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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona & Chelsea make a move for Ligue 1 goal machine

Jonathan David, FC Barcelona, Chelsea
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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.

Barcelona & Chelsea make a move for Ligue 1 goal machine

Barcelona, Chelsea, and Tottenham have enquired about a possible transfer for Lille striker Jonathan David.

The 22-year-old Canadian is Ligue 1’s top scorer this season, alongside Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder, on 12 goals in 21 games. His progress has stirred interest across Europe. Reports have previously linked him with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. [TSN]

Arteta set for new Arsenal contract

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is set for a new two-year contract before the end of the season.

The 39-year-old Spaniard has impressed the club’s management, particularly of late. With Manchester City eyeing him as a potential successor for Pep Guardiola, they’re keen to secure his future. [Mail]

Thomas Vermaelen retires as a footballer

The former Arsenal and Barcelona defender has retired after leaving Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Vermaelen has agreed to become one of Roberto Martínez’s assistant coaches in the Belgium national team.

Manchester City on the brink of winning Alvarez race

River Plate forward Julian Alvarez is close to joining Manchester City on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old Argentine, however, will continue at River Plate on loan until the end of the season.

Read the full story here on Ace Football.

Manchester United make Haaland decision

The Red Devils have ended their interest in Erling Haaland after learning the Borussia Dortmund striker favors a summer transfer to Real Madrid.

With Edinson Cavani set to leave in the summer, and Cristiano Ronaldo turning 37 next month, Manchester United will now turn their attention to signing an alternative goalscoring striker. [ESPN]

Fiorentina open to selling Arsenal target Vlahovic

Bailly is open to leaving Manchester United

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is open leaving Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old Ivorian is of interest to AC Milan, although the Italian side cannot afford United’s conditions for a deal.

Bailly, alongside forward Anthony Martial, fears he is being priced out of a loan move. [ESPN]

Oscar announces Barcelona transfer talks

 Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has claimed that he is in transfer talks with Barcelona.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has played for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG since January 2017, after his €60 million arrival from Chelsea. He is under contract at the club until November 2024.

Read the full story here on Ace Football.

Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

The Argentine striker has rejoined Boca Juniors on a two-and-a-half-year deal in a €3 million switch from Marseille.

A confident Tottenham prepare new Traore bid

The Lilywhites are increasingly confident of signing Wolves winger Adama Traore.

Despite Wolves rejecting an opening bid worth £15 million, Tottenham are preparing another offer. They held further talks with their fellow Premier League side aimed at a breakthrough on Friday.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte wants to use Traore as a right-wing-back or right-winger. Wolves, meanwhile, have accepted the 25-year-old won’t extend his contract beyond the end of next season. [The Guardian]