Inter Milan eyes Paulo Dybala as Juventus drama continues
The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here), and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Inter eye Dybala amid Juve drama
Serie A leaders Inter Milan already have a strong squad but are struggling financially, so they have turned their attention to players whose contracts end this summer, Gazzetta dello Sport explain.
The big name of the report is that of Juventus Paulo Dybala, which has been at the center of many concerns in Turin, as the Argentine has yet to sign a contract extension despite months of negotiations.
Dybala apparently glared at Juventus directors after scoring in the team’s 2-0 win over Udinese on Sunday in an apparent gesture of frustration, later saying: “I have nothing to prove to no one. The club has decided that we will speak in February or March.”
Although there are no signs that Inter have moved yet, CEO Giuseppe Marotta is watching the situation closely. If Dybala’s contract is allowed to expire, it’s likely there will be plenty of competition for his signature this summer.
With an agreement for the goalkeeper of Ajax Amsterdam André Onana almost certain – as they have been for some time – Inter are also working to sign the centre-back from Borussia Mönchengladbach Matthias Ginter. That could mean moving for the Germany international this window, rather than waiting for him to become a free agent, to avoid additional competition in the summer.
Inter could also move for a midfielder if either or both Matias Vecino and Stefano Sensi leave, while renewals are underway for Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.
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10:45 GMT: Eden Hazard is back in the headlines in Spain, with Madrid sports newspapers Marca and AS reporting that Real Madrid would be willing to let the striker leave the Bernabeu this month.
Hazard, 31, was an unused substitute in Madrid’s Spanish Supercopa matches with Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia last week.
According to Marca, the club ‘opened the door for him to get the minutes that are practically impossible for him to find’ due to the form of the wingers Vinicius Jr., Marco Asensio and Rodrygo.
AS also claim Madrid would ‘listen to offers’ but a move will be complicated, with Hazard wanting to play Champions League football at a club able to pay his €11million net annual salary to Madrid – but name Newcastle and Everton as possible alternatives, speculating that if Belgian manager Roberto Martinez takes over at Goodison, he may be able to convince Hazard to join him.
10:20 GMT: Rennes, Real Madrid and two unnamed Premier League clubs have sent scouts to Brazil to keep an eye on the 15-year-old wonderkid from Palmeiras Endrick, according to ESPN Brazil.
Endrick still doesn’t have a professional contract with Palmeiras, but the Brazilian club are convinced to keep the striker due to their good relationship.
09:58 GMT: The Corinthians are ready to move to Diego Costa but, according to ESPN Brazil, the 33-year-old will have to cut his salary if he wants to continue his career there.
ESPN Brazil is that Corinthian should offer him a two-year contract in the coming days in order to convince him to make the move. Costa, who recently bid farewell to Atletico MG, is currently a free agent and has also been linked with a return to La Liga or the Premier League.
09:40 GMT: Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas has confirmed his club are interested in signing the England winger Marcus Edwards by Vitoria Guimaraes.
A young product of Tottenham, Edwards stood out at Vitoria Guimaraes, scoring seven goals and setting up two more in 16 league appearances. It’s also not the first time that Sporting have tried to sign the player.
“I’m not going to lie,” Varandas told Record. “He’s a player that Sporting, our manager, is interested in. He’s interesting and has been on our radar for a while but at the time we couldn’t reach an agreement. One thing is that you like something and another that you put at risk the sustainability of the club.”
Edwards, 23, joined the Portuguese club in the summer of 2019 as a free agent. He is under contract until June 2024.
09:33 GMT: Dutch midfielder Tonny Vilhena at joined Espanyol on loan for the rest of the FC Krasnodar season.
The LaLiga side have the option, not the obligation, to make the deal permanent for the 27-year-old this summer.
09:14 GMT: Sevilla have reached a preliminary deal with Getafe on loan Oscar Rodriguez for the rest of the season, announced the Andalusian club.
The Spanish midfielder joined Sevilla from Real Madrid in the summer of 2020 and has made 44 appearances in all competitions for Sevilla.
09:02 GMT: Spanish second division club Almeria have turned down a €16million offer from Shakhtar Donetsk for Largie Ramazani, according to Estadio Deportivo.
The Belgian winger joined Almeria as a free agent in the summer of 2020 after his contract with Manchester United expired.
