Latest news and rumors ahead of transfer deadline day
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Latest news and rumors ahead of transfer deadline day

Feb 1, 2024

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With the January transfer period set to close on Thursday, the rumor mill is in overdrive throughout world football. theScore will keep you up to date on all the latest buzz until the end of the window.

Jan. 31

PSG revive Rashford interest: Paris Saint-Germain are considering rekindling their pursuit of Marcus Rashford, whose future at Manchester United is no longer guaranteed in the wake of his recent “disciplinary matter.” (The i)

Last-minute push for Braithwaite: Manchester United and Chelsea are both seriously considering a late approach for Espanyol’s Martin Braithwaite. The Danish striker, 32, is enjoying a solid season in Spain’s second tier. (The Sun)

Bayern react after injuries: With Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry out, Bayern Munich want to add Ajax winger Steven Bergwijn. They’re also keen to hasten forward Bryan Zaragoza’s arrival from Granada. (ESPN NL)

Lyon’s double swoop: Lyon have agreed to sign Orel Mangala from Nottingham Forest and Said Benrahma from West Ham. The former arrives on a permanent deal, while the winger joins on an initial loan. (Fabrizio Romano)

Busy day for Forest: After agreeing to acquire Gio Reyna on loan from Dortmund, Nottingham Forest struck a deal with Sporting CP for 18-year-old forward Rodrigo Ribeiro. Jorge Mendes facilitated the move. (The Athletic)

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Outgoing Chelsea youngsters: Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos is close to joining French club Strasbourg until the end of the season. Striker Armando Broja, meanwhile, is being tracked by Wolves. (Evening Standard)

Chalobah’s hefty valuation: Fulham, Crystal Palace, and Nottingham Forest were all interested in signing Trevoh Chalobah this month but were put off by Chelsea’s £25-million price tag. (TEAMtalk)

Fiorentina find new striker: Fiorentina, who haven’t had a double-digit goalscorer since Dusan Vlahovic left the club in 2022, are adding veteran No. 9 Andrea Belotti on loan from Roma. (Fabrizio Romano)

Roma land Italian starlet: Empoli’s Tommaso Baldanzi, 20, is on the verge of joining Roma on loan with a purchase option worth €15 million. The attacking midfielder is one of Serie A’s most intriguing young talents. (Fabrizio Romano)

Three-way fight for Ederson: Atalanta midfielder Ederson is attracting interest from some of the Premier League’s top sides. Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal are eyeing the all-action Brazilian. (Goal Brasil)

Dewsbury-Hall not going anywhere: Despite interest from Arsenal, Brighton, Brentford, and Fulham, Leicester City will not sell influential midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall before the January transfer deadline. (Football Insider)

Jan. 30

Odds of Mbappe move: La Liga president Javier Tebas believes the likelihood of Kylian Mbappe leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid when his contract expires in the summer is “more than 50%.” (Goal)

Lateral move for Benzema: Al-Ittihad remain adamant that Karim Benzema won’t be allowed to leave for Europe, but they are in talks with an unnamed fellow Saudi club – one based in Riyadh – over a possible deal. (L’Equipe)

More SPL regret: Portuguese winger Jota has struggled since joining Al-Ittihad from Celtic and could be next in line to return to Europe. West Ham are in talks with the Saudi Pro League club over a deal. (Evening Standard)

Another fresh start for Asensio: Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen are interested in signing Marco Asensio before Thursday’s deadline. The Spaniard has made just four Ligue 1 starts for PSG this season. (Sky Sport Germany)

Surprise signing for Juve: Juventus, out of nowhere, are close to signing Argentine midfielder Carlos Alcaraz from Southampton on loan. The deal will include a purchase option worth more than €40 million. (Fabrizio Romano)

Kean’s switch collapses: Moise Kean’s loan move from Juventus to Atletico Madrid has fallen apart. The striker is working his way back from injury, and Atleti were concerned about his recovery timeline. (Goal Italia)

Weah turns down Everton: Versatile United States international Timothy Weah has rejected the opportunity to join Everton on loan. The 23-year-old wants to remain at Juventus. (The Guardian)

