reports claiming Manchester United are set to move for the defender. The German international has been linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, and United will step up their attempts to secure him ahead of next season.
The “premier league” is the top-tier football competition in England, and Manchester United are set to make a move for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
The January transfer window for 2022 is open (see when it shuts here), and there’s a lot of speculation about who’ll be heading where. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
Man United is likely to make a deal for Rudiger.
Antonio Rudiger, a defender for Chelsea, is expected to depart the club for free in the summer after failing to reach an agreement on a new deal.
Rudiger, 28, is said to desire roughly £220,000-a-week to continue at Stamford Bridge, after the club’s £140,000-a-week renewal offer in August apparently irritated him.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich have all been connected with Rudiger, but Marca reports that Man United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick has a “excellent connection” with the star’s agent, Sehr Senesie.
In the summer, United bought Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for £41 million to join club captain Harry Maguire in center defense, so Rudiger would have a tough time breaking into the starting XI if he moved.
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16.30 GMT: In the Bundesliga, USMNT forward Ricardo Pepi may need some time to find his feet.
Sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that Tenerife and United States international Shaq Moore is being pursued by three MLS clubs, including FC Cincinnati, CF Montreal, and Nashville SC.
Juanjo Ramos, a journalist living in Tenerife, was the first to report about Moore’s MLS interest.
Moore is seeking a loan transfer, according to ESPN, as Tenerife is desperate to keep hold of the right-back. Moore would be subject to MLS discovery, with one source informing ESPN that Montreal has his discovery rights, which are similar to a right of first refusal.
15.33 GMT: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has loaned defender Justin Che to FC Dallas until June 2023, with the option to sign him permanently.
Che, 18, had a short-term loan with FC Bayern Munich II in 2021 and now joins Chris Richards, a former Dallas star, in the Bundesliga.
We’ve loaned @tsghoffenheimEN Homegrown defender Justin Che till June 2023, with the option to purchase.
Che’s contract was also extended until the 2025 season, with a club option for the 2026 season.
January 21, 2022 — FC Dallas (@FCDallas)
Derby County left-back, 15.21 GMT According to The Sun, Dylan Williams is in discussions to join Chelsea.
Williams, 18, earned his debut Championship start for the club against West Bromwich Albion in September and has since made eight appearances.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney stated the club had received an offer for Williams from a top-flight team, which now seems to be Chelsea.
The Blues need cover for the injured Ben Chilwell, but Williams will have to wait a while before breaking into the main squad, and will initially play for the youth teams.
Patrick Roberts, a winger for Manchester City, has joined Sunderland in a move for up to £3 million.
Roberts, 24, has six months left on his City deal after been recruited for £5.6 million in 2015 after excelling as an 18-year-old with Fulham.
In the last seven years, the England U20 international has had loan spells at Celtic, Girona, Norwich, Middlesbrough, Derby and, most recently, Troyes in France.
14:48 UTC: According to writer Hernan Castillo, Manchester City is likely to sign River Plate striker Julian Alvarez.
Alvarez, 21, has a $20 million release clause and has drawn a lot of attention this season with his performances.
City are apparently set to launch a move for the Argentina international this month, while River Plate are supposedly close to signing Atlanta United’s Ezequiel Barco as a substitute.
When questioned about record-signing Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Tottenham Hotspur at his press conference at 14.29 GMT, Antonio Conte remained tight-lipped.
Ndombele joined Tottenham Hotspur from Lyon in a £56.5 million transfer in July 2019, but has had a tumultuous experience at the club.
Conte said at a press conference on Friday, amid allegations that the club is willing to loan the midfielder to PSG: “To be honest, I prefer to discuss this matter with the club on a regular basis. Sure, I evaluated the group, but I also talked with the club, and I hope they heeded my advice.”
14:17 UTC: According to the Daily Star, Leeds United has begun contract negotiations with star striker Raphinha.
Raphinha, 25, has been watched by Liverpool and Chelsea this season, but Leeds are hoping to persuade the Brazil international to sign a new contract.
13:46 UTC: According to The Athletic, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was interested in joining Barcelona on loan.
After attacker Ferran Torres was permitted to join to Camp Nou for €55 million, Sterling, 27, is unlikely to leave the club this month.
But the England international is happy today, having started 10 of the past 12 Premier League games after making just two starts in the first 11 games of the season.
The England international is now expected to stay at Manchester City until the end of the January transfer window, with Ferran Torres the only highly-rated striker to depart the Etihad Stadium for Camp Nou.
Sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that Chicago Fire FC goalie Chris Brady is attracting a lot of attention from Club Brugge in Belgium.
