Sergino Dest is happy to stay at Barcelona amid Chelsea, Atletico Madrid interest. The 27-year-old midfielder has called a meeting with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Robert Fernandez this week after he became unhappy over his lack of playing time this season.

Sergino Dest wants Barcelona stay amid Chelsea, Atletico interest

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Dest wants Barcelona to remain despite Chelsea and Atletico Madrid’s desire.

Sergino Dest, a Barcelona full-back, has been linked with a move away in the January transfer window, but Sport believes he wants to remain.

Dest, 21, has been linked with a number of teams in the run-up to the new year, including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and his agent has stated that a January exit is a possibility as Barca attempt to rebuild both their roster and their finances, which are in the red after a €1.4 billion deficit.

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The American international has three assists in 12 LaLiga games for the Blaugrana this season, but his playing time might be cut short with the return of Barcelona great Dani Alves. The 38-year-old Brazil international right-back will be formally re-registered as a Barcelona player this week, according to President Joan Laporta.

In the summer of 2021, Barca turned down multiple bids for Dest, although demand in him is more than ever.

Chelsea’s interest comes from Reece James’ injury, which has left Thomas Tuchel short on right-sided defense alternatives that match his system. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are preparing for life after Kieran Trippier, who is expected to join Newcastle United, and manager Diego Simeone is allegedly convinced that the American is the ideal successor to the England international.

Atletico has already begun their hunt, according to ESPN sources.

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14.42 GMT: Is Real Madrid capable of pulling off such a major coup?

Juves-Dybala-linked-with-swap-for-Barcas-Dembele13:29 UTC: According to ESPN’s James Olley, Roma are set to finalize a loan deal for Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the next 24 to 48 hours.

On December 24, ESPN reported that the Italian club’s sports director, Tiago Pinto, had contacted the Gunners to discuss a transfer, and that negotiations had developed favorably since then. According to reports, Maitland-Niles will join Roma until the end of the season, and the contract does not include an option or obligation to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent basis as of Tuesday noon.

Negotiations are still underway, but all sides anticipate reaching a deal shortly. Everton were interested in signing Maitland-Niles during the summer transfer window, but he remained at Arsenal after last-ditch discussions with Gunners coach Mikel Arteta.

Maitland-Niles, on the other hand, has started only four games this season and hasn’t played in any competition since coming in as a second-half replacement in Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Nov. 20.

Roma were interested in signing Maitland-Niles on a permanent basis and had explored the prospect of a four-year deal, but Arsenal have only been ready to approve a temporary transfer so far. The Gunners’ current contract with Maitland-Niles ends in 2023.

13.11 GMT: Just hours after being formally unveiled as a Barcelona player on Monday, Ferran Torres tested positive for COVID-19, the Catalan club confirmed. Torres, who joined Barcelona for €55 million from Manchester City last week, has tested positive for the virus for the third time.

Torres, 21, had already been introduced in front of 13,000 fans at Camp Nou and had trained with his new teammates in an open session to kick off the season.

Pedri, who was also present in the practice as he works his way back from injury, tested positive as well, bringing the total number of verified cases at the club to 12 in the previous week.

Four of those players, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, and Samuel Umtiti, have subsequently returned negative results and will be eligible for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Linares Deportivo of the third tier.

Torres would not have played in the Copa game anyhow, since Barca’s LaLiga expenditure cap prevents them from registering him for action.

Renato Sanches, a Lille midfielder, is reportedly in negotiations with AC Milan, according to Calciomercato.

Sanches, 24, has had a fascinating career so far, having moved from Benfica to Bayern for €35 million in 2016, before flopping and needing to get back on track in Ligue 1 after a loan to Swansea.

The Portugal international helped Lille win the French championship last season, and he has now attracted the attention of Serie A club Milan.

Juves-Dybala-linked-with-swap-for-Barcas-Dembele12.09 a.m. GMT: Despite promises from interim coach Ralf Rangnick that he would have chances over the second half of the season, Donny van de Beek will continue to explore his options for a possible transfer away from Manchester United in January, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Rangnick has informed Van de Beek that he wants to retain him at Old Trafford until the end of the season at the very least. He is willing to continue with the club, but sources tell ESPN that he is concerned about the chance of more playing time after just appearing in one game since Rangnick’s arrival.

