The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.
TOP STORY: Sanchez to ditch Manchester for Paris?
Alexis Sanchez is aiming to leave Manchester United in January after becoming “deeply disillusioned” with his lot at Old Trafford. The Chile international has lost his place in the first team, starting just five games for United since the start of the season.
The 29-year-old, who has scored just three Premier League goals since moving to the Red Devils, has supposedly confided to his inner circle that he wants out as soon as possible.
And according to the Daily Mail, Sanchez’s representatives are now in the midst of sounding out PSG in view of a potential big-money escape when the transfer window opens again next year.
PSG are seen as one of few clubs worldwide who could possibly come close to matching the forward’s exorbitant £500,000-a-week wages while also stumping up a transfer fee meaty enough to lure United into letting their man go.
09.17 BST: Zhang Kangyang — more commonly known as Steven Zhang — has been named as Inter Milan’s new president, replacing Erick Thohir, sources have told ESPN FC.
09.14 BST: Manchester United are going to sign a player today, according to the MEN. That player is 20-year-old former Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston, who is a free agent.
08.25 BST: Following Juventus’ visit to Old Trafford on Tuesday, United chiefs are concerned that the Italian club will return to poach goalkeeper David De Gea from them for free.
The Times reports that United fear the Spain goalkeeper will not sign a new contract at the club where he has been since 2011, and will instead leave for Juve as a free agent in the summer.
The paper quotes a United source as saying: “De Gea played against his future club on Tuesday. Juve are an expert in intelligent deals. If United don’t sell him in the summer, Juventus will wait until the end of his contract.”
Martial rejects contract offer
Manchester United have seen their latest offer to Anthony Martial knocked back, says Sky Sports, as the clock continues to tick on his current deal, which expires in 2019.
The blow comes just one day after it was reported United were “increasingly confident” Martial would agree a new five-year deal, thus snubbing interest from Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich.
However, the latest development doesn’t necessarily mean that the France forward is preparing to leave the club, with talks now set to continue between the two parties.
Martial’s agent publicly stated that his client wanted to try his luck elsewhere back in the summer, but it appears what was once an ice-cold impasse has thawed in the intervening months.
Spurs linked with Almiron
Tottenham are all set to pip rivals Arsenal to the signing of Paraguaya international playmaker Miguel Almiron. reports the Mirror.
The 24-year-old attacker has scored 12 goals and laid on 13 assists for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer this season and has duly caught the eye of several top clubs around Europe in doing so.
However, the report claims that neighbours Spurs are currently in pole position to wrap up a deal for Almiron, who would be available for around €25 million.
– Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has popped up on Tottenham’s radar as part of the North London club’s dual plan to both strengthen their goalkeeping stable and add to their homegrown player quotient, as per the Mirror.
– Ashley Young is prepared to sign a new two-year contract extension at Manchester United that will tie him to the club beyond his 35th birthday, according to the Mirror.