With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.
TOP STORY: Manchester United eye Brazilian star
Porto’s 20-year-old Brazilian defender Eder Militao is a target for Manchester United, according to the Daily Record.
The Old Trafford club are looking to rejuvenate their defence and could be in line for a good deal from Mourinho’s former club on the versatile Brazilian defender.
Militao operated at right-back for Brazilian club Sao Paulo but has played in the middle of the back four since moving to Portugal this season.
With teenager Diogo Dalot out injured, United have used the ageing Antonio Valencia and stop-gap Ashley Young on the right of their defence this season and should be looking to the future with their next signing in the position.
11.04 GMT: Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt are two of Europe’s most sought-after talents so it’s no surprise that plenty of clubs are interested in them. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Ajax have decided to set a price for the pair with De Jong, 21, valued at €75m (£66.3m), and De Ligt, 19, at €65m (£57.5m). So now at least clubs know what they have to pay…
10.26 GMT: Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente wants to play more for the club and may consider a move away in January. “My dream is to succeed at Madrid, but when the winter market arrives we will talk to the club and my family and decide what is best for me,” he told Marca.
09.43 GMT: Former Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio tells ESPN he has turned down an offer from Europe due to his commitment with his new role as Paraguay manager. The Colombian worked as a conditioning coach at Manchester City in the past and says that he wants to coach in the Premier League and as well the Colombia national team.
09.20 GMT: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is eyeing a move to Spain in January as he has been struggling for playing time this season.
The former Manchester United star told Japanese paper Nikkan Sports: “I want to find a solution for the situation. One is to change clubs … I don’t want to end my career without having played in Spain. That’s what I want to do.”
08.35 GMT: Liverpool only signed Fabinho from Monaco in the summer but, with the Brazil international failing to immediately nail down a regular place in Jurgen Klopp’s team, there is already plenty of speculation that his future may lie away from Anfield.
To that end, L’Equipe reports that Paris Saint-Germain will use Liverpool’s trip to the French capital for tonight’s Champions League clash to open talks over bringing the versatile midfielder back to Ligue 1.
Just don’t ask Fabinho’s wife, Rebecca Tavares, what she thinks of these latest rumours…
When I read some fake news in twitter ……… pic.twitter.com/OCFftntYAr
— Rebeca Tavares (@reebecatavares) November 27, 2018
PAPER TALK (by Frank Smith, Football Whispers)
Barca’s Abidal takes De Ligt for dinner
Catalunya Radio show “El Club de la Mitjanit” ran a report saying that Barcelona’s director of football, Eric Abidal, met with Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt ahead of a potential move.
The former France international made the trip to Amsterdam to woo the Dutch defender in an attempt to move to the front of the queue as an increasing number of clubs eye the 19-year-old.
The Catalans are looking for the next generation of players to continue their tradition of winning in style, and with the La Masia conveyor belt of talent slowing down, they have had to look to other clubs to acquire this type of talent.
Centre-back De Ligt, who played all 90 minutes as Ajax beat AEK Athens 2-0 in the Champions League, is comfortable on the ball and should fit the Barcelona way of playing. Former Barca and Finland star Jari Litmanen believes the Spanish club will have to pay a world-record fee to get him.
“Can you imagine what he will be like at 23?” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I don’t know if he will go to Juventus [Litmanen was asked specifically if he could join Juve], but when he leaves Ajax, he will be the most expensive defender in history.”
For Cole times’ sake
Ashley Cole will be 38 years old by the time the January transfer window opens, but he is still eyeing a return to English football, according to the Mirror.
A number of Championship sides have had their eyes on the former Arsenal, Chelsea and England left-back, who was released by LA Galaxy after two solid seasons on the West coast.
Moving from Hollywood to the Championship might be a culture shock, but Cole has plenty of experience in English football to draw upon, after a career that saw him widely recognised as one of the best left-backs in the world.
Mourinho: De Gea set for new United deal
The future of Manchester United’s world-class goalkeeper David De Gea has been up in their air for several months. But after his side’s win at home to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho was confident that his stopper will sign a new deal.
United were grateful for De Gea’s presence between the posts, as he made a remarkable save to prevent the Swiss visitors taking the lead before Marouane Fellaini shot home a late winner.
“He is the best goalkeeper in the world, and if our ambitions are to be a big club, to be a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world,” said Mourinho, who was in a defiant mood following the victory.
“I know that he wants to stay,” he added before revealing that the player’s agent and the club’s board are working on a new deal.
The possibility that transfer rumours happen is given a score out of five, based on Football Whispers’ transfer algorithm.
Marco Asensio to Liverpool: 2.7
Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has reported that Real Madrid turned down Liverpool’s offer of £160 million for Asensio last summer. Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the 22-year-old Spaniard, though, and the OK Diario reporter believes the German will return for him next summer.
Allan to Spurs: 2.2
Tottenham are interested in Napoli’s Brazilian midfielder Allan, according to CalcioNapoli24, and are ready to offer £35 million for the 27-year-old in January. However, Napoli wouldn’t be too keen on a midseason sale, so Mauricio Pochettino might have to wait until the summer.
Tanguy Ndombele to Everton: 2.3
The Merseyside club recently sent chief scout Martyn Glover to assess Lyon’s French midfielder, joining a number of Premier League clubs in the chase for the 21-year-old, and the Liverpool Echo believes the asking price could be £40 million.
Fabinho to PSG: 2.1
Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder is wanted by the Ligue 1 champions, and they will make an offer to initially loan the player in January. Fabinho has struggled to work his way into the side on a regular basis at Anfield, and L’Equipe believes PSG will look to take advantage of this.
Axel Witsel to Manchester United: 2.3
Mourinho took a trip to watch the Belgium midfielder during the international break and could be set to make a move for the player whom he has long admired, as per ESPN sources. They will not make a move in January, however, preferring to wait until the summer.