Van de Beek, who joined United from Ajax for £40 million in 2020, is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season and was an unused replacement in Monday’s 1-0 loss to Wolves at Old Trafford. Coach Louis van Gaal has left him out of the Netherlands team after he only made four league starts last season.

Manchester United does not seem to be any better off with a new manager as of 12.00 GMT.

Juves-Dybala-linked-with-swap-for-Barcas-DembeleSources tell ESPN’s James Olley that Romelu Lukaku is poised to remain at Chelsea after clear-the-air conversations with head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel was worried about the “noise” caused by an unsanctioned interview Lukaku made to Sky Italy in which he voiced his dissatisfaction with the club and stated he wanted to return to Inter Milan one day. Lukaku was sidelined for Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

On Monday, Lukaku trained at the club’s Cobham facility before meeting with Tuchel to explain his motive for setting up the interview, which took place over three weeks ago but was only disclosed last Thursday. According to ESPN, Lukaku expressed regret for how the interview was perceived and said that his biggest concern was the response in Italy to his summer departure from Inter.

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a €115 million deal prompted in part by Inter’s financial woes, but he was severely panned by Inter supporters, who erected a banner outside the San Siro that read: “It makes no difference who flees in the rain. It’s a race to see who can remain out of the storm. Goodbye, Romelu.”

El Nacional says that Luis Suarez is ready to depart Atletico Madrid next summer, with MLS team Inter Miami a potential destination.

According to El Nacional, the Uruguay international’s contract with Atletico Madrid ends in June 2022, and he will not be extending it due to a drop in form this season and a disagreement with coach Diego Simeone about tactics and substitutions.

Suarez “wants to sign one final large deal before retiring,” according to the tabloid, and has already informed his agency and family that he will be departing Madrid next summer.

Moving to the United States appeals to him, and he may reunite with close buddy Lionel Messi in Miami when Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires.

11.01 a.m. GMT: Marca’s frontpage report on Tuesday alleges that Erling Haaland will make a “imminent decision” on his future, claiming that the Borussia Dortmund star “must determine his future by January 31.”

According to the publication, the 21-year-old attacker, who has a €75 million release clause in 2022, has “informally” said that his long-term future is in Spain, with Real Madrid and Barcelona vying for his signing next summer.

According to Marca, Madrid has yet to reach an agreement with the player, Dortmund, or his agent Mino Raiola, but sees his arrival as “probable” considering the club’s superior financial position compared to Barcelona.

Rice-Ndidi-Saul-on-Man-United-shortlist-of-Pogba-replacementsTajon Buchanan, a forward with the New England Revolution, has completed a club-record $7 million move to Belgian club Club Brugge.

Buchanan, 22, will join the club on a permanent basis following the 2021 MLS season, but will continue on loan with the Revs.

In a statement released Tuesday, Revs head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena stated, “Tajon has improved significantly during his time in New England and has earned this chance to establish himself at the greatest levels in Europe with this Champions League team.” “We’re excited to help Tajon with this transition as he continues his professional career. As we fight for a title this season, we look forward to his continuing efforts with the Revolution.”

Buchanan continued: “I’m delighted to take the next step in my career, and I’m thankful to the New England Revolution for allowing me to develop as a player and show off my skills. This season, I’ll continue to give all I’ve got for the Revolution, and I’m hoping to cap off my tenure in Major League Soccer by raising a championship alongside my teammates.”

Rice-Ndidi-Saul-on-Man-United-shortlist-of-Pogba-replacementsAtletico Madrid striker Angel Correa has extended his contract through 2026.

Correa, 26, joined Atleti in 2014 and has 305 appearances under his belt with 53 goals and 51 assists.

Christian Eriksen, a Danish midfielder, is reportedly interested in continuing his career in the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail.

Inter Milan cancelled Eriksen’s contract because he experienced a cardiac attack while representing Denmark at Euro 2020 and was afterwards placed with a heart-starting device, which bans him from playing in Italy.