A formal offer was made to Chicago in November, but it was rejected; nonetheless, fresh discussions are set to begin soon.
Brady, 17, is a highly regarded prospect for the Fire, but with 17-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina already playing first-team minutes in Chicago, the opportunity to transfer abroad is even more appealing.
PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico has signed a loan deal with Mallorca until the end of the season.
Bayern Munich wouldn’t sell Robert Lewandowski at 12.45 GMT, would they?
12.10 GMT: According to ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund are the frontrunners to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria this month.
Zakaria, 25, is out of contract at the end of the season, and his representatives have spoken with representatives from some of Europe’s most prestigious teams. According to a source close to the talks, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund have made the “most serious” proposals.
Monchengladbach is willing to let the Swiss international depart this month rather than risk losing him for free next summer. The player’s camp is in talks to make a transfer in January, but they are willing to wait until the conclusion of the season if necessary. They’ve also conducted negotiations with Juventus and Manchester United, although a move to Old Trafford in this transfer window is seen as doubtful.
11.51 GMT: Oscar, a former Chelsea midfielder, claims that talks with Barcelona are continuing, but that the club’s financial troubles are preventing a sale.
Since leaving Chelsea in 2017, Oscar, 30, has been playing for Shanghai Port in China, but he is eager to return to Europe. He claims to have conducted conversations with Barcelona, who are now unable to sign any new players due to a salary limit established by LaLiga for the season.
“Discussions with Barcelona are still ongoing, but we need to discuss a variety of subjects,” Oscar told Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler. “As with Dani Alves, they have a difficulty registering players.”
Barca were able to recruit Alves and fellow newcomer Ferran Torres owing to Philippe Coutinho’s loan transfer to Aston Villa and Samuel Umtiti’s willingness to take a wage reduction.
More departures at Barcelona will be required if any more players are to join this month, since they are permitted to spend 25% of any savings — whether in freeing up salary or bringing in transfer money — until they are back inside their spending quota.
Emiliano Martinez, the Argentina goalkeeper, has extended his contract with Aston Villa until 2027.
Martinez, 29, joined the club from Arsenal in 2020 for roughly £20 million and set a Premier League record with 15 clean sheets last season.
In the summer of 2021, he also assisted Argentina in winning the Copa America.
11.14 GMT: Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick is the next great thing in Brazilian football, and he’s been connected with Flamengo and a number of European teams, including Man City, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, in recent days.
Endrick will not transfer anywhere until at least 2024, according to prominent agent Wagner Ribeiro, who represents the 15-year-old forward’s family.
“Endrick is on the radar of every major European team, but he will not leave Brazil until 2024. Impossible. Palmeiras, I believe, do not want him to go before he is 18 “ESPN quoted Ribeiro as saying.
10.50 GMT: According to Sky Sports, Tottenham will have to pay £25 million to get Wolves winger Adama Traore.
Traore, 25, has been linked with a transfer this month, with Barcelona also showing interest, although Spurs’ earlier £15 million proposal proved insufficient.
10.28 GMT: According to ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez, Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid colleagues think the out-of-favour attacker will remain at the Bernabeu until the summer before making a decision on his long-term future.
Hazard wants to remain at the club and hasn’t given up hope of making an impact this season, despite Real Madrid being favourites to win LaLiga after winning the Spanish Supercopa earlier in the season.
According to reports, the Belgium international’s high pay would make a departure this month exceedingly impossible. Hazard has made 27 LaLiga starts and scored four league goals in his two-and-a-half years in Spain.
Will Arsenal make a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this window? 10.11 GMT: Will Arsenal make a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this window?
9.55 a.m. GMT: Arsenal has made an offer to the New England Revolution for goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States men’s national team, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and James Olley.
Taylor Twellman, an ESPN television analyst, was the first to report on the prospective transaction on Thursday.
The proposed transfer fee for Turner, according to a second source familiar with the discussions, is comparable to the £5.5 million ($7.5 million) Manchester City paid for Zack Steffen in 2019, a deal that could reach £7.3 million ($10 million) with add-ons. MLSSoccer.com first reported the proposed fee for Turner.
Arsenal expects Turner to play a “major role” with the club if the trade is completed, a critical consideration ahead of the current New England keeper’s probable participation in the 2022 World Cup.
Current backup goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to leave at some point, perhaps forcing Turner to fight with Aaron Ramsdale for the starting job.
09.35 GMT: According to The Evening Standard, Liverpool centre-back Nathaniel Phillips is on Watford’s radar.
Phillips, 24, isn’t getting enough playing time at Anfield, and Claudio Ranieri wants to strengthen his defense this month.
