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The January transfer window draws nearer and nearer with speculation aplenty despite the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. Liverpool-linked Jude Bellingham and Cody Gakpo, a Manchester United target, are two of the main players in the rumour mill while Marcus Rashford’s future is also a topic of conversation at the moment.
PSG have revealed interest in signing Rashford whose United contract expires at the end of the season. Their president Nasser al-Khelaifi said to Sky Sports: “He’s another player that is really amazing. And for free? To have Rashford for free, every club would run after him, definitely. We’re not hiding it, we spoke before and [there was] interest, but the moment was not a good moment for both sides.
“Maybe, summer, why not? Today if he’s a free agent of course we can talk to him directly, but we are not going to talk to him now. Let him focus on the World Cup. Then after, in January hopefully, if we’re interested we will talk to him.”
Elsewhere, rumours linking Bellingham to Liverpool remain boundless with the Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder a top target for Jurgen Klopp. And Netherlands’ Gakpo is similarly a high-profile option for Erik ten Hag’s United, who need a new striker after cancelling Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract.
Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours with Express Sport below.
Prem trio interested in Depay
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are set for a three-way fight to clinch the signature of Barcelona attacker Memphis Depay.
The 29-year-old is out of contract in June and can speak to clubs outside of Spain regarding a pre-contract to discuss a free transfer. According to 90Min, there is serious interest from all three Premier League clubs.
However, they face competition from Jose Mourinho’s Roma, with the Giallorossi keen to link Depay with Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala up front.
Aston Villa get huge Joao Felix boost
Aston Villa could be about to pull off one of the shocks of the winter transfer window as reports in Spain suggest a loan move for Joao Felix is a realistic option for the Atletico Madrid star.
La Razon report the Portugal international is set to leave the La Liga giants in January and Unai Emery is keen to take him to Villa Park. Atletico favour a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer rather than a straight up sale, as does Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes.
Villa would only be able to afford such an option, with Atletico’s price valuation said to be in the region of £86million. However, there is likely to be competition for his signature from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Arsenal ‘agree’ Ndicka deal
Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Evan Ndicka on a free transfer. The defender is out of contract at Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of the season and it is claimed he will join the Gunners once his deal expires in June.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been in the market for a left-footed centre-back to provide cover and competition for Gabriel. Pablo Mari did not fit the bill and has been sent out on loan for a second time this season.
However, it appears Arsenal may have beaten competition to his signature, with a move to Roma now off the cards as the north London outfit have stolen a march to agree a deal.
Evan Ndicka: The Eintracht Frankfurt defender is set to join Arsenal according to reports (Image: Getty Images)
Jordan: Bellingham shouldn’t join Newcastle
Simon Jordan has dismissed the idea that Jude Bellingham could join Newcastle United if he leaves Borussia Dortmund, claiming the England star would be able to join any top club he wants.
The 19-year-old is set to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer in a £130m deal, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid all interested. But Jordan has dashed Newcastle’s hopes of landing the youngster.
“Why would he go to a [club that is a] work-in-progress?” Jordan asked in a conversation with talkSPORT presenter Jim White.
“I would be surprised to see Newcastle still occupying the place they’re in at the moment at the end of the season. If they do, brilliant.
“But Jude Bellingham’s got an embarrassment of riches. He hasn’t got to go somewhere who is going to pour money in to get someone. He’s going to walk straight into a side that’s capable of winning the league.”
Spurs learn price tag for USA star
Tottenham will have to spend £26million to sign Weston McKennie from Juventus in January, according to reports.
Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his squad as they challenge for a top-four spot once again and it is clear the Italian is a fan of McKennie, 24, who enjoyed a decent World Cup in Qatar.
He has long been on Conte’s list, but there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea, as a report from Calciomercato says.
It is claimed that McKennie is interested in a move to the Premier League and could leave the Serie A club ‘immediately’ if they were to receive a ‘reasonable offer’ of £26m in January – and such a fee is unlikely to be out of Spurs’ price range.
Weston McKennie: The USA international could leave Juventus (Image: Icon Sportswire)
Liverpool eye World Cup star
Liverpool and Tottenham are both reportedly ‘seduced’ by the prospect of signing Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The striker is part of the France World Cup squad and is enjoying a fine season in the Bundesliga.
According to Foot Mercato, teams in England and Italy are very interested in recruiting Kolo Muani next summer.
Liverpool are said to value his abilities as well as his versatility while Spurs supposedly went after the 24-year-old last summer before he left Nantes for Germany on a free transfer.
But Tottenham remain keen and are claimed to have held a meeting with his agent in London very recently with a view towards making another move for him in the 2023 summer transfer window.
Arsenal’s January plans
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Gunners are planning to assess their options in January, with Gabriel Jesus set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Jesus has had surgery on a knee problem suffered at the World Cup and speaking after a friendly against Lyon yesterday, Arteta said: “What it affects is who we are as a team because he gives us so much.
“So what we can do after that, when we know the timescale [of his recovery] and when we can have him back, we will look at the options and try to make the right decision.
I feel like my squad is really good. Unfortunately, we’ve had injuries and we will try to see what we can do to be strong. We have players, we have a lot of accompanying players.
“[The question is] do we have the players that can give us the performances and the consistency that we need to maintain and improve from where we are?”
Man Utd’s Rashford fear
PSG president Al-Khelaifi’s comments on Marcus Rashford come just days after a Daily Star story claimed Man United were ‘fearful’ of losing the striker.
The Star claimed Real Madrid are another club keen on the 25-year-old, who is yet to sign a £300,000-a-week contract extension that has supposedly been tabled by the Red Devils’ board.
United can extend Rashford’s current terms by another year thanks to an option in their existing agreement. But to keep him beyond 2024, they will need to agree a new long-term deal.
And as of yet, there has been no progress. The Star say Red Devils would listen to offers in the region of £80million for Rashford.
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It’s Friday and the World Cup quarter-finals get underway this afternoon, but there’s plenty of transfer news to keep you entertained until then.