The midfielder hasn’t played since June 12 of last year, but after undergoing a battery of tests, he has been allowed to restart his career and might potentially be of interest to teams as a free agent.

Martin Schoots, the playmaker’s agent, told the tabloid, “It is going pretty well for Christian.” “He underwent all of the tests right before Christmas, and the findings were so positive that we anticipate him participating in group training with a team later in January. However, I would like Christian to speak on the subject directly, which he will do very soon.”

Rice-Ndidi-Saul-on-Man-United-shortlist-of-Pogba-replacements09.21 GMT: After sacking Niko Kovac during the midseason break, AS Monaco hired Philippe Clement on a two-and-a-half-year agreement on Monday.

According to ESPN, American coach Jesse Marsch, who was fired by RB Leipzig last month and is now a free agent, was a major contender for the Monaco post, but the French club chose Clement.

Clement, 47, has signed a contract with Monaco until June 2024, according to a release. He formerly played for Club Brugge in Belgium.

08.46 GMT: Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until the 2022-23 season.

“It’s a genuine joy to play here with Chelsea,” he remarked. “I never saw myself playing for this fantastic club for three years, so I’m thrilled to be back for another season.”

The 37-year-old is the first of four centre-backs who are out of contract this summer to sign a new contract, enabling Chelsea to focus on retaining Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen at the club beyond this season.

He’s not going anywhere! @tsilva3 @tsilva3 @tsilva3 @tsilva

— January 3, 2022, Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC)

8 a.m. GMT: After introducing new signing Ferran Torres on Monday, Joan Laporta said that “Barcelona are back” and that they would be able to fight for the greatest players in the game next summer.

Barca allowed Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann depart before the season began owing to financial difficulties, but the Catalan club’s president has warned opponents that the Catalan club is willing to spend big to return to the top.

Barca have been heavily linked with a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand striker Erling Haaland after completing the €55 million purchase of Torres from Manchester City last week.

“Allow me not to speak about people because it serves no one,” Laporta said during Torres’ presentation, in response to a torrent of queries regarding the club’s ability to compensate Haaland.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on the summer window.” If done correctly, everything is possible. I am certain that everything will proceed well. Barcelona is still a benchmark. Every athlete evaluates his or her chances of getting here.

“In the transfer market, we still have a place. Everyone can get ready because Barca is back, as Ferran’s presence proves. We’re a point of reference. Barcelona’s comeback is a fact, and the rest of the football world is aware of it.”

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Nedum Onuoha reacts to Craig Burley and Frank Leboeuf’s criticism of Thomas Tuchel for leaving Romelu Lukaku out of Chelsea’s crucial match against Liverpool.

GOSSIP ON PAPER

– According to Sky Sports, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has begun negotiations with a number of teams, including PSG, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Bayern Munich. Rudiger is an appealing possibility since he will be a free agency at the conclusion of the season, and despite Chelsea’s interest in extending his contract, it seems that the Germany international has opted to go.

– According to Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle’s pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman is gaining traction, despite Lille reportedly rejecting a €35 million proposal. Despite rising pressure, Lille is anxious to retain its center-back, but Newcastle is set to counter with a higher offer. AC Milan is also thought to be keeping an eye on the 21-year-position, old’s however they have yet to make an official approach and would have to pay more than €60 million.

– According to Sky Sports, West Ham United are interested in signing a new striker in January and are one of many Premier League teams interested in Flamengo forward Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa. The Brazilian attacker is also eager on a transfer to England, and despite the fact that he is being pursued by three other top-flight teams, the 25-year-old is believed to be pleased with the Hammers’ form this season.

– Arsenal have been linked with bids for Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Fiorentina prodigy Dusan Vlahovic as part of their quest for a new striker. El Nacional suggests that Sociedad would prefer Isak to join Arsenal over a LaLiga opponent like Barcelona, while Calciomercato claims that a summer swap deal may see Vlahovic join Arsenal and Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira remain at Fiorentina.

– As a consequence of Alvaro Morata’s likely departure to Barcelona, Juventus have intensified their hunt for a striker. The loan of Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid will be cut short, according to Calciomercato, while long-term target Arkadiusz Milik of Marseille remains Juve’s first choice.

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