The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.
Miranda the Monaco miracle man?
Monaco have entered the race to sign Inter Milan defender Miranda, reports Sky Sport Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
Monaco seem intent on trying to buy their way out of trouble, having already splashed the cash this January, not only on players, but on re-hiring Leonardo Jardim, to whom they had paid around £7 million in compensation after dismissing him in October.
In order for a deal to be considered though, the Nerazzurri will first need to find a suitable replacement for the ex-Atletico Madrid centre-back.
Benitez on the brink
The Independent reports that Rafa Benitez is for the first time seriously considering his future at Newcastle after another fruitless transfer window.
With his contract at St James’ Park coming to an end this summer, the ex-Liverpool boss could leave before the end of this campaign for free, with a penalty clause no longer valid.
Once again this January, Benitez has been left frustrated at the Geordies’ failure to sign a single player and with little more than 48 hours to go until the market closes, it seems increasingly likely that the 58-year-old will have to make do with his current squad or walk away.
Newcastle were reportedly close to signing Jordan Lukaku last week, however the deal did not materialise, nor did an agreement for key target Miguel Almiron, leading Benitez to confirm that he might not even last until May.
“No I cannot guarantee anything,” Benitez said.
Tottenham spurn De Paul deal
Spurs are believed to have opted against signing Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul, leaving the door wide open for Inter Milan to pounce.
Calcio Mercato reports that the London club were given an opportunity to move for the 24-year-old star but have decided against doing so, despite injuries to key men Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and two cup exits in just one week.
Inter are now at the front of the queue for the Argentine attacker, which would in turn facilitate Ivan Perisic’s departure to Arsenal before the end of the window.
Cue a change of heart from Spurs and an ensuing deadline day auction between the North London rivals in a bid to claim the transfer bragging rights.
Football Whispers‘ top emerging whispers
Football Whispers’ transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of 5.
Nathan Ake to Chelsea — 2.5
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are readying an attempt to re-sign the defender who left for Bournemouth in July 2017. The London club have first refusal on the Dutchman and in a bid to boost their homegrown quota, would reportedly be willing to part ways with £40m.
Youri Tielemans to Leicester — 3.5
Leicester City are rumoured to be in talks with Monaco to sign the Belgian midfielder. The Foxes had been planning for a quiet transfer window, but having let Vicente Iborra leave for Villarreal, they are believed to be pushing for the 21-year-old in what would be a £20m deal.
Gerard Deulofeu to AC Milan — 2.5
The Watford forward is being courted by AC Milan, according to Calcio Mercato. The Spaniard spent six months on loan at San Siro back in 2017 and is believed to be interested in returning to Italy. Watford reportedly want around £26m for the player, whilst the Rossoneri would favour an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy thereafter.
Danny Drinkwater to Fenerbahce — 2.8
Drinkwater could follow Victor Moses from Chelsea to Fenerbahce, according to reports. The English midfielder has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge this season and may look to re-ignite his career at the Turkish club, in what would likely be a loan deal.
Nicolo Barella to Manchester United — 2.0
Manchester United are weighing up a move for the Cagliari midfielder, according to reports in Italy. The Red Devils would have to fork out around £44m to secure the Italian international’s signature, and fend off interest from a host of rival European clubs in the process.