The transfer saga of Alvaro Morata taking a break has caught the attention of all three clubs, with Juventus and PSG not willing to give in. The battle between these teams is heating up before potentially being settled through an auction or some other means.
Alvaro Morata’s Barcelona move on hold; Juventus, PSG at odds over Mauro Icardi. The “alvaro morata” is a footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but it was reported that his transfer was put on hold due to the ongoing negotiations between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
The January transfer window for 2022 is open (see when it shuts here), and there’s a lot of speculation about who’ll be heading where. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
TOP STORY: Morata’s deal to Barcelona is on hold while Juventus and PSG battle it out for Mauro Icardi.
Juventus’ search for a new striker is causing a traffic jam across the market, according to Calciomercato. January transfer windows can bring up some awkward negotiating scenarios for clubs and players, with Calciomercato reporting that Juventus’ search for a new striker is causing a traffic jam across the market.
This scenario starts with Alvaro Morata, who wants to end his loan at Juventus and return to Barcelona, who have already bought striker Ferran Torres from Manchester City for €55 million this winter despite their €1 billion in debt.
However, Juventus are certain that they must find a competent successor before allowing Morata to go, with Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina and Gianluca Scamacca of Sassuolo unlikely to come in January as summer targets.
Mauro Icardi of Paris Saint-Germain is one player that may join Turin this month, but the Italian giants are aiming to get the Argentina international on loan with the possibility of signing him permanently later, whilst PSG are only ready to accept a permanent deal right now.
If Morata is to join Barcelona, it seems that either Juventus or PSG will have to change their minds about Icardi. Everyone looks to be in limbo, given that there have been no evidence of their doing so as of yet.
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16:13 UTC: Arsenal are open to contemplate a big-money transfer for a striker in January, according to Mikel Arteta, amid continued ties with Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.
According to reports in Italy, Arsenal are prepared to pay €55 million plus Lucas Torreira in order to sign the Serbia striker, who has 18 months left on his current deal.
Arsenal has been studying Vlahovic for some time, according to ESPN, although it is uncertain if a deal is a realistic option this month.
Arsenal spent €167 million on five new players last summer, but when asked whether they could afford another large move this summer, Arteta said: “If it is the right guy and we can afford it and accomplish what we want to do, we will consider it and make the best possible choice.” We are available.
“I believe that given the quantity of stuff we have and the way we want to grow the team, we need to maximize every window in a variety of ways, and we are on the lookout.”
“[Technical director] Edu and his team are working really hard because we know precisely what we need to do; whether we can achieve it in January or in the summer is a another story since it is tied to other things.”
Patrik Schick, a striker for Bayer Leverkusen, says he’s pleased with the club despite speculation of a January move.
Schick, 25, has 17 goals in 15 Bundesliga games this season following a fantastic Euro 2020 campaign with the Czech Republic in the summer.
“Of course, when you’re affiliated with large teams, it’s good to read,” Schick told Bild. “However, I’m quite pleased at Leverkusen and want to play for Bayer in the Champions League.” I like living in Germany.
“It’s not a problem for me to consider joining another team right now. Everyone is aware of my contract status, and I would never make it difficult for the club to make a trade.”
According to The Sun, Norwich City winger Todd Cantwell has been linked with Newcastle, although Leicester are also interested in acquiring him.
Cantwell, 23, is eager to leave Norwich, who have struggled in the Premier League this season, and a £15 million cost was apparently enough to secure his services.
The England U21 international has also been scouted by Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United, and Roma.
Manchester City expects Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.
Sterling, 27, seems to be back to his best form, but he has battled to establish himself in City’s first squad this season.
Sterling was linked with a January loan transfer before City allowed winger Ferran Torres go for Barcelona for €55 million, despite the fact that he is still under contract with the club until 2023.
13:00 UTC: Imagine Tottenham attacker Harry Kane playing for Manchester United.
11.47 GMT: According to ESPN, the Houston Dynamo are close to finalizing a deal for Libertad and Paraguay youth international attacker Carlos Sebastian Ferreira Vidal.
Roberto Rojas of Telemundo was one of the first to report the news. Ferreira, 23, is set to go to Houston in the coming days to consummate the move, with a transfer fee of roughly $6 million agreed upon, according to the sources.
Ferreira will join a Houston team in desperate need of offensive aid, with the Dynamo’s 36 goals in 2021 tied for the second-worst number in Major League Soccer.
