The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.
Arsenal set their sights on Moroccan goal machine
The Gunners have identified Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri as a possible transfer target.
As Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are expected to leave in 2022, Arsenal have been scouting potential replacements for the forwards.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic are both on the shortlist. However, En-Nesyri is a cheaper alternative. Arsenal have scouted the 24-year-old Moroccan, who scored an impressive 24 goals for Sevilla last season in all competitions. [Express]
Anthony Elanga signs new Manchester United contract
Anthony Elanga has signed a new contract at United! 🔴#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 24, 2021
Newcastle won’t bid for Martial
The Magpies won’t consider a loan move for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial in January.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has rejected the chance to pursue a deal for Martial, despite being ‘offered’ the opportunity to do so. He will instead search for alternative attacking options.
Signing Martial on loan for the second half of the season could reportedly cost around £6 million. [Football Insider]
What will Tottenham do with Alli & Doherty?
Tottenham will allow midfielder Dele Alli and right-back Matt Doherty to leave the club in the January transfer window.
Despite impressing new manager Antonio Conte recently, Alli has the green light from Spurs to go out on loan in order to gain some valuable game time.
Doherty, meanwhile, is free to leave north London on a permanent deal as the club eye a new right wing-back. [Evening Standard]
Ferran Torres deal ends Ziyech-Barcelona links
Paperworks completed with #MCFC in the last 24 hours. Contract approved including bonuses in case of titles in the next five years.
Ferrán Torres will be announced soon as new Barça player 📁🤝 #FCB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 25, 2021
Liverpool urged to consider Jimenez swoop in January
Liverpool should consider a striker like Wolves star Raul Jimenez ahead of the January transfer window, says Paul Merson.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will lose star forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in January. The duo will instead represent Egypt and Senegal respectively in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Roma in talks with Arsenal for Maitland-Niles
The Giallorossi have opened talks with Arsenal over a potential loan deal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The 24-year-old midfielder has endured another frustrating campaign at the Emirates, having started just four games this season, after an attempted summer move to Everton fell through.
Roma are keen to sign Maitland-Niles on loan in January, with an option to make the deal permanent. No transfer fee has been agreed yet between the Italian club and Arsenal. [ESPN]
Will Bayern Munich sign Erling Haaland?
Bayern director Oliver Kahn when asked about Erling Haaland as target for the summer: “We have Robert Lewandowski. He's still going to score 30-40 goals for a few more years”, he told @SZ. 🔴 #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/u4ah8eybL2
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 24, 2021
Ighalo becomes Newcastle’s latest transfer target
Former Manchester United and Watford striker Odion Ighalo has reportedly emerged on Newcastle’s transfer list.
The 32-year-old Nigerian is under contract at Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab until June 2023. However, given his prolific form in the Middle East, Newcastle may attempt to sign him.
It’s alleged that Ighalo would give a Newcastle move some serious thought if the club make an approach. [Sky Sports]
Chelsea expect either Kante, Jorginho or Kovacic to leave in 2022
The Blues expect at least one of their midfield trio in N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic to leave next year.
To prepare for this, Chelsea have scouted potential midfield reinforcements. West Ham star Declan Rice, a former member of the club’s youth system, is of interest. Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Wolves’ Ruben Neves are also on the European champions’ radar.
Yet, the player that most insiders are talking about is Aurelien Tchouameni. The 21-year-old has made his mark in the AS Monaco team, evidently impressing Chelsea in the process. [Eurosport]
Bukayo Saka set for new Arsenal deal
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) December 24, 2021
Sterling remains on Barca shortlist despite Torres capture
Despite their imminent capture of Ferran Torres, Barcelona may not be done just yet in raiding Manchester City.
The Catalan giants could revisit their transfer interest in Raheem Sterling. The England international has not agreed on a new contract at City, with his current deal to expire in 2023. If he shows no hint of intention to commit his future at the Etihad, the Premier League champions would let him go. [Eurosport]