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Saturday’s transfer rumors – Real Madrid plot to sign Barcelona star for FREE

Ronald Araujo, FC Barcelona
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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 Barcelona star for FREE

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Los Blancos are reportedly eyeing a free transfer deal for Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan’s contract at Camp Nou runs until June 2023. Barcelona view him as part of their plans for the future, although contract talks have gone on the back burner.

Ousmane Dembele and Gavi’s contract renewals are the priority instead. Therefore, as Barca’s attention appears elsewhere at the moment, Real Madrid have suddenly become interested in Araujo. They previously tried to sign him in 2018 from Uruguayan side Boston River. [KNB via Diario AS]

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PSG table last-ditch contract offer to Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Kylian Mbappe.

The Ligue 1 giants have offered the striker a lucrative two-year contract to avoid him leaving in the summer on a free transfer, with Real Madrid his most probable destination.

Mbappe, though, wishes to wait until the end of the season to decide his future. [Telefoot – in French]

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Could Inzaghi become the next Manchester United manager?

Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi has emerged as a potential managerial candidate for Manchester United.

The Red Devils have allegedly contacted Inzaghi about succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new permanent manager for next season. Ralf Rangnick currently occupies the role on an interim basis.

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It’s alleged that Inzaghi plans to start an intensive English language course. [Corriere Dello Sport – in Italian]

Southampton eye permanent deal for Chelsea youngster

The Saints want to turn Armando Broja’s loan from Chelsea into a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old Albanian striker has scored seven goals in 19 appearances across all competitions at St. Mary’s this season.

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However, Southampton face competition. Other clubs have made inquiries about a transfer deal to Chelsea, who are also considering whether Broja has a future at Stamford Bridge. [Sky Sports]

Nani joins Serie A side Venezia on free transfer

Arsenal & Juventus are in advanced talks for Arthur

Arsenal and Juventus are in advanced talks over a six-month loan deal for midfielder Arthur Melo.

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 A new midfielder is a top priority for the Gunners this winter. Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at AFCON, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined AS Roma on loan for this season. [Daily Telegraph – subscription required]

Barcelona could sell Dest to raise transfer funds

The Blaugrana may sell Sergino Dest in January to raise transfer funds for a new striker.

The 21-year-old United States defender has stirred interest from Chelsea and Bayern Munich. [ESPN]

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Barcelona & Bayern Munich’s interest in Christensen confirmed

Kenedy has a ‘huge opportunity’ at Chelsea

 Chelsea winger Kenedy has a ‘huge opportunity’ to make his mark in the team, according to manager Thomas Tuchel.

The Blues cut short Kenedy’s loan spell at Brazilian side Flamengo this week to help bolster their squad, having lost players due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a series of injuries.

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Arsenal make €70m offer for Vlahovic

The Gunners have reportedly tabled a €70 million (£58.4m) transfer offer to Fiorentina for striker Dusan Vlahovic. [Repubblica – in Italian]