11.03 a.m. GMT: According to Le Parisien, PSG striker Kylian Mbappe might yet sign a new deal with the club.
Mbappe, 23, made it plain last summer that he wanted to join Real Madrid, but PSG turned down a €200 million bid. The France international’s contract with the club ends in the summer, and he seems to be on the verge of signing for the Spanish club for free.
Mbappe, on the other hand, has said that he does not want to leave the club on a free transfer, and as a result, he might sign a short-term contract, perhaps with a high release clause, enabling him to go while PSG collects a price.
Alternatively, he may decide that he is content in Paris and postpone his dream transfer to Madrid for another few years. He has the benefit of time on his side.
Manchester United are willing to allow winger Amad Diallo go on loan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
United paid €21 million for Diallo from Atalanta last year (with another €20 million in add-ons), but he has only made nine appearances since then.
The Ivorian is scheduled to join Birmingham on loan in order to acquire additional experience, while four other teams are reportedly keen.
09.56 GMT: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who does not seem to have a long-term future at the club, was benched for the FA Cup victory against Chesterfield, with Marcus Bettinelli handed the opportunity.
When Kepa joined Chelsea for €80 million, he became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, yet he can’t unseat Edouard Mendy as the No. 1 goalie.
Kepa has an opportunity to impress with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations this month, and The Athletic reports that Lazio are interested in signing him on a permanent basis. His €200,000-per-week wages, on the other hand, are a concern for the Serie A club.
9.34 a.m. GMT: According to ESPN, a slew of Tottenham players are worried about their futures as Antonio Conte intends a merciless revamp of the team, with more than a half-dozen players on the verge of being sold.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semifinal, first leg loss at Chelsea, the Italian slammed the club, declaring “we are a team in the middle” and “not equipped to fight at the top end of the Premier League.”
According to ESPN, Conte’s point of view has been echoed in secret discussions with key executives at the club as he plots out how to reorganize his team, a plan that revolves around a massive revamp.
Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty, and Tanguy Ndombele are said to be among the players Conte is ready to let go. There’s also considerable doubt about Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso, to name a few.
9:00 a.m. GMT: According to ESPN, Ralf Rangnick is concerned that instability in Manchester United’s dressing room will jeopardize the club’s effort to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season.
Luke Shaw stated the squad did not feel “together” on the field following the 1-0 loss to Wolves on Monday night, Rangnick’s first loss as interim manager at Old Trafford. He also questioned the club’s desire and energy throughout the game.
According to ESPN, although Rangnick was unhappy by the remarks, Shaw’s interview did not come as a great surprise, and there are fears that until the problems are resolved, United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season may soon disappear.
Rangnick has been in charge for a month, and some players have expressed their want to go. According to sources, periphery players who were dissatisfied by a lack of playing time under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assumed they would receive a fresh start under the 63-year-old, but they are once again underutilized.
Ralf Rangnick, according to Craig Burley and Jan Aage Fjortoft, has to make some huge remarks to the Manchester United players.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Danny Lewis)
– According to The Sun, Cristiano Ronaldo has conducted crisis discussions with his agent, Jorge Mendes, over his Manchester United future. The 36-year-old Portugal international is dissatisfied with interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s methods and disappointed with the Red Devils’ performance. For the time being, nothing has been ruled out.
– According to Calciomercato, Julian Alvarez’s agent, Fernando Hidalgo, will fly to Italy in the coming days to try to secure a contract for the River Plate striker. Fiorentina is the most interested team at the moment, but Hidalgo is expecting to continue negotiations with Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and AC Milan regarding a $20 million transfer.
– It has previously been reported that Atletico Madrid is interested in signing Cedric Soares from Arsenal as a replacement for Kieran Trippier, who has moved to Newcastle United. Nicolo Schira, on the other hand, has added two more names to the mix: Lille’s Zeki Celik and RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele.
– According to Football Insider, West Ham United have made an attempt to acquire Aston Villa centre-back Kortney Hause, with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna both injured for the Hammers. Steven Gerrard is said to be prepared to let the 26-year-old depart if a new center-back is bought in January, with Watford also interested.
– According to L’Equipe, Marseille are interested in signing Spartak Moscow’s Samuel Gigot and Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac during the January transfer window. Jorge Sampaoli is putting pressure on the club president, Pablo Longoria, to bolster his team despite working with limited funds. Jordan Amavi, who has joined Nice on loan, will be replaced by Kolasinac.