With the January transfer window now open around Europe there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Al-Nassr can’t convince Modric to join Ronaldo
Saudi club Al-Nassr made headlines when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo to the most expensive soccer contract in history, and it appears they aren’t stopping there as they seek to add more big names. One player who won’t be joining, however, is Luke Modricas Al-Nassr failed in their attempts to sign the Croatia international and reunite him with his former Real Madrid teammate.
That’s according to Spanish outlet Marca, which reports that the 37-year-old midfielder turned down a lucrative offer to join Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia to spend another season at Real Madrid.
Modric, who starred for Croatia as they finished third at the World Cup in Qatar, is on Al-Nassr’s wishlist alongside other players including Sergio Ramos. However, Modric isn’t ready to leave The whitesand reportedly instead wants to stay in the Spanish capital for at least one more season.
Even at his age, Modric continues to play a prominent role for Real Madrid, so when he is ready to leave The whites he is sure to have plenty of options. He reportedly also had offers from MLS, but believes he can still play at the highest level in LaLiga for another season.
09.00 GMT: Martin Dubravka has been recalled by Newcastle United from his season-long loan at Manchester United, the clubs announced on Sunday.
The goalkeeper made two appearances after moving to Old Trafford in the summer but will now return to St James’ Park.
United paid £2m to loan Dubravka ahead of the season and had an option to sign him permanently for £6m if the Slovakia international made a certain number of appearances.
Sources have told ESPN it was Newcastle’s decision to end the 33-year-old’s loan spell early.
Julien Laurens explains the potential transfer options that could see Joao Felix leave Atletico Madrid.
PAPER GOSSIP (By Nick Judd)
– It could be a busy January at Molineux with Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui open to the departure of Raul Jimenezaccording to the Daily Mail. Following the arrival of forward Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid, Lopetegui is ringing the changes in Wolves’ forward line and he’s now on the lookout for another striker in order to allow Jimenez to leave this month. The 31-year-old Mexico international has been one of the club’s most consistent performers in the past few years, and he is also one of Wolves’ top earners on a contract that runs out in 2024, which may explain why Wolves are willing to let him go Barcelona have been tracking Jimenez’s progress, which has been restricted to just five appearances this season due to injuries.
– Following Chelsea’s reported “substantial offer” of €120m for the Argentina star Enzo Fernandez, Benfica boss Roger Schmidt has admitted that the 21-year-old midfielder might have played his last game for the Portuguese club, as reported by the Daily Mail. Fernandez was selected to play against Braga on Friday night, although reports in Portugal suggest he wasn’t keen to play, possibly as a result of Chelsea’s interest. The Blues are reported to have agreed to pay Fernandez’s release clause in installments. This news would explain Fabrizio Romano’s suggestion that Benfica are plotting a bid to sign Norwegian rising star Andreas Schjelderup as a potential replacement.
– There has been much speculation about Adrien Rabiot‘s next destination, but it now appears as though Juventus are keen to have talks with the France midfielder in order to persuade him to stay in Italy, according to Calciomercato. Rabiot looked likely to leave the Bianconeri in January, with this contract up in the summer, but Juve bosses are hoping they can sit down with the 27-year-old and convince him to extend it. Talks have taken place between Juve chief Federico Cherubini and Veronique Rabiot, Adrien’s mother, while clubs such as Arsenal continue to monitor the situation closely.
– Juventus are following midfielders Denis Zakaria‘s progress at Chelsea under Graham Potter with interest, and would be open to Chelsea making the loan move a permanent one. That’s according to Tuttosport, which believes that a figure of €28m would be enough for the Blues to seal a permanent deal for the 26-year-old Switzerland international. Zakaria has been in good form since being granted first-team opportunities by Potter, and was solid again in the club’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
– Morocco’s World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi is wanted by a number of clubs around Europe, but L’Equipe believes Napoli lead the race for his signature. However, the French outlet says the 22-year-old will see out the season with current club Angers, and will move on in the summer rather than in January. The midfielder is contracted until 2026 and Napoli are believed to have agreed to let him see out the season before he moves to Italy. A firm offer is believed to have been made, with Leicester City also heavily linked.