Barcelona interested in Man City striker Aguero

Barcelona interested in Man City striker Aguero

The transfer window opened in early January, and speculation is heating up about potential deals. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barcelona interested in Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is on the radar of Barcelona when he becomes a free agent next summer, according to The Sun.

Aguero, 32, is in the last six months of his contract at City and is yet to agree a new deal, which means he is free to talk to clubs outside of England.

Though his season has been ravaged by injury, he is still one of the best strikers around, and Barcelona may be looking for a short-term replacement for Lionel Messi if the Argentina international follows through on his threat to leave Camp Nou when his own contract expires in 2021.

Aguero’s £240k-a-week wages could be a stumbling block, while PSG have also shown interest. The striker has always said he wants to return to Argentine club Independiente to end his career but he may have a few years left at the top in Europe yet.

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22.04 GMT: Danny Rose’s Jose Mourinho nightmare could be nearing an end, according to one source.

That is because Tottenham could cancel the former England left-back’s contract, talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook speculates. The 30-year-old has been frozen out by the Portuguese boss and was left out of Tottenham’s Premier League and Europa League squads.

Crook even named West Brom as a club who could potentially have interest in the 30-year-old.

“I was told there was a big chance he could follow Jack Wilshere in the sense that Tottenham could cancel his contract in this window.

“We know he’s not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.

“West Brom and Sam Allardyce would be very keen to take him to the Hawthorns – whether he would see that as the right club to revive his career, I don’t know.”

21.22 GMT: Tottenham winger Jack Clarke is set to join Stoke on loan, Sky Sports News understands.

The 20-year-old, who has made just three appearances for Spurs since signing from Leeds in July 2019, spent last season on loan in the Championship split between Leeds and QPR. Signed for an initial £10 million by Spurs, the clock is ticking on Clarke’s time at the club.

20.39 GMT: West Ham €5 million short in bid for Sebastian Haller replacement?

Telefoot Chaine, via TEAMtalk, claims that the Hammers have tabled a €10m bid for Reims striker Boulaye Dia but that the French club want at €15m for the Senegalese. Ligue 1’s join-top scorer this season with 12 goals, the 24-year-old Dia is attracting interest from clubs in England and beyond.

19.42 GMT: AC Milan are one of four clubs monitoring Bayern Munich starlet Leon Dajaku, Goal and Spox can report.

Union Berlin, Nice and Cologne are also following the 19-year-old forward, who has made three first-team appearances for Bayern’s senior side. All four clubs are eyeing a loan deal with an option to buy for the forward, who has largely played for Bayern’s reserve side since joining from Stuttgart in 2019.

18.57 GMT: The San Jose Earthquakes continue to make progress with Chivas over the transfer of attacking midfielder Javier “Chofis” Lopez, sources tell ESPN Mexico.

Former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda is keen on reuniting with the Mexico international, whom he coached from 2015-18, and a deal is reportedly close. The 26-year-old, who has scored 21 goals and added 12 assists in 185 games for Chivas, would be the third ex-Chivas player to join Almeyda’s ‘Quakes after Carlos Fierro and Oswaldo Alanis.

18.14 GMT: Man City have joined the fray for highly-rated Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

The Daily Mail writes that City have shortlisted the Italian midfielder, who is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks at AC Milan, would be viewed as a long-term replacement for 35-year-old Fernandinho, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Juventus are also keen on the midfielder, who is valued by Transfermarkt at €35 million.

17.32 GMT: Lyon have got some serious business over the line tonight, the club announcing they have sold striker Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid and replaced him with Algerian frontman Islam Slimani.

The 24-year-old Dembele, who has bagged 20 goals in each of his two full seasons with Lyon, joins Atleti initially on loan to replace Diego Costa, with the Spanish club also possessing a purchase option for €33.5 million. Meanwhile, Lyon wasted no time replacing the Frenchman, signing veteran Algerian forward Slimani from Leicester City. The 32-year-old, who has spent time on loan at Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco in recent years, scored nine goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances last season for Les Monegasques.

16.51 GMT: Real Madrid’s move for Eden Hazard hasn’t worked out.

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Sid Lowe says he can’t remember one good performance from Eden Hazard while at Real Madrid.

16.00 GMT: Time is running out for Neymar to prove he is one of the very best of his generation, writes Tim Vickery.

Neymar turns 29 in a few weeks. He should be at his peak as he enters a vital two-year period of his career, starting with shaking off his latest injury and ending with the 2022 World Cup and, with Brazil’s hopes resting on his shoulders, a sixth title.

These two years will do much to establish his place in the game’s pantheon, though winning the World Cup and the Champions League is not the only objective. The era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is drawing to a close. The throne of the world’s best player is up for grabs and Robert Lewandowski is unlikely to be a long-term candidate at 32 years old. By some measures, almost certainly including his own, Neymar’s career will have fallen short of potential if he’s unable to claim the honour for himself.

