Man Utd join Atleti and Barca in pursuit of Rabiot
With the January transfer window just weeks away, there is plenty of gossip about who is going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest on rumours, places and of course deals!
TOP STORY: Man Utd favorites to sign Rabiot
Manchester United are reportedly battling Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for the French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The Mirror reports that while both Atletico and Barca have shown strong interest in Spain, the 27-year-old’s desire to play in the Premier League could give United an advantage over their rivals.
Rabiot is expected to be one of the most sought-after players after the competition, especially with his current contract at Juventus set to expire next June, having played in Sunday’s thrilling World Cup final.
Having him on a free transfer is perfect for Barca. However, while Rabiot is unlikely to agree a contract extension in Turin, the Mirror believe the Frenchman’s quotes at the start of the World Cup could favor a return to Manchester.
Rabiot spent time in Manchester City’s academy early in his career and while in Qatar, the runner-up said: “I always said I wanted to play in England in my career. I still have that dream. I would like to play in the Premier League.”
United reportedly came close to signing Rabiot in the last transfer window but were put off by his wage demands.
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– Chelsea’s interest in Croatian star Josko Guardiola has been well documented in recent days and they are now ready to test the waters with a £45million bid, according to the Evening Standard. Guardiol was one of the stars of the World Cup and his value has soared since then, with RB Leipzig likely to command a hefty fee for the centre-back. “Chelsea” are eager to sit around the negotiating table as soon as possible, while Real Madrid also admit that they want to talk to the 20-year-old player at the end of the season. Leipzig would prefer to keep the star until the end of the campaign, but could be lured into talks with the Blues if he figures well.
– Sofyan Amrabat is also a wanted player after the World Cup and Footmercato reports that Atletico Madrid are interested in the Moroccan midfielder. The 26-year-old helped his country to the semi-finals and fourth place in Qatar and is now in high demand. Atletico are reportedly interested, as are a number of Premier League sides. Amrabat’s current contract with Fiorentina expires next summer, and the Florence-based side are likely to try to get around €60 million for him in January.
– According to the Daily Mail, Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are in the race to sign Birmingham City midfielder George Hall. The 18-year-old is on the radar of a number of top clubs and his side’s 3-2 win over Reading, his 18th appearance of the season, boosted his reputation. Liverpool are favored to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, but Hall is seen as an excellent prospect. Leeds United attempted to sign Hall last summer but were put off by Birmingham’s valuation.
– Stefan de Vrij’s agent Federico Pastorello has revealed that the Internazionale defender could be tempted by a move to Tottenham Hotspur in January, according to Tuttomercatoweb. Pastorello said in an exclusive interview that while there are many options for De Vrij, the prospect of reuniting with Spurs manager Antonio Conte is the most attractive. The 30-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the season and Inter, who have so far failed to tempt De Vrij to extend his contract with a new two-year offer, could look to move him. regarding the re-opening of the transfer window in the new year.
– Manchester United have previously been tipped as favorites to sign Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but Calciomercato believe Inter are also interested. They report that Sommer is under review Nerazzurri, although there is a strong feeling that the 34-year-old stopper may prefer to stay in Germany. Earlier in the week, Sky Sports Germany also announced Bayern Munich’s interest. Sommer’s contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires next summer and Bayern believe the 34-year-old will replace the injured Manuel Neuer. Bayern could move in January to try and steal a march on both Inter and United.
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