The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.
Coutinho decides which Premier League club he wants to join
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho favors a move to Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old has lost favor under Xavi Hernandez. The Blaugrana manager will tell him in person that his game time will be reduced further once the Spanish winter break ends. Therefore, Barcelona will make Coutinho available for a transfer in 2022.
The Brazilian and his agents are aware of this plan. They seek a Premier League return, with Arsenal being the former Liverpool man’s favored destination ahead of Tottenham, Everton, and Newcastle. [Sport – in Spanish]
Tottenham are favorites to sign Kessie
Antonio Conte’s side lead the race to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer for next season.
The Ivory Coast international’s contract at AC Milan ends in the summer. His representatives have apparently held talks with Tottenham already, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. [Express]
Rafinha Alcantara joins Real Sociedad
The former Barcelona midfielder has returned to La Liga on a six-month loan move to Real Sociedad from Paris Saint-Germain. The deal does not include a buy option.
— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) December 27, 2021
Leverkusen play down Wirtz-Manchester United links
Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voller expects Florian Wirtz to continue in the Bundesliga ‘for a few more years’.
Reports have claimed the 18-year-old is high on Manchester United’s transfer list as the club’s interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, wants to add a new midfielder to his ranks in January.
Will Chelsea swap James for Hazard?
Real Madrid may reportedly try to tempt Chelsea into selling Reece James by offering former Blues winger Eden Hazard.
James has caught the eye of Los Blancos following his impressive displays in the Premier League and Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of the 22-year-old and the manager sees him as an ideal fit for the right-back position at Real Madrid, especially given Dani Carvajal’s sketchy fitness record of late. [El Nacional – in Catalan]
Torres’ move to Barcelona delayed
A delay in paperwork has caused Barcelona to hold off an announcement on Ferran Torres’ arrival until Tuesday at the earliest.
The 21-year-old forward completed a medical on Monday ahead of his €55 million move to Camp Nou from Manchester City.
However, Barcelona are still waiting for more documents from City and cannot proceed with the transfer without them. The contracts also need to be evaluated to ensure they comply with La Liga’s financial fair play rules and the club’s salary cap. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]
Brian Brobbey set for Ajax return on loan
The deal is done. Brian Brobbey’s comeback to Ajax will be announced soon. Agreement in place with RB Leipzig, player and Mino Raiola. ⚪️🔴 #Ajax
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 27, 2021
Haaland’s ideal transfer destination revealed
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland favors a move to La Liga, ideally with Real Madrid, in the future, according to renowned journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Inter would consider €20m offers for De Vrij
The Nerazzurri may consider transfer offers of around €20 million for defender Stefan de Vrij.
The 29-year-old Dutchman is under contract at San Siro until 2023, but talks over a renewal are on standby. Inter Milan are reportedly in no rush to speed up the process. They would even consider selling the former Feyenoord man at the right price. [Calciomercato – in Italian]
Reinier could return to Real Madrid
The 19-year-old midfielder has endured a difficult second season on loan at Borussia Dortmund with a clear of game time.
Reinier has made just 30 appearances since joining the club in August 2020 from Real Madrid. In fact, he has only played 11 times in all competitions and failed to start a single Bundesliga match this season.
Therefore, as Reinier’s situation hasn’t improved, Real Madrid could cut the teenager’s loan deal short. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]