Actual Madrid’s Haaland pursuit boosted by ‘Agent Odegaard’


The coronavirus pandemic made the summer time switch market not like any earlier than it, however there have been nonetheless loads of offers performed, and you may take a look at the key ones right here. The window could be closed throughout the highest leagues in Europe, however listed here are the very best rumours from across the globe.

TOP STORY: Odegaard to help Actual with Haaland

Actual Madrid are hoping that Martin Odegaard will assist them in securing the signing of Erling Haaland, AS experiences.

The 2 Norway internationals are believed to be shut buddies, with the hope being that Haaland may even be open to the pair linking up on the Bernabeu.

There’s reportedly an settlement of types in place between Haaland’s agent and Actual for the teenager to hitch Zinedine Zidane’s facet in 2022, but when they need the Borussia Dortmund star any sooner, Odegaard might assist in the recruiting.

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20.03 BST: Inter Milan’s Matias Vecino may very well be nearing an finish in Milan, in response to Tuttosport.

The Uruguayan midfielder is out injured till January however is reportedly on the radar of two Serie A golf equipment: Torino and Naples. Vecino, 29, joined Inter from Fiorentina for €24 million in 2017.

19.25 BST: Milan and Leicester to battle over a World Cup winner?

Calciomercato writes that the Rossoneri and Leicester Metropolis are each monitoring Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. Marseille are trying to resume the 27-year-old, however up to now have been unsuccessful.

Marseille are searching for €20 million for the participant, who reportedly desires a three-year contract at €5m per season in wage.

18.36 GMT: With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long-term accidents, Liverpool might use centre-back assist.

Portuguese Tv station Sic Noticias claims that Olympiakos defender Ruben Semedo may very well be an choice in January. The Greek membership are asking for €20 million for the 26-year-old, who lately has earned two caps for Portugal.

Semedo does not come with out some critical baggage although, as the previous Villarreal defender has a troubling and well-documented authorized historical past.

17.42 BST: Wolves star Raul Jimenez has confirmed there was certainly summer time curiosity from Man United.

“Sooner or later I wakened and Juventus wished me, one other Manchester United and what I do know is that there have been approaches made. However an settlement was by no means reached and nothing was shut. I am very blissful at Wolves,” Jimenez informed TUDN.

“The reality is I’m very blissful in Wolverhampton. It is by no means fallacious to be in a spot the place you’re properly however they know that I’m not happy [with my form], I all the time search for extra.

“It [a move] didn’t occur this time. If it occurs sooner or later then it must be what’s finest for me, for Wolves and the crew that I be a part of. However I’m very blissful at Wolves and being thought of a vital participant.”

The 29-year-old, who has scored 48 objectives in 108 video games with Wolves since arriving, initially on mortgage, from Benfica, signed a brand new contract in October which ties him to Molineux by way of 2024.

16.58 GMT: The Chicago Hearth have made their first signing of the offseason, the membership asserting they’ve signed Nigerian ahead Chinonso Offor from Latvian membership FK Rīgas Futbola Skola.

The 20-year-old has racked up 16 objectives and 7 assists over the previous two-and-a-half seasons (40 video games) for FK RFS.

“We’re very happy to welcome Chinonso to the Hearth household,” sporting director Georg Heitz mentioned in an announcement. “His signing is the most recent instance of our intention so as to add promising younger gamers to the roster. Together with his skillset, we imagine that Chinonso will complement our present attacking gamers very properly and be a key contributor to the crew.”

16.07 GMT: Barcelona should pay Lionel Messi a €33m loyalty bonus subsequent summer time as a part of the contract he signed with the membership in 2017, sources informed ESPN’s Moises Llorens. Messi has obtained half of the €66m bonus in February, with the second half due in June when his contract expires and he can go away without cost.

It isn’t the primary time Barca have chosen to reward gamers on this method. Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta additionally obtained bonuses — though nowhere close to as a lot as Messi — whereas different gamers, together with Carles Puyol, turned down the prospect to make more cash from the membership.

In response to sources, Messi additionally obtained a renewal bonus “price round €100m” when he signed the four-year deal three years in the past. That bonus was paid in instalments throughout the course of his contract.

Messi, 33, would have given up the second half of the bonus had he left the membership earlier this yr, as he wished to. As an alternative, he remained at Camp Nou and his future past this season closely will depend on who’s elected because the membership’s new president after Josep Maria Bartomeu stepped down. Messi’s 20-year keep on the membership hinges on the incoming president with the ability to promote the membership’s new sporting undertaking to him.

The €33m owed to Messi comes at a nasty time for Barca as they proceed to barter wage deferrals with the membership’s staff, together with the first-team squad. A number of gamers have already agreed to new contracts which can see them take successful on their salaries this season beneath the settlement that it is returned within the coming years.

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15.18 GMT: With Liverpool’s present woes with accidents to centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, might Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano be the reply?



Steve Nicol believes Liverpool ought to do their finest to signal Dayot Upamecano in January.

14.29 GMT: Actual Madrid‘s gamers shall be requested to take one other pay reduce because the membership offers with the continued losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, sources have informed ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.

