The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around following the Jan. 31 deadline day.
TOP STORY: Juve eye Thiago as Pogba alternative
Just when you thought Paul Pogba‘s Manchester United departure finally seemed to be on the horizon, it seems there’s another twist in the tail of the year’s longest-running transfer saga.
Reports of late had suggested that Juventus were in pole position to sign the France international in a potential swap deal involving Aaron Ramsey, but now Tuttosport writes that the Red Devils could be dealt a lifeline in their hopes of retaining the midfielder.
According to the Turin-based publication, the Old Lady may instead turn to Bayern Munich ace Thiago, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, with the Bundesliga side said to be considering cashing in now with any contract renewal likely to be an expensive process.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s side have been left a man light in midfield following Emre Can’s departure to Borussia Dortmund and, despite also expressing interest in Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, the Serie A leaders may yet opt to pursue both Thiago and Pogba, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of keeping hold of the World Cup winner remain slim.
Dembele dreams of Man United move
The 23-year-old forward has grown increasingly frustrated at the Ligue 1 club’s decision not to sell him in January, but he will be allowed to move on this summer. And he has his sights set on a return to English football, having played at Fulham from 2012 to 2016.
Chelsea had a £40m bid rejected last month, while Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham are also said to be interested. Despite the glut of interested parties, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas likely will have to settle for less than his €100 million asking price.
Lazio still keen on Giroud
Lazio werereported to have been one of the clubs interested in the veteran forward’s services, but despite a move failing to materialise, the club — who sit just a point behind leaders Juventus in Serie A — are set to offer Giroud a pre-contract offer that would allow the 33-year-old to finally end his Chelsea misery in the summer.
Giroud has featured just eight times for Frank Lampard’s side this campaign, scoring once.
– Liverpool’s hopes of signing Timo Werner may well have been given a boost after the Germany international told Viasport Fotball he is proud to be linked with the Premier League side. Speaking after his side’s Champions League win over Tottenham, Werner said: “When you’re linked with that team it makes you very proud … it’s a pleasure, but I know Liverpool have a lot of good players.”
– Manchester United will spend big to land Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer, the Mirror reports. The creative midfielder has already exceeded his goal-scoring record in any other season at Villa Park and the paper writes that he could set the Red Devils back £80m should Villa stay in the Premier League.