The 2022 winter window is open (find out when it closes here) and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Man United return for Rice move
Rice, 22, is considered one of the best young defensive midfielders in Europe but West Ham’s fine start to the season has put paid to any talks over a transfer as the club look to qualify for the Champions League.
However, the Hammers have struggled of late — picking up eight points from 18 last month — and are in fifth place in the Premier League table. If that form continues then United will reportedly see a chance to do a deal and are prepared to offer near the £100 million that West Ham want.
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10.15 GMT: ICYMI – Real Madrid are trying to sign Erling Haaland as well as Kylian Mbappe next summer in an attempt to take advantage of the financial problems at Barcelona by landing the two most sought-after players in world football, sources told ESPN’s Mark Ogden.
Real failed with a €200m move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe during the summer transfer window, but the France international is expected to move to the Bernabeu as a free agent when his PSG contract expires at the end of this season.
And although they face competition from Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG for Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland, Real believe they can structure a deal to take the 21-year-old Norwegian to Madrid.
With four big earners — Gareth Bale, Isco, Luka Modric and Marcelo — due to be out of contract and off the wage bill at Real at the end of the season, the LaLiga leaders will have the financial headroom to fund a move for Haaland and also pay his and Mbappe’s wages.
09.37 GMT: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will hold talks with Romelu Lukaku on Monday to discuss recent comments by the Belgian that were critical of the coach’s tactics and which cost the striker his place in Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Liverpool.
Lukaku, signed from Internazionale in the close season for a club-record €115m, had told Sky Italy he was unhappy with Tuchel’s system, adding he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career.
Tuchel declined to reveal what he would say to Lukaku in Monday’s meeting or whether the 28-year-old will be back in the side for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semifinal, first leg at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
“I cannot tell you what I want from a meeting that is happening behind closed doors tomorrow,” Tuchel told reporters. “I cannot speak out publicly and I will not.”
The German said Lukaku had been dropped to avoid distracting the team from Sunday’s encounter with Liverpool.
08.55 GMT: Flamengo fans are dreaming of the possibility that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo could join the Brazilian giants one day.
Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz posted a photograph alongside Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, in a restaurant on the island of Madeira.
Braz has been in Portugal since December, completing the signing of new coach Paulo Sousa.
Braz joked on Twitter that the first step to negotiating a deal is to have the family’s blessing and he posted a photograph with Ronaldo’s mother with the message: “Convincing always starts with the family. World number 1 mother, CR7. Of course, this is a loving way to reciprocate your post.”
Dolores Aveiro had earlier posted a photograph of the two together with the message: “The world is small; I have a few days to analyse your proposal if I go or not….���� Welcome to Madeira.”
08.42 GMT: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has hinted that Newcastle target Kieran Trippier wants to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Trippier, 31, was a reported target of Manchester United in the summer and is keen to return to the Premier League. Now Atletico have reportedly received an offer of €30m for the England international full-back from Newcastle, which is €10m less than his reported release clause.
Should Trippier move to Tyneside, he would become Newcastle’s top earner.
“We want him to stay, he is a very important player,” Simeone said, adding: “Nowadays when a player wants to leave, you cannot keep him.”
08.30 GMT: Spanish striker Jason will join Deportivo Alaves as a free agent from Valencia in the summer, according to SuperDeporte.
Jason was close to joining Alaves in the previous transfer window, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
The 27-year-old, whose contract with Valencia expires in 2022 will leave Los Che after three seasons at the club and is expected to sign with Alaves until June 2025.
The deal will give Valencia the right to 30% of any future transfer fee.
08.00 GMT: Fiorentina have announced the signing of forward Jonathan Ikone from Lille for around €15m.
Ikone, 23, scored 13 goals in 157 appearances in Ligue 1 after spells with Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier.
He will wear the No. 11 shirt at Fiorentina.
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PAPER GOSSIP (by Luke Thrower)
– Barcelona and Manchester United are in negotiations over a potential swap deal involving wingers Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial. Catalan outlet Ara says that the deal would only go ahead if Dembele rejects a new contract at Barca, with his current deal expiring in the summer. Martial is said to be of interest due to the fact he wants to leave Old Trafford as well as Barca’s need to strengthen the squad going forward, with Ferran Torres already signed for €55m.
– AC Milan are ready to meet Lille to discuss a deal for centre-back Sven Botman, reports Calciomercato. The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United, however the report says that he is not interested in a move to the Magpies due to the fact they are battling relegation. However, with the Rossoneri looking for a replacement for the injured Simon Kjaer, Botman is seen as the player they will pursue in January.
– AS Roma are interested in signing Tottenham playmaker Tanguy Ndombele, according to Calciomercato. The 25-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Spurs since his €62m switch from Lyon, but now Jose Mourinho is looking to bring him to Italy. The midfielder signed for Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, but played 57 games under Mourinho while at Tottenham, the second-most of any manager he has played for. New Spurs head coach Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a potential move away for the France international in January, saying he will have meetings before he discusses potential incomings or outgoings. Ndombele has only made five appearances under Conte so far, playing 174 minutes of action.
– Newcastle, Leicester City and Lyon are interested in centre-back Abdul Mumin, says journalist Ekrem Konur. The 23-year-old defender has seen his stock rise at Guimaraes, becoming a mainstay for the team this season. He joined in 2020 from Norwegian side Nordsjaelland on a free transfer and has made 13 appearances in the league so far.
– Newcastle are ready to offer more than €55m to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, according to Tuttomercato. The Uruguay international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Portuguese side, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester City also said to be interested. The report says that his contract has a €100m release clause.
– Everton and Newcastle are eyeing a move for striker Moussa Marega, reports journalist Ekrem Konur. The 30-year-old left Porto last summer for Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, scoring three goals in 10 games for the club.