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Wednesday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal set to join race for breakout World Cup star

Alexis Mac Allister
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Arsenal set to join race for breakout World Cup star

The Gunners have thrown their hat in the ring for Alexis Mac Allister ahead of the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old midfielder followed up an impressive Premier League campaign with Brighton by helping Argentina win a third World Cup title, catching Arsenal and Atletico Madrid’s interest with some dazzling displays in Qatar.

Mac Allister, who signed for Brighton in 2019 for €8 million from Argentinos Juniors, is under contract until June 2025. [AS – in Spanish]

Al Nassr expect Ronaldo to sign

The Saudi Pro League leaders expect Cristiano Ronaldo to arrive on a free transfer before the end of 2022.

The 37-year-old forward is a free agent after leaving Manchester United at the end of last month. He reportedly has a two-and-a-half-year offer from Al Nassr, worth around €200 million. [Marca – in Spanish]

Man Utd trigger contract extensions for 4 players

Martinelli to rebuff Barcelona for Arsenal stay

Despite transfer interest from Barcelona, Gabriel Martinelli will probably stay put at Arsenal.

Barcelona enquired about Martinelli earlier in the season. However, with the 21-year-old winger thriving at Arsenal, he appears set to sign a new long-term contract with Mikel Arteta’s side instead. His current deal runs until June 2024. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Gvardiol’s summer release clause revealed

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol’s €110 million release clause will become active in the summer of 2024.

The 20-year-old Croatia international has struck interest from Chelsea after impressing in the Bundesliga and World Cup. However, given his huge buyout clause, he might stay at Leipzig for another season. [Sky Sports]

Memo Ochoa to swap Club America for Salernitana

Isco will leave Sevilla

Isco and Sevilla have mutually agreed to terminate their contract agreement.

The 30-year-old midfielder has struggled to recapture his best form since joining Sevilla on a free transfer from Real Madrid in August. In 19 appearances across all competitions, he managed one goal and three assists.

Isco spent the past month training on his own because of problems with his left ankle. The club’s new manager, Jorge Sampaoli, has informed the board the player is not part of his plans. [Marca – in Spanish]