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Friday’s transfer rumors – Real Madrid plot to sign two Man City stars

Erling Haaland at Man City
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Real Madrid plot to sign two Man City stars

The reigning Spanish and European champions will try to do transfer deals for Manchester City duo Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo.

Real Madrid will first attempt to sign Cancelo at the end of the season. The 28-year-old full-back, who is under contract at City until 2027, might cost around €40-50 million. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will then target a move in 2024 for Haaland when his €180 million release clause becomes active. [AS – in Spanish]

Barcelona name their top target to replace Sergio Busquets

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is Barcelona’s top target to replace Sergio Busquets.

While Busquets denied reports linking him with a summer transfer to the MLS last week, the 34-year-old will be out of contract once the season ends. Barca already have Frenkie de Jong to fill his boots. But the Catalan club still want to reinforce the defensive midfield position.

Neves, who is under contract at Wolves until 2024, is open to joining Xavi Hernandez’s side. [Diario Sport]

Antonio Conte shuts down ‘disrespectful’ Juventus rumors

Aston Villa have no intention to allow goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to leave in the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old Argentina international has impressed in the Villa goal since his €17.4 million arrival from Arsenal in 2020. Manchester United are reportedly interested. The Red Devils view him as a potential replacement for David de Gea. [Football Insider]

Dieng is likely to leave Marseille in January

Marseille forward Bamba Dieng appears set to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window.

Angers approached Marseille about signing Dieng after Lois Diony got injured during the international break. The 22-year-old Senegal international, however, has turned them down. He wants to win some game time at Marseille and potentially go out on loan in the new year. [L’Equipe – in French]

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to stay at LA Galaxy

Pique to Atletico Madrid? No chance…

Gerard Pique has no plans to leave Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

Despite reports linking Atletico with a winter swoop for Pique, the 35-year-old defender is not interested. His stance is clear. He wants to stay and prove himself to Barcelona.

Given the recent defensive injury setbacks at Camp Nou, Pique may get his chance to reinsert himself into manager Xavi Hernandez’s plans. [Diario Sport]