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Hugo Lloris to a new two-year deal.
Antonio Conte was eager to maintain hold of his starting goalkeeper, whose contract was set to expire in January. The 35-year-old will now spend the summer of 2024 in North London.
08.53 GMT: Serbia international Dusan Vlahovic is in high demand, with sources telling ESPN’s Mark Ogden that up to eight of Europe’s top teams are interested in signing him.
The 21-year-old has 20 goals in 24 appearances for Fiorentina this season, establishing himself as one of the game’s hottest talents in recent months. Arsenal is apparently interested in signing the player this month, although a €80 million transfer in January is doubtful, and they will face stiff competition from Europe’s top teams.
Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur are expected to be the most sought-after centre-forwards in the transfer market this summer. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski might be available if the Bundesliga club decides to sell the 33-year-old when he declines an extension to his contract, which expires in June 2023. However, with numerous elite teams in need of a centre-forward, Vlahovic is expected to join a team that loses out on Haaland and Kane.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Barcelona are all looking for a striker this summer, with Bayern Munich and PSG also expected to be interested if Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe depart the Allianz Arena and Parc des Princes, respectively.
Atletico Madrid and Juventus are also said to be interested in signing Vlahovic, however the deep-seated enmity between Juve and Fiorentina might make a move for the former Partizan Belgrade striker difficult, even if Juventus are able to finance an offer.
08.30 GMT: According to ESPN’s Mark Ogden, Manchester United has dropped out of the competition to acquire Erling Haaland, with the club willing to concentrate on other offensive possibilities after learning that the Borussia Dortmund striker prefers a summer transfer to Real Madrid.
Haaland, 21, is poised to depart Dortmund at the conclusion of the season after a €75 million release clause in his Dortmund contract became activated this summer.
Despite a long-standing interest in Haaland going back to his breakthrough as a 16-year-old at Molde in Norway, United were unable to sign him when he went to Dortmund in January 2020. According to ESPN, key people at Old Trafford think Haaland will join Real Madrid this summer and that United will not be able to persuade the player or his advisers to change their minds.
United are looking at other possibilities to solve their hunt for a proven striker, with Edinson Cavani out of contract and expected to depart at the end of the season, and Cristiano Ronaldo turning 37 next month.
Inter Miami have finalized the loan signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Leonardo Campana.
Campana, 21, joined the Premier League club in 2020 but has since gone on loan to Famalicao in Portugal and Grasshopper in Switzerland, where he scored three goals in 14 league outings.
“We’re ecstatic to have a player of Leonardo’s pedigree on board. We’re convinced that we’ll be able to develop him and help him realize his full potential with us since he’s a motivated young forward with a lot of promise. He’ll strengthen our assault and provide us with a strong offensive alternative who we feel can score goals in this league “Chris Henderson, Inter Miami’s Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director, said.
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens talk about Kylian Mbappe’s prospects of remaining at Paris Saint-Germain beyond this season.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Adam Brown)
– According to the Telegraph, Paris Saint-Germain has made a bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. PSG’s pursuit of the 25-year-old is part of a possible player swap in which midfielder Leandro Paredes would be sent the opposite way. This season, Paredes has only made six starts for the Ligue 1 team.
– Multiple proposals for Malang Sarr have been rejected, according to Ekrem Konur. Chelsea has turned down bids from AS Roma and Leicester City for the 22-year-old defender, who has only made eight appearances this season. Sarr, who is also on Everton’s, Newcastle United’s, and West Ham United’s shortlists, may get additional bids in the near future.
– According to Tom Bogert of MLSSoccer.com, Leeds United has dispatched agents to Austria to plan a new approach for FC Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson of the United States. The Premier League team is eager to complete a transfer in the current window, but Salzburg is adamant on keeping him until the summer, recently rejecting a proposal of $20 million.
– Nicolo Schira reports that AC Milan has made an offer for Sardar Azmoun, with Zenit St Petersburg hoping to get a price before his contract expires at the end of the season. This season, the 27-year-old striker has been in excellent form, netting 10 goals in 15 appearances. Despite rumours of a deal between the Russian club and Lyon, Azmoun’s team may now have other choices as they test the waters in Europe’s top divisions.
– Marca reports that Sevilla have redirected their focus to Lyon attacker Moussa Dembele. The LaLiga club has been looking for a striker since January, and after making little progress with a move for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, they are now exploring a loan deal for Dembele. The 25-year-old striker has five goals in 15 appearances this season.
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