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Palace splash some cash: In one of the most opulent deals of this January window, Crystal Palace agreed to sign teen midfielder Adam Wharton from Blackburn Rovers for around £22 million. (David Ornstein)

Family affair at Molineux: Wolves reached an agreement with PSG to sign forward Noha Lemina on loan with a €2-million purchase option. The 18-year-old is the younger brother of Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina. (David Ornstein)

Rogers chase finally over: After working for weeks on the deal, Aston Villa struck an agreement with Middlesbrough to sign Morgan Rogers. Manchester City, his former club, will get a 25% cut of the transfer fee. (Fabrizio Romano)

Pellistri deal back on: It appeared his chances of leaving had diminished, but Facundo Pellistri is now expected to join Granada on loan from Manchester United before Thursday’s deadline. (Manchester Evening News)

Nusa transfer in jeopardy: After Brentford jumped the queue to reach a €30-million agreement with Club Brugge for winger Antonio Nusa, a “backward step” in negotiations threatens to derail the operation. (The Athletic)

Bayern Munich plan for the future: Bayern Munich are signing Swedish teenager Jonah Kusi-Asare from AIK. The Bavarians agreed to pay a €6.5-million package for the 16-year-old forward. (Fabrizio Romano)

Genoa back to the well: Having added Ruslan Malinovskyi from Marseille in August, Genoa are turning to the French club again, this time in the hopes of landing striker Vitinha on loan with a €25-million option to buy. (ANSA)

Jan. 29

Looking at Leao: PSG and Newcastle are both plotting a summer move for AC Milan star Rafael Leao. The 24-year-old forward is open to hearing PSG’s proposal and knows Luis Campos from their time at Lille. (Telefoot)

Xavi out, Arteta in: With the Barcelona job set to become available in the summer following Xavi’s decision to depart, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is considering leaving the Premier League club at the end of the season. (Sport)

Bergvall to Barca: Uncertainty over their next coach isn’t stopping Barcelona from making moves. The Catalan outfit is expected to seal a €7-million deal for 17-year-old Djurgardens midfielder Lucas Bergvall. (Fabrizio Romano)

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Hojbjerg rejects approach: Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has turned down a move to French club Lyon, but he would still prefer to leave Tottenham Hotspur before the January window ends. (Sky Sport Germany)

Chelsea’s latest target: Chelsea, already linked with several forwards during the January window, are now contemplating a move for Lille’s Canadian striker Jonathan David. (CaughtOffside)

Angelino on the move again: Nomadic left-back Angelino’s loan spell at Galatasaray is ending prematurely. The Spaniard, under contract at RB Leipzig, joined Roma on a temporary deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool’s evolving front office: With sporting director Jorg Schmadtke stepping down later this week, Liverpool are considering making current Bournemouth director Richard Hughes his successor. (Daily Mail)

Jan. 28

De Gea’s return imminent: Free-agent goalkeeper David De Gea, without a club since his Manchester United contract expired last summer, is in talks to join Saudi Pro League club Al-Shabab. (Daily Mail)

Coaching carousel: Former midfielder Xabi Alonso is one of Liverpool’s top targets to replace outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp, but Bayer Leverkusen are confident the Spaniard will remain with the German side. (Sky Germany)

De Zerbi in demand: Barcelona are initiating a coaching search of their own following Xavi’s decision to depart at season’s end. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is on the Catalan club’s radar. (CaughtOffside)

Details of Boey deal: Bayern Munich confirmed the signing of right-back Sacha Boey on Sunday. Galatasaray will receive €30 million up-front, plus €5 million in add-ons and a percentage of any future sale. (Fabrizio Romano)

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Chiesa talks put on hold: Discussions between Juventus and Italian star Federico Chiesa over a new contract have stalled. The two sides are slated to meet in March for another round of negotiations. (Calciomercato)

Rakitic to Saudi Arabia: Veteran Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is joining Saudi club Al-Shabab. The 35-year-old is bringing down the curtain on his second spell with Sevilla. (Fabrizio Romano)

