The summer transfer period was not like any other period. See all the major deals and check out how we rank the biggest deals. And just because the window is closed until January, that doesn’t mean the rumors won’t continue to surface. Here’s the latest gossip and speculation.
Top stories: Barcelona interested in Pulisic, Rudiger and Azpilicueta
Barcelona are eyeing Champions League winners Chelsea for their latest signing, according to Mundo Deportivo.
There are three specific names mentioned as being of particular interest in the report: Cesar AzpilicuetaAnd Antonio Rudiger And Christian Pulisic.
the Blaugrana He hopes to bring in the first two of these names in the summer when their contracts with the Blues expire, while the latter is someone they would like to sign on loan in January.
Sergio Dest’s USMNT teammate Sergino Dest has struggled with injuries this season, affecting his fame in a Chelsea squad that includes the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
This means Pulisic is open to an exit, with Barcelona looking at him as well as Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.
With Azpilicueta also facing competition for both right-back and right-backs in Thomas Tuchel’s system, it is believed the Spaniard could be open to leaving Stamford Bridge – especially with a place in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup potentially at stake for Spain.
Things are different in the case of Rudiger, who is seen as a certain starter in the Blues defence, while also being seen as the more complicated deal to be completed.
The Germany international is demanding wages Barcelona will not be able to afford, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs vying to sign him.
Barcelona would also be interested in Andreas Christensen, but they feel the Denmark international will sign an extension with Chelsea.
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08.51 GMT: Celtic close to agreeing deal to sign Kawasaki Frontale deal Reo HatateAccording to Sky.
Hattat, a versatile left-back who can play as a fullback, winger or midfield, is one of several J-League players targeted by Celtic coach Ancı Bostikoglu in the January transfer window.
The former Yokohama coach Marinos also wants to sign the striker Daisen Maida From his former club, as well as Gamba Osaka midfielder Yusuke Eideguchi.
Having become as successful as Kyogo Furuhashi, who has scored 14 goals for Celtic since joining them in the summer from Vissel Kobe.
08.00 GMT: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta resigns Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton due to a ‘disciplinary breach’.
The 31-year-old was not present for training on Friday and although the club declined to specify the exact nature of the incident, a club source told ESPN that it had “nothing to do with Covid”.
Speaking before kick-off, Arteta said:[Aubameyang is missing] Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach.
“I think we’ve been very consistent that we have some non-negotiable things in the team that we’ve defined ourselves as a club, and he’s not involved today.”
Asked if it was a long-term penalty, Arteta added: “It starts today. It’s definitely not an easy situation, or the situation we want our captain to be in.”
Aubameyang, Arsenal’s captain, has a contract with the club until the end of next season.
Paper Gossip (by Danny Lewis)
Arsenal prepares for an official offer to Juventus. Diane Kulusevsky In January, as I mentioned Niccolo Chira. The Italian giants are asking between €30m and €35m for the Sweden international, who has officiated just five Serie A matches at the start of this campaign.
– with agents Aaron Ramsey And Arthur Working on a move away from Juventus – with the former in discussions with Everton – the Torino side are looking to sign another midfielder, according to Calciomercato. Husband of Borussia Monchengladbach Denise Zakaria And koani koani are the priorities, while they are also paying attention to Marseille manager Boubacar Camara and Roma player Gonzalo Villar. Meanwhile, Niccol Rovilla could return from his loan spell to Genoa early.
Chelsea prepare to offer veteran central defender their new contract Thiago SilvaHe writes Fabrizio Romano. It is seen as “a matter of time” before the Brazilian signs his extension with the Blues, as he loves life with Chelsea and wants to stay, while Thomas Tuchel is “very happy” with him.
Milan hopes to bring Yassin Adly He came back from his loan spell at Bordeaux early, according to Calciomercato, and the reason is a combination of injuries and the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations limiting numbers in the middle.
When they signed Adly for nearly €10m, it was part of the deal that he would stay until June 2022. However, Milan play Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan between January 9 and February 6, so try to bring him back what will be the key period for Rossoneri Shield of Hope.