Some will surely (and understandably) see this as an exaggeration, a foolish trap of placing too much attention on a subjective individual award in a team sport. But Neymar is Brazilian and therefore, he grew up with the concept of the best player award as something of a national birthright. Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka: it seemed a given that the outstanding Brazilian player would also be seen as the best in the world.

15.40 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen have signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United for around £1.5m on a three-year deal.

15.23 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus has a €40m release clause in his contract which can be activated until the end of May, Sport Bild reports.

One of the rising stars of the league, the 23-year-old Germany international helped inflict defeat on Bayern Munich last Friday when he scored the winner for Gladbach in a 3-2 win.

Neuhaus has been linked with a switch to Bayern in the past, while Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan are also reportedly monitoring the midfielder’s progress.

14.45 GMT: Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun has agreed to sign for RB Leipzig in the summer, claims Football Insider.

Balogun, 19, is highly rated at the Emirates but hasn’t broken into the first-team completely and his contract expires in the summer.

The England Under-20 international has yet to make his Premier League debut but caught the eye with two goals in the Europa League.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed last year that he was hopeful of extending Balogun’s contract, but it appears that another young player is on the way to the German Bundesliga.

14.20 GMT: Manchester City have reportedly accepted a €5m bid from Barcelona for Eric Garcia, which would see him move in January, says Mundo Deportivo.

Garcia, 20, said he wouldn’t sign a new contract at City and the defender’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021.

City held out for around €20m in the summer, but the two clubs couldn’t come to an agreement and the asking price has now been significantly reduced given the Spaniard can move for free in six months’ time.

Other top clubs were interested, but Garcia always wanted to return to his former club Barcelona, with City set to receive another possible €5m in add-ons. The deal just needs to be signed off by the new president after Jan. 24 — or all the candidates have to agree the signing can be made given the exceptional circumstances…

13.55 GMT: Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had some choice words for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil yesterday.

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Jose Mourinho has a go at Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil after he said he would rather retire than sign with Tottenham.

13.26 GMT: Sky Sports says that Nice could be set to loan another Premier League player — having already snapped up William Saliba from Arsenal.

The report reads: “Jesse Lingard‘s representatives have held initial discussions with Nice over a loan move. An official approach is expected in the next week. Manchester United have yet to decide whether to allow Lingard to leave in this transfer window.”

13.14 GMT: Bournemouth could be set to sign Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere, 29, has been training with the club since he was released by West Ham over the summer as the former Arsenal midfielder spent a loan spell on the south coast in 2016-17.

“He’s really enjoying his time here so we will have to maybe have a discussion in the next week or so,” Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall said. “Whenever you have a player of Jack’s quality training with you, it would be foolish to say there is not a chance of wanting to do something.”

12.52 GMT: Borussia Dortmund are drawing up a list of possible replacements for winger Jadon Sancho, if he leaves the club in the coming months.

Sancho has been repeatedly linked with a €120m move to Man United and Dortmund are eyeing VfB Stuttgart’s Tanguy Coulibaly, according to France Football.

Coulibaly, 19, only joined Stuttgart from PSG on a free in 2019 and has two goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances for the club.

12.15 GMT: Moussa Dembele is signing for Atletico Madrid on loan from Lyon and the French club have found their replacement.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Leicester striker Islam Slimani has just completed his medical and will be announced soon.

11.34 GMT: Julien Laurens explains how PSG plan to woo Barcelona star Lionel Messi to join Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Since he bought the French club in the summer of 2011, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has always had a dream: bringing either Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi to the Parc des Princes. He tried many times, but it never materialized. However, he knows that this time, Messi’s mind is very much open and the desire and determination to put a plan together to try to bring him to Paris is very much there.

Messi stands above Pele, Ronaldo as all-time top one-club goal scorer The Barcelona captain has not yet decided what he’ll do in the summer. He will be able to leave Camp Nou for nothing unlike last summer, when he tried to force a move out despite still being under contract. This time, it will be different.

Will he really end his 20-year love story with the city and the club that gave him everything? Some believe that because of the chaos at the club over the past few years, the run of bad results and the lack of direction, he will definitely want to leave. Others trust that deep inside, he only wants to stay and finish his incredible career in Barcelona and if he is convinced that the conditions are there (new president, better team, Xavi involved in some capacity…) for more success, he would stay.

But if Messi does leave, can PSG really recruit him this summer? Of course. Is it likely or realistic? That’s uncertain. The priority in Paris is to extend the deals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. They both expire in June 2022, and new long-term contracts for both forwards would mean continuing to build a very competitive team around them, as well as securing their values in the event they want to leave in the future.

10.59 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Paul Pogba is “at his best” after the midfielder’s goal against Burnley sent Manchester United top of the Premier League.

