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Bentancur to Premier League once Juventus sign Zakaria


The 2022 January transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Juve to sign Zakaria; Bentancur to Premier League

Juventus are on the verge of signing Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach, in a deal which will pave the way for Rodrigo Bentancur to move to the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are going head to head for Bentancur, according to Sky Sports.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard is keen to add Bentancur to his squad to offer competition for Douglas Luiz, with the club reportedly offering £16.5 million plus £4m in bonuses for the Uruguayan. Juve rejected the Villans’ bid as they are looking for a fee of around £21m up front.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juve have agreed a fee of €5m, plus a further €2m in add-ons, for the 25-year-old Zakaria. Once that deal is done, it should allow Bentancur to leave Turin.

Sky Sports believes that Villa and Spurs aren’t far away in their valuations, though Tottenham would prefer a loan deal until the end of the season. Juve are looking for a permanent move and are holding out for their preferred figure because any move for Bentancur would see 30% of the fee go to former club Boca Juniors.

Defensive midfielder Bentancur joined Juve from the Argentine side for a fee of £8m in 2017 and his contract runs out in the summer of 2024.

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12.37 GMT: Lyon are set to replace Bruno Guimaraes with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, reports L’Equipe.

Guimaraes is set to complete a move to Newcastle United before Monday’s deadline. Lyon have moved swiftly to plug the hole, with the 25-year-old Lo Celso always their No. 1 target.

The report states that Lo Celso will move to Lyon on loan, and will pay half his wages, though there will not be an option to make the move permanent.

11.52 GMT: Calciomercato reports that Aaron Ramsey is set to stay at Juventus after turning down interest from five Premier League clubs.

Ramsey, 31, is surplus to requirements at Juve, who are desperate to get a midfielder who earns €7.5m net each season off the wage bill. The report says Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Wolves were all turned down by the Wales international, who has 18 months left on his deal in Turin.

He has played only 98 minutes of Serie A football this season.

11.11 GMT: The Times reports that Brentford are hoping to announce the signing of Christian Eriksen this weekend.

Eriksen, 29, is looking to restart his career after suffering a cardiac arrest with Denmark at Euro 2020. The midfielder had to leave Inter Milan as he could not play in Italian football with a defibrillator fitted, but Brentford hope to given him a chance back in professional football.

Eriksen does not have to sign by the transfer deadline as he is a free agent.

10.30 GMT: Paul Pogba could be prepared to stay at Manchester United next season — as long as Ralf Rangnick is still the manager, reports The Sun.

Pogba, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season and is already able to discuss a free transfer with clubs outside of England.

It had been expected that the France midfielder would leave, but the report says that he has been impressed by Rangnick — who is on an interim deal until the end of the campaign.

Pogba hasn’t yet played for Rangnick, having been out since November with a thigh injury.

09.42 GMT: Newcastle United are making a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Brighton defender Dan Burn, according to The Guardian.

The report states that Magpies boss Eddie Howe is keen to add to his defensive options, and has already seen a transfer offer of £8m rejected by Brighton. The Seagulls are braced for an improved offer before Monday’s deadline for Burn, who was born in the north-east and grew up as a Newcastle fan.

Striker Nketiah is also available for transfer having failed to break into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.

09.00 GMT: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the players Barcelona are considering as a short-term solution to their goal-scoring problems, as a deal for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata is looking unlikely, sources have told ESPN.

Arsenal are open to Aubameyang’s departure in January after his relationship soured with coach Mikel Arteta, but only if the majority of his £250k-per-week wages are covered. Ideally, sources have told ESPN the North London club would sign a replacement, although this is not understood to be a deal-breaker.

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West Ham United are one of several clubs eyeing up a move for Leeds United winger Raphinha, according to Sky Sports. However, Leeds are in talks to try to extend the Brazilian’s contract beyond 2024, which is when his deal is due to run out. Raphinha has scored eight goals and added two assists this season and has lit up the Premier League since his move from Rennes in 2020. The Hammers are also interested in signing Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, who has scored eight goals in 10 Ligue 1 games this season. The French club want a transfer fee of £25m for the 19-year-old, who was also targeted by Newcastle earlier in the window.

– Leeds could be in for a busy couple of days if Fabrizio Romano is to be believed, with winger Crysencio Summerville to be replaced by Takumi Minamino. Hamburg are among the clubs looking to sign Leeds 20-year-old winger Summerville, and negotiations are said to have started between the two clubs. If that’s the case, then expect Leeds to target Minamino if — and when — Luis Diaz joins Liverpool. The 27-year-old winger is on the periphery under Jurgen Klopp and with Diaz incoming, his chances of first-team football are likely to diminish further.

Inter Milan are busy refreshing their squad and next on their list is Brazilian centre-back Bremer, according to Calciomercato. After adding Robin Gosens and potentially Felipe Caicedo on loan, the Nerrazzurri are looking to add Bremer’s experience of playing in a back three to their defensive options next season. With Stefan de Vrij expected to depart at the end of the campaign, Bremer, whose contract runs out in 2023, is Inter’s first port of call.

– Liverpool target Carvalho isn’t leaving Fulham in January, reports the Daily Mirror. The 19-year-old has been in stunning form this season with seven goals in 16 appearances, and such consistency has alerted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The young winger’s current deal runs out in June, though Fulham would be due a fee because of his age. However, coach Marco Silva is determined to be the manager that offers Carvalho first-team football in the top flight.  





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