Ramazani, 20, has scored six goals in 18 appearances for Almeria this season and has a contract until June 2025. Following Almeria’s decision, Shakhtar signed the winger from Ajax David Neres on a permanent transfer in a deal worth an initial €16m.
08:50 GMT: Goalkeeper of Boca Juniors Augustin Rossi says he’s pleasantly surprised to be a reported Barcelona target.
Reports in Spain claim Barcelona are monitoring Rossi as a potential candidate to replace him neto, who is set to leave in the January transfer window in search of game time after failing to unseat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from the No.1 spot.
Asked about the information, the 26-year-old told ESPN Argentina: “I’m a bit surprised what could happen. Today it’s just rumours. It’s good to be linked to a club. “, more so at Barcelona. I’m training and just thinking about Boca. Then we’ll see if something happens. My head is in Boca.”
Rossi has a contract with Boca until December 2023.
08:39 GMT: Celtic manager Ange Postecoglu has confirmed that the striker Leigh Griffiths will be released by the club this month.
Griffiths, 31, has scored 123 goals for Celtic in 261 appearances since signing in 2014 but has been loaned out to Dundee this season and will not return to play at Parkhead.
“I think it’s over, yes,” Postecoglou told Sky. “Leigh is now looking for the next chapter in his career. An outstanding football career at Celtic.
“We all go through clubs in a way, but you want to leave a mark there when you do. Leigh certainly did. I think he can look back on his Celtic career with great pride and he’s moving on. . chapter of his football career. We wish him all the best.”
Dundee boss James McPake has indicated he may be interested in signing his former Livingston team-mate on a free transfer.
08:00 GMT: Brentford are in talks to sign Christian Erikson on an initial six-month contract, sources told ESPN’s James Olley.
Eriksen, 29, is a free agent after his contract with Inter Milan was terminated last month following the refusal of Italian medical authorities to allow him to play with a heart implant.
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland in June last year and received life-saving treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
He was then fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Serie A rules prohibit any player from using such a device, but Eriksen believes he can continue to play at the highest level.
And Brentford have reportedly offered a six-month contract with an option for an additional year. Negotiations are believed to be at an early stage and sources have told ESPN that a number of clubs in England and other countries are talking to Eriksen’s representatives about a possible deal.
Gab and Juls discuss Newcastle’s decision to sign fellow relegation contenders Burnley’s Chris Wood.
– Newcastle United hope to capitalize on Barcelona’s loss of patience with the winger Ousmane Dembele by persuading the Frenchman to sign for them, reports Nicolas Schira. If Dembele leaves Camp Nou, Calciomercato says Barcelona will make move to sign Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid, ending his loan spell with Juventus.
– Tottenham Hotspur have reached a verbal agreement with the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore personally, according to Ekrem Konour. Although Spurs are yet to reach an agreement with Wolves, it is added that the negotiations are continuing in a positive direction.
– AC Milan, West Ham United and Newcastle are all looking to sign the centre-back from Fenerbahce Attila Szalai, reports Sky Sports, with the Hungary international valued in the region of 20 million euros. The Magpies’ desire to bring in someone to bolster their core defense has been well documented, and TEAMtalk have suggested the Everton player Yerry Mina is also someone Eddie Howe is watching as the relegation battle threatens the club’s options.
– The Belgian club Kortrijk asked AS Roma about Bryan Reynolds, who are set to leave the Serie A outfit on loan in January, as reported fabrice romano. The United States international has also attracted interest from Anderlecht, but nothing is finalized yet. Although MLS clubs are garnering attention, Belgium will likely be the right-back’s next destination.
– Roma, Lille, Genoa and Bordeaux are all hoping to sign a full-back Bouna Sarr from Bayern Munich, as reported by Foot Mercato. The Senegal international is at the Africa Cup of Nations and although that is all the 29-year-old is focusing on at the moment, it is suggested he could move on before the end of the window, having played just 55 minutes in the Bundesliga this season.
– Former New York City FC midfielder jesus medina joined CSKA Moscow of the Russian Premier League on Monday. The 24-year-old Paraguay native signed with the club throughout the 2024-25 season. Medina helped NYCFC win the MLS Cup in 2021, but his contract option was declined after the season.