The membership are placing the ending touches to this season’s funds, which shall be finalised within the subsequent few days, and can then current a proposal to the primary crew squad.

Sources have informed ESPN the precise proportion of salaries that the gamers shall be requested to surrender has not but been mounted.

When that determine is about, talks shall be held with the membership’s captains Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

In April, a primary pay reduce of between 10% and 20% was agreed for gamers, teaching employees and high executives, whereas the membership determined to not spend cash on new signings in the course of the summer time switch window. The squad additionally agreed to surrender bonuses they had been owed for profitable La Liga this summer time.

13.35 GMT: Portuguese defender David Carmo is attracting curiosity from Premier League golf equipment together with Manchester United, sources informed ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

The extremely rated 21-year-old has impressed for Braga in Portugal, rising as a goal for quite a few golf equipment in England and throughout Europe. Roma and Fiorentina had been among the many golf equipment to specific an curiosity in Carmo in the course of the summer time.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stays eager so as to add a left-sided centre-back to his squad and Carmo, a part of the Portugal Underneath-19 crew which received the European Championship in 2018, is among the many choices.

Nevertheless, any transfer for a defender is more likely to be primarily based on a minimum of one centre-back leaving Outdated Trafford. United are open to affords for each Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo after the pair had been ignored of this season’s Champions League squad.

– ESPN Insider Pocket book: LiVARpool: Klopp’s high nemesis

12.43 GMT: Barcelona will elect a brand new president on Jan. 24, 88 days after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the function, sources have informed ESPN’s Sam Marsden.

The managing committee overseeing the working of the membership needed to name the election inside 90 days of Bartomeu stepping down and ultimately agreed on a date on Thursday following a number of conferences.

Performing president Carles Tusquets has mentioned the membership will nonetheless have the ability to make signings in January, even when there is no such thing as a president in place to signal them off.

Throughout the 2015 electoral marketing campaign, Barca signed Arda Turan after coach Luis Enrique requested his signing and the managing committee on the time did the deal.

Supervisor Ronald Koeman would really like two signings in January with Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia and Lyon ahead Memphis Depay, each of whom are out of contract subsequent summer time, targets. Nevertheless, Tusquets has additionally mentioned there should be participant gross sales earlier than signings as a result of membership’s monetary state of affairs.

To this point, seven folks have introduced that they may stand to be the following Barca president. Victor Font, Xavier Vilajoana, Jordi Farre, Agusti Benedito, Luis Fernandez Ala, Toni Freixa and Pere Riera are all working.

11.58 GMT: Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of leaving Juventus regardless of experiences linking him with Paris Saint-Germain and a return to Manchester United, in response to Diario AS.

Earlier this week, PSG sporting director Leonardo responded to questions in regards to the French membership’s reported curiosity within the Portugal star — doubtlessly in a swap cope with Neymar — by saying the Ligue 1 champions had been inside the “closed circle” of golf equipment who might signal him.

In the meantime, FOX America journalist Christian Martin reported that Manchester United had been contemplating a shock transfer to deliver Ronaldo again to Outdated Trafford, 11 years after he left for Actual Madrid for a then-world report charge of €94m.

Juve have been hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and are reportedly open to letting him go and saving round €600,000-a-week in wages on his contract, which is because of run till 2022.

Nevertheless, AS experiences that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has no plans to go away Juve earlier than the top of his contract.



Julien Laurens rubbishes claims of Juventus providing PSG a swap deal for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

11.06 GMT: Inter Milan playmaker Christian Eriksen has expressed some misgivings over his transfer to the Italian membership and has hinted that he could contemplate a transfer within the January switch window.

Eriksen joined Inter from Tottenham in January in a €20m switch simply months earlier than his contract in north London was attributable to expire. Since then, the Denmark worldwide has began simply 11 Serie A matches, and didn’t begin any of Inter’s video games on the Europa League mini-tournament in August as they reached the semifinals.

“This is not what I dreamed of,” Eriksen informed TV2 whereas on worldwide obligation. “All gamers wish to play as a lot as doable, however the coach decides who will get to go on the pitch.

“Proper now it might not be going so properly within the membership, however up to now, when I didn’t play that a lot both, there was nice success. I’m concentrating on my soccer, then when the switch window opens we’ll see if one thing will occur or not.”

Inter Milan had been optimistic in providing Eriksen again to Tottenham this week. Sources informed ESPN’s James Olley that neither Eriksen nor Spurs are notably eager to revisit a partnership that ended with an ungainly switch, prompted by the midfielder deciding to run down the ultimate yr of his contract.

10.18 GMT: Actual Madrid are “on the path” of Dominik Szoboszlai, in response to Friday’s entrance web page story in Diario AS.

The FC Salzburg midfielder, 20, scored a last-minute solo surprise objective on Thursday to see Hungary qualify for Euro 2020 with a dramatic 2-1 playoff win over Iceland (stream highlights within the U.S.).

The German newspaper Bild had reported this week that Szoboszlai was near becoming a member of RB Leipzig.

The participant’s agent, Matyas Esterhazy, denied that on Wednesday, telling Hungarian web site Index that “Dominik Szoboszlai has no settlement with Leipzig or another membership.”

