4th January, 2018
The 2019 Transfer Window has been thrown open and as is to be expected, there are already some moves by so many teams to shore up their squads. We bring to your attention below some of the most important ones in no particular order.
Man Utd consider £34m transfer swoop for Manolas
Red Devils looking at making move for Roma ace
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas in January, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
The Greek centre-back has a £34m ($43m) release clause in his current contract, which the Red Devils are considering activating this month.
A large number of defensive targets have been mooted at Old Trafford recently and caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have to act quickly to land Manolas, with Arsenal and Chelsea also reportedly keen on the 27-year-old.
Chelsea accept Abraham bid
Chelsea have accepted an £18million bid from Wolves for striker Tammy Abraham, report The Sun.
Abraham is currently on a season-long loan at Aston Villa, where he has scored 16 goals in 20 appearances.
However, the 21-year-old is set to cut that loan short and complete a permanent move to Molineux instead.
Cruyff urges Ajax duo to join Barca
Former Barcelona midfielder Jordi Cruyff has suggested that Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong should snub all other offers to move to the Camp Nou in 2019.
The talented Ajax duo are two of Europe’s most sought-after players with the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid all credited with an interest.
Juventus confirm Ramsey interest
Juventus have confirmed their interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Welshman is set to leave the club on a free transfer in 2019 having failed to agree a contract extension at Emirates Stadium.
And Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has now revealed that the Serie A leaders are looking at bringing in the 28-year-old, insisting that he is a “great player”.
City won’t sign Fernandinho cover in January
Manchester City won’t look to sign cover for Fernandinho in January, according to ESPN FC.
The 33-year-old has missed two games this season and City have lost them both: a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace and a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
But the club will not sign a new holding midfielder this month and also won’t recall Douglas Luiz or Aleix Garcia, who are both on loan with sister club Girona.
Liverpool delaying decision on Camacho
Liverpool are in no rush to make a decision on Rafa Camacho, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Sporting CP are leading the race to sign their former player on loan, but Liverpool are looking to hold onto Camacho until at least after their FA Cup tie with Wolves.
Liverpool are open to loaning him out after, though, with Championship clubs also interested.
Solanke’s potential move to Crystal Palace breaks down
Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke will not be moving to Crystal Palace on loan as a potential deal has now been scrapped, according to the Sun.
The deal has fallen apart due to Solanke’s fitness, as the forward has recently been out of action due to “muscle problems”.
Palace are in need of a striker that can play immediately as the club looks to solidify their spot in mid-table.
Chelsea consider Premier League loan for Abraham
Chelsea are considering a Premier League loan for Tammy Abraham following the forward’s success with Aston Villa.
Maurizio Sarri has recently stated that he will not call Abraham back as a striker option, but the club is open to loaning him out within the top division to continue his development.
Tottenham concern over Eriksen contract
Tottenham are growing increasingly concerned about the future of Christian Eriksen with the Denmark international yet to sign a new contract, report the Standard.
Spurs remain hopeful the 26-year-old will commit his long-term future to the club but a deal on the table remains unsigned.
Eriksen has just 18 months left on his current deal so Tottenham would feel compelled to listen to offers for the midfielder in the summer should he fail to agree an extension.
Suarez set to leave Barcelona
Denis Suarez is expected to leave Barcelona this month but no deal is imminent, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Suarez has made just two starts for the Blaugrana this campaign so is looking to leave in order to secure regular first-team football.
The midfielder has just 18 months left on his contract at the Camp Nou so Barca are keen to do a deal this window, but Suarez is ready to bide his time before choosing his next club.
‘Ozil’s future is with Arsenal, end of story’
Mesut Ozil’s agent has refuted rumours that the Arsenal star could leave the club, saying that the midfielder “does not want to be anywhere else”.
Ozil has been left out of the lineup for “tactical reasons” in recent weeks, but his agent insists that Arsenal is still his long-term home.
Sevilla turn their attention to Bailly
Sevilla are considering a bid for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly this month, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Bailly has struggled for regular action at Old Trafford this season, making just eight starts in all competitions.