Options for Olise: Chelsea are interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, but the 22-year-old Frenchman would prefer to join Manchester United over the Blues. (Football London)

FC Dallas get a striker: Benfica’s Petar Musa will undergo a medical with Dallas next week. The Croatian international’s transfer to Major League Soccer is expected to cost €13 million after add-ons. (Fabrizio Romano)

Jan. 27

Domino effect of Klopp’s decision: Jurgen Klopp’s departure could result in captain Virgil van Dijk, star forward Mohamed Salah, and English international Trent Alexander-Arnold also leaving Liverpool. (talkSPORT)

Monster bid for Gallagher: Tottenham are preparing a huge £80-million offer for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. Despite being a key player for Mauricio Pochettino, the Blues could sanction the sale. (Football Insider)

Dewsbury-Hall back to the top flight: Brighton are in talks with Leicester City over Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. The midfielder, a bright spot for the Foxes despite last season’s relegation, would cost £30 million. (The Athletic)

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Benzema staying put: Al-Ittihad have told Karim Benzema in no uncertain terms that he must remain with the club for the entire Saudi Pro League season, despite the striker’s desire to return to Europe. (L’Equipe)

Classic EPL battle renewed: Longtime rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are keen on signing Bilal El Khannouss from Genk. Both clubs have been scouting the attacking midfielder, 19, for some time. (Football Transfers)

Zidane turns down offer: Former Real Madrid bench boss Zinedine Zidane, arguably the most coveted free-agent manager in world football, has turned down an offer to become the Algeria coach. (L’Equipe)

Jan. 26

Man Utd’s master plan: If Real Madrid finally manage to turn their longstanding flirtation with Kylian Mbappe into a deal, Manchester United will make an immediate move for Vinicius Junior. (Daily Mirror)

Ancelotti wants his Benz back: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has asked the club to bring former striker Karim Benzema back to the Spanish capital. The Frenchman is deeply unhappy at Al-Ittihad. (Sport)

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Exodus at Anfield: After Jurgen Klopp’s bombshell announcement that he’s leaving the club in the summer, the Reds confirmed that sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will be departing at the end of this month. (Liverpool)

Napoli’s new defender: Napoli have a deal in place with Udinese to sign Nehuen Perez for €18 million in total, but the Serie A strugglers must find a replacement for the Argentine before letting him go. (Fabrizio Romano)

11th-hour deal: With Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United all looking for additional scoring punch, Newcastle could sell Callum Wilson for roughly £18 million in the final week of the window. (Evening Standard)

Jan. 25

Kimmich race heats up: Liverpool have joined Manchester City in pursuing Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich. Once considered untouchable in Bavaria, the German international, 28, could leave in the summer. (Bild)

MLS vetoes transfer: FC Dallas was ready to accept a $13-million offer from Spartak Moscow for star forward Jesus Ferreira, but the league nixed the deal over concerns about doing business with Russian entities. (The Athletic)

Vermeeren picks Atletico: Arthur Vermeeren, Royal Antwerp’s 18-year-old Belgian midfielder who was being chased by several of Europe’s top clubs, sealed a transfer to Atletico Madrid worth €22 million. (Fabrizio Romano)

Lukaku’s price tag: Romelu Lukaku may be on loan at Roma right now, but Chelsea are already thinking about a permanent sale in the summer. The Blues will demand £38 million for the Belgian striker. (Calciomercato)

Injury scuppers transfer: Chelsea were considering a move for Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran, but the Colombian striker is now set to miss “weeks” with an undisclosed injury, eliminating any possibility of a transfer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Arsenal’s priority target: Arsenal want to sign Wolves’ Pedro Neto, who’s back in form after recovering from a serious knee injury. If the Gunners can’t land the Portuguese winger, they’ll move for Xavi Simons. (Football Transfers)

Almiron rejects Saudi riches: Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron turned down a move to Al-Shabab. The Saudi Pro League side submitted a £17-million bid and a hefty salary package for the Paraguayan. (Daily Mail)


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