- Arsenal snubbed by CAF player of the year
- Ronaldo not transferrable in midst of PSG rumours
- Barcelona sign an astonishing 77 players after transfer ban was removed and more…
High profile switches of allegiances, jaw dropping rumours and recalling players from loans. It is the winter transfer window and it is underway again. The managers are as usual recruiting fresh blood with their respective club’s transfer kitty. Let’s take you through the activities last week in Europe.
Mathieu Debuchy is set to leave the Emirates after failing to break into the starting line up with Aston Villa showing interest. Also, Mikel Arterta is also set to leave Arsenal and seek first team football this January with West Ham showing keen interest. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has played down rumours linking him to Arsenal stating that he will not leave Dortmund anytime soon and Mohammed Elneny is expected to complete his move to the Emirates in a few days.
Monaco have reportedly rejected Falcao’s return and he is expected to complete his loan spell at Stamford Bridge and Patrick Bamford has cancelled his loan deal at Crystal Palace. The blues are also close to signing Shaktar striker Texeira for 30 million pounds as his club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Manuel Pellegrini expects a very quiet transfer window despite injury to Vincent Kompany. . In form striker Odion Ighalo reportedly says that it would be difficult to turn down a dream move to Manchester United. The red devils manager Louis Van Gaal says the club is unlikely to sign anyone in this transfer window despite their need of a striker and interest in Lazio’s Felipe Anderson.
Saido Berahino has reportedly received interest from 5 different clubs with Stoke City being one of them. Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama says he will decide on his future in the summer but still remains committed to the club. The fee was 3.7 million pounds for four and a half years. Liverpool have completed the signing of Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade for 5.1 million pounds and have loaned him back to the club. Strugglers Sunderland have signed Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchoff for an undisclosed fee. Benik Afobe has completed a move to Bournemouth from Wolves for a fee believed to be around 8 million pounds, a club record transfer for the cherries. The Cherries also signed Juan Iturbe from AS Roma on a short term loan. Jonjo Shelvey has been signed by Newcastle for £12 million.
Harry Kane played down talks of joining Real Madrid as former Tottenham star Gareth Bale also stated that he sees Kane’s long term future in North London. Zinedine Zidane recently stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is the “soul” of his team and the Portuguese will not depart as long as he is in charge amidst rumours of a move to PSG. Leicester City have completed the signing of highly rated youngster Demarai Gray from Birmingham City. The coach also stated that Gareth Bale will have all the necessary support as Rafael Benitez gave him. Isco and James Rodriguez who were reportedly unhappy during Rafael Benitez’s reign have been assured by Zidane of their importance to the side. Barcelona immediately signed 77 players after their ban was removed and are eyeing a summer swoop for Aaron Ramsey. They will bid 50 million pounds for the Welsh man’s services. John Stones is also a target for the Catalans. Real Madrid and Manchester United are also in contention for the Englishman’s signature. Summer signings Arda Turan and Alex Vidal will be able to feature for Barcelona with them now eligible to play. Luis Enrique has passed up a chance to sign Pedro Rodriguez and Nolito paving a way for Arsenal to sign the latter.
CREDIT: BILL ESHUN