However, the fee could be a stumbling block to any deal, with United keen to recoup much of the £30million (€33million/$38million) they paid Villarreal in the summer of 2016.
Duo set for Chelsea exit
Cesc Fabregas and Davide Zappacosta are set to leave Chelsea this month as they look to trim their squad following the £58million signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, according to the Mirror.
Both Fabregas and Zappacosta have struggled for regular first-team football under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this season.
Fabregas is believed to be attracting the interest of Thierry Henry’s Monaco while Zappacosta has been linked with a return to Italy with Lazio.
Huddersfield to sign Puncheon on loan
Huddersfield Town will sign winger Jason Puncheon from Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season, reports The Sun.
The 32-year-old has seen his playing time at Palace diminish, making just five Premier League appearances this season.
Puncheon’s contract with Palace expires at the end of the season, and he can earn a longer deal with Huddersfield if he performs well.
Inter eye veteran trio
Inter Milan are considering summer moves for Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Diego Godin, according to Calciomercato.
All three players are out of contract at the end of the campaign so would be available on a free transfer.
New Inter chief executive Beppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio are keen to add experienced defenders to the squad ahead of next season.
Ajax confirm Magallan deal
Ajax have confirmed the signing of Argentine defender Lisandro Magallan from Boca Juniors.
The 25-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at the Johan Cruijff Arena.
Monaco set to sign Naldo
Monaco have reached an agreement to sign defender Naldo from Schalke through the summer, according to Sky Sports.
Naldo is said to be undergoing a medical with the club, who are currently facing the threat of relegation from Ligue 1.
The defender’s contract is set to expire in 2020, but he will spend the next six months on loan under Thierry Henry.
Celtic to make loan move for Burke
Celtic are set to make a loan move for West Brom winger Oliver Burke, claims The Sun.
The 21-year-old is out of favour with the Baggies, and Brendan Rodgers is hoping to take the Scot for the second half of the season.
Millwall and Wigan have also registered an interest in Burke.
Solari blocks questions on Madrid transfer plans
Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has sidestepped questions regarding his side’s plans for the January transfer window.
Madrid have been linked with a move for Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia, while the futures of Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas and playmaker Isco are up in the air.
But Solari was tight-lipped on his side’s plans when speaking to the media on Wednesday.
AC Milan after Gabbiadini
AC Milan are after Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Sky Sports.
The Premier League club have put the Italian up for sale as he’s made only one cameo appearance under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Fiorentina and Bologna are also interested in taking Gabbiadini back to Italy.
Guangzhou Evergrande make offer for Malcom
Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have made a €50 million (£45m/$56.7m) bid for Bacelona’s Malcom.
The winger joined the Spanish side this summer, but has made just nine first-team appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
Now, the Chinese Super League club is making a push to sign him with manager Fabio Cannavaro looking to add him to a squad that also includes Paulinho.
Orlando’s Foster joins Monaco
Orlando Pirates’ Lyle Foster has signed with Monaco, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old South African striker will join the club’s reserve team and has become the youngest Pirates player to move to a Top Five European league.
“It is such an honour to see Lyle moving to a big club at such a young age. As a person who is passionate about youth development, this is the type of thing that makes the long hours all worth it,” Orlando Pirates Head of Youth Development Augusto Palacios said.
“Lyle came into my hands as a baby at 13 years old now here he is on the verge of making the biggest move of his career. I would like to wish him the best of luck and also thank the Foster family for their active involvement in their child’s development.”
Prem duo keen on Kessie
Chelsea and Tottenham will make a move for Franck Kessie in the summer, according to tuttomercatoweb.
Paris Saint-Germain and Chinese Super League sides are also interested in the Ivory Coast midfielder, though it’s understood he isn’t interested in a move to China.
Kessie’s future is likely to rest on whether the Rossoneri qualify for the Champions League, with a failure to reach the competition making a €40 million (£36 million / $45 million) move in the summer more likely.