Hello and welcome to this Thursday’s transfer rumours blog. The January transfer window is just around the corner, with teams already having some potential targets in mind, so we’ll bring you all the latest rumours and completed deals.
Transfer rumours LIVE
This is the start of our transfer rumours blog, with the most recent updates being the ones closest to the top.
15:00 GMT: Rangnick wants Van de Beek to stay
Donny van de Beek has been used sparingly since his move from Ajax to Manchester United in the summer of 2020, but Ralf Rangnick wants the Dutchman to stay at Old Trafford and turn down offers from elsewhere. Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Van de Beek.
14:30 GMT: Neres heads to Shakhtar
Shakhtar Donetsk have completed the signing of Ajax winger David Neres for a fee of 12 million euros plus four million euros in add-ons.
13:30 GMT: Real Madrid keeping Marvel
Fuenlabrada have come in for Real Madrid Castilla centre-back Marvel, but Los Blancos do not want to loan him out and he will instead stay with Raul Gonzalez’s side. The 19-year-old is well thought of at Real Madrid and is not too far from being promoted to Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team squad.
12:30 GMT: Barcelona’s defensive targets
Barcelona would like to sign Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya and Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who is into the last six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, according to Sport. In addition, the Barcelona-based newspaper report that the Blaugrana are keeping tabs on two further Chelsea defenders in Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christiansen, as well as Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule, all of whom are currently set to become free agents next summer.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo claim that Luuk de Jong is now set to stay at Barcelona while Memphis Depay could be heading towards the exit door.
11:30 GMT: Sevilla sign Jesus Corona
Sevilla have announced the signing of Jesus Corona from Porto, with the Mexican wide man arriving for three million euros.
11:00 GMT: Arthur negotiations
Arsenal are in talks with Juventus to sign Arthur Melo on loan without an option to buy, say Sky Sport Italia. The Bianconeri are waiting to bring in a replacement first, though.
10:30 GMT: Aubameyang may replace the injured Chiesa
Federico Chiesa suffered a season-ending ACL injury and that has forced Juventus to look for a potential short-term replacement, with the Sun reporting that Arsenal‘s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is seen as a possible option for the Bianconeri.
10:00 GMT: Barcelona keen on Sule
Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule is wanted by Barcelona, according to Bild. The 26-year-old is into the last six months of his contract at the Allianz Arena and could arrive at the Camp Nou on a free.
09:30 GMT: Chelsea could do Barcelona a favour
Barcelona are keen to loan out Sergino Dest with an option to buy, according to the Telegraph, and one club that is reportedly keen on him is Chelsea, who have had problems at full-back this season. Xavi Hernandez does not have the American international in his plans.
09:00 GMT: Newcastle want Diego Carlos
Newcastle United are determined to land Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos in this transfer window, but their offer of 25 million euros on Thursday is still seen as being insufficient by the Andalusian club. Sevilla are holding out for a fee between 45 and 50 million euros.
08:30 GMT: Real Madrid eye Araujo
Ronald Araujo is arguably Barcelona‘s best defender, but with his contract set to expire at the Camp Nou in 2023, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on his situation, according to the Spanish TV programme ‘Sin Concesiones’.
“Ronald Araujo: Real Madrid target. [He] finishes his contract at Barcelona in 2023 and Florentino Perez hopes that he does not renew his contract in order to sign him on a free transfer,” said Marcal Llorente.
08:00 GMT: Haaland could sign for Barcelona… if Mbappe joins Real Madrid
Pedro Bravo, an agent and the president of the Spanish Association of Footballers’ Agents (AEAF), appeared on the popular Spanish TV show ‘El Chiringuito’ on Thursday night and revealed that he thinks Erling Haaland could join Barcelona if Kylian Mbappe heads to Real Madrid.
“Where do I see Haaland? If I had to bet right now, I would bet on an English team and in Spain of course FC Barcelona,” he said.
“If Mbappe comes to Real Madrid… Haaland wants to be the star. Playing alone is how he works best. With the quality that there is at Barcelona, it is an ideal team for him.”