The Frenchman scored with a sublime volley to earn United a 1-0 win at Turf Moor and ensure Solskjaer’s team head into Sunday’s crucial clash with champions Liverpool three points clear at the summit.

“I’ve always said Paul is a big player for us,” said Solskjaer. “He is a good character in the dressing room, he is always the one the lads look to and he’s a world champion of course, and I think he’s at his best at the moment.”

It is the first time United have topped the Premier League in January since 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s team went on to win the title and victory at Burnley sets up a mouth-watering trip to Anfield on Sunday.

10.22 GMT: Erling Haaland can have his pick of clubs when he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund, but where should he go?

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Kasey Keller and Steve Cherundolo agree the list of strikers ahead of Erling Haaland is shrinking quickly.

09.41 GMT: AC Milan are determined to keep midfielder Brahim Diaz beyond his loan deal, says Marca.

Diaz, 21, joined the Rossoneri on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the summer and has scored four goals and set up three more in 22 appearances in all competitions since.

Having managed only 21 appearances, six as a starter, for Real Madrid since signing for the club from Manchester City in January 2019 for a fee of over £15m, Diaz is reportedly open to continue at Milan beyond this summer.

Los Blancos have no intention of letting Diaz leave permanently, but are open to extending his loan stay at the San Siro for a further season.

09.09 GMT: Luka Jovic‘s loan move from Real Madrid to Eintracht Frankfurt is set to be made official today.

Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic has confirmed that his club is on the verge of signing Jovic on loan for the remainder of the season.

“Luka Jovic is on the verge of joining our club until the summer,” Bobic said. “There are still a few details to be sorted out, including the medical. But if all goes well, he will soon be with us.”

The Serbia international will return to the Bundesliga club on a six-month loan with no purchase option included in the deal. Jovic, who signed a six-year contract with Madrid after moving to the Spanish giants on a reported €60m deal in the summer of 2019, has had limited playing time with Los Blancos.

The 23-year-old has scored two goals in five appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season. He has not travelled with the team to Malaga for Thursday’s Spanish Supercopa semi-final against Athletic Bilbao, having previously missed Madrid’s goalless draw at Osasuna on Saturday.

Jovic impressed at Eintracht scoring 27 goals during the 2018-19 campaign that led to Madrid acquiring him that summer.

08.30 GMT: The Bundesliga’s English contingent could increase this summer, with Bayern Munich linked with a move for Reading defender Omar Richards. The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and, according to the Guardian, he will agree three-year deal with the German and European champions. The former England Under-21 international will provide competition for first-choice left-back Alphonso Davies. Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jamal Musiala is also at Bayern.

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Kasey Keller questions if Bayern’s defence is suited to playing a high line after giving up 24 goals in 15 games.

PAPER ROUND

Bayern still want Hudson-Odoi

Bayern Munich are still interested in attempting to sign Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Daily Mail reports.

The youngster did sign a new contract that is set to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2024, but the report indicates Bayern haven’t been thrown off the scent and are monitoring how much game time he’s getting under Frank Lampard this season.

Last summer Chelsea rejected a loan offer-plus-£70 million purchase option from the German champions, which provides an idea of how much Bayern will have to pay to secure his signature.

Arsenal set for Solomon push

The Guardian is reporting that Arsenal are hoping to make an offer for Shakhtar Donetsk‘s Manor Solomon this summer.

The Gunners have already made a few moves during the January transfer window with the belief being that manager Mikel Arteta will be making wholesale changes over the course of the next few windows.

After a handful of strong performances in the UEFA Champions League, Solomon has emerged as one of the main men that Arsenal are monitoring.

Wolves end Origi & Giroud interest

Wolverhampton Wanderers are no longer looking into deals for Divock Origi or Olivier Giroud, the Daily Mirror reports.

Following Raul Jimenez‘s fractured skull injury it seemed as if Nuno Espirito Santo was going to be dipping into the transfer market for a new striker, but after recalling Patrick Cutrone from Fiorentina, that no longer appears to be the case.

Nuno was said to be on the hunt for Chelsea’s Giroud or Liverpool‘s Origi, but instead, he’s been told to utilise the resources he has at his disposal as Wolves’ small squad continues to struggle.

Tap-ins

The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the clubs considering a move for Bursaspor sensation Ali Akman. The 18-year-old already has nine goals in 16 appearances over in Turkey this season, and while Galatasaray and FC Salzburg attempted to put forward a bid in December, their inability to sign him has opened the door for Europe’s elite to test the waters.

Celtic have joined Rangers in the race to sign Wigan Athletic starlet Kyle Joseph, the Daily Mirror reports. With the Latics being in a difficult financial position it’s starting to seem as if their top players could end up leaving sooner rather than later, with Joseph being available for the likes of the two Scottish sides in a pre-contract deal this summer. Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the player.



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