LIVE Transfer Talk – Tottenham sees US star Weston McKennie as January option
The January transfer window is fast approaching and, naturally, all the gossip about who is moving where is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz as we count down to Winter Window 2022.
TOP STORY: Spurs prepare for January move for McKennie
Tottenham Hotspur to try to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie in the January transfer window, according to Calciomercato.
The charge is said to be led by Antonio Conte, who is looking for a versatile player like McKennie in the middle to help implement his style of play in north London. It also comes with Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli, all potentially exiting Spurs.
They won’t be able to sign McKennie on the cheap, however, after Juventus paid Schalke € 4.5m to sign him initially on loan, then € 18.5m over three years, plus 6.5m. millions of euros in potential additions, to move it permanently.
Moreover, coach Massimiliano Allegri sees the USA international as someone he can call on, having played the 23-year-old 18 times this season in midfield and on the right wing with a return of two. goals.
McKennie would stay put if it was just Allegri, but he’s still not considered completely non-transferable, the story adds.
With Juventus in dire financial straits and in need of funds to recruit rookies, the Italian outlet suggests that an offer of € 30-35m could be enough to see McKennie leave.
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08:52 GMT: Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou hopes to add new faces to his squad early in the January transfer window to give them as much time as possible to prepare for the second half of the season.
Postecoglou won his first trophy with Celtic this weekend winning the Scottish League Cup, Japanese forward Kyogo Furuhashi scoring both of his side’s goals in a spectacular 2-1 victory over Hibernian.
Former Yokoham boss F. Marinos plans to bring in several other J1 League players to help close the gap on the league-leading Rangers.
Postecoglou said: “We still intend to try to get them [signings] early and if we can and, in my opinion, it would be ideal if we could get them involved right from the start of training and give them a lead into the second half. “
08:00 GMT: Manchester United will not be rushing to make a decision on their next permanent manager, according to director of football John Murtough.
United have appointed interim coach Ralf Rangnick while the search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor is sought.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag are among the options being considered, but Murtough has said United will take their time. Rangnick has previously said he could recommend he remains in charge for another year if the right candidate is not available this summer.
“Out of respect for Ole, we didn’t approach any other managers until he left,” Murtough told a fan forum. “Our plan then was to appoint an experienced interim manager and Ralf was clearly our first choice.
“He is someone I have admired for a long time and we are delighted that he is here. By calling on Ralf, we can now take the time to conduct an in-depth process for our next permanent manager.
“Hiring a manager is one of the most important decisions a football club makes, so we want to do it in a careful and thoughtful way.”
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Ousmane Dembele will extend his contract with Barcelona next week, Diario Sport reports, with his existing deal ending in the summer of 2022. There has been a lot of talk about the Frenchman’s future, with Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool all having been linked with him sometimes. However, the report says the winger wants to stay put and will take a pay cut to stay with the Blaugrana for five seasons.
– Sevilla are now among the clubs looking to sign the Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, according to Ekrem Konur. The Uruguay forward has received a lot of attention ahead of the January transfer window, with Barcelona and Corinthians among the other clubs aiming to get him away from Old Trafford.
– Leeds United, AC Milan and RB Leipzig all look to sign FC Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson, as was reported by MLSsoccer.com. However, with Salzburg having reached the knockout stages of the Champions League, a decision in January is considered highly unlikely as the USA international is seen as a key player in their success.
– West Ham United, Newcastle United, Leeds & Brighton & Hove Albion all hope to sign the Orlando City SC forward Daryl digue, according to TeamTalk. Dike, who has represented the USMNT eight times, is also wanted by Valerien Ismael at West Bromwich Albion after the couple worked together at Barnsley.
– AC Milan keep an eye on Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey, says Calciomercato, with the Rossoneri having shown interest while in Heart of Midlothian. The 19-year-old has impressed in Serie A this season, having already scored five goals, which has also caught the attention of Manchester City, Celtic and Burnley.