AS says that Actual Madrid “are following the evolution” of the playmaker, who has additionally been linked with Arsenal, and “are receiving constructive experiences.”

09.27 GMT: USMNT star Giovanni Reyna has signed a brand new long run contract with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, sources have informed ESPN’s Stephan Uersfeld.

Dortmund haven’t disclosed the size of the deal however sources mentioned Reyna, 18 on Friday, has signed a brand new deal that might final till 2024.

The younger ahead made his USMNT debut in Thursday’s 0-0 draw in opposition to Wales and is thought to be one of the crucial promising abilities within the Bundesliga.

Sources have informed ESPN there was curiosity in Reyna from the Premier League and La Liga, however he was targeted solely on persevering with his profession with Dortmund.

Reyna signed an preliminary three-year deal when he agreed to hitch Dortmund from MLS facet New York Metropolis in November 2018. He arrived at BVB in July 2019 and went on to make his debut in February 2020.

He has been an ever-present this season, making 12 appearances for Dortmund, scoring twice, and contributing 5 assists.

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08.40 GMT: Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey has opened up about his choice to go away Chelsea in January, insisting: “I am an formidable boy.”

Lamptey has attracted curiosity from a few of Europe’s largest golf equipment, together with European champions Bayern Munich and Spanish facet Atletico Madrid, for his performances within the Premier League since becoming a member of the Seagulls.

The 20-year-old informed the adidas X podcast that he turned down “fairly a couple of choices” to proceed his improvement at Brighton, however that he has goals of reaching the highest of the sport.

“I am an formidable boy,” he mentioned. “I take a look at issues and luxuriate in them within the second, however the subsequent day I am trying to see what I want to enhance on and the way I can keep at that degree. I am all the time searching for an opportunity to play once more, and that second made me much more hungry. I would had a style of it and I wasn’t going to let it go.

“I sat down with the coaches, relations and brokers and considered what’s finest for me. It was a extremely robust choice. Being at a membership for the reason that age of 9, going up by way of the entire system and making your first-team debut, all the pieces occurred so shortly, however I had to take a look at the place I’d get essentially the most soccer and the way I might take my sport to the following degree.

“It wasn’t a simple choice. I considered it each day. However the alternative got here for me to return to Brighton, which is a implausible membership with a extremely good plan for the crew, and the transfer made a variety of sense and I am actually blissful to be right here.

“There have been fairly a couple of choices to go to, however I sat down with my household and talked about the place can be finest for me, the place might assist me develop, and I believed Brighton can be the very best membership for me.”



Colin Udoh believes Tariq Lamptey’s stats communicate for themselves amid Atletico Madrid’s reported curiosity.

08.00 GMT: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward says he’s “completely” behind supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid a poor begin to the season that has seen the membership slip to 14th within the desk.

Victory at Everton earlier than the worldwide break gave the Norwegian some respiration area and Woodward insists he stays dedicated to retaining the 47-year-old in cost.

“Whereas there may be nonetheless onerous work forward to attain larger consistency, we stay completely dedicated to the constructive path we’re on beneath Ole because the crew continues to develop,” mentioned Woodward, talking because the membership launched their newest monetary outcomes.

“We miss taking part in in entrance of our followers and we’re working onerous along with our governing our bodies and related authorities to make sure that followers can safely return as quickly as doable.”

– Dawson: Solskjaer hanging robust at United

PAPER TALK (by Harry Kettle): Milan chase Milenkovic

AC Milan are considering a transfer to try to signal Fiorentina‘s Nikola Milenkovic, Calciomercato experiences.

The Serbian defender has been with the membership since again in 2017 however after their failure to lock him all the way down to a brand new contract, Milan are hoping to swoop in for the 23-year-old.

He’s presently valued at round €15 million, but when La Viola cannot come to some type of association with him by the January switch window, they may properly contemplate a sale — even when it is to one among their league rivals.

Giroud to Inter in January?

Internazionale might pursue the signing of Olivier Giroud as soon as once more in the course of the January switch window, Calciomercato experiences.

The Chelsea veteran regarded set to hitch Antonio Conte in Milan again initially of the yr just for the proposed deal to fall by way of. Inter will come once more within the early levels of 2021 because the Frenchman continues to battle for sport time beneath Frank Lampard.

Giroud himself is alleged to be the driving power behind the potential swap and on the age of 34, it may very well be one among his final possibilities of taking part in at a distinguished European facet.


Besiktas have confirmed that they might be focused on bringing Cenk Tousn again from Everton, beIN SPORTS experiences. The Turkish membership’s president has made it clear that Tosun, who was with Besiktas for 4 years earlier than heading to Goodison Park, is a person they’d be focused on buying as soon as once more.

– Chelsea might want to promote a couple of notable gamers in the event that they wish to full the signing of West Ham United star Declan Rice, Soccer Insider experiences. The assumption is that if the England worldwide is to make the transfer over to Stamford Bridge, the Blues must unencumber some money to be able to finance the transfer. The gamers that the membership is reportedly keen to take heed